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Crackers and Dips: More than Fifty Homemade Snacks – Cookbook Review

Crackers and Dips - Ivy Manning

There is much to be said for a good single-subject cookbook. As much as I value my collection of general cookbooks, I probably reach for the more specific tomes more than any other, because I know they will have both the recipes and inspiration I’m looking for, and more importantly, the detailed techniques I’m going …

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Hungry Ghost Moroccan Carrot Salad – Recipe

Hungry Ghost Moroccan Carrot Salad

Before we get into Ellen Kanner’s lovely book, a quick note about the James Beard awards. My book didn’t win. While it would have been great, it also would have been a pretty huge surprise as a first time author. To be a finalist was an entirely sufficient thrill. My wife, Sarina, and I had …

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Strawberries and Cream Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

Strawberry Birthday Cake, Momofuku Milk Bar Style

No, this isn’t a miniature cake. It is actually 6 inches in diameter, and, I don’t know, 6 inches tall and serves 8 pretty handily.

I’m a pretty lousy pastry cook. I typically don’t have the patience or skills to create perfect geometric shapes, frost things just right and so-on. So when I got the Momofuku …

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Saag with Collard Greens, Kale and Spinach – Recipe

Saag with Collards and Kale (Indian style long-cooked greens)

It is a depressing fact that 99% of Indian restaurants in America serve the same darn 10 items. Which is a crying shame because there must be 10,000 other terrific dishes that you’ll only get to try if you make them yourself (or have an Indian friend that wants to hook you up with the …

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The Dirt Candy Cookbook – Review

The Dirt Candy Cookbook

Amanda Cohen is a bad-ass chef. I had the terrific experience of staging (interning) with her for a few days last year. You should read about that first.

Short-version: Amanda owns and runs the tiny, edgy, imaginative and incredibly cool Dirt Candy in New York’s East Village. As far as I know, she’s the only vegetarian …

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Crepes with Sage-Roasted French Plums, Yogurt and Honey

Crepes with Sage Roasted Plums and Yogurt

Julia Child’s 100th birthday is coming up on 8/15/12, and PBS has been doing this very fun #cookforjulia event to commemorate her. When they asked me to contribute a recipe, I knew right away that I wanted to do something with crepes. Julia and I go back a long way. I only have two cookbooks from my …

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Alice’s Savory Sweet Life Cookbook – And Her Recipe for Roasted Carrots with Sage Brown Butter

Roasted Carrots with Sage Brown Butter from the Savory Sweet Life Cookbook

I first met Alice a few years back, when she was just starting her first blog, Savory Sweet Life. I knew right away that she wasn’t going to be one of these bloggers that start out with a burst of enthusiasm, and then tail off until they are only posting every three months, mostly about …

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