25 March 2015

In the Kitchen With Jackson Pollock




Soon to be released, and combining two of my favorite subjects, this publication is destimed to be the ultimate coffee table artbook/cookbook:

"Jackson Pollock the artist needs no introduction—but perhaps lesser known is Jackson Pollock the gardener, baker, and dinner-party host. From starters and entrees to side dishes, breads, and desserts, Dinner with Jackson Pollock features more than fifty recipes collected from handwritten pages scrawled by Jackson; his wife, artist Lee Krasner; his mother, Stella; or traded among their many friends in the town of Springs on Long Island, interspersed with Jackson s masterworks, still lifes of the Pollock-Krasner home, and beautiful photographs of each delectable recipe, plus delightful tales from Jackson and Lee s family and local friends, for a truly unique and insightful portrait of a great American artist."


Read more at THE NEW YORK TIMES:



In the Kitchen With Jackson Pollock



Dinner With Jackson Pollock: Recipes, Art & Nature 

by Robyn Lea (Author, Photographer), Francesca Pollock (Preface), Helen A. Harrison (Foreword)

  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Assouline; Spi edition (March 31, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1614284326
  • ISBN-13: 978-1614284321

Available online at Amazon.






18 March 2015

Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat? : The Salt : NPR



I've often wondered about what foods are promoted, how they are presented, and more, all for the sake of ratings rather than for health and nutrition:

" 'Our main finding is that it seems that if you watch food television and then actually cook the recipes that you see, you're at risk for having a higher BMI [body mass index],' says study author Lizzy Pope, who's a researcher in nutrition and food science at the University of Vermont." Read more at:

Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat? : The Salt : NPR




10 March 2015

“Kids Cook French: Les Enfants Cuisinent à la Française” by Claudine Pépin


Recently published, a new childrens' cookbook from the daughter of a well-know author and chef (Jacques Pepin, of course), Kids Cook French: Les Enfants Cuisinent à la Française by Claudine Pépin, for those precocious kids who are or might be serious about food and food preparation. From The New York Times:

"Claudine Pépin came to cooking naturally; her father is the chef and teacher Jacques Pépin. In this concise, elegant cookbook for children — written in English and French, and illustrated by Mr. Pépin — she does not cook down to youngsters. The recipes are simple but serious and go well beyond kid food..."

Kids Cook French: Les Enfants Cuisinent à la Française
by Claudine Pépin
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; Bilingual edition (March 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159253953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592539536
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.5 x 10 inches

Available online at Amazon.com






02 March 2015

What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul



Recently released, a publication that goes beyond being a guide for weight loss:

"What are you hungry for? Food? Love? Self-esteem?  Peace? In this manual for "higher health," based on the latest findings in both mainstream and alternative medicine, Deepak Chopra creates a vision of weight loss based on a deeper awareness of why people overeat - because they are trying to find satisfaction and wind up using food as a substitute for real fulfillment..."

What Are You Hungry For?: The Chopra Solution to Permanent Weight Loss, Well-Being, and Lightness of Soul 
by Deepak Chopra
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (December 30, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0770437230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0770437237

Available online at Amazon.com




15 February 2015

A Measured Approach to Cooking - NYTimes.com



A wonderful article, worth the time reading.

"...the sociologist William Bruce Cameron put well: 'Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.'”

A Measured Approach to Cooking - NYTimes.com






06 January 2015

Review: ‘Twelve Recipes’ by Cal Peternell - NYTimes.com


From The New York Times:

"Cal Peternell’s smart new cookbook, Twelve Recipes, recently published by HarperCollins, is one of the last type, a cookbook written for new cooks, for uncertain cooks, for good cooks looking for simple inspiration, for anyone wrestling with a New Year’s resolution to cook more and better. It arose from conversations that Mr. Peternell, a longtime chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., had with his oldest son as he headed off to college: a kitchen rat who had never learned to cook, who had merely seen it all happen around him, who needed to be taught how to shop, how to warm garlic in a pan, how to make a vinaigrette, how to braise."

Twelve Recipes
by Cal Peternell (Author)
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Cookbooks (October 21, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062270303
ISBN-13: 978-0062270306
Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches

Available online from Amazon.





10 December 2014

Best Cookbooks Of 2014 Offer Tastes And Tales From Around The Globe : NPR


From NPR:

"2014 was a year for faraway cuisines to take up residence in U.S. kitchens — cookbook authors cast their nets for flavors from Paris, the Middle East and Southeast Asia; from the ancient spice routes and every point in between."

Best Cookbooks Of 2014 Offer Tastes And Tales From Around The Globe : NPR

Cookbooks available at Amazon.












30 November 2014

How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food




In a rush during the holidays and  want to make a tasty meal fast?

Or know someone who should know how to make great food quick?

Mark Bittman's newest cookbook (and more) may be your solution:

"How to Cook Everything Fast is a book of kitchen innovations. Time management— the essential principle of fast cooking— is woven into revolutionary recipes that do the thinking for you. You’ll learn how to take advantage of downtime to prepare vegetables while a soup simmers or toast croutons while whisking a dressing. Just cook as you read—and let the recipes guide you quickly and easily toward a delicious result..."

How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food
by Mark Bittman
Hardcover: 1056 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2 edition (October 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470936304
ISBN-13: 978-0470936306
Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.4 x 9 inches

Available online at Amazon.


18 November 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States - NYTimes.com

From The New York Times:

"We’ve scoured the nation for recipes that evoke each of the 50 states (and D.C. and Puerto Rico). These are our picks for the feast. Dig in, then tell us yours."

Thanksgiving Recipes Across the United States - NYTimes.com







08 November 2014

Stressed About Holiday Cooking? Take Our Survey, And We'll Help : The Salt : NPR



..."If you're like us, the prospect of cooking for a group — or contributing a dish to the holiday meal — this time of year can cause some anxiety..."

Stressed About Holiday Cooking? Take Our Survey, And We'll Help : The Salt : NPR


A Visit to the Kitchen of Legendary Cookbook Editor Judith Jones - WSJ - WSJ


As an editor, Judith Jones introduced the world to food legends like Julia Child, James Beard and Marcella Hazan. Here she shares a recipe from her latest book, ‘Love Me, Feed Me,’ a collection of dishes you can share with your dog..."


A Visit to the Kitchen of Legendary Cookbook Editor Judith Jones - WSJ - WSJ






26 October 2014

To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate - NYTimes.com


..."The findings support recent research linking flavanols, especially epicatechin, to improved blood circulation, heart health and memory in mice, snails and humans. But experts said the new study, although involving only 37 participants and partly funded by Mars Inc., the chocolate company, goes further and was a well-controlled, randomized trial led by experienced researchers..."

To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate - NYTimes.com

and..

Sippable Molten Chocolate à la Française and an Ancient Chinese Kitchen Staple Revamped








23 October 2014

(Only) Two Rules for a Good Diet - NYTimes.com

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

"...I get this. I’m a worrier, too, though I tend to expend my neurotic energy on different topics. The overall environment means that you’re pretty much on your own if you try to eat healthfully in spite of the system, and you must take up that battle through a dozen or more decisions each day. But there are two big decisions that can put you on the right path and help you largely steer clear of antibiotics, excess sugar, unwanted chemicals, animal cruelty, and more...."



(Only) Two Rules for a Good Diet - NYTimes.com




09 October 2014

Heritage by Sean Block


Soon to be released:

Heritage

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (October 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579654630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579654634

"...Brock’s interpretation of Southern favorites like Pickled Shrimp, Hoppin’ John, and Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake sit alongside recipes for Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps, Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Tomato Gravy, and Baked Sea Island Red Peas. This is a very personal book, with headnotes that explain Brock’s background and give context to his food and essays in which he shares his admiration for the purveyors and ingredients he cherishes..."

Available online at Amazon.com