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Event: David Tanis Comes to Town

Posted March 29, 2014 by | Comments Off | ]
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David Tanis, former Chez Panisse Chef, current City Kitchen Columnist for the NY Times and noted cookbook author, is coming to town and many doors are being flung open to welcome him.

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Books on Food: 12 Reads for the Long Run

Posted December 13, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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These books are an eclectic group from gifted authors whose recipes, tips, instruction and/or explanation of techniques will edify the way you look at ingredients and how you transform them into meals. Look at these authors like the mentors they are and embrace what they have to say. This was the hardest category to narrow down. I get literally hundreds of books a year …

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The Best Culinary Reads of 2013

Posted December 12, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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Some food books aren’t cookbooks.  They can be reference works or omnibus volumes or inspirational books that straddle the line between cookbook, history and personal voyage. There were so many great ones this year, which is terrific for we readers, so I apologize if I’ve left out your favorite. My absolute favorite culinary read of the year were Bill Buford’s essays found in the giant …

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In Defense of the Uncookable Cookbook: Eight Books That Will Inspire You

Posted December 11, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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I get an average of 200 cookbooks a year sent to me. Yes, it’s like a dream, occasionally a nightmare actually. Sometimes so many arrive in one day that I start to fantasize about making furniture out of them. But this year was an order of magnitude of not only the quantity of books, but the quality. It was the year the coffee table …

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Exploring the Culinary Fringes with Dana Goodyear

Posted November 14, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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Food critics are a notoriously picky bunch. Because once you’ve tried veal Parmesan dozens of times, it gets boring to write about again and again. You want to go deeper, dig harder, and find the types of food that most of us have never heard of, or never thought anyone actually eats.
That’s what Dana Goodyear does in her new book about the foodies who …

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Marcella Hazan, My Mentor

Posted September 30, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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Marcella Hazan died this past weekend.  She was a monumental, irresistible force, a cultural crusader of the best kind.  Opinionated, severe if provoked – the whistle she brandished in classes became legendary.  And yet, for a generation of home cooks she became the Italian aunt we wished we had.
You know how people talk about being hit by a lightening bolt of love at first …

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What to do on Sunday: Weho Book Fair + Thai Fest 2013

Posted September 26, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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If you love books and you love eating there’s a lot to do on Sunday.
I’ll be interviewing Anne Willan at the Culinary Pavilion of the Book Fair at 1pm then running to the Thai Fest 2013 to lead a discussion of Thai Cuisine in America  at 4:30pm with an exciting mix of chefs (Jet Tila, Curtis Stone, Sang Yoon, Andy Ricker, & Kris Yenbamroong).
The …

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Pie-Eyed

Posted August 19, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage is a gorgeous collection of essays about that big picture theme that’s behind every segment we air on Good Food – what we eat affects who we are. The book’s contributors share raw but self-aware portraits of the insecurity, existential questions and pure joy that food can elicit.

One of those stories is about pie. Lisa McNamara’s “Pie-Eyed” tells a tale of femininity and love, mediated in the oven.

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Recipe and Dirt Candy Sneak Peek: Amanda Cohen’s Spinach Soup with Smoked Corn Dumplings and Lemon Confit

Posted June 8, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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Today on Good Food, Chef Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy talks about the challenge of cooking vegetables versus meat. She explains that unlike meat, vegetables are mostly water and often uniform in structure. To achieve the same satisfaction we get from the Maillard reaction when cooking a steak, she suggests smoking your veggies.

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Evan’s Cookbook Sale

Posted May 23, 2013 by | Comments Off | ]
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What do you do when your floorboards start to sag from the weight of weighty tomes?  I”ll tell you what I do – I have a cookbook sale!  This time around there are quite a few goodies to pick through. Lots of big pretty beauties.  And for those of you rolling your eyes about driving down to OC, it’s not that bad.  Combine book …

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