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Cookbook Review: The River Cottage Booze Handbook by John Wright

The title. I know, the title. Was there ever a time when “booze” was not just a tad pejorative? It is a noun here but started as a verb meaning, even by 1300AD, to “drink heavily.” There was an early Philadelphia distiller named E.G. Booz who contributed to this shady view of the word. By…

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TBT Cookbook Review: Perfect Recipes for Having People Over by Pam Anderson

Suzen and I know Pam Anderson well. We’ve cooked with her and relished each of her eight cookbooks. She is, to use Suzen’s phrase, one of the cookbooks authors you can trust. Trust? Yes. Sadly, many of today’s cookbooks are filled with recipes that have not been written for the home cook or even tested.…

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Cookbook Review: Gubbeen: The Story of a Working Farm and Its Foods by Giana Ferguson

These days, few of us have ever been on a farm. A hundred years ago, most of us would have been living on one. And though we don’t visit them or live on them, we eat their products every day of our lives. On the very southwestern tip of Ireland, there is a peninsula protruding…

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Cookbook Review: A Boat, A Whale & A Walrus by Renee Erickson

Seattle is a superior food town, a collection of neighborhoods speckled with little restaurant gems highly focused on the sea. There are, to be sure, “big” restaurants in Seattle, the stylized booming halls of wood and stone and glass that you can find in Paris or New York. It is the smaller, more intimate Seattle…

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