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Book Review: Coco by Phaidon: The Global Culinary Yearbook, 2009

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Be warned: Phaidon Press's new book Coco: 10 World-Leading Masters Choose 100 Contemporary Chefs (Amazon) will suck you in. As its neatly descriptive subtitle so concisely notes, this is a book filled with profiles of 100 up-and-coming chefs, as selected by ten "Masters": Ferran Adria, Mario Batali, Rene Redzepi, Alice Waters, Jacky [...]

Cookbook Review: The Blackberry Farm Cookbook by Sam Beall

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Farm-to-table is one of those irritating culinary trends that is hard to really stay irritated by. Fundamentally, it's just so darn right: we should be eating seasonally and locally, we should be supporting sustainable agriculture and the preservation of heirloom vegetables. The most delicious food is the stuff that's been harvested (butchered, [...]

Cookbook Review: My New Orleans by John Besh: Beyond the Bayou

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New Orleans has been drawn so many times — using so many of the same stories, the same hooks, the same oddball characters and domestic-exotica veneer — that it's hard to have patience for new attempts. "Read A Confederacy of Dunces and Interview With the Vampire," a Louisianan told me once, "and [...]

What's a Foodie, Anyway? The Foodie Handbook by Pim Techamuanvivit [book review]

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I'm not a regular reader of Chez Pim, the all-things-gourmandise blog that's been written by Pim Techamuanvivit for the past four many years. I've been marginally aware of her, of course — it's hard not to be, she is after all the self-proclaimed "queen of the food bloggers" — but with the [...]

Fabio Viviani's Cafe Firenze Cookbook by the Numbers

Top Chef Season 5 contestant, Fabio Viviani, and his partner Jacopo Falleni have self-published a cookbook of recipes from their Moorpark, California restaurant. The Cafe Firenze Cookbook: Food and Drink Recipes from the Tuscan Sons (buy at Amazon), in the works long before Top Chef fame came calling, is intentionally funny; according to Viviani, people [...]

Two for Moo Shu: Jennifer 8. Lee and Andrew Coe on American Chinese Food [Review]

As a child I was mystified by Chinese food. First of all, it contained a lot of vegetables, some of them unidentifiable, most of them green. Second, much of it was spicy and/or covered in strange sauces. Some of the dishes even had whole dried chilies in them! What was most troubling to me, however, [...]

Out of the Kitchen: Cooking Dirty by Jason Sheehan [book review]

The way I see it, the problem with kitchen memoirs is that they're all about kitchens. Whether they tell it well or not, these books all have the same story: "Once upon a time there was a kitchen, and it was full of fire and knives and profanity and drugs and booze and fucking, and [...]

Moving Forward, Looking Backward: Fresh, Coop, and Deeply Rooted [book review]

A hundred years ago, we ate what was local and easily grown in our county. Today we have Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, 7/11, and McDonald’s, who serve us food from around the world all year long. But it's a mixed blessing, this access and abundance, and it's easy to look around and not actually be [...]

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