BPL Blog

Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On June 20, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Ina Garten's The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook published in 1999 by Clarkson Potter. Ina Garten is most well-known as a cookbook author and for her shows on the Food Network. She started off working in the White House Office of Budget and Management and decided her life could be a bit more interesting and fun, which came about in her purchase of a specialty food store in the Hamptons. That store was Barefoot Contessa, "a 3,...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On May 16, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Deb Perelman's The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook: Recipes and Wisdom From an Obsessive Home Cook published in 2012 by Alfred A. Knopf. Deb Perelman is food blogger who never planned to write a cookbook, until she became a mother. "I needed to have a record of what I do that I could pass down to him," she is quoted as saying in The New York Times (Dec. 12, 2012). She goes on to say that the ephemera of the digital...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On April 18, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty: Vibrant Vegetable Recipes from London's Ottolenghi and Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London's Ottolenghi. Plenty was published in 2010 by Chronicle Books and Plenty More was published in 2014 by Ten Speed Press. Yotam Ottolenghi is British but was born in Jerusalem with a German mother and an Italian father. This upbringing most likely set the stage...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
 On March 21, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Lidia Matticchio Bastianich's cookbook, Lidia's Italy in America. The book was published in 2011 by Alfred A. Knopf and co-authored by Lidia's daughter Tanya. Lidia was born in Pula, Istria, a peninsula that in 1947 when she was born belonged to Italy, and then became part of Yugoslavia in a communist takeover, and is now a part of Croatia. Her family arrived in the United States in 1958 leaving behind their refugee...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On February 22, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Alice Water's The Art of Simple Food: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution and The Art of Simple Food II: Recipes, Flavor, and Inspiration from the New Kitchen Garden. The first book was published in 2007 and the follow-up book was published in 2013, both by Clarkson Potter Publishers.                       Only months earlier, our group cooked from the books of two former Chez Panisse...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On January 25, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Jenny Rosenstrach's, Dinner: A Love Story published Harper Collins in 2012. When I first noticed this cookbook, it stood out from the crowd with its patchwork cover and diary turned cookbook theme. The photographs were sweet depictions of daily family life that didn't aim for perfection, but rather like the diary theme, were merely a record of lives being lived. The end pages are textured photos of burlap followed by...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On Monday, December 21 the library's cookbook club met for dessert with The Gourmet Cookie Book: The Single Best Recipe From Each Year 1941-2009 by the editors of Gourmet magazine, published in 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Gourmet magazine was first published in January 1941 when its founder, Earle MacAusland launched his epicurean magazine just as World War II loomed on the horizon. The magazine ceased publication in November 2009, citing declining advertising sales and a...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On November 16, 2015 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Rick Rodgers Thanksgiving 101: Foolproof Recipes for Turkey, Stuffing and Dressings, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, and More, originally published in 1998 and a second revised edition in 2007 by William Morrow. Who is Rick Rodgers? All of the cookbook club members had never heard of him before, but the cover of his book claims he is “America’s Thanksgiving Expert”. I'd originally chosen Sam Sifton's Thanksgiving:...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On October 19, 2015 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with David Lebovitz's, My Paris Kitchen: Recipes & Stories  published in 2014 by Ten Speed Press. The title of this book might make you think of Julia Child and her recipes and tales of French cooking, but inside you will find a different France, a France of the 21st century---one in which culinary culture has shifted to incorporate ingredients from around the world. David gives us some insight into the shifting...
Posted by JDavanza on Mon, Aug 01
On September 21, 2015 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Melissa Clark's In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite: 150 Recipes & Stories About the Food You Love. Our group grew in size from 13 the month before to 19 for our second meeting. More members in attendance means more dishes to sample, and with 150 recipes in this book, 19 only scratched the surface of what it has to offer. I chose this book because I've cooked many recipes which my family and I really enjoyed,...

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