October 26, 2012
MY MOTHER has passed on now, but my memory of her homemade poundcake - a buttery almond-scented confection with a thick golden-brown crust and fluffy yellow center - is as alive as ever. She would bake it in a 1970s-era autumn-gold oven, and the rich smell would waft through the entire house. It was the only homemade cake I ever knew her to make, and she considered the recipe hers, even though she'd gotten it from a friend. It's written down in a dusty old recipe book in my loopy fourth-grade script.
December 14, 1989 |
A prison inmate who wrote a 583-page cookbook while serving a life sentence for murder is suing a Montgomery County man who he says promised to help publish it. Bernard Jerry-El, 43, now at the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh, filed the lawsuit against Edward J. Reilly of Devon, who he says took the original copy of his cookbook in 1987 to photocopy and send to publishers. But Reilly lied about his connections with publishers and never returned the cookbook, according to Jerry-El's lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Montgomery County Court.
January 7, 1990 |
A $3 million civil suit involving a convicted murderer and a missing cookbook has been transferred to Delaware County Court because the defendant, Edward J. Reilly of Devon, lives here. Bernard Jerry-El, 43, an inmate at the State Correctional Institution in Pittsburgh, filed the lawsuit in Montgomery County on Dec. 12 because he was incarcerated at Graterford Prison at the time. The suit contends that Reilly took a 583-page cookbook written by Jerry-El with the understanding that he would help get it published, then either lost or stole the material.
February 8, 2002 |
For every feast day commemorating the life of a Roman Catholic saint, there is likely to be a special dish to celebrate the occasion. That is what Lorraine Kiefer and the other members of Nativity Friends, a group of cooking enthusiasts at the Church of Nativity in Franklinville, discovered while researching the lives of saints for a cookbook they produced, Nativity Cooks Throughout the Year. In the 250-page book of nearly 700 recipes are those associated with better-known feast days, such as St. Patrick and St. Joseph, as well as lesser-known saints, such as Barbara and Catherine, both early Christian martyrs.
January 22, 1992 |
The last time the National Football League produced a cookbook - in 1981 - the result was a homespun paperback with recipes like Mrs. Bart Starr's Coconut Buttermilk Cake and Ray Malavasi's Lasagna. This year, the NFL tapped top chefs in each NFL city to provide the recipes for "The NFL Cities' Cafe," which is more likely to appeal to readers of Gourmet magazine than Sports Illustrated. Recipes include Wild Mushroom Strudel, Alligator Piccata with Orange Sauce, Calamari Tacos, Duck Tamales with Cilantro Beurre Blanc and Pan-Crisped Lobster and Semolina Cakes with Caviar and Mascarpone.
July 12, 2012
Marion Cunningham, 90, the home-cooking champion whose legacy can be found in the food-spattered pages of Fannie Farmer cookbooks in kitchens across America, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at a hospital in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Wednesday, a family friend told the San Francisco Chronicle. Best known for her revisions of the classic The Fannie Farmer Cookbook, in 1979 and again in 1990, Ms. Cunningham also wrote several other books, including The Breakfast Book, Cooking With Children, and Lost Recipes.
January 3, 2008 |
Everybody loves Italian food, and this year it seemed as though most cookbook authors felt they owned a piece of it. Three of 2007's finest works on cucina Italiana bore near-identical titles: "[Given name]'s Italy. " 'Nuff said, clearly, especially since each of these works successfully captures the peninsula and its people as aptly as the zabaglione and zuppa di pesce. Lidia Bastianich, the engaging if slightly imperious TV host (check out her daughter Tanya's "not again, Mom" takes on their PBS shows; classic stuff)
April 7, 2011 |
SEATTLE - Nathan Myhrvold didn't just go to school; he worked on the quantum theory of gravity with Stephen Hawking. He didn't just get a job; he became Microsoft's first chief technology officer. As a hobbyist, he didn't just get into grilling; he copped several top prizes in the World Championship of Barbecue. So it's unsurprising that when Myhrvold decided to write a cookbook, he didn't just write a cookbook. He outfitted his kitchen laboratory in Bellevue, Wash., with hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of whiz-bang equipment, including a centrifuge, freeze-driers, humidity-controlled smokers, and special evaporators.
May 1, 2000 |
The recipes might best be described as suburban potluck international - noodles Romanoff, Oriental shrimp, taco dip, Spanish rice. The cover is red-and-white checked, a la Betty Crocker. Even the spiral-bound paperback format is wholesomely familiar, the kind used for Junior League and church fund-raisers across America. But a slim cookbook now on sale ($19.95) on the Internet and at a handful of left-leaning bookstores in Minnesota and California has an unusual, subversive twist.
June 24, 2016
The Garden State, translated to the plate What does New Jersey taste like? Author John Holl attempts to answer that question in 150 recipes, in the new book Dishing Up New Jersey (Storey, May 2016). Local contributions include a recipe for honey-thyme caramels from Haddon Township's Mecha Artisan Chocolate and ancho and ale chili from the Blue Rose Inn in Cape May. - Samantha Melamed Dishing Up New Jersey, $19.95, at the Cook Book Stall at Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, 267-237-8986, thecookbookstall.com Pastry perfection Combine the goodness of a Jewish bakery with the skill of a trained pastry chef and you have Tova du Plessis' new Essen Bakery in South Philadelphia.