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The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma's Table
by Rick Bragg

Language

English

Pages

512

Publication Date

April 24, 2018

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<b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER <br /><br />From the beloved, best-selling author of <i>All Over but the Shoutin'</i>, a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother. Including seventy-four mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations.</b><br /><br />Margaret Bragg does not own a single cookbook. She measures in "dabs" and "smidgens" and "tads" and "you know, hon, just some." She cannot be pinned down on how long to bake corn bread ("about 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the mysteries of your oven"). Her notion of farm-to-table is a flatbed truck. But she can tell you the secrets to perfect mashed potatoes, corn pudding, redeye gravy, pinto beans and hambone, stewed cabbage, short ribs, chicken and dressing, biscuits and butter rolls. Many of her recipes, recorded here for the first time, pre-date the Civil War, handed down skillet by skillet, from one generation of Braggs to the next. In <i>The Best Cook in the World,</i> Rick Bragg finally preserves his heritage by telling the stories that framed his mother's cooking and education, from childhood into old age. Because good food always has a good story, and a recipe, writes Bragg, is a story like anything else.
Milk!: A 10,000-Year Food Fracas
by Mark Kurlansky

Language

English

Pages

390

Publication Date

May 08, 2018

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<b>Mark Kurlansky's first global food history since the bestselling <i>Cod</i> and<i> Salt</i>; the fascinating cultural, economic, and culinary story of milk and all things dairy--with recipes throughout. </b><br /><b> </b><br />According to the Greek creation myth, we are so much spilt milk; a splatter of the goddess Hera's breast milk became our galaxy, the Milky Way. But while mother's milk may be the essence of nourishment, it is the milk of other mammals that humans have cultivated ever since the domestication of animals more than 10,000 years ago, originally as a source of cheese, yogurt, kefir, and all manner of edible innovations that rendered lactose digestible, and then, when genetic mutation made some of us lactose-tolerant, milk itself. <br /> <br />Before the industrial revolution, it was common for families to keep dairy cows and produce their own milk. But during the nineteenth century mass production and urbanization made milk safety a leading issue of the day, with milk-borne illnesses a common cause of death. Pasteurization slowly became a legislative matter. And today milk is a test case in the most pressing issues in food politics, from industrial farming and animal rights to GMOs, the locavore movement, and advocates for raw milk, who controversially reject pasteurization.<br /> <br />Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Mark Kurlansky is the perfect person to tell it. Tracing the liquid's diverse history from antiquity to the present, he details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.
Kitchen Confidential
by Anthony Bourdain

Language

English

Pages

321

Publication Date

December 10, 2008

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<I>Kitchen Confidential</I> reveals what Bourdain calls "twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine." <br />Last summer, <I>The New Yorker</I> published Chef Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Bourdain spared no one's appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain's first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the east village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain's tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable. Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You'll beg the chef for more, please.
Twelve Recipes
by Cal Peternell

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 21, 2014

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<p><strong>Winner of the 2015 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Cookbook Award</strong></p><p>Forewords by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan</p><p>In this dazzling, full color cookbook and kitchen manual filled with lush photographs and beautiful drawings, the chef of Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse offers basic techniques and essential recipes that will transform anyone into a confident home cook.</p><p>When his oldest son was leaving for college, Cal Peternell, the chef of San Francisco’s legendary Chez Panisse, realized that, although he regularly made dinners for his family, he’d never taught them the basics of cooking. Based on the life-altering course of instruction he prepared and honed through many phone calls with his son, <em>Twelve Recipes</em> is the ultimate introduction to the kitchen. Peternell focuses on the core foods and dishes that comprise a successful home cook’s arsenal, each building skill upon skill—from toast, eggs, and beans, to vinaigrettes, pasta with tomato, and rice, to vegetables, soup, meats, and cake.</p><p><em>Twelve Recipes</em> will help home cooks develop a core repertoire of skills and increase their culinary confidence. Peternell tells you what basic ingredients and tools you need for a particular recipe, and then adds variations to expand your understanding. Each tip, instruction, and recipe connects with others to weave into a larger story that illuminates the connection between food and life. A deeply personal book, it was written by the chef alone and it glows with warmth and humor as he mulls over such mundane items as toast and rice to offer surprising new insights about foods that only seem exceedingly ordinary. It’s a book you’re as likely to keep by your bedside as your stovetop. With Peternell as your guide, the journey is pure pleasure and the destination is delicious.</p><p><em>Twelve Recipes</em> features gorgeous color photos and inset illustrations by Peternell’s wife and sons (all artists), and forewords by celebrated chef Alice Waters and <em>New York Times</em> columnist and bestselling author Michael Pollan.</p>
My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food
by Lidia Matticchio Bastiani...

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<b>From the best-selling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur--a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.</b><br /><br />Lidia's story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito's communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security--despite the family's poverty--learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States--an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life. At age 12, Lidia starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and twenty years on public television as the host of her own cooking show. An absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans.
Mastering the Art of French Eating: From Paris Bistros to Farmhou...
by Ann Mah

Language

English

Pages

270

Publication Date

September 26, 2013

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<b>The memoir of a young diplomat’s wife who must reinvent her dream of living in Paris—one dish at a time</b><br /><br />When journalist Ann Mah’s diplomat husband is given a three-year assignment in Paris, Ann is overjoyed. A lifelong foodie and Francophile, she immediately begins plotting gastronomic adventures à deux. Then her husband is called away to Iraq on a year-long post—alone. Suddenly, Ann’s vision of a romantic sojourn in the City of Light is turned upside down.<br /><br />So, not unlike another diplomatic wife, Julia Child, Ann must find a life for herself in a new city.  Journeying through Paris and the surrounding regions of France, Ann combats her loneliness by seeking out the perfect pain au chocolat and learning the way the andouillette sausage is really made. She explores the history and taste of everything from boeuf Bourguignon to soupe au pistou to the crispiest of buckwheat crepes. And somewhere between Paris and the south of France, she uncovers a few of life’s truths.<br /><br />Like Sarah Turnbull’s <i>Almost French</i> and Julie Powell’s <i>New York Times</i> bestseller <i>Julie and Julia</i>,<i> Mastering the Art of French Eating</i> is interwoven with the lively characters Ann meets and the traditional recipes she samples. Both funny and intelligent, this is a story about love—of food, family, and France.
Cork Dork: A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers...
by Bianca Bosker

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English

Pages

346

Publication Date

March 28, 2017

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<b>INSTANT <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER<br />ONE OF THE <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>CRITICS' TOP BOOKS OF 2017<br /><br />Named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, <i>Fortune,</i> <i>Smithsonian, Bustle, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Booklist, </i>and more<br /><br />“Thrilling . . . [told] with gonzo élan . . . When the sommelier and blogger Madeline Puckette writes that this book is the <i>Kitchen Confidential </i>of the wine world, she’s not wrong, though Bill Buford’s <i>Heat </i>is probably a shade closer.” —<b>Jennifer Senior, <i>The New York Times</i></b></b><br /> <br />Professional journalist and amateur drinker Bianca Bosker didn’t know much about wine—until she discovered an alternate universe where taste reigns supreme, a world of elite sommeliers who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of flavor. Astounded by their fervor and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, she set out to uncover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork.” <br /><br />With boundless curiosity, humor, and a healthy dose of skepticism, Bosker takes the reader inside underground tasting groups, exclusive New York City restaurants, California mass-market wine factories, and even a neuroscientist’s fMRI machine as she attempts to answer the most nagging question of all: what’s the big deal about wine? What she learns will change the way you drink wine—and, perhaps, the way you live—forever.<br /><br /><br />“Think: <i>Eat, Pray, Love</i> meets <i>Somm</i>.” —theSkimm<br /><br />“As informative as it is, well, intoxicating.” —<i>Fortune</i>
BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts
by Stella Parks

Language

English

Pages

400

Publication Date

August 15, 2017

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<p>Winner of the 2018 James Beard Foundation Book Award (Baking and Desserts)<br /><br /><br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> bestseller and named a Best Baking Book of the Year by the <em>Atlantic</em>, the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>, <em>Bon Appétit</em>, the <em>New York Times</em>, the <em>Washington Post</em>, <em>Mother Jones</em>, the <em>Boston Globe</em> and more<br /><br /><br /><br />"The most groundbreaking book on baking in years. Full stop."—<em>Saveur</em></p><br /><p>From One-Bowl Devil’s Food Layer Cake to a flawless Cherry Pie that’s crisp even on the very bottom, <em>BraveTart</em> is a celebration of classic American desserts. Whether down-home delights like Blueberry Muffins and Glossy Fudge Brownies or supermarket mainstays such as Vanilla Wafers and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream, your favorites are all here. These meticulously tested recipes bring an award-winning pastry chef’s expertise into your kitchen, along with advice on how to “mix it up” with over 200 customizable variations—in short, exactly what you’d expect from a cookbook penned by a senior editor at <em>Serious Eats</em>. Yet <em>BraveTart</em> is much more than a cookbook, as Stella Parks delves into the surprising stories of how our favorite desserts came to be, from chocolate chip cookies that predate the Tollhouse Inn to the prohibition-era origins of ice cream sodas and floats. With a foreword by <em>The Food Lab</em>’s J. Kenji López-Alt, vintage advertisements for these historical desserts, and breathtaking photography from Penny De Los Santos, <em>BraveTart</em> is sure to become an American classic.</p>
Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the L...
by Luke Barr

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English

Pages

290

Publication Date

April 03, 2018

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<b>In a tale replete with scandal and opulence, Luke Barr, author of the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling <i>Provence, 1970,</i> transports readers to turn-of-the-century London and Paris to discover how celebrated hotelier César Ritz and famed chef Auguste Escoffier joined forces at the Savoy Hotel to spawn the modern luxury hotel and restaurant, where women and American Jews mingled with British high society, signaling a new social order and the rise of the middle class.</b><br /><br />In early August 1889, César Ritz, a Swiss hotelier highly regarded for his exquisite taste, found himself at the Savoy Hotel in London. He had come at the request of Richard D'Oyly Carte, the financier of Gilbert & Sullivan's comic operas, who had modernized theater and was now looking to create the world's best hotel. D'Oyly Carte soon seduced Ritz to move to London with his team, which included Auguste Escoffier, the <i>chef de cuisine</i> known for his elevated, original dishes. The result was a hotel and restaurant like no one had ever experienced, run in often mysterious and always extravagant ways--which created quite a scandal once exposed. <br />     Barr deftly re-creates the thrilling Belle Epoque era just before World War I, when British aristocracy was at its peak, women began dining out unaccompanied by men, and American nouveaux riches and gauche industrialists convened in London to show off their wealth. In their collaboration at the still celebrated Savoy Hotel, where they welcomed loyal and sometimes salacious clients, such as Oscar Wilde and Sarah Bernhardt, Escoffier created the modern kitchen brigade and codified French cuisine for the ages in his seminal <i>Le Guide culinaire,</i> which remains in print today, and Ritz, whose name continues to grace the finest hotels across the world, created the world's first luxury hotel. The pair also ruffled more than a few feathers in the process. Fine dining would never be the same--or more intriguing.
The Food Explorer: The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Bota...
by Daniel Stone

Language

English

Pages

413

Publication Date

February 20, 2018

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<b>The true adventures of David Fairchild, a late-nineteenth-century food explorer who traveled the globe and introduced diverse crops like avocados, mangoes, seedless grapes—<br />and thousands more—to the American plate.</b><br /><br />In the nineteenth century, American meals were about subsistence, not enjoyment. But as a new century approached, appetites broadened, and David Fairchild, a young botanist with an insatiable lust to explore and experience the world, set out in search of foods that would enrich the American farmer and enchant the American eater.<br /><br />Kale from Croatia, mangoes from India, and hops from Bavaria. Peaches from China, avocados from Chile, and pomegranates from Malta. Fairchild’s finds weren’t just limited to food: From Egypt he sent back a variety of cotton that revolutionized an industry, and via Japan he introduced the cherry blossom tree, forever brightening America’s capital. Along the way, he was arrested, caught diseases, and bargained with island tribes. But his culinary ambition came during a formative era, and through him, America transformed into the most diverse food system ever created.

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