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F&W Book Club

Pie Lessons from Brooklyn’s Baking Stars

A writer test drives an awesome new cookbook about baking pies.

Here’s why you should study 71 pages dedicated to the art of making pie: The writers of the new cookbook, The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book: Uncommon Recipes from the Celebrated Brooklyn Pie Shop, have been baking pies since they were old enough to stand. Read more >

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F&W Book Club

Pok Pok's Genius Thai Food Guide

<em>Pok Pok</em> by Andy Ricker with JJ Goode

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. This week, Pok Pok, by Andy Ricker with JJ Goode.

Target Audience: Super curious cooks. Southeast Asian food die-hards.

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F&W Book Club

Does David Tanis Really Want Us to Water Down Our Wine?

<em>One Good Dish</em> by David Tanis

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. This week, One Good Dish, by David Tanis. Read more >

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F&W Book Club

An Unabashedly Meaty Italian and Southern Mash-Up

Collards and Carbonara

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. This week, Collards and Carbonara, by F&W Best New Chefs Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman.

Target Audience: Fans of these Memphis chefs, and home cooks who love lusty Italian and Southern food and want to take it to the next level. Fresh pasta freaks. Read More »

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How to Make Pumpkin Ice Cream and Sweet Onion Crack

Bountiful: Todd Porder and Diane Cu

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 >

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How to Make Vegetable Lasagna for Every Season

Lasagna

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 »

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Bountiful's Rebellious Kale and Chicken Egg Rolls

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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F&W Bookshelf

The Season's Best Grill Guides

Grilling Cookbooks

Photo © Christine Blackburne

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.

Related: Bobby Flay’s Burger Commandments
Lessons from Salt Guru Mark Bitterman
F&W’s Summer Grilling Guide

F&W Bookshelf

'Drinking with Men' Writer on Being a Regular

Rosie Schaap's Drinking with Men

Riverhead Books

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.

Wine Wednesday

Holiday Gifts: Great Wine Books

How to Love Wine by Eric Asimov

Courtesy of HarperCollins/Amazon.com.

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.

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