Cookbook Heaven

Recipes allow us to make connections – to the author, to the past, with ourselves and with each other.  Through these little stories told through food, history is recorded, and memories are made. There is an art to food-writing, just as with any other narrative.  And in New York City, the one place you could…

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The Science of Mac and Cheese

According to Modernist Cuisine at Home, sodium citrate is the key to “silky smooth” mac and cheese.  And there is no substitution.  The cookbook claims you can find it in the kosher aisle of grocery stores.  Not true.  And not even in NYC where kosher sections abound.  Frustrated after searching in dozens of stores, I…

The Science of Cooking

As you know from my posts, I’m a big fan of simple preparation and minimal “hands on” cooking time. But the universe seems to be challenging my philosophy this year. For Christmas, my very dear friend, visiting from the UK, brought me Heston Blumenthal’s gorgeous tome: The Fat Duck Cookbook. Then for my birthday, going…

Cookbook Alert: Cooking with Love by Carla Hall

Last night I attended a book signing party for Carla Hall’s new cookbook, Cooking with Love.  The co-host of The Chew and Top Chef “Fan Favorite” is as spunky and cheerful in person as she is on TV. In between signing copies of her book, Carla popped into the kitchen to help put the finishing touches…