cookbooks

Four dollars a day. What could you do with four dollars a day that would feed your family? You might be surprised.   Maryn McKenna brings us this fantastic story of an upcoming cookbook (available now on PDF) that aims to fill in a critical gap between food assistance and eating well on a budget, […]

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What are the essential books for ostreaphiles, oyster lovers, and cooks who love bivalves? I start here with a handful, which would you add? Special thanks to Jacobsen who’s graciously allowed us to share materials from his site in our class.   Books for Reading The Big Oyster – Mark Kurlansky Tracing the history of the […]

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When you think about what Portugal has contributed to the world of gastronomic pleasure, we really do – all of us, owe them a debt of gratitude. I was thrilled to receive David Leite’s The New Portuguese Table (ahem) a while ago. As I do, I have spent months reading it and imagining making each recipe […]

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In the spirit of holiday gift giving, and for those of you with birthdays to buy for as well, I offer a list of cookbooks that are guaranteed to delight the cooks on your list. I’m enriched beyond words by knowing many of these authors and inspired in ways I cannot count. I hope that […]

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Inspired by Yvette van Boeven’s Home Made – a Kitchn Holiday pick, I’ve been thinking about treats for our doggie friends. I’ve been wanting to bake some treats for our canine buddies in the building Tucker, Herbie, Doc and possibly Gia depending on her diet. I’ve come to learn that some foods are harmful in […]

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Michael Ruhlman the author of the captivating inside look into the Culinary Institute of America (see his Soul of a Chef trilogy) and more recently the author of Ratio and Twenty, was also the author of this Tweet on a recent morning: “email to cia student: learn 2 b excellent writer first, then turn that […]

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This did not come easy, but then, life is not easy. While the downward compression of pay for writers continues, our costs go up. I’m offered fifteen cents a word for a job that last year might have been $1 a word. My hosting service and my newsletter service both cost real money and those […]

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  Learning your way around an old-fashioned butcher’s counter can be tough. If you grew up, as I did, with “meat” coming wrapped in plastic (not paper) on a styrofoam tray, you had little clue what part of the animal the meat came from or truly, that it even came from an animal.   Kari […]

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You may recall I’ve sneaked around canning like a voyeur at a sex club. Very intrigued. Not jumping in. I was delighted to connect my experienced friends when the Canvolution got underway and to attend the first event here in the Boston area. Canning (listen Rich, we know they’re jars, but it’s called canning and […]

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  photo: Denise Woodward   So, it’s almost 2:30 AM and I’ve finally cleaned the kitchen of most traces of, and all dishes dirtied in, the maiden voyage into canning-land. Eight pints and one bandaged finger later we have a tremendous sense of accomplishment and a foreboding sense of what lies ahead tomorrow morning when […]

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