Books

Pâtisserie

Here is my first suggestion if you are thinking of buying Pâtisserie by William and Suzy Curley -- allow yourself at least an extra day to just look at the marvelous pastries pictured in this book. It seems nowadays that with competition from other media, book publishers have moved to lower grade paper and have overall reduced the quality of... Read more →




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"Extra Virginity" by Tom Mueller

You can imagine my distress at reading Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller. The premise is simple enough, and I don't think it is a spoiler to say that the book centers around fraud and corruption in the olive oil industry. Mueller give example after example of alleged fraud, starting with a shipload of oil that mystically transmogrifies from hazelnut oil to olive oil during a month-long passage from Turkey to Italy. Read more →




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"How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman is by far the most well thought out and robust iPad cooking app I have found Read more →




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How Italian Food Conquered the World

Most of us have all heard the tale of how, at age fourteen, the young Italian Catherine de' Medici married Henry II of France and subsequently, perhaps single-handedly, brought about the creation of what we now think of as French cuisine. Not so, according to John Mariani. In his book "How Italian Food Conquered the World ", he suggests that... Read more →




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Insert a Toothpick at 3 O'Clock

Perhaps it was my years of cooking in studio and bachelor apartments using a two-burner hotplate or little more, that attracted me to the book Gourmet Meals in Crappy Little Kitchens, by Jennifer Schaertl. For years I lived in small spaces and served good meals to friends. Sometimes I had the luxury of a real stove top and oven, and... Read more →




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Dave Recommends "Food Lover's Companion"

The New Food Lover's Companion: Comprehensive Definitions of Nearly 6000 Food, Drink, and Culinary Terms by Sharon Tyler Herbst Ever wonder what a Salmagundi is? Or a Salamander? Need to know what cheese is used in Saganaki? You can learn about these and literally thousands of other food terms in The New Food Lover's Companion. And companion it is. You... Read more →




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Dave Recommends "Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy"

Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating by Walter C. Willett Eat, Drink and Be Healthy is not a diet book. Rather, it is a book that cuts across diets and food trends. Using detailed dietary information collected from numerous sources over decades of research, Dr. Walter Willett is able to tell you about... Read more →




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A Trio of Bread Books

If you are passionate about baking bread at home, if you aspire to bake the perfect baguette or artisan loaf, then you want to read these three books: The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart OK, I admit that the first thing that caught my interest about this book was the front cover, the... Read more →




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Dave Recommends "Cookwise"

Cookwise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking by Shirley O. Corriher If you are a fan of FoodTV's program "Good Eats", then you will recognize Shirley O. Corriher as the food scientist who graced many of the early episodes. Her book Cookwise explains, in easily understood terms, the decisions and processes that make good recipes and great food. For... Read more →




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Dave Recommends #1

The New Joy of Cooking by Marion Rombauer Becker, Irma S. Rombauer, Ethan Becker For the inaugural book recommendation in KitchenSavvy, how can I choose anything other than the foundational "All New All Purpose" Joy of Cooking. Originally self-published in 1931 as The Joy of Cooking: A Compilation of Reliable Recipes with a Casual Culinary Chat by Irma Rombauer, updated... Read more →




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