Category Archives: technique

Mastering Stocks and Broths

Of all the items on the menu, soup is that which exacts the most delicate perfection and strictest attention. Escoffier I used throw chicken scraps and vegetable peelings in a pot, boil it, do a bit of skimming, and then … Continue reading

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Cookbook Digest–Sweet Stuff

It’s county fair time, an opportunity for the nicest competition there is, the baking contest. Up your game with these books, reviewed for Cookbook Digest. Bake with Anna Olsen will give you some pro tips to ensure your genoise is … Continue reading

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Cleaning Out the Basement–Cordon Bleu Baking I

I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There’s no difference in how seriously you take the job, how seriously you approach your whole life. Martha Stewart And if you run a good empire, perhaps you’ll … Continue reading

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Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. Elsa Schiaparelli You may think you know what you’re doing in the kitchen. You don’t. But Samin Nosrat does and she can explain it brilliantly. In reading this book, you’ll find … Continue reading

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Real Pizza, Secrets of the Neapolitan Tradition

As a chef and as a father, I am very upset by what’s on the menu at most schools: chicken nuggets and tater tots and ketchup and pizza. Jose Andres He’s not talking about the pizza in this book. The … Continue reading

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Build a Bowl–Cookbook Digest

Sometimes you just want a bowl, a spoon, and no fuss. Either of these books are just the thing when you’re tired, hungry, and not sure what’s in the fridge. But a reasonable pantry, a creative eye, and the inspiration … Continue reading

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Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. Elsa Schiaparelli And clearly Pamela Strobel could cast a spell. In their introduction to this reprint edition, Matt Lee and Ted Lee, self-taught scholars of Southern foodways, describe the character of Strobel’s … Continue reading

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