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Cookbook Review [and a recipe!]: Pomegranates & Pine Nuts by Bethany Kehdy

Because we look and smell before we taste, a great dish must fill the room with aroma and astonish us with beauty. Now, cookbooks cannot issue aroma, but they can be seductively, intensely beautiful. Pomegranates & Pine Nuts, by Bethany Kehdy, is a such a beauty, one whose pictures  will surely beguile you. Then, you read…

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Book Review: Infographic Guide to Life, the Universe and Everything

I am a big fan of infographics. These are the “information graphics” we see more and more, particularly in print and on the web. Early trends in this style of presentation began with USA Today. The paper was derided at times for the “comics.” Today, the comics or pictures or infrographics fill the pages of…

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Cookbook Review: Naturally Healthy Mexican Cooking by Jim Peyton

There are three kinds of “healthy” cookbooks: The bad ones The very bad ones The handful of thoughtfully written ones with recipes you can actually enjoy and possibly relish Jim Peyton is one of those very thoughtful writers who has researched and written cookbooks, a half dozen now, we can all enjoy. This book has…

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TBT Cookbook Review: Recipes from the Spanish Table by Nicholas Butcher

  Sometimes progress is not totally positive. Nicholas Butcher, British by birth, wrote Recipes from the Spanish Kitchen in 1990, by then living  in Spain and endlessly traveling the back roads. He moved village to village, region to region. The roads were slow, the villages inviting, the food regional. Today, Butcher still travels around Spain and…

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