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Big Deals: Depression Cooking With Clara Gets a Cookbook

Can't say we didn't see this one coming: Publisher's Marketplace reports that Clara Cannucciari, the 93-year-old great-grandmother whose YouTube videos of Depression-era cookery have swept the food blogs, has signed on with St. Martin's Press to publish Clara's Kitchen: Wisdom, Memories and Recipes from the Great Depression.
The book promises "words of wisdom to buck [...]

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 [...]

Dalia Jurgensen's Spiced Coming to TV?

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It's barely been on bookstore shelves a week, but already New York chef Dalia Jurgensen's culinary coming of age story Spiced is being shopped around as a potential movie or TV series. Think Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential, but it's about a hot tattooed lady — a behind-the-scenes tell-all about an ambitious [...]

Big, Big, Big Deals: Gary Vaynerchuck's Seven-Figure Contract with HarperStudio

Gary Vaynerchuck, the internet oenophile who we are more familiar with for his billboard on the highway to Newark Airport than his actual wine skills, has landed a seven-figure, seven-book contract with HarperStudio, the experimental new imprint of HarperCollins that's intended to find a sustainable publishing model that "doesn't rely on paying authors outsize advances [...]

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 [...]

Our Picks for the 2008 James Beard Book Awards

There's no denying 2008 was a great year for cookbooks, and there's stiff competition amongst the nominees for the James Beard Foundation's annual book awards across the board.
From Southern home-style to decadent avant garde, the main theme this year was innovation, both literary and culinary. The Foundation has some hard decisions to make, but in [...]

Big Deals: Danyelle Freeman's Gourmet Glossary

Ecco, an imprint of Harper Collins, has bought the North American publishing rights to an upcoming book from Danyelle Freeman (aka Restaurant Girl). Tentatively titled Gourmet Glossary, in its pages she'll "explain everything you need to know about the way we dine today."
Freeman famously clawed her way up the ladder, going from blogging about restaurants [...]

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 [...]

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