Featuring 25 authentic Tuscan recipes, this cookbook/memoir is by an Italian home chef who tells the story of her childhood in post-World War II Tuscany and of the beloved family cook who taught her every kitchen secret.
She takes us on a global journey of taste and experience with her eclectic compilation of 170 simple and delicious recipes that reflect her world travels, multicultural heritage, family traditions, and amazing cooking combinations.Taste the world without leaving your kitchen.
Equal parts travel memoir and cookbook, Catherine Joness critically acclaimed and award-winning book, A Year of Russian Feasts, combines her warm, insightful writing style with her sensitive approach to discovering her familys Russian cultural heritage and its cuisine.
Contents: Vegetarian dinner with a well-to-do Russian family -- Spring and the Russian bliny festival -- In the Danilovsky Monastery kitchen -- Orthodox Easter services and the Easter feast at the Lebedev's -- Tea with Antonina in Strogino -- A birthday party at Viktor's -- Russian summers: a time for preserving the bounty -- Autumn and mushroom hunting -- Valentina's baptism -- Russian winters -- Celebrating Christmas past and present -- A black-tie New Year's Eve celebration -- Russian weddings -- What Russians drink.
"In a restaurant family, you're never just hungry--you're starving to death. And you're never full--you're stuffed. Patricia Volk's family is as American (background: Austrian-Jewish) as 'Rhapsody in Blue.' They came to these shores determined to make their mark; each of them is a piquant morsel of history... .
" With a cosmic disdain for the status quo, all of them--the tyrants, do-gooders, lovers, martyrs, and fakes--lived at full tilt. Stuffed is a wildly funny yet unsparing look at how families work."
This memoir picks up where Reichl's first book, Tender at the Bone, left off. We see Reichl's career as a food critic for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times unfold. We witness her changing personal relationships, affected always by food. Recipes included.
"Reichl's anecdotes from a summer lunch with M.F.K. Fisher, a mad dash through the produce market with Wolfgang Puck, and a garlic feast with Alice Waters are priceless. She is unafraid -- even eager -- to poke holes in the pretensions of food critics, making each meal a hilarious and instructive occasion for novices and experts alike."
"In this delightful mix of recipes, advice, and anecdotes, she writes about often overlooked food items such as beets, pears, black beans, and chutney. With down-to-earth charm and wit, Colwin also discusses the many pleasures and problems of cooking at home in essays such as 'Desserts That Quiver,' 'Turkey Angst,' and 'Catering on One Dollar a Head.'"
Julie Powell is 30 years old, living in a rundown apartment in Queens, and working at a soul-sucking secretarial job that's going nowhere. She needs something to break the monotony of her life. So, she invents a deranged assignment: She will take her mother's dog-eared copy of Julia Child's 1961 classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and will cook all 524 recipes...in the span of just one year.
"Under the aegis of the Goddess of Love, Isabel Allende uses her storytelling skills brilliantly in Aphrodite to evoke the delights of food and sex. After considerable research and study, she has become an authority on aphrodisiacs, which include everything from food and drink to stories and, of course, love. Readers will find here recipes from Allende's mother, poems, stories from ancient and foreign literatures, paintings, personal anecdotes, fascinating tidbits on the sensual art of food and its effects on amorous performance, tips on how to attract your mate and revive flagging virility, passages on the effect of smell on libido, a history of alcoholic beverages, and much more."