March 18, 2012 |
It was 20 years ago that I left Chateau du Fey, the 16th-century castle in Burgundy where I'd spent a magical year working for my culinary degree at Anne Willan's École de Cuisine La Varenne. As a stagiaire translating French cooking classes for the English-speaking students, this was my springboard into the world of food. I had the run of the estate, from the wine cellar to the vast cookbook library to the walled potager garden. I knew where they kept the truffles.
March 8, 2012
An article Tuesday about the sale of Julie Dannenbaum's kitchen equipment misidentified the leadership of the Philadelphia chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier. Cookbook author Aliza Green, a founder of the chapter, is president and Kathy Gold of Haddonfield is first vice president. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
February 23, 2012 |
Before she even put down her bag or said hello, Libbie Summers was compelled to comment on the bright, minimal vibe at the La Colombe near City Hall. It's just her way: For the cookbook author, culinary producer, blogger, and food stylist, aesthetics are tied into everything she does. "On the train I was writing notes about radishes and white lace and spring onions," she says. "I can't help it, my head goes crazy!" The Savannah, Ga., resident was in town for a few days this month, promoting the recent release of The Whole Hog Cookbook , her first solo title.
January 26, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - It's not often that you see a picture of an author swigging from a flask in a cookbook, but that's exactly what Evan George, one-half of the L.A.-based food blogging duo known as Hot Knives, is doing on the back cover of the pair's new vegetarian cookbook, Salad Daze . And wait a minute: What's his partner Alex Brown smoking in that picture anyway? It better be medicinal. Irreverence is key to why the Hot Knives boys, both 29, got a cookbook deal in the first place.
January 19, 2012 |
Instead of bedtime stories, cookbook author Nina Simonds heard tales of the delicious meals her father ate on the road. An advertising executive, Simonds' father traveled often from the family's home in Andover, Mass., to cities such as San Francisco and New York, where he relished the restaurants, especially Chinese. "My father just adored food," says Simonds, 59, who, though she has nary a trace of Asian heritage in her family tree, became a premier author of Asian cookbooks in the United States.
December 15, 2011 |
Adventures With Chocolate by Paul A. Young (Kyle Books, $24.95) From across the pond, this London artisan chocolatier gives us Adventures With Chocolate , and what an adventure it is. It offers excellent tips on choosing chocolate, directions on tempering chocolate, and even a master class in chocolate tasting. This is not your mother's cookbook. Young's interesting flavor combinations will have you whipping up everything from truffles - ancho chile with lime, Aztec spiced, or gingerbread - to libations perfect for a holiday party.
December 11, 2011 |
ATHENS, Greece - It's the ultimate belt-tightening handbook: No Meat? Push an eggplant through the grinder instead. Chew your food long enough for your stomach to feel full. And don't forget to sweep crumbs off your table and into a jar. These are some of the tips Greeks used to survive the World War II occupation that have been collected in Starvation Recipes , a cookbook that has become a surprise hit as millions of Greeks struggle to make ends meet in a new era of hardship brought on by economic crisis.
December 8, 2011 |
FOR HOLIDAY gifting or just your own tasty reading, here are some recommended cookbooks from this year's crop, starting on a locavore note with one of our own. * When Mario Batali (who wrote the foreword) first ate at Marc Vetri's eponymous Philadelphia restaurant in 1998, he thought it "the best meal of true Italian deliciousness . . . I had ever had outside of the boot. " Vetri's new Rustic Italian Food , with David Joachim (Ten Speed, $35) offers a master class in bread, pizza, pasta, salumi preserves, meats, fish, vegetables and desserts.
November 13, 2011
Sunday Quick, change! Charles Ludlam's antic farce The Mystery of Irma Vep is a satire of melodrama, Hitchcockian suspense, and vampire romance. The show requires two actors to play eight characters, with rapid-fire costume changes. Starring Luigi Sottile and Dito van Reigersberg , it goes on at 2 p.m. Sunday at Act II Playhouse , 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, and continues with shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $27 and $33. Call 215-654-0200.
November 10, 2011 |
There were 25,000 copies initially printed, but Marc Vetri's new cookbook, Rustic Italian Food , went into its second printing before the Nov. 1 release date. Compare that to Il Viaggio Di Vetri , his first book, which sold 25,000 copies after three years. "I just got a $420 royalty check. . . . my first one, three years later," says the chef, sitting on a broken-in brown leather sofa in his newly renovated home kitchen. After two years of recipe testing, writing, and waiting, Vetri is ready to show the world his latest collection.