Cooking and Cookbooks
Jun 28, 2007 — The food memoir now has a major shelf in most big bookstores. We asked Ruth Reichl, the editor of Gourmet magazine and the author of two food memoirs, to talk about some of her favorite books about food.
Jun 4, 2007 — "Jasper White is a man whose love for fish simply obliterates everything else," says T. Susan Chang. "This isn't so much a cookbook as a how-to: how to grill a fish, how to shuck an oyster, how to disassemble a crab, how to clean a squid."
Jun 4, 2007 — "Mastering the Grill is a well-illustrated, comprehensive tome with enough charts to put an encyclopedia to shame," says T. Susan Chang. Read recipes for smoke-roasted bell peppers and herb cheese-stuffed garlic burgers.
Jun 4, 2007 — "5 Spices, 50 Dishes is one of this season's cute little surprises," says T. Susan Chang. "The theme is how astonishingly much you can do with just cumin, coriander, cayenne, turmeric and mustard seeds." See recipes for russet potatoes, black-eyed pea salad.
Jun 4, 2007 — These "slightly dressier" recipes may send you "scampering to the nearest gourmet store for juniper berries and arból chiles," warns T. Susan Chang. Try the Trout Almost Amandine with Pistachios or the Fried Soft-Shell Crabs with Ramps.
Jun 4, 2007 — "It's the foolproof summer dessert," says T. Susan Chang. "Everybody screams for ice cream, and once you get used to making your own, you'll never again plunk down $4.00 for something so simple." Find recipes for Marshmallow Sauce, chocolate-coated Tartufi, Nectarine Sorbet and Melon Granita.
Jun 4, 2007 — "A new cocktail is like sparkling conversation — it's surprising, it's refreshing, it leaves you with a tiny buzz," says T. Susan Chang. Try out the Pomegranate Smack, a sweet, tart, and irreverent twist on a martini, or the Tamarindo, orange, mango, tamarind and ginger.
Jun 4, 2007 — "Patricia Wells' book was like finding an arsenal of secret weapons — simple recipes with brightly contrasting ingredients and sharply defined flavors," recommends T. Susan Chang. Try the asparagus braised with bay leaves and rosemary.
Jun 4, 2007 — T. Susan Chang says, "The Lobel family's grill book is just the kind I like: a smart selection of recipes that focus on maximizing your options with the most accessible cuts. Do you need seven recipes for grilled pork chops and 17 recipes for burgers? Sure you do!"
Jun 4, 2007 — What is it about new summer cookbooks? Maybe it's the way they come out in such feverish, lush abundance, at a time when the world and all its folly are slowly grinding to a halt. Peruse the season's best.