December 12, 2012 |
My old friend Michael Ruhlman has come up with a terrific holiday gift not only for cookbook readers but for cookbook writers. Always out in front of the technological curve, Ruhlman and his photographer wife, Donna Turner Ruhlman, have just released a mini-cookbook for the iPad called “The Book of Schmaltz: A Love Song to a Forgotten Fat” (perfect timing, no? There are still four days of Hanukkah left). It's gorgeous. If for some reason you never thought frying chicken fat could be made beautiful, you really need to check this out. Especially on the iPad, the colors just glow.
November 26, 2012 |
It's that time of year when ardent bakers have their stand mixers perpetually at the ready. Cookies, cakes, pies? No problem. But candy? The sight of a candy thermometer can make even the most experienced among us hesitate, if not run screaming. Enter " The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook ," written by the founders of the eponymous Brooklyn candy shop known for its fat, handmade candy bars, caramels in flavors such as fig-ricotta, and...
November 20, 2012 |
It takes a lot of chutzpah to name a cookbook “Mastering the Art of ….” After all, Julia Child pretty much has the rights to that phrase in perpetuity. But my old friend Nathalie Dupree has never been the shy type. And why should she be? Having done all of those 11 cookbooks and 300 TV cooking shows teaching the pleasures of biscuits, fried chicken and coconut cakes, if she hasn't earned the right to call her new book (written with Cynthia Graubart) “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking,” who ever will?
November 16, 2012 |
Prepare to be seduced by "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. " Those thunks you may have heard in recent days are copies of the hefty cookbook landing on doorsteps and mailboxes since its Oct. 30 release. Written by New York-based food blogger Deb Perelman, the book already hit the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com's list of cookbooks and at last check is at the No. 15 spot on the seller's top 100 overall books. To say this is one of the most hotly anticipated cookbooks of the year would be an understatement, as evidenced in part by the stellar cast of food bloggers who have written glowing reviews for the book jacket, among them: Ree Drummond (a.k.a.
November 9, 2012 |
There's a new cookbook from Mile End Delicatessen , the diminutive Brooklyn restaurant founded by the young couple Noah and Rae Bernamoff to celebrate Jewish comfort food. It's grandma's food given a chefly spin by law school dropout Noah. (Rae runs the front of the house.) The place looks good (on my list for next visit to New York) and the recipes look great. Learn how to smoke meat, brine and steam brisket, render schmaltz and make chopped liver seasoned with quatre-épices (a spice mixture that's equal parts white pepper, ginger, cloves and cinnamon.)
November 6, 2012 |
On Wednesday at noon UCLA professor of French and Francophone Studies Jean-Louis Carron discusses the historical, social, political and cultural context of "Le Cuisinier François (The French Cook)" by Francois Pierre La Varenne. Its 1651 publication and a coinciding culinary revolution are considered to be the birth of modern French (i.e. western) gastronomy. Burgundian chef La Varenne broke with Italian traditions, which had upended medieval French cookery a century before, abandoning heavy spices of the Middle Ages for fresh herbs, maximizing the flavors of meat, and introducing new vegetables.
November 1, 2012 |
David Lebovitz knows his sweets . The Paris-based blogger is a former pastry chef at Chez Panisse and one of my favorite cookboook authors, with several dessert cookbooks and a guidebook to Parisian pastries to his credit. He knows his stuff. So when he says that Pasadena's Little Flower Candy Co. makes caramels that are the equal of anything he can find in France, that's a pretty big deal. "People often ask me, after taking a bite of a caramel in Paris: Why can't they get caramels that taste like that in America?"
October 31, 2012 |
It was probably inevitable. But this quickly? Clarkson Potter just published a "Fifty Shades of Grey" parody cookbook titled "Fifty Shades of Chicken," (written by the pseudonymous FL Fowler rather than EL James). "50 Chicken Recipes Bound to Be Delicious" it promises on the cover. It's pretty funny, in a calculatedly cheesy, snickeringly naughty sort of way. The cover photo is of a beautifully bronzed roast chicken resting on its side, carefully trussed. Most of the book is unquotable, including the back cover excerpt, though the attribution should give you a taste of what's to come (heh-heh)
October 25, 2012 |
Too many people see health food as medicine, and that is one thing that keeps them from eating healthfully, says Dr. Andrew Weil. In his new cookbook, written with Sam Fox and Michael Stebner, he tries to dispel the notion that delicious food and healthful food are exclusive. The book is called "True Food" (Little, Brown and Co., $29.99), which Weil said Thursday in a telephone interview, means "real food first of all. I think a lot of what people eat is not real food. " "I am a good home cook, and I like dishes that are simple, that have bold flavors, that are relatively easy to prepare," he said.
October 24, 2012 |
When I posted a link on my Facebook page to my Daily Dish item on “101 Classic Cookbooks,” I kinda had a feeling I'd get some responses. Big surprise that a lot of opinionated cooks would have opinions, right? Lots of old cookbook friends were recommended and some new ideas as well. I got notes on everything from Apicius (Rachel Laudan is such a showoff) to “Food that Really Schmecks” and - believe it or not - “The Jill St. John Cookbook” (Carolyn O'Neil). REALLY?