Looks like my talents have been recognized elsewhere on the Web. On TheBookStudio.com to be specific. The popular site's literary powers-that-be have taken me on as a regular book reviewer. Unsurprisingly, I'll be focusing on tomes devoted to food and drink.
The leaves are turning copper, gold and crimson and the season of hunkering down with a good book nears.
Luckily, I have many a culinary tome awaiting. From the highly anticipated look at modern molecular gastronomy god Ferran Adria, "Day at ElBulli," to a scientific investigation behind what we toss down our gullets, "Food Bites," I have quite a collection of tasty reads ahead of me.
I'm also look forwarding to perusing the pages of "Secrets of the Red Lantern," a Vietnamese family memoir that weaves authentic recipes within the heartfelt tales of war and renewal.
But later this week, a little literary treasure is coming my way, courtesy of my publishing world pal Bethanne -- a signed copy of "Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China." This is surely the book I will be reading on Friday when I board my flight bound for Cathay. And hopefully, after finishing the last chapter, I'll be well-prepared for stir-frying my own journey through Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing!
Currently Cottage Living's food editor, Sunée shares her tale of abandonment in Korea, adoption in New Orleans and whirlwind passions in Europe. Throughout, she weaves in stories about her love for cooking and food, whether sharing the step-by-step instructions for her Poppy's authentic N'awlins Crawfish Bisque or the complex recipe for a very sophisticated Chocolate Cake with Marscapone-Chestnut Cream. And, though love - in many forms - was in abundance in her early years and young adulthood, even affection, ardor, great friends, the country roads of Provence, the city streets of Paris and the delectable food she prepares can't assuage her true hunger: a longing for identity.
Every page was delicious.
*Update: Kim Sunée will be in New York on March 19th, speaking about her book that evening at The Korea Society. For more info, check out this link.
'Tis the season - for gift giving and receiving. Bizarre to admit it, but I can't come up with a kitchen gadget that I truly need or desire. Nor do I want to add a cooking class or particular foodstuff to my wish list. However, there are a few tasty tomes that I long to find under the menorah or by the b-day cake:
I am most definitely an avid reader. Fiction, non-fiction and biographies all intrigue, but admittedly I do have a soft spot for cookbooks. I can spend hours pouring over them, concocting riffs on the recipes they share and imagining dinner parties at which they might take centerstage.
Lately, I've become fascinated by a massive tome entitled "1080 Recipes," a veritable bible of authentic Spanish cookery, coming in close to 1000 pages in length. Recipes range from Galician Pie to Rabbit Cooked with Olives and Almonds. I have a strange feeling that this book might end up serving my kitchen and dinner guests well during the brisk days of autumn.
And just to raise the stakes, the publishers are throwing an event tomorrow night at 6pm at the Instituto Cervantes New York to ignite foodie passions for Spanish cuisine. Apparently, a renowned food writer will be leading discussion about the tradition of Spanish home cooking, and wine and olive oil will be sampled as well.
Not sure if I'll be able to attend, but considering I already have "1080 Recipes" in hand, it seems a safe bet that I'll gleefully be shouting out "Olé" soon enough.
The news has been everywhere. Jessica Seinfeld's new hot cookbook "Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food" may end up putting the celeb wife and mom in hot water. The buzz is that her book and its recipes bear a striking similarity to "The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids' Favorite Meals" by Missy Chase Lapine.
The main difference? Ms. Lepine isn't married to comedian Jerry Seinfeld and didn't score a segment on Oprah.
Seinfeld said she has never seen or read "The Sneaky Chef."
"My book came from years of trying to get my own children to eat healthy foods — my own trial and error in my own kitchen," she said in a statement. "The idea of pureeing vegetables has been around for decades."
Seinfeld's agent, Jennifer Rudolph Walsh from William Morris Agency, said she and Seinfeld began discussing the idea in 2005. She said the book was already being bound when "The Sneaky Chef" came out.
Lapine said she is not accusing anyone of anything. But she said it does "hurt" to see someone else given credit for her method.
Still, this public cookbook controversy gave me an excuse to use the word kerfuffle.
Today's New York Times City section reminded me of why I adore the Big Apple:
*A look at the Flushing outpost of the Tokyo Sushi Academy, where students are coached in the fine art of delicately crafting butterflies out of carrot slices, among other knife wielding tricks.
*Kidnappings, illict affairs, teenage romance and murder abound on the set of "As The World Turns." Heady stuff for some, but apparently, their Midwood neighbors - Orthodox Jews - find their own brand of excitement at the local Chap-a-Nosh and kosher branch of Dunkin' Donuts.
*Vendor smackdown: Could halal carts be pushing out the long-beloved hot dog as street food supreme? According to the article, Manhattan halal vendors currently outnumber hot dog carts three to one.