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Strict Interdisciplinarian: Building a Meal by Hervé This [review]

French gastronomic chemist Hervé This's new book, Building a Meal: From Molecular Gastronomy to Culinary Constructivism (buy on Amazon) is as much an exploration of cultural culinary traditions as it is scientific ones, full of intentionally provocative speculations like "Every departure from one's culture is a piece of daring, a deviation—indeed, a perversion."
Structured along [...]

Righteous Porkchop by Nicolette Hahn Niman [book review]

Picking up Nicolette Hahn Niman's Righteous Porkchop: Finding a Life and Good Food Beyond Factory Farms (buy on Amazon), one can’t help feel a vague sense of foreboding and dismay. Like all great love stories – The Red and the Black, War and Peace, Pride and Prejudice – Righteous Porkchop, at first glance, offers up [...]

Tout de Sweet: The Sweet Life In Paris by David Lebovitz [book review]

I went into this review with more than a little bias in favor of David Lebovitz. A former Chez Panisse pastry chef turned cookbook author, he's responsible for my favorite dessert cookbook of all time, Room for Dessert. (The book is, tragically, out of print, and used copies run about $50 a pop online.) But [...]

Heroes in a Half Shell: Sex, Death & Oysters by Robb Walsh [book review]

It's tempting to try to put Robb Walsh's Sex, Death & Oysters (buy on Amazon) in the same category as other single-topic culinary books, like Anne Mendelson's Milk, or Jennifer McLagan's Fat. There are certainly similarities: a history of the ingredient and its cultivation, a smattering of recipes both traditional and innovative, and a generally [...]

Wicked Wichcraft: 'wichcraft by Tom Colicchio [cookbook review]

In the world of cookbook publishing, there is something of an unspoken understanding about what sorts of cookbooks don't work. If you'd like to see your name on a book cover, the rule goes, don't pitch a recipe collection centered around any of a few specific topics — breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches. So sayeth the [...]

Beef: And Other Bovine Matters by John Torode [cookbook review]

Australian-born, UK-based chef John Torode has given the world a surprising thing with Beef: And Other Bovine Matters (buy from Amazon): a truly well-done book of beef recipes. With his cowboy swagger and straight-shooting chattiness, Torode's an obvious candidate for meat writing, but the surprise is that, oh, 10,000 or so years into our love [...]

Joyful Fraudulence: Swindled by Bee Wilson [book reviews]

British author Bee Wilson's book Swindled: The Dark History of Food Fraud, from Poisoned Candy to Counterfeit Coffee (buy from Amazon) was published in the UK in January of 2008 to some fanfare, but not too much. Then China happened. More specifically, news started flying out of China about tainted everything: poisonous toothpaste, adulterated cow's [...]

Review: Martha Stewart's Cooking School [cookbooks]

Martha Stewart can have an odd effect on people. I've found, strangely, that she's both soporific and manic: she soothes the perfectionist within, allowing me to relax in the notion that it is totally normal to spend an hour making radish roses for a dinner party, or hand painting tea cups for my niece's birthday. [...]

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