Painter Claude Monet's cook used carrots grown in the Monet home garden within many of the dishes served at the artist's dining table. Since discovering the cookbook Monet's Palate, I made a recent jaunt to my local farmers' market, gathering handfuls of carrots to make this soup.
Olympia Provisions in Portland is known for their amazing salamis, pates and other cured meat products. And now they have a new cookbook to share with their fans how to make a lot of their charcuterie at home.
Just in time for BBQ season, New Orleans food writer Colleen Rush and beloved Chicago pit master Gary Viviott have come out with the book Low & Slow 2: The Art of Barbecue, Smoke-Roastings and Basic Curing. Clearly people are looking to get meat smart.
In 2013, I took 50 cakes to bars around Los Angeles in hopes of baiting a boyfriend. It seemed like a practical plan: bake cakes, take them to bars, a nice guy would surface, and we'd move in together after a tastefully long courtship.
In addition to their more obvious purpose, cookbooks are great sources of inspiration and bedtime reading. They are often the gifts we don't give ourselves but, like a good box of chocolates, we're thrilled to be the recipient. Happy Holidays!
My private cookbook collection can't compare to that of many of my colleagues -- my 500 or so seem paltry next to collections in the thousands. But at this stage of life, I carefully curate the books I want around forever.
The idea of baking can sometimes make even the most experienced cooks skeptical. Memories of fallen soufflés, burnt cookies or dry cake can stop you from even attempting. But we have a recipe that is as easy as, well, pie!