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August 31, 2016

I was vaguely familiar with Sara Moulton from her show on PBS (I'd watched several episodes where she cooked with other chefs I follow, such as Michele Scicolone and Grace Young, but had never cooked from one of her cookbooks before, so I was excited to try out "Home Cooking 101." A fantasti...

June 18, 2016

I'm fairly new to gluten-free (GF) cooking and baking, although I've checked out several GF cookbooks from the library the last couple of years. I recently entered the world of GF baking with Nosh on This: Gluten-Free Baking from a Jewish-American Kitchen, which served as an excellent primer...

June 7, 2016

Mediterranean food has long appealed to me for several reasons; as a light eater, I prefer the mezze / tapas tradition of grazing from several small dishes versus a large sit-down meal, the emphasis on fresh seasonal produce with simple, uncomplicated flavors to allow the fruits and veggies...

January 5, 2015

As a fairly recent convert to slow-cookerdom, I've embraced the appliance (Michele Scicolone's three books The French Slow Cooker, The Italian Slow Cooker, and The Mediterranean Slow Cooker are in constant rotation in my house!). I have ATK's Slow Cooker Revolution Volume 2and tried several...

November 21, 2013

I purchased my first slow cooker recently, and use it several times a week to make soups, breads, beans and whole grains. When I first started looking for slow cooker cookbooks, I checked out Slow Cooker Revolution from the library and was disappointed by the large number of recipes that cal...

September 23, 2013

François Payard is a third-generation pastry chef (his grandfather owned an acclaimed shop on the Riviera, Au Nid des Friandises) with a string of eponymous bistros as well as a chocolate bar. His gorgeous plated desserts capture the essence of seasonal ingredients in complementary pairings....

December 1, 2012

I first heard of Robin Robertson from her yuba-wrapped vegetarian haggis in Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker: 200 Recipes for Healthy and Hearty One-Pot Meals That Are Ready When You Are. Now Robin has released a slow-cooker book catering to vegans, but you certainly don't have to be ve...

May 29, 2012

I wasn't familiar with Michael Natkin before receiving Herbivoracious in a recent Vine newsletter, but I'm definitely a convert! Herbivoracious is taken from Michael's blog of the same name. His passion for great food has led him on several internships and positions in various kitchens. A ve...

April 19, 2012

For years I used my old reliable Rival Crockpot with pretty consistent results. Yes, it was easy to use. Yes, it was nice to have a hot meal when I got home from work. Eventually I stopped using it because the food was predictable and the presentation (important to me) was less than desirabl...

March 17, 2012

When I first saw The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day in my Vine newsletter, I was thinking it was somehow related to French Women Don’t Get Fat (it’s not). Much to my pleasant surprise, this charming cookbook is filled with the (simplified) pleasu...

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