Beat the cold with hot homemade food!

What could be better on a chilly winter day than a steaming helping of homemade chicken pot pie? (Perhaps a slice of apple or cherry pie for dessert?) In the NPR article, "Restoring Humble Potpie to Its Rightful Place," you will find not one, but two delicious recipes to warm up any winter day. You can also check out our assortment of Cook's Illustrated cook books, or my personal favorite, the America's Test Kitchen cook books.

eve Contemporary Cuisine Methode Traditionelle


eve: Contemporary Cuisine Methode Traditionnelle by Eve Aronoff is a beautiful and daunting cookbook, celebrating the food from the restaurant in Kerrytown.

Be sure you have thoroughly read the recipes before attempting to prepare them. You may need to make a trip to a local Asian or Middle Eastern ethnic food store, order some spices online, run out to Zingerman’s, Durham’s Tracklements, Monahan’s Seafood Market, Sparrow’s Meat Market, Morgan and York, or the Farmer’s Market. You may have to prepare some of the ingredients listed before attempting the main recipe.

For me the recipes are more likely to entice me to eat at eve than to attempt to actually cook the dishes. The chapter on Accompaniments has some recipes that are simpler. Even here the Fingerling Potatoes are best fried in rendered duck fat pulled from Durham Tracklement’s cured duck breast prosciutto.

In addition to the recipes and the lovely photographs there are occasional charming pieces by Eve Aronoff about the restaurant, her culinary background, her family, local food purveyors, and members of the staff.

Foodie Radio & NPR Recommended Cookbooks: A perfect holiday treat

One of my favorite things to do on a leisurely weekend or holiday afternoon is tune the radio to a show about food, and cook something I don’t usually have the time for, like the 4-hour pork stew I made on Friday. The online archive of the Splendid Table does just the trick when my local NPR station isn’t playing something appropriate.

For inspiration on what to cook, or just to read for fun, read about NPR’s cookbook picks for this season. Each cookbook description includes a link to one recipe (free!) from the book . Titles held at the Ann Arbor District Library are:

Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan includes more than 300 recipes for delicious desserts, including Devil’s Food White-Out Cake, which is pictured on the cover. Greenspan has also written three other books in our collection: Baking with Julia, Desserts by Pierre Hermé, and, my favorite title of the day, Pancakes: From Morning to Midnight.

In Jamie's Italy by Jamie Oliver, see Italy through Jamie’s eyes, as he travels through the country, exploring what he calls “villagional” – variation in dishes that varies from village to village so much so that it is more than regional. You can take his recipe for pasta e ceci (pasta with chickpeas) for a test drive before checking out the book.

The King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains may not sound like a good source for the kind of decadence you usually associate with good baking, but be prepared to be proven wrong. The good folks at King Arthur are masters of great flavor, and in creating recipes for this cookbook, they said a decisive “no way” to any recipe that just “tastes good for whole grain.” Try out their Banana Chocolate Chip Squares for an example of some whole grain goodness that tastes great.

In Happy in the Kitchen, chef Michel Richard will make you drool, with gorgeous photos and this written record of what Arthur Boehm calls a “wonderfully playful cooking intelligence.” Recommended for serious amateurs and professional chefs, this book will provide useful tips while stretching your foodie imagination. There’s no free recipe link for this cookbook – you’ll just have to check it out at the library.

Let’s Eat Out Tonight

Local governments provide a cornucopia of information for residents on the Internet. Here’s one that will help you make informed decisions about eating out. Washtenaw County provides Restaurant Inspection Reports for local restaurants, bars, night clubs, school cafeterias and more. Then you can check out the restaurants section at Arbor Web and leave those pots and pans for another night.

Move over, Martha.

Amy Sedaris, everyone’s favorite comic shape-shifter and newly minted solo author, wants you to get drunk. On her witty repartee, that is (and maybe a few well-chosen cocktails). Her new book, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence delivers plenty of the expected sardonic humor, and some recipes, too. If you consider yourself a fan of both plastic food and Martha Stewart, this book is for you.

Plan a Michigan Wine Harvest Tour

Plenty of Ann Arborites are planning fall trips to visit Michigan wineries - to witness the harvest and buy wine. You can plan your own midwestern oenological adventure by checking out Wineries of the Great Lakes: A Guidebook, by Joe Borrello. For complete and updated information on Michigan wineries - locations, hours, and more - go to the Michigan wine website.

Fresh Air Picks from the week of May 29th, 2006

Joseph R. Gannascoli, known until recently as mob captain Vito Spatafore on The Sopranos, has tried his hand at writing. Check out his new crime novel, A Meal to Die For, about a mobster and gourmet chef who has to prepare a feast for a boss who is about to be sent to jail. While you're at it, check out the first five seasons of The Sopranos on DVD: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Listen to Gannascoli talk about his new book on Fresh Air here.

Jamaican singer Desmond Dekker died last week at the age of 64. Check out The Best of Desmond Dekker, or hear his 1969 hit "Israelites" on one of several compilations: Rhythm and Blues Beat (Volume 2, 1964-1969), Caribbean Playground, and The Best of and the Rest of: Greatest Original Reggae Hits. Rock historian Ed Ward remembers Dekker on Fresh Air - listen here.

David Douglas Duncan is best known for his war photography, but he was also a frequent photographer of Picasso. Check out Viva Picasso or Duncan's photographic autobiography Photo Nomad, which includes seven decades of photos. Hear an interview with Duncan from July 2, 1990 here.

Food: Recent Writings on Food, Eating, and Cooking

Eat This Book: a Year of Gluttony and Glory on the Competitive Eating Circuit by Ryan Nerz
Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess by Gael Greene, the longtime food columnist for New York magazine
The Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones, an assemblage of anecdotes arranged by tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and umami, by Anthony Bourdain
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: a Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
The Reach of a Chef: Beyond the Kitchen by Michael Ruhlman
Sacred Cow, Mad Cow: a History of Food Fears by Madeleine Ferrieres
The Sex Life of Food: When Body and Soul Meet to Eat by Bunny Crumpacker

Slow Food

AADL Select Sites: Food and Cooking

Hungry? The AADL Select Sites heading Food and Cooking contains a mouth-watering array of websites, including Slow Food.

According to their website, "Slow Food, founded in 1986, is an international organization whose aim is to protect the pleasures of the table from the homogenization of modern fast food and life." Aside from their adorable snail logo, the website offers information on buying, caring for, and enjoying traditionally made foods, such as wine and cheese, as well as opportunities to explore their Taste Education programs, located in Italy, from afar.

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