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Blog Category: Reading in the Kitchen

Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Jun 29
On December 19, 2016 the library’s cookbook club met for dinner with Martha Stewart’s Hors D’Oeuvres Handbook published in 1999. The cookbook features 300 recipes, each photographed in full-color and is a comprehensive guide to throwing great parties with great hors d’oeuvres. The book is divided into ten chapters based on the type of hors d’oeuvres. All of the photos are...
Posted by JDavanza on Wed, Feb 01
On November 21, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with three cookbooks and one memoir by Madhur Jaffrey. They included:     World Vegetarian: More Than 650 Meatless Recipes From Around the Globe (1999) ...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Dec 08
On October 24, 2016 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with three cookbooks by Joanne Chang. They included:       Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe (2010) Flour, Too: Indispensable Recipes for The Cafe's Most Loved Sweets & Savories (2013) ...
Posted by JDavanza on Fri, Nov 04
On September 19, 2016 the library's Cookbook Club met for dinner with three cookbooks by David Tanis. They included:     A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes published in 2008 by Artisan (Workman Publishing Co.). Heart of the Artichoke And Other Kitchen Journeys published in 2010 by Artisan (Workman Publishing Co.). ...
Posted by JDavanza on Thu, Oct 06
On August 15 the library's cookbook club met for dinner with Mexican cookbooks by Rick Bayless, the most we've ever tasted and rated in one meeting...seven cookbooks. It was also our one year anniversary meeting which we celebrated at the home of one of our members, where we were able try two of Rick's recipes for imbibing. They included:   Authenic Mexico: Regional Cooking From the Heart of Mexico first published in 1987 and then...
Posted by JDavanza on Tue, Aug 23
On July 18, 2016 the library’s cookbook club met for dinner with The Providence and Rhode Island Cookbook: Big Recipes from the Smallest State by Linda Beaulieu, first published in 2006 by Insiders’ Guide and a revised second edition in 2012. Linda was also the library’s guest of our monthly Meet the Author series in July. She shared some insight into her life and her cookbooks. Linda is a graduate of Northeastern University where she majored in journalism. She grew up in northern...
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...

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