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Cookbook Reviews

Chefs Get 'Away From the Kitchen' and Share Their Passion

Never has our culture been so enamored with the romantic notions of a chef's life inside, and away from, the kitchen. Our favorites have gained celebrity status, and we hunger for tidbits – the glory as well as the grit and grime – behind the scenes of the imagined idyllic lives we so envy. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Tue. Jun. 17, Maggie Perkins

'Extra Virgin' Evokes a Passion for Food

Those of us who call ourselves “foodies” are fond of a well-photographed cookbook. The gloriously lit, artfully arranged photos sing to us, enticing us, and the perfect selection of ingredients invite us to stay. A new book by husband and wife team Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar transports us to Tuscany. Read More | Comment »

12:30PM Wed. Jun. 11, Maggie Perkins

Celebrate National Doughnut Day DIY-Style

First there were cupcakes, then buttercream-filled macarons. More recently, the Cronut has taken center stage in the realm of sugary treats. It may be impossible to predict what the next confectionary craze will be, but I am thinking that it’s time for the artisanal doughnut craze to hit Austin. Read More | Comment »

12:05PM Fri. Jun. 6, Rachel Feit

David Lebovitz Does Austin!

American ex-pat David Lebovitz is on this side of the pond promoting his newest cookbook, My Paris Kitchen (Ten Speed Press, 346 pp., $35), with a sold-out class and two book signings at Central Market (4001 N. Lamar) this weekend. Read More | Comment »

11:45AM Wed. Apr. 23, Virginia B. Wood

4 Food Bloggers Pool Their Resources Just in Time for Passover

4 Bloggers Dish: Passover: Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors an eBook by food bloggers Whitney Fisch, Liz Rueven, Sarah Lasry, and Amy Kritzer (now available via amazon.com for $3.99 and compatible for Kindle, iPad, and Nook) Read More | Comment »

4:00PM Tue. Apr. 8, Virginia B. Wood

L.A. Chef Roy Choi Shares a Wild Tale

Roy Choi wastes no time establishing the mission of his memoir, spelling it out on page one of the intro: “I had to…tell the story of my journey from immigrant to latchkey kid to lowrider to misfit to gambler to a chef answering his calling.” Read More | Comment »

3:40PM Mon. Mar. 17, Mick Vann

Holiday Help for the Harried Home Cook

Jamie Geller was famously the “bride who knew nothing” about cooking, but when she married into a religious Jewish family, she dove head first into learning the craft Read More | Comment »

1:00PM Sun. Nov. 24, 2013, Amy Kritzer

The Texas Holiday Cookbook

This fall, former Dallas Morning News food editor Dotty Griffith has come out with a new edition of The Texas Holiday Cookbook, just in time to contribute to the holiday table. Read More | Comment »

3:15PM Thu. Nov. 21, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Review: The Craft Beer Cookbook

Whether you’re searching for more socially acceptable ways to incorporate craft beer into daily routine, or testing new recipes for the impending holiday cook-a-thon, Jacquelyn Dodd’s debut cookbook offers solutions. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Mon. Nov. 18, 2013, Jessi Cape

Pie-Making and Prose Poems Collide

At first glance, poet Kate Lebo's A Commonplace Book of Pie doesn't appear to be a collection of either poems or recipes. Take a bigger bite. Read More | Comment »

12:00PM Sat. Nov. 2, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

The Most Personal of Cookbooks

While the title might strike some as proprietary, Diana Kennedy has indeed made Mexico her own, embracing the people and the culture through her exhaustive study of Mexican cuisine over the past fifty years. Read More | Comment »

11:55AM Thu. Oct. 24, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

How Do You Define Soul Food?

"What’s the difference between Southern food and soul food?” That is a question I hear a lot. My answer is always the same: Depends on whom you ask. Read More | Comment »

1:48PM Fri. Sep. 20, 2013, Toni Tipton-Martin

Cookbook Review: 'Bacon Nation'

It is difficult to resist drooling while leafing through the pages of Bacon Nation by Peter Kaminsky and Marie Rama (Workman Publishing, $14.95). The book includes 125 pictures and recipes; complete with appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, sides, desserts, and breakfast items. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Wed. Sep. 18, 2013, Derek Van Wagner

Cookbook Review: 'Treme - Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans'

Fans of the New Orleans-based HBO series Treme are in for a treat. Not only is the companion cookbook to the series just out in print, but Treme story editor and cookbook author Lolis Eric Elie will be teaching a class at the Central Market Cooking School on Saturday, Aug. 24, based on recipes from the book. Read More | Comment »

9:30AM Thu. Aug. 22, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

The Casserole Queens Make a Meal

The Casserole Queens, otherwise known as Crystal Cook and Sandy Pollock, think beyond the casserole dish with their second cookbook, The Casserole Queens Make-A-Meal-Cookbook (Clarkson Potter, $17.99). Within it are 100 recipes for busy home cooks to assemble meals for any given weeknight or for a special occasion. Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Wed. Aug. 21, 2013, Melanie Haupt

'What the Fuck Should I Drink?'

Have a friend that simply must throw the word "fuck" onto every single sentence? We’ve found the ideal cocktail book just for them! Read More | Comment »

10:00AM Mon. Jul. 29, 2013, Wes Marshall

Fermentation Party in Your Mouth

Fermentation is a Neolithic metabolic process employing bacteria and patience to create food and drinks for flavor and health. From ancient ales to modern twists on kimchi, the culture of bacterial cultures has evolved into a fun and increasingly popular art form. Read More | Comment »

3:45PM Mon. Jul. 22, 2013, Jessi Cape

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: 'The Drunken Botanist' Reviewed

“This book came out of a conversation with a fellow plant researcher, when he told me he didn’t care for gin,” Amy Stewart told me during her recent visit to Austin to promote her latest best seller, The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World’s Great Drinks (Ten Speed Press, $19.95). Read More | Comment »

9:18AM Wed. Jul. 3, 2013, Claudia Alarcón

Cookbook Review: 'Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese'

It is not often that a cookbook comes around and instantly engages me to the degree that I stop what I’m doing to read it. Read More | Comment »

9:00AM Thu. Jun. 27, 2013, Jessi Cape

Gluten Can Be Your Bitch, Too

I have been waiting to write a post about this woman since March. On paper, she has a witty, side-splitting humor like Tina Fey. In person, she radiates a palpable compassion that fills a room. And now she is coming to Austin Friday, June 7, to throw the biggest gluten-free party this city has ever seen. Read More | Comment »

11:00AM Wed. Jun. 5, 2013, Margaret Shugart

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