Shelf Life: 15 Food Books of 2015

For years, I've been threatening to start a podcast. In October, I attended an inspiring weekend hosted by Feet in Two Worlds and promptly went and bought a Zoom H5, a mic and started contacting food writers I admired to come sit in my kitchen and chat. I'm launching the podcast in January, but I decided I couldn't wait to share the books crafted by some of the lovely folks who I've talked to already for the audio show, … [Read more...]

Recipe: Popovers from ‘The Homemade Kitchen’

 I've long been fascinated by popovers and for this, I blame Dorothy Parker. For those unfamiliar, Dorothy was a fabulously wry writer who was among the founding members of "the vicious circle" of writers who made up The Algonquin Roundtable in New York. Starting in 1919, the group of thirty newspaper and magazine writers met almost daily for lunch over the course of about ten years to share gossip, jokes and … [Read more...]

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

"I'm Swedish, which makes me sexy, and I'm Irish which makes me want to talk about it." That's the first line from Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, my third book, coming to paperback on August 25th. Same content, just cheaper, so get yours today! The book was a Michigan Notable Book, and a finalist in the prestigious IACP Awards and the Goodreads Choice Awards. I'm delighted to report the first official review from … [Read more...]

Kitchen Shelf: Stephanie Stiavetti

On a hectic day, I sometimes slip quietly over to Stephanie Stiavetti's blog, TheCulinaryLife.com, a repository for all things comfort food related, to read her musings on life as she spins a recipe for corn on the cob or cassoulet. Her first book is Melt: The Art of Mac and Cheese, co-authored with the wonderful food writer and recipe developer, Garrett McCord. I'm also a fan of his popular food blog, Vanilla Garlic, … [Read more...]

Kitchen Shelf: Kathleen’s Favorite Soup Books

Campbell's was right: Soup is good food. But it's even better for you if you make it yourself. If you’re craving more creamy, hearty, vegetable-y happiness by the bowlful, here are some of my favorite soup cookbooks. Be sure to check out my post, How to Make Soup out of (Almost) Anything. Splendid Soups Talk about hearty. James Peterson’s robust 600-plus-pager is a soup lit classic. With almost 300 recipes– from simple … [Read more...]

Friday Reads: How to Cook Everything plus win tickets to Mark Bittman in Seattle

Here's the trouble with artichokes. No one knows what to do with them. Eggplants suffer a similar dilemma. When I've interviewed home cooks about why they end up relying on processed foods, it's not necessarily because they are short of  time or lured in the theory of convenience. More often than not, lack of knowledge of what do with something such as an artichoke or an eggplant or a whole chicken undermines their … [Read more...]

Friday Reads: Old School to Street Food

These two books may seem to have nothing in common, but in the end, they're both by guys who truly appreciate great food. I've finally started the Great Food series from Penguin (my publisher). I'm not sure why I've put them off since they're all short reads with gorgeous cover art. I started with From Absinthe to Zest by Alexandre Dumas. Yes, that Alexandre Dumas, the one who wrote The Three Muskateers and The Count of … [Read more...]

Review: The Julia Child App

Just in time to celebrate her 100th birthday, a Seattle-based company has released an app featuring 32 recipes from the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, plus clips from the DVD version of "The Way to Cook," plus other content, including excerpts from the book. It's $2.99 from iTunes and available on the Nook, too. A lover of all things Julia, I tried it out on the iPad 2. The simple, classy design easily … [Read more...]