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Cookbook Review: Momofuku by David Chang and Peter Meehan: The Hype, Justified

Photograph: Helen Rosner / Eat Me Daily
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 [...]

Book Review: This Is Why You're Fat: An Extraordinary Document of Human Culinary Achievement

Photo: Raphael Brion / Eat Me Daily
We finally got our grubby paws on what could be the most hotly-anticipated book release of 2009, This Is Why You're Fat: Where Dreams Become Heart Attacks ($9.99, Amazon) by Jessica Amason and Richard Blakeley. Contained within these soft covers, scarcely larger than a CD jewel case, is, without [...]

Cookbook Review: Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home: Deliberately Eating Together

Photographs: Paula Forbes / Eat Me Daily
Thomas Keller's cookbooks are not known for being accessible. Gorgeous, inspirational, even heavy — but accessible? Doable? Replicable? Not exactly. The French Laundry Cookbook, Bouchon, and especially Under Pressure have all been criticized for being too complicated for home cooks, and while I am a firm believer that sophisticated, [...]

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 [...]

Weighty Issues: The Heaviest Cookbooks Out There

42.9 pounds of books. Photo: Paula Forbes
We have been known, on occasion, to make fun of (and also defend) the thick, cloth bound, coffee table versions of cookbooks. Recently we've noticed that this trend has gotten a bit out of control and want to call out those which simultaneously break your back and your [...]

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 [...]

IACP Adds Three New Categories To Cookbook Awards

The call for entries is underway for the 2010 IACP cookbook awards (omfg have you submitted yet?), and the field has changed just a little with the addition of three new categories. Recognizing the expanding market for kiddie-chefs and family dinner compilations, they've added a Children, Youth, and Family category; Culinary History opens the doors [...]

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