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.
November 10, 2011 |
For as long as anyone could remember, Angela DiMedio Carlino wanted to put down the recipes that built Carlino's Market into a suburban institution. The holiday soup, the wedding peaches, the meatballs. "She always said, 'I'm-a-write a cook-a-book and I call it Wanna Taste? ' " said Jill Santoro, who has worked at Carlino's for 15 years, lovingly mimicking "Mama" Carlino's thick accent. Mama Carlino died Nov. 4, 2007, on her 70th birthday - two days after her family opened a second store.
October 13, 2011 |
Zelinda LeBoutillier, 76, of Exton, the chief executive officer of Waterloo Gardens and the founder of a cooking school and author of a cookbook, died of cancer Friday, Oct. 7, at her home. Known for her generous heart and philanthropic ways, she was affectionately called "Mama Linda" by many employees, customers, and friends. "She was always out there helping people," recalled her son, Roberts D., known as Bobby. "When she met you, she'd ask all about you, and the next time she saw you, she'd remember your name and everything about your family.
September 8, 2011 |
Ivy Olesh left her full-time job at the Center City District when she became a mother eight months ago. But the former residential and retail outreach manager has kept a hand in at the office. Actually, both hands. All summer, Olesh, 28, has been holed up in her southwest Center City home two days a week, testing recipes for a free online cookbook that the district and partner Philly Homegrown will unveil Monday to coincide with Center City District Restaurant Week, which runs Sept.
July 21, 2011 |
You want to eat more fish. Ironically for the conscientious consumer, that has become more difficult to do, thanks to a wave of confusing information. Modern seafood cookbooks must explain and enlighten as well as offer accessible recipes; some have risen to this challenge better than others. Barton Seaver has hit the right notes with his first cookbook For Cod and Country (Sterling Epicure, $30; 175 recipes). For the Washington, D.C. chef, preparing seafood remains a personal enterprise.