It’s spring … almost. And while that season brings the promise of renewal, it also urges us to clear out the old and usher in the new. For me … that includes some just released titles to add to my burgeoning bookshelf of stories and memoirs that some call “cookbooks.” And no … I can’t bear to clear out the “old,” so they just have to get cozy with the new additions.
This season brings a slew of interesting and inspiring titles. Here are a couple that we’re reading, gleaning from, and whose recipes we’re adding to our spring menus.
The New Jewish Table explores the melding of two cooking cultures, American and Eastern-European Jewish, sharing the mouth-watering recipes that result from this flavorful union from authors, chef Todd Gray and his wife Ellen Kassoff Gray, owner of acclaimed restaurant Equinox Washington DC.
With more than 125 recipes including reinterpretations of traditional Jewish favorites made with fresh, seasonal ingredients, from Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Latkes, Ellen’s Falafel with Pickled Vegetables and Minted Lemon Yogurt, and Roasted Heirloom Beets with Capers and Pistachios, to Matzo-Stuffed Cornish Game Hens, Fig and Port Wine Blintzes, and Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach, there are recipes for every occasion that the entire family will enjoy.
The Mighty Gastropolis: A Journey Through the Center of America’s Food Revolution charts the rise of one of the country’s most talked about food and dining destinations, Portland, Oregon, a place former Gourmet Editor and food icon Ruth Reichl calls “the crucible of New American cooking.”
Among Portland chefs whose work, culinary output, and cooking pearls are profiled in this book are those whose rise-to-stardom stories, picture-perfect dishes, and iconoclastic innovations now slather the pages of Bon Appetit, Saveur, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine, GQ and The Huffington Post.
In The Mighty Gastropolis, you will learn, ingredient by ingredient, experiment by experiment, dish by dish, how Portland’s culinary cognoscenti have re-imagined and reconfigured restaurant culture for modern times.
For a list of additional titles that we’re reading or have read, see the right column.
Enjoy your weekend … and be inspired!