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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 […]

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: 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 […]

Book of the Month: Bake Until Bubbly

Cold weather and casseroles go together like Astaire and Rogers, or Tracy and Hepburn, or Abbott and Costello.

Okay, that means they’re classics: maybe a bit old-fashioned; elegant, but with a sense of humor at times; and darn well worth checking into again!

The current financial crisis, with its attendant insecurities for many families, has led to […]

Book of the Month: The Spice Merchant’s Daughter

Welcome to the inaugural review for the Chile Underground’s new feature, the Book of the Month! We know you’ll find it to be ‘da BOM.’

The (first) featured book is a cookbook, “The Spice Merchant’s Daughter” by Christina Arokiasamy. Ms. Arokiasamy is originally from Malaysia, and from a family of spice merchants. Her great-great-granddaddy was a […]