The Gastronomica Reader - Darra Goldstein

Saveur and Bon Apetit come out looking like the Cosmopolitan of food periodicals alongside Gastronomica's more New Yorker-with-footnotes sensibility. Founded and edited by laurelled cookbook author and Williams College Professor of Russian Darra Goldstein, the glossy quarterly of food and culture eschews how-to-hedonism for a more thoughtful, more penetrating treatment of food and its place in our lives, cultures, and history. With an approachably—rather than pretentiously theorized—academic bent. This collection of features, poems and artwork from the journal's first decade will charm and intrigue you. There are well-considered pieces on everything from patented PB&Js, the Koranic propriety of caviar, pregnant women who snack on clay, Christian dieting crazes in America, and the conflict of genetically modified food aid with food values in Zambia. As one feature writer notes, "food is complicated nourishment that feeds more than the body."

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By Darra Goldstein (Editor)
ISBN: 9780520259393
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Published: University of California Press - February 21st, 2010

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table - Molly Wizenberg

If there’s one thing Molly Wizenberg hates, it’s the “secret recipe.” Recipes, she maintains, are for sharing. With everyone. And the casual, confiding tone of Wizenberg’s food writing makes for a new bright spot in the memoir-with-recipes genre. With intelligence and a contagious enthusiasm for food and its social currency, Wizenberg and her much-loved blog, Orangette, elicit girlish excitement from nearly every smart, youngish woman I know—and lots of other people, too. In short, tidy chapters followed by related recipes, A Homemade Life (Simon & Schuster, $15) relates her experiences in Oklahoma City, France, and Seattle, moving from cultural anthropology graduate school to kitchen island romances. Thanks to the book’s more sober moments, I felt no guilt in savoring the rich, indulgent bits: “winning hearts and minds” chocolate cake, chatty anecdotes about French boyfriends, and a shockingly good cornbread with an extravagant ripple of custard through the middle. You’ll find yourself pausing from reading to preheat the oven.

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ISBN: 9781416551065
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 23rd, 2010

The Food of a Younger Land - Mark Kurlansky

The economic downfall has brought a resurgence of interest in the 1930s and the history of the Great Depression. Add this to the already burgeoning interest in local food traditions and sustainable agriculture, and there’s a ready appetite for a book on the WPA-funded Federal Writer’s Project effort to document regional food culture. In The Food Of A Younger Land (Riverhead, $16), noted chronicler of historical side stories Mark Kurlansky (Salt, Cod) culled some of the project’s most interesting pieces from long-neglected Library of Congress archives. These are fascinating missives from an era before highways, freezers, and imported tropical fruit. The anthology is a culinary time-capsule, containing everything from squirrel stew recipes, a précis of the Kentucky “mint julep controversy,” and Zora Neale Hurston’s contributions, to a colorful “Oregon Protest against Mashed Potatoes.”

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ISBN: 9781594484575
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 6th, 2010