savor the season – summer cookbook club starts soon!

from the farmers’ market or your own garden to your table… with a little help from these amazing books The spring cookbook club, Classic to Modern, was such a huge hit that we’re going to make a regular thing of it! The summer cookbook club begins on May 26, 2021 (register here!). I’ll be leadingContinue reading “savor the season – summer cookbook club starts soon!”

cookbook club: The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes

Cookbooks and kitchens are the heart of many great adventures. Last week our spring cookbook club, Classic to Modern, ended our journey with a return to the present. Over the course of 4 books in 8 weeks, we time traveled from the days of Edna Lewis to Sam Sifton’s contemporary approach to creating delicious meals. In between, weContinue reading “cookbook club: The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes”

cookbook club: Plat du Jour by Susan Herrmann Loomis

I’d say the spring cookbook club is off to a great start!  In our second meeting, we talked French comfort food and life in France with award-winning author Susan Herrmann Loomis as we cooked to her latest book, Plat Du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy.  Plat du jour means daily special. These are the dishes handwritten on chalkboardsContinue reading “cookbook club: Plat du Jour by Susan Herrmann Loomis”

Cookbook Club: The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis

Welcome to the first book of our spring cookbook club! Our first book of the series is: The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis. But, before digging in, I want to thank Kitchen Arts & Letters bookstore and The 92nd Street Y in NYC. Their beloved live program, Talks & Tastes, had to go virtual and they made it happen in theContinue reading “Cookbook Club: The Taste of Country Cooking by Edna Lewis”

join the (cookbook) club

I’m about to do something I’ve wanted to do for YEARS! Confession: I’m a food and drink book addict. OK. Maybe you’re not surprised at all by that. My home is literally wall-to-wall cookbooks, food history books, and a library’s worth of wine and spirits books. They make me happy. And when I’m happy, IContinue reading “join the (cookbook) club”

Accidental Food Writing

One of the most memorable pieces of food writing is said to be Proust’s description of a madeleine from Remembrance of Things Past – quite possibly the most unintentional pieces of food writing out there. Actually, there’s very little about the madeleine in there, it’s mostly about the tea if anything, but that’s not how it’s remembered. (ForContinue reading “Accidental Food Writing”

Media Review: Salt

A day late again! Eventually I’ll get back on track… in the meantime, I’m glad it’s only by one day. Quite a lot has been written about salt in recent years – from Mark Kurlansky’s best-selling book, Salt: A World History, to New York City’s proposed “ban on salt“. Despite the public’s mixed feelings about saltContinue reading “Media Review: Salt”