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Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

I second this recommendation--American Gourmet is one of my favorite cookbooks. No one loves "camp" cooking like the Sterns; the book is witty (e.g. a recipe for "A man's tartar balls"), instructive (they trace the rise of "gourmet" from the inception of Gourmet magazine through Julie Child (don't forget the impact SHE had on cooking in the sixties and seventies!) to "Gourmania"--aka back-of-the-box cooking. And the recipes work!

Nov 30, 2007
Avoirdupois in Home Cooking

Baby Boomers RETRO Dinner Party

Mongol soup is the dish that gives an entire engagement party food poisoning in Ruth Reichl's Tender at the Bone--her mother doesn't have enough space in her fridge, so she leaves the crab (purchased in bulk at bargain prices) out on the counter for a day or so. Not a problem with the dish per se, of course, but I was tickled to see it here!

Nov 30, 2007
Avoirdupois in Home Cooking

Whither Amanda Hesser?

Yes--I actually googled Hesser after reading the "correction" for her cookbook review on Times select. For those who haven't seen it, Hesser failed to reveal to the Times that Patricia Wells, whose book she glowingly mentions, had previously blurbed one of her books. This is AFTER the kerfluffle over her three-star review of a chef who had also blurbed on of her books. I like Hesser's recipes, but her professional ethics leave something to be desired. I suppose anyone can slip once; making the same mistake again suggests that she just doesn't get it.

Aug 26, 2007
Avoirdupois in Food Media & News