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August BOM: The Healthy College Cookbook

Ah, college eats. Pizza. Beer. (For some, at least.) Sub sandwiches. Pop-Tarts. Hamburgers and hot dogs, if you’re really living well. Canned chili. Ramen noodles. Microwave burritos. (In fact, anything that comes in an easy-off wrapper and fits in the micro.) Popcorn. Cookies and pretzels and gummi bears, usually as a three-course dinner. Gatorade […]

Fish 4 Friday: Skate Grilled in Banana Leaves

I spent plenty of time in Singapore over the years, and I always enjoyed touring the food hawkers’ areas. My favorites were Tiong Bahru Market, Bukit Timah, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, People’s Park, and Lau Pa Sat. I never made it to Glutton’s Square, although the place is still legendary on the island and with […]

December BOM: The All-American Christmas Cookbook

No time to play today, but I want to share with you the December Book of the Month: The All-American Christmas Cookbook from Chronicle Books. Normally I’m not much interested in omnibus cookbooks, but this one caught my eye recently at a bookstore. it’s a fairly new release (2007) and has recipes from all […]

Book of the Month: Who's Your Mama?

There are plenty of Cajun and Creole cookbooks out there, including some award winners. Marcelle Bienvenu has written several. None are more interesting, or have been better received, than the Book of the Month: “Who’s Your Mama, Is She Catholic, and Can She Make a Roux?” If you enjoy Cajun and Creole, this book should […]

Book of the Month: Mediterranean Hot and Spicy

Let’s start Spicy Italian Month off right by reviewing a cookbook full of zesty recipes from the Mediterranean. Yes, you guessed it (or maybe you didn’t): Mediterranean Hot and Spicy, by Aglaia Kremezi. This slickly produced, recently released volume, published by Broadway Books, has pictures, stories and above all, tasty recipes collected and tested […]

Book of the Month: Irish Traditional Cooking

The Grand Irish Cross-Country Expedition and Pub (Grub) Crawl is over, but not forgotten. I’ve already shared the Irish Pub Cookbook with you, and I continue to enjoy its contents (and the food it presents). There’s another side to Irish cooking, though, and I’m learning to appreciate it as well: the common or ordinary […]

Book of the Month: The Irish Pub Cookbook

In honor of our impending two-week trek in Ireland, I’ve been doing some essential research. I’m already aware of some of the basics, such as the Guinness Storehouse and the Tullamore Distillery, and they’re scheduled on the tour.

But what about Irish food? And how it’s prepared? Especially in the places where I intend to […]

Book of the Month: Beyond the Great Wall

If you’re looking for a collection of Chinese recipes that is beautiful enough, both in contents and appearance, then have I got a book for you:

Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China

The authors, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, are experienced global voyagers and their previous books prove they know […]