In this series, food writer, wine lover and cookbook obsessive Kristin Donnelly test drives the most fun and inspiring new books that come across her desk. The Book: Bountiful, aimed at fans of the White on Rice Couple blog. Gardeners. Anyone with a CSA or who shops at farmers’ markets. Flexitarians. And people who love personality-driven cookbooks. Read more >
The Hudson Valley farmer and caterer Liz Neumark, of Katchkie Farms and Great Performances, also runs The Sylvia Center, a nonprofit in upstate New York that educates kids about real food. Her new cookbook, Sylvia’s Table, features easy-to-follow recipes from food world friends like F&W’s Dana Cowin, who shared her daughter’s recipe for chicken soup. Here, Neumark teases one of her most flexible recipes: Vegetable Lasagna. Read more »
Here, F&W Digital Food Award winners Diane Cu and Todd Porter of White on Rice Couple, preview their first cookbook, Bountiful, which drops on October 15. Read more >
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The Prophets of Smoked Meat By Daniel Vaughn
The barbecue blogger covers 10,000 miles to taste the best of Texas’s smoked meat, finding great obscure spots along the way. $30.
Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction By Bobby Flay
Based on Flay’s TV series, this book features 150 of the star chef’s favorite grill recipes, including his famous tricked-out burgers. $35.
Smoke & Pickles By Edward Lee
The Louisville, Kentucky–based chef’s recipes combine Southern flavors with those of his Korean heritage, as in miso-smothered chicken. $30.
Salt Block Cooking By Mark Bitterman
The salt expert gives lessons on cooking with salt bricks, which add a subtle saltiness and can get hot enough on a grill to sear steak. $25.
Talking with Rosie Schaap, it becomes increasingly evident that any good bar would want her as a regular. She’s easy going, funny, smart and genuinely interested in other people, and for the most part, she orders whiskey on the rocks—a no-fuss drink. In fact, Schaap, the Drinks Columnist for the New York Times Magazine, has become a regular at several bars around the world in her day, something that she writes about in her phenomenal new memoir, Drinking with Men.
Schaap is an expert storyteller. She takes readers from her days following the Grateful Dead through love affairs to working as a minister after the September 11 tragedy, with the bars she frequents and the friends she’s made in them playing a pivotal role in her daily life. For a book that’s purportedly about drinking, it’s intriguing how little of it touches on actual drinks. It’s the neighborhood bars Schaap inhabits that become their own little worlds–like Grogan’s pub in Dublin where everyone knows the words to the same bar tunes, or The Man of Kent in Hoosick Falls, NY, loved by many a biker on Route 7 or the (now closed) Liquor Store in Manhattan’s Tribeca.
Schaap misses Liquor Store most. “I just loved the mix of people there,” she tells F&W. “You just felt that everyone was happy to see each other and perfectly relaxed. It was a very simple unadorned place but it was a beautiful corner bar and the light was really special in late afternoon just before it turned into evening. That was really the most beautiful time there.”
While Schaap mostly chronicles her time as a patron, on Tuesdays she can usually be found bartending at South in Brooklyn’s Park Slope. “There is a lot more responsibility behind the bar, but I still feel as curious about people when I’m serving them as I do when I’m just sitting on the civilian side talking,” she says.
She won't be there tonight. Schaap is doing a reading at 2A in the East Village at 8 p.m.–and then will be off to Chicago, San Francisco and Boston over the next couple weeks on a book tour.
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The gift-giving season roared toward us like some mammoth sleigh piloted by a crazy old coot in a red coat, so it’s the last chance to make some choices. For the wine lover in your life—or simply for yourself—here are fantastic new wine books that make great gifts.
The PDT Cocktail Book / Courtesy of Sterling Epicure.
In their quest to master classic and new cocktail techniques, mixologists around the country hit the books. To help you prep for the holiday season (and start a gift list), we asked top experts to reveal essential reading materials. With five passionate recommendations, The PDT Cocktail Book, by F&W contributing editor Jim Meehan, garnered sweeping praise for best contemporary release. (Meehan himself gives props to a tome published in 1930.) Here, a buying guide for every interest, from a Hemingway-inspired book chosen by cocktail genius Dale DeGroff to the oldest selection, Jerry Thomas’ Bar-Tender’s Guide, from 1862. »
April Bloomfield Goes on Tour with Her New Book, A Girl and Her Pig.
I’m not sure if April Bloomfield learned a few things about touring from the rock stars who hang out at her awesome Manhattan restaurant The Spotted Pig (you know the names: Bono, Jay-Z, the Black Keys). So when Bloomfield goes on a book tour for her excellent new cookbook, A Girl and Her Pig, she does it right.
Starting in early July in Charleston, S.C., Bloomfield will team up with excellent chefs around the country cooking meals that show off dishes from the book. As it happens, many of them are chefs she met as a 2007 F&W Best New Chef (love that!). "I'm looking forward to cooking with my friends on their home turf,” says Bloomfield. “I'm sure we'll have fun…maybe too much, if a few pints are involved."
Below are some tour highlights. And in more news from Bloomfield, she’ll be chronicling the highlights on her just-launched website, aprilbloomfield.com. But how much better if you get to be there in person.
Charleston, SC: Saturday, July 7
Host chef: Sean Brock
Where: Heirloom Book Company, 123 King St.; 843-469-1717; heirloombookcompany.com
What: All you can eat lamb roast with Brock; sides by Bloomfield and all you can drink cocktails by the Gin Joint
Chicago: Sunday, July 15
Host chefs: Paul Virant, Paul Kahan and Bruce Sherman
Where: Perennial Virant, 1800 N. Lincoln Ave.; 312-981-7070; perennialchicago.com
What: Dinner prepared by Bloomfield, Kahan, Sherman and Paul Virant
Portland, OR: Wednesday, July 18
Host chef: Jenn Louis
Where: Lincoln, 3808 N. Williams Ave.; 503-288-6200; www.lincolnpdx.com
What: Dinner prepared by Bloomfield and Louis
Seattle: Friday, July 20
Host chef: Matt Dillon
Where: The Corson Building, 5609 Corson Ave.; 206-762-3330; www.thecorsonbuilding.com
What: Dinner prepared by Bloomfield and Dillon
San Francisco: Thursday, July 26
Host chef: Russell Moore
Where: Camino, 3917 Grand Ave., Oakland; 510-547-5035; www.caminorestaurant.com
What: Details coming soon!
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Book-fair nerds (what, you don't remember the most exciting part of elementary school?) will be psyched about a Food BookFair launching in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on May 4. The three-day event will feature panel discussions with celebrated authors, including food-science writer Harold McGee, Lucky Peach co-editor (with chef David Chang) Peter Meehan and nutrition expert Dr. Marion Nestle. Read more about the Food Book Fair >