The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert
Sep12

The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

The variety of cookbooks that land on my desk each week range from brilliant to questionable, often tending toward the latter (a cookbook devoted to sprinkles? Really?). However, from time to time I get something so spectacular I have to share it immediately. “The Essential Scratch and Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert“ (Richard Betts, $19.99, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) harkens back to the scratch and sniff board books...

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Best Cookbooks 2012
Dec19

Best Cookbooks 2012

Here are my absolute favorite cookbooks of 2012… 1. Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Deb Perlman Everything…just everything in this cookbook from blogger Deb Perlman screams “Cook Me!” The combination of creative recipes, lush photography and chatty “you can do this” writing make it a must-have for the holidays. 2. Jerusalem┬áby Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi As much a social commentary on life in this...

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Cookbooks for Fall 2012 You’ll Want to Savor
Oct08

Cookbooks for Fall 2012 You’ll Want to Savor

Food writers look forward to fall with a special sort of anticipation. From September through November, heavy manilla envelopes are are dropped on our desks on an almost daily basis. We tear them open, releasing the smell of new paper, binding glue and ink to find the publishing world’s cookbook and culinary offerings for the holidays — a bonanza of recipes, lush photos and food guidebooks that stack up with rather...

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Dude Food: Cookbooks for Guys

Want to encourage your man to take spend a little more time in the kitchen? Here are some top picks to get his spatula fired up. Now that’s hot. Recipes Every Man Should Know Susan Russo and Brett Cohen (Quirk Books, $9.95) This little black book should find its way into every man’s holiday stocking. Or perhaps left under a pillow, on the tool bench or atop the toilet (hey, he spends a lot of time in there). The fact is:...

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Valentine’s Day treats from Sonoma County (mostly)

The fastest way to romance is straight through the gullet. BiteClub nibbles through the bounty of the county to find the tastiest tidbits for your sweetie pie. Just grab a Lipitor or two before getting busy. Nipples of Venus: Chocolate ganache truffles from Forestville chocolatier Guy Daniel’s of Gandolf’s Fine Chocolate. Available online at gandolfsfinechocolate.com or on Saturday mornings at the Santa Rosa Farmer’s...

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Cyrus’ famous bartender has left the building

If you’ve been to Cyrus, you’ve no doubt tried Scott Beattie’s amazing cocktails – painstakingly-made drinks that include everything from dried lotus root to jasmine blossoms and egg foam. They’ve got names like Hot Indian Date, Rhubarbarella and Huck Yu. Now a celebrated author with a new book, Artisanal Cocktails: Drinks inspired by the seasons from the bar at Cyrus, you might think Beattie would be on...

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