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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 [...]

Waffle House to Host a Book Tour

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Waffle House, the Southern chain of greasy (that's gree-zee to you Northerners) diners, is going to host a book tour! Sam McLeod's food memoir, Big Appetite: My Southern-Fried Search for the Meaning of Life, will be promoted in the chain's 1,600 locations, and in addition, Waffle House will be hosting signings, as [...]

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 [...]

The Fat Duck Cookbook: More Affordable, Less Big

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The smaller and — more importantly — cheaper edition of Heston Blumenthal's magnum opus The Big Fat Duck Cookbook is now available. Appropriately titled the de-Biggened The Fat Duck Cookbook (Amazon), the two books are completely identical in terms of content; essentially it's a scaled down version of the [...]

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 [...]

Year-End Best-Ofs: Amazon's Best Books of 2009

And so the deluge begins. Hot on the heels of Publishers Weekly's list of the best book of 2009 comes Amazon's editors' take on the year in print. Frank Bruni's Born Round — which topped PW's nonfiction best-of — takes Amazon's 28 spot overall, with Momofuku hot on its heels at number 31. Michael Ruhlman's [...]

Food Books Dominate Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2009

Forget about the body being cold — 2009 isn't even dead, and Publisher's Weekly is already calling the best books of the year. Notable, though, is PW's top pick for nonfiction, Frank Bruni's memoir Born Round, which they call "wonderfully honest." Farther down the Top 10 Nonfiction is the Ferran Adrià investigation Food for Thought, [...]

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 [...]

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