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The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg [review]

"I don't really get it," a friend said to me when I mentioned that I was reviewing Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg's The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs (buy from Amazon). "They already did that book, like a million years ago." She was [...]

Raising Questions: Raising Steaks by Betty Fussell [book review]

In her book Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef (buy at Amazon), Betty Fussell seeks to illustrate the fundamental contradiction of American beef. There are seemingly mutually exclusive qualities: on one hand, macho man cowboy individualism, and on the other, the intricate, monopolistic industrial machine that dominates the beef industry. From [...]

Not So Simple: Ducasse Made Simple by Sophie [cookbook review]

For a cookbook that hangs its hat on the simplification of its source material, Ducasse Made Simple by Sophie: 100 Recipes from the Master Chef Simplified for the Home Cook (buy at Amazon) is awfully settled in advanced home cook territory. 100 select recipes from Alain Ducasse's epic Grand Livre de Cuisine (buy at Amazon) [...]

Jamie Oliver's Jamie at Home: The Good Life Well Within Reach [cookbook review]

Culinary subtlety is not Jamie Oliver’s strong suit. Leave frail wisps of flavor, prissy ingredients, and foam concoctions to Vongerichten and Achatz — Oliver believes growing, cooking and eating food should be a literally down-to-earth experience.
As he makes clear in Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life (Hyperion, buy from Amazon), [...]

In-N-Out Burger by Stacy Perman: Doing Business Animal-Style [book review]

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The thing that I found most intriguing about Stacy Perman's intensively researched and heavily footnoted book In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules (out in April, preorder on Amazon), is buried in the acknowledgments at the back of the book. Somewhere between expressions of gratitude to [...]

Review: Pino Luongo's Dirty Dishes

I closed the cover on Pino Luongo's Dirty Dishes: A Restaurateur's Story of Passion, Pain, and Pasta (buy at Amazon) about two weeks ago, and found myself at a loss. It felt wrong for me to review this book, since I've never been to one of Luongo's restaurants, or for that matter don't have any [...]

Nothing Fishy: Eric Ripert's On the Line [cookbook review]

While I was reading On the Line (buy at Amazon), the semi-new cookbook/scrapbook from Le Bernardin's Eric Ripert, I kept saying to whoever was sitting near me how uncannily similar it is is to another book I've reviewed for Eat me daily: Ferran Adria's A Day at El Bulli.
I should clarify. The review I [...]

Book Review: The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread by Maria Balinska

Maria Balinska's The Bagel: The Surprising History of a Modest Bread (buy at Amazon) reads less like a book on food history and more like a history of Jewish migration from Poland to America told from a very particular and not always convenient angle.
The tone is standard-issue pop culture: easy, approachable, accessible. It reads [...]

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