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TBT Cookbook Review: The Roman Cookery of Apicius

  Let’s say you have some lovely parsnips. How can you serve them? You can cook them in a mixture of water + white wine + olive oil + spices. Too bland? Find some sweet raisin wine, or muscatel. Use some parsnip stock instead of simple water. Which spices? Simple coriander and peppercorns, or perhaps…

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Cookbook Review: The Indian Cooking Course by Monisha Bharadwaj

  Now and then you encounter a perfect cookbook. Simply perfect. The Indian Cooking Course by Monisha Bharadwaj is that exceptional work. Monisha is a famed cookbook author and teacher with her own Indian cooking school in that bastion of Indian cuisine, London That “cooking school” perspective is the architectural core for this book. You…

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Cookbook Review: Appetizers from Ryland Peters & Small

  Cultural differences can be both greater and more subtle than we imagine. I love wandering through British cookbooks which can be quite, quite distinct from their American counterparts. The language, the ingredients, the techniques — all those can differ from what we are “familiar” with her in US. Take this lively book Appetizers, created…

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TBT Cookbook Review: The Best of Southern Italian Cooking by J.C. Grasso

  When you travel in Italy, a very common phrase out of your mouth may be, “This is the most beautiful place in the world.” After a week or two of bopping around the country, the phrase will be automatic and confusing. Just what part of Italy is actually the most perfect? Tuscany? The Lakes?…

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