Category Archives: Cookbook Review

Cookbook Review: Dinner: Changing the Game by Melissa Clark

Melissa Clark dropped by Politics and Prose last week in honor of her latest cookbook, Dinner: Changing the Game. It’s the 38th book she’s written or collaborated on.  Since her last book tour, in 2011, she’s been making videos with … Continue reading

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Review: Dutch Treats: Heirloom Recipes from Farmhouse Kitchens by William Woys Weaver

Here is a book by a food historian which goes far beyond a collection of recipes, resembling not so much a cookbook as an ethnography through food.  Many recipes are presented with variations of their ingredients and methods over time, … Continue reading

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Review: Mexican Today: New and Rediscovered Recipes for Contemporary Kitchens by Pati Jinich

Bless Pati’s heart.  She’s a wonderful cook and teacher, and her winsome personality shines in conversation and on the small screen.  However, the design of her latest cookbook is maddening.  Let me explain. There are the expected beautiful pictures of … Continue reading

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Conserver of a Great Tradition – Review: Chesapeake Bay Cooking with John Shields

Have you ever picked up one of those spiral-bound cookbooks published by a community group, expecting to find it full of recipes redolent of the culture or region of its origin, only to discover it contains only a single section … Continue reading

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Review: Two Asian Cookbooks: Lucky Rice and Koreatown

Danielle Chang, Lucky Rice: Stories and Recipes from Night Markets, Feasts, and Family Tables, Clarkson Potter, New York, 2016. Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard, Koreatown, A Cookbook, Clarkson Potter, New York, 2016. The two featured cookbooks at the National Museum … Continue reading

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Jerusalem of Gold: Zahav, The Restaurant, Event and Cookbook

Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook, Zahav, A World of Israeli Cooking, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015   Michael Solomonov is the chef and part owner of the Israeli restaurant Zahav in Philadelphia.  He is also the author of its eponymous cookbook, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ad Astra – The 50th Anniversary SFWA Cookbook edited by Cat Rambo and Fran Wilde

vutlu’meH QaQ jajvam! Which is, of course, Klingon for “Today is a Good Day to Cook!” and seems fitting for this collection of party food recipes from a group of folks who are known for their love of good times … Continue reading

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Review: The Al Tiramisu Restaurant Cookbook

The title of this book is a misnomer.  Yes, it’s a cookbook, but also an autobiography, tutorial of Italian cuisine, travelogue, and repository of wisdom learned over the life of a successful chef and restaurateur. There are essays about growing … Continue reading

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Librarians Have Appetites!

Why would a food writer attend a librarian’s convention?  Like everyone else, librarians appreciate cooking and eating, and they buy books on those topics for their libraries.  The exhibit hall of the Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association in … Continue reading

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Feast on Ice and Fire: Eat the Game of Thrones

The Game of Thrones has a tie-in cookbook, and I have reviewed it for SFRevu.  See http://sfrevu.com/php/Review-id.php?id=14929

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