cookbook club: Italian American

I’m ending 2021 with a special cookbook. This book was the reason I selected the theme Flavors of New York in the first place. If you’re just joining us and would like to catch up on previous or cookbooks (including previous seasons), you can catch up from the start HERE.  

Also, as our Autumn 2021 season of Cookbook Club draws to a close with this fourth book, I’d like to announce the start of our next season of  92nd Street Y and Kitchen Arts & Letters cookbook club that begins on February 1, 2022 (click that link above for more information). Our theme will be Cooking Off The Beaten Path – I’d love to have you join us live on Zoom if you’re able (click here). If not, I’ll be posting about each book as we go, so you can follow along here on Wander Eat and Tell too!

Now, back to this very important book – Italian American: Red Sauce Classics and New Essentials by Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli….

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cookbook club: Flavors of the Sun

If you’re just joining us and would like to catch up on previous or cookbooks, you can catch up from the start HERE.  Our Autumn 2021 season of the 92nd Street Y and Kitchen Arts & Letters cookbook club was dedicated to exploring four distinct food stories that represent what is just the tip of the iceberg of food in New York City.

Flavors of the Sun by Christine Sahadi Whelan, the third book of our Flavors of New York cookbook club, was one of the two books this season that I felt the greatest personal connection to (along with our next book, Italian American). 

This book is subtitled The Sahadi’s Guide to Understanding, Buying, and Using Middle Eastern IngredientsSahadi’s Importing Co. on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn was my neighborhood grocery store when I was in culinary school in the early 1990s. I’m convinced that shopping there transformed the trajectory of my career and sent me on a decades-long adventure that only gets better as the journey continues!

autumn 2021 cookbook club featured books
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cookbook club: Between Harlem and Heaven

The second book of our Flavors of New York cookbook club turned out to be a fun plot twister!

Our autumn 2021 season of the 92nd Street Y and Kitchen Arts & Letters cookbook club is dedicated to exploring four distinct food stories that represent what is just the tip of the iceberg of food in New York City. 

autumn 2021 cookbook club featured books
all books available at KitchenArtsandLetters.com

These four books tell of restaurants and food businesses – bits and pieces of the New York story – of neighborhoods, families, communities, and the melting pot of distinct flavors that come together into something truly, uniquely, NYC. 

Through these books we’ll cook and taste…

  • the history of NYC restaurants
  • the importance of neighborhood
  • immigrant foodways (from near and far)
  • reverse migration of foodways (what NYC sends into the world)
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cookbook club: Buvette

The Flavors of New York cookbook club is off to a great start! We just completed book one of four and the energy is high. We have many new voices sharing in our conversation. They join a group that I’ve been fortunate to share two previous seasons with, and we’re going strong!

Our autumn season of the 92nd Street Y and Kitchen Arts & Letters cookbook club is dedicated to exploring four distinct food stories that represent what is just the tip of the iceberg of food in New York City. I could spend years (probably decades) on this one topic. But I had to choose – and autumn is my favorite season in New York!

autumn 2021 cookbook club featured books
all books available at www.kitchenartsandletters.com

These four books tell stories of restaurants and food businesses that have been part of my personal New York story, as well as the story of New York’s neighborhoods and beyond. 

Through these books we’ll cook and taste…

  • the history of NYC restaurants
  • the importance of a neighborhood
  • immigrant foodways (from near and far)
  • reverse migration of foodways (what NYC sends into the world)

We begin with Buvette: the pleasure of good food by Jody Williams with Julia Turshen. 

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how to cook from a new cookbook

Seems simple enough. Right? Pick up a book, choose a recipe, start cooking. But no. If you want to get the most out of your new cookbook, take your time to get to know it! Here’s how I do it…

approaching a new cookbook with Chef Annette
  1. Read the book and the recipes like any other book… get a feel for the story and how it’s being told.
  2. Read the recipe for ingredient and equipment needs, then gather your mise en place.
  3. Read the recipe one last time before cooking. This time, visualize each step as you go. Make mental notes of unusual techniques or transition places.
  4. Enjoy the process!

Want to know more about the Cookbook Club? Start by reading my post HERE.

Happy cooking!

I’d love to hear how you like to approach a new cookbook or recipe. Share your own experiences in the comments below.

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the autumn 2021 cookbook club: flavors of New York

Have you been following along with the cookbook club? If not, you can catch up starting here. This is my third season hosting the 92nd Street Y and Kitchen Arts & Letters online cookbook club. The season hasn’t even started yet and it’s already my favorite! The autumn 2021 cookbook club theme is Flavors of New York. For me (and millions more), that means the flavors of home.

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cookbook club: Ruffage

The lazy days of summer are definitely upon us, and our cookbook club is ready to take a summer vacation. But there’s still plenty of summer vegetables left to explore! Our last book of the season is a perfect companion for foraging your local farmers’ markets, or if you’re lucky, maybe your home garden as well.

Our fourth book, Ruffage: A Practical Guide to Vegetables by Abra Berens, actually served as a textbook of sorts for all the others. If you ever wanted a field guide to the produce aisle, this is the book you need! Whether our vegetable-focused cooking adventure was focused on the simplicity of Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: Spring, Summer, or flavors from further afield in to Asia With Love by Hettie McKinnon, or the West African dishes of Senegal by Pierre Thiam – learning how to select, store, and work with different vegetables has been priceless. 

And the recipes are great too (as you’ll soon read)!

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cookbook club: Senegal

Welcome to the third book of our summer cookbook club. Our theme this season is Summer Vegetables – perfect for a time when local farmers’ markets are thriving, and maybe even your home garden. After easing into our vegetable-focused cooking adventure with Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: Spring, Summer, we began an intercontinental journey; first to Asia, now to West Africa!

summer cookbook club selection
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Senegal: Modern Senegalese recipes from the source to the bowl by Pierre Thiam with Jennifer Sit is a stunningly beautiful cultural tour of the author’s beloved homeland. The photography, by Evan Sung, brings the vibrancy and richness of Senegal and its people, and the feeling of teranga – warm hospitality – to life on every page. 

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