Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lipstick & Magazines #69: Cookbooks

Part of my job includes searching out upcoming cookbooks and food-related titles. No, I'm not complaining, I promise. It's an excellent responsibility. Folllowing are a number of the most exciting books that will be published in early 2007:

In the Bay Area, I'm sure that Alice Waters And Chez Panisse: The Romantic, Impractical, Often Eccentric, Ultimately Brilliant Making Of A Food Revolution by Thomas McNamee will get a solid reading. As an "authorized" memoir, we may not be treated to ALL the inside dirt surrounding Berkeley's most famous restauranter, but we have gotten a good bit of that already in California Dish and a few other recent food-gossipy books.

Looks like the reign of the "eating local" book is about to take off with Plenty: One Man, One Woman, And A Raucous Year Of Eating Locally by a Canadian couple, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year Of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver which "explores the modern food industry via a narrative of a year in which the author and her family attempted to eat only food they grew themselves or purchased from nearby farms."

Bloggers in France will be hitting the bookshelves, with cookbook author David Lebovitz publishing an ice cream tome called Perfect Scoop and Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier.

While this one has never been on my shelf, it seems to be a standard in many collections: the Silver Palate Cookbook will be back in a 25th Anniversary Edition.

And finally just a few more that have snagged my attention:

Happy reading and happy cooking!


Carrie Gamble said...

I enjoyed your article about cookbooks. I thought perhaps you might be interested in reviewing our book on your blog.

I have published a cookbook, Grandmother's Cookbook. My grandmother, Elizabeth Rose von Hohen, and I worked together to preserve all of the recipes she had accumulated over the years. Many were not written down. What we ended up with was a treasure, not only for our family, but for many other families to enjoy and share. Our book is a slice of "living life the old fashioned way" with comfort food recipes, memories, wildflower watercolors and feelings from the heart.

We recently launched our website: Please visit it if you have a chance to learn more about our book. As a cookbook lover I think you will enjoy the site and our cookbook. I would be happy to send you a copy for review. With your permission, I would love to link our site to yours perhaps through a review of our cookbook.

You may enjoy reading a recent review which was published on "The Burning Void" website. Here is the link:

I look forward to hearing from you soon,

BaddAss MisterJ said...

"The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket" by Trevor Corson

While a Student at the California Sushi Academy in the Summer of 2005, Trevor was w/ us experiencing how it was like training to be an "Itamae" (Sushi Chef). He was with us from the begining, all the way to the end of our program. He even visited us after graduating at our new jobs!

He had his hands in the same rice, same fish, and same bandages we used when we nicked our finger from a razor sharp sushi knife.

He was with us during our great days, as well as some of our low point in life during our time in the in the kitchen and behind the Sushi bar at the California Sushi Academy.

He interviewed all in our class, as well as some of the graduates who sometimes worked the bar. We all had a different story and from different backgrounds, as well as from all over the U.S., and the world.

I can't wait till this summer to read about what he wrote on his latest book.

I hope I get mentioned (fingers crossed)