Category Archives: food focus

Melt, Stretch & Sizzle, the Art of Cooking Cheese

Cheese, milk’s leap toward immortality. Clifton Fadiman For anyone whose ever had a fondue seize or a just “meh” grilled cheese, this is the book. Tia Keenan is a cheese expert, author of The Art of the Cheese Plate in … Continue reading

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Eataly: All About Pasta, A Complete Guide with Recipes

Life is a combination of magic and pasta. Federico Fellini And there’s nothing magic about making pasta. Once you’ve learned a few techniques that work for your pots and your kitchen, you can make delicious pasta from almost anything. But … Continue reading

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Distilling the South, A Guide to Southern Craft Liquors

Well, between Scotch and nothin’, I suppose I’d take Scotch. It’s the nearest thing to moonshine I can find.  William Faulkner The distillers in this book are making liquors that are far more sophisticated than moonshine, but like moonshine, are … Continue reading

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Fruit, Recipes that Celebrate Nature

Our families don’t always cross the finish line in the span of one generation. But each generation passes on to the next the fruits of their labor. Julian Castro Fruit is such a gift–seasonal and treasured sweetness, no wonder they … Continue reading

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Risotto & Beyond

Each month is gay, each season nice, when eating chicken soup with rice. Maurice Sendak Or when eating Risotto with Oysters and Prosecco, or Rice Tart with Prosciutto, or Rice Crespelle with Almonds and Organic Honey. John Coletta is the … Continue reading

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Lemons are a Girl’s Best Friend

“I’m always so excited when I find new ways to use lemons.” not Marilyn Monroe Lemons are a girl’s best friend, but so are mangoes, cherries, sweet potatoes, olives, seaweed, and more. Everyone of them is healthy–deep colors equal lots … Continue reading

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Vegetariano

What was paradise, but a garden full of vegetables and herbs and pleasure? Nothing there but delights. William Lawson The Slow Food editors who compiled this book agree in their very first sentence, “Italy is an earthly paradise for vegetarians.” … Continue reading

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