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In the Kitchen

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

A sampling of new and favorite books.

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A Fork in the Road, Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery on the Road

A Fork in the Road, Tales of Food, Pleasure & Discovery on the Road

by James Oseland

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 334 PAGES

You don't have to read Proust to know how a single, well-composed bite can transport the diner to distant lands. This anthology gathers great food and travel writers -- from Michael Pollan to Frances Mayes -- around one table. Sit down to 34 original tales that celebrate international cuisine from Helsinki to Tuscany to Sri Lanka. (CUL08, $15.99)

Provence, 1970

Provence, 1970

by Luke Barr

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 320 PAGES

A unique moment in 1970 brought culinary luminaries James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck and Judith Jones together in Provence. Discussions ranging from the development of taste to the future of food, recorded in the journals and letters of M.F.K. Fisher, are transposed here by her great-nephew. (FRA61, $26.00)

Burma, Rivers of Flavor

Burma, Rivers of Flavor

by Naomi Duguid

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 364 PAGES

A culinary adventurer, Duguid presents the food, local markets, people and culture of Burma in this exceedingly informative (not to mention beautiful) cookbook and cultural guide. The 125 recipes are interspersed with tales and photographs from her many travels in the region. (BMA77, $35.00)

The World Atlas of Beer

The World Atlas of Beer

by Tim Webb

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Tim Webb (Good Beer Guide Belgium) and Steve Beaumont (worldofbeer.com) collaborated on this celebration of beer and beer-producing regions. Not just an artfully illustrated guide to this delightful beverage -- its origins, brewing methods and technologies -- the over-sized hard cover book (it would look good on your coffee table) also profiles 500 great beers. It's on our holiday list! (WLD235, $30.00)

Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table

Honey, Olives, Octopus: Adventures at the Greek Table

by Christopher Bakken

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 256 PAGES

Bakken picks olives on Thasos, bakes bread on Crete, eats thyme honey from Kythira with one of Greece's greatest poets, and learns why Naxos is the best place for cheese in the Cyclades in this lyrical account of adventures at the table and in the fields across Greece. (GRE517, $34.95)

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

A History of the World in 6 Glasses

by Tom Standage

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

A highly enjoyable chronicle of the prestige, power, politics and pleasures of key beverages through the ages. Standage argues that the drinks that have mattered, since the Stone Age, are, in chronological order: beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea and cola. Each chapter is a vivid history of politics, prestige, colonialism, commerce and society. (GEN333, $15.95)

The Gastronomica Reader

The Gastronomica Reader

by Darra Goldstein

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 376 PAGES

A rich sampling from the quarterly feast of truly exceptional writing on food, these illustrated articles explore a dizzying array of cultures around the globe and through history. (REF31, $41.95)

 
The Atlas of Food

The Atlas of Food


by Erik Millstone

  • REFERENCE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

It's all here in this slim reference: who eats what, where -- and why, all the trends and statistics artfully explained in clear color maps. (WLD147, $24.95)

Cucina Povera, Tuscan Peasant Cooking


by Pamela Sheldon Johns

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 185 PAGES

Johns, a well known cooking instructor, has put together this magnificent cookbook bringing the reader back to the essentials of Tuscan cooking. She illustrates not only the Tuscan peasant way of cooking, but the culture that inspires each dish. (ITA329, $21.99)

Food Rules, An Eater's Manual

Food Rules, An Eater's Manual


by Michael Pollan

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Pollan wittily doles out practical guidelines for how to shop and what to eat, wisely cautioning, for example, not to eat anything with an ingredient that a third grader cannot pronounce, in this pocket compendium of food wisdom. (GEN961, $11.00)

Gran Cocina Latina, The Food of Latin America

Gran Cocina Latina, The Food of Latin America


by Maricel E. Presilla

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 864 PAGES

A student of medieval Spanish history (she has a doctorate) and owner two restaurants in Hoboken, Presilla introduces the cuisines of Cuba, Mexico, Ecuador, Brazil, and other countries in this sumptuous overview of food and food traditions. (SAM177, $45.00)

Hazan Family Favorites, Beloved Italian Recipes

Hazan Family Favorites, Beloved Italian Recipes


by Giuliano Hazan

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 176 PAGES

Son of the pioneering Italian cookbook writer Marcella, Giuliano Hazen delves into family culinary history for these 85 recipes, which cover every course in the Italian meal. (ITA328, $29.95)

In the Green Kitchen, Techniques to Learn by Heart


by Alice Waters

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 151 PAGES

Sustainable food advocate and cookbook author Waters shares fundamental cooking techniques, along with color photographs and 50 recipes by chefs. (GEN967, $28.00)

Julia's Kitchen Wisdom


by Julia Child

  • FOOD
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 135 PAGES

Julia called this delicious, comforting, essential compendium her "mini aide-memoire." With essential techniques and recipes in her inimitable voice, it's as delightful as it is useful. (CUL07, $15.95)

Lunch in Provence

Lunch in Provence


by Rachael Mckenna

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 242 PAGES

A richly evocative blend of photographs, recipes, and literary and historical citations, this lovely book features 35 Mediterranean lunchtime recipes from Michelin three-star chef Jean-Andre Charial. (FRA28, $39.95)

Oaxaca al Gusto

Oaxaca al Gusto


by Diana Kennedy

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 460 PAGES

Diana Kennedy celebrates the diversity of the food, life and culture of Oaxaca in 300 exhaustively researched, authentic recipes. (MEX283, $60.00)

Palm Beach Entertaining, Creating Occasions to Remember

Palm Beach Entertaining, Creating Occasions to Remember


by Annie Falk

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

With 225 artful photographs by Jerry Rabinowitz, Annie Falk's celebration of charity events, eleaborate outdoor affairs and intimate dinners captures the casual elegance, and occasional extravagance, of Palm Beach. With recipes -- and a peak into the homes of noteworthy residents. Proceeds from the book benefit the Children's Home Society. (FLA106, $45.00)

Radically Simple, Brilliant Flavors With Breathtaking Ease

Radically Simple, Brilliant Flavors With Breathtaking Ease


by Rozanne Gold

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 340 PAGES

Appealing to even busy or reluctant cooks, four-time James Beard award-winning chef Rozanne Gold takes her title seriously, with 325 recipes featuring a few fresh ingredients, beautifully prepared and concisely described. How about Crisped Chicken with Chimichurri and Avocado, and one of the 10-minute salads? (GEN980, $35.00)

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink

Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink


by David Remnick

  • FOOD
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 562 PAGES

This dectable compilation of entertaining, substantial essays, fiction, and cartoons on the pleasures of food and drink from the pages of The New Yorker over the last 80 years, includes contributions by Calvin Trillin, Joan Didion, Anthony Bourdain, John Cheever and Roald Dahl, among others. (GEN453, $18.00)

Secrets of the Turkish Kitchen


by Angie Mitchell

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 129 PAGES

Mitchell draws on her experience running cooking classes in Bodrum for this beautifully illustrated, easy-to-follow guide to Turkish cooking and domestic life. With 111 recipes. (TKY269, $37.50)

Sicily

Sicily


by Silver Spoon

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 271 PAGES

With a chapter on each of Sicily's nine provinces, color photographs, and notes on food traditions, this gorgeous book from the Silver Spoon is as much a travelogue as a cookbook. With 50 simple and authentic recipes. (ITA374, $39.95)

Summer Cooking

Summer Cooking


by Elizabeth David

  • FOOD
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 234 PAGES

For the great English food writer Elizabeth David, summer fare means neither tepid nor timid but rather fresh, seasonal food that can be quickly prepared and slowly savored. (WLD241, $15.95)

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book

The Alice B. Toklas Cook Book


by Alice B. Toklas

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

With tales of dinners with Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso and other literati in her Paris salon, Toklas includes not just traditional French fare but also her famous recipe for hashish fudge in this classic memoir. (FRN927, $14.99)

The Best Recipes in the World

The Best Recipes in the World


by Mark Bittman

  • FOOD
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 757 PAGES

A how-to culinary tour of over 40 countries, from the exotic (the Balkans) to the expected (France, Italy). It gives full weight to Asian cuisines as well. With over 1,000 recipes, many of which can be prepared in under 30 minutes. (GEN116, $32.50)

The Drunken Botanist, The Plants That Created the World's Great Drinks

The Drunken Botanist, The Plants That Created the World's Great Drinks


by Amy Stewart

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 381 PAGES

In this edifying botanical assemblage (with 50 recipes) Amy Stewart explores the dizzying array of herbs, flowers, trees, fruits and fungi that humans have transformed into alcohol. (BST221, $19.95)

The Food & Cooking of Peru: Traditions, Ingredients, Tastes, Techniques, 65 Classic Recipes

The Food & Cooking of Peru: Traditions, Ingredients, Tastes, Techniques, 65 Classic Recipes


by Flor Arcaya De Deliot

  • FOOD
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 128 PAGES

Explore the fascinating origins of Peruvian food, from its roots in the Inca culture, through the rich inheritance of the Spanish conquistadors, and the later influences of African, Italian, French and Chinese immigrants, with over 65 authentic recipes. (PRU120, $29.99)

The Food of Spain

The Food of Spain


by Claudia Roden

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 576 PAGES

Claudia Roden brings her authenticity, vision and knowledge to little-known and classic dishes of Spain, a treasure trove of not just hundreds of recipes but also folk tales, proverbs, stories, poetry and local history. Lavishly illustrated with many sumptuous photos -- it will be hard to resist wanting to try your hand at these dishes, both classic and modern. (SPN466, $45.00)

The Land of the Five Flavors, A Cultural History of Chinese Cuisine

The Land of the Five Flavors, A Cultural History of Chinese Cuisine


by Thomas O. Hollmann

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 198 PAGES

A professor of Chinese studies and ethnology , Hollmann looks at Chinese history through the lens of its food traditions in this savory tale, peppered with period photos, illustrations and, naturally, recipes. (CHN753, $35.00)

The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen

The Tuscan Sun Cookbook, Recipes from Our Italian Kitchen


by Frances Mayes

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

A collection of recipes that celebrate the rustic culinary tradition of Tuscany. Includes color photographs. (ITA294, $29.99)

The Way We Cook, Portraits From Around the World

The Way We Cook, Portraits From Around the World


by James Oseland

  • FOOD
  • 2012
  • HARD COVER
  • 242 PAGES

A world of food. James Oseland and the editors at Saveur present this expansive collection of photographs, essays and recipes, capturing the lives of local cooks, local traditions and foodways around the world. (WLD240, $39.95)

The World Atlas of Wine

The World Atlas of Wine


by Hugh Johnson | Jancis Robinson

  • FOOD
  • 2013
  • HARD COVER
  • 352 PAGES

Not just an authoritative guide, this stunning world atlas includes hundreds of photographs and illuminating local and regional maps. This revised seventh edition takes in new grapes, new wines and new wine-producing regions. (GEN244, $55.00)

The Georgian Feast

The Georgian Feast


by Darra Goldstein

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 229 PAGES

Historian and food expert Goldstein explores the food, traditions and geography of Georgia, as beautiful as it is bountiful, in this savory cultural history. With illustrations by delightful 19th-century primitivist Niko Pisosmani. (CCS02, $26.95)

What the World Eats

What the World Eats


by Peter Menzel

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 160 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A witty introduction to global diversity, economics and food, Faith D' Aluisio and Peter Menzel (Material World) show 25 families around the world, each revealingly photographed surrounded by week's worth of provisions. A terrific introduction for kids to global issues, the book dishes up facts about each country, recipes, maps, interviews and tales with the photos. (GEN478, $22.99)

Turquoise, A Chef's Travels in Turkey

Turquoise, A Chef's Travels in Turkey


by Greg and Lucy Malouf

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 356 PAGES

This sumptuous book combines travel, recipes and stunning color photographs of landscapes, people, food and traditions. (TKY192, $50.00)

The Essential Cuisines of Mexico

The Essential Cuisines of Mexico


by Diana Kennedy

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2000
  • PAPER

The thoroughly revised edition of Kennedy's influential and savory survey of the authentic food of Mexico, with 30 new recipes. (MEX266, $22.50)

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