Category Archives: international

CHoWline–New Art of Cookery by Juan Altamiras

This review appeared in the October 2018 issue of CHoWline, the newsletter of the Culinary Historians of Washington, DC. Juan Altamiras was the pen name of the Spanish friar who published his recipes in 1745. But never mind that date, … Continue reading

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T-Bone Whacks and Caviar Snacks

This book records the cooking and shopping experiences of two American educators in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia, and is an excellent mix of research, experience, and recipes. And yes, some of the tales of privation–wonky stoves, uneven markets–are true, but … 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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The Galloping Gourmet

An Englishman teaching an American about food is like the blind leading the one-eyed. A. J. Liebling I was once at the Smithsonian Museum of American History’s exhibit on Julia Child’s Kitchen where I overhead one teenager describe Child to … Continue reading

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Souk, Feasting at the Mezze Table

You have descended on your own people and have stepped upon the plains. –Arabic greeting That is, you are among friends in a land of plenty. And that’s the way this book feels, beautiful but fundamentally simple food, meant to … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Pardon my Foie Gras

I love books like this–blithe and bright, they have an American exceptionalism attitude that says we get to eat and enjoy good things. It’s full of cliches like casque-helmeted policeman, the kiosk, and fleur de lis. This 1956 book is … 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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