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Book Review: Cleaving by Julie Powell: Rough Cuts

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Julie Powell's central metaphor in Cleaving: A Story of Marriage, Meat, and Obsession (Amazon) is the idea of butchery as therapy: it is, essentially, the act of breaking down an entity into smaller, more manageable pieces. This revelation occurs over the course of Powell's apprenticeship as a butcher at [...]

Cookbook Review: I Heart Macarons by Hisako Ogita: Sweet, Fluffy, and Imperfect

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Hello! This book review comes with a contest! Make it all the way to the end for details on how to win your own copy of I Heart Macarons.
I've never made macarons before. I'm really way too impatient and haphazard by nature to be much of a baker, I've [...]

Cookbook Review: Simple Fresh Southern by Matt Lee and Ted Lee: Sibling Rivalry

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The misleading thing about sophomore slump, as a concept, is that it focuses on the downturn. That's not to say that the theory doesn't hold water: with that first creative excursion you've had your whole life to come up with you're going to say, it's fresh and new and [...]

Cookbook Review: New American Table by Marcus Samuelsson: One Nation, Undercooked

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Consider the notion of "American cuisine." Go past the checkered-tablecloth nostalgia answers, the burgers and fried chicken and fruit pies, and what's left tends to be something on the order of "everything." French food can be American, so can Italian, African, Asian, Indian. And that's not even touching on [...]

Cookbook Review: Michael Symon's Live to Cook: Beyond the Food Network

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In case you didn't know that Michael Symon, author of Michael Symon's Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to Rock Your Kitchen (Amazon) appears on Iron Chef America, it says it right there on the front cover byline: "Michael Symon of Iron Chef America." For some people out there [...]

Cookbook Review: Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan: The Hype, Justified

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I held my breath when I heard there was going to be a Momofuku cookbook. Restaurant cookbooks are always a tricky proposition, a tenuous juggling act of self-praises. Inevitably, the chef, the restaurant's philosophy, the restaurant itself, and (often an afterthought) the food, are all forced on us as [...]

Book Review: This Is Why You're Fat: An Extraordinary Document of Human Culinary Achievement

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We finally got our grubby paws on what could be the most hotly-anticipated book release of 2009, This Is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks ($9.99, Amazon) by Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley. Contained within these soft covers, scarcely larger than a CD jewel case, is, without [...]

Cookbook Review: Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home: Deliberately Eating Together

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Thomas Keller's cookbooks are not known for being accessible. Gorgeous, inspirational, even heavy — but accessible? Doable? Replicable? Not exactly. The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and especially Under Pressure have all been criticized for being too complicated for home cooks, and while I am a firm believer that sophisticated, [...]

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