Posts Tagged “American”

Historic Colorado by Claude Wiatrowski – review

Historic Colorado by Claude Wiatrowski – review

Claude Wiatrowski has an evident passion for Colorado and another, equal in depth, for trains. He has three degrees in sensible technical and engineering subjects but he also plays drums for a brace of big bands, a gospel quartet and a polka band. A well-rounded character, I’d say. I had never considered a vacation in…

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Gale Gand’s Brunch – cookbook review

Gale Gand’s Brunch – cookbook review

Brunch is a long-established American tradition. It’s easy to understand why it has become so popular. It is an activity that combines social interaction and delicious food… or a way of entertaining friends and family without the fuss and arduous preparation of a full-scale dinner party. Sunday morning (unless you are a priest or a…

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The Farmer’s Wife Cookbook by Martha Engstrom – review

The Farmer’s Wife Cookbook by Martha Engstrom – review

No, dear reader, you don’t have to run off with a farmer to be able to enjoy this book. You won’t need to have furtive visits to your local library proclaiming in a loud voice that you truly are a farmer’s wife to be eligible for a peek between these covers. The farmers’ wives in…

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The Farmer’s Wife Baking Cookbook – Lela Nargi – review

The Farmer’s Wife Baking Cookbook – Lela Nargi – review

The Farmer’s wife in question is not actually a farmer’s wife, or should I say she is hundreds of farmers’ wives. Confused? Then I’ll explain. The Farmer’s Wife was a monthly magazine published in Minnesota between 1893 and 1939. I dare say farmers and their families felt often quite isolated in the days before rapid…

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The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters – review

The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters – review

If you haven’t spent much time in the USA you might not instantly recognise the name Alice Waters. She is held in the same regard as the late and magnificent Julia Child and is a woman that even the iconic Martha Stewart bows to on all things culinary. Alice is as popular as our Delia…

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A Delicious Way to Earn a Living by Michael Bateman – review

A Delicious Way to Earn a Living by Michael Bateman – review

This is a collection of the food writing of the late and great Michael Bateman who has been recognised as the first of the modern investigative food journalists. Michael started writing in the 1960s when food wasn’t the trendy subject it is today. There was little interest in the media apart from the occasional fright…

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Wise Words and Country Ways for Cooks by Ruth Binney – review

Wise Words and Country Ways for Cooks by Ruth Binney – review

Our language is full of sayings that cover almost every aspect of life. A stitch in time saves nine, All’s well that ends well, Money talks, Like father – like son, It’s a long way to Tipperary…er,…or something like that. Wise Words and Country Ways for Cooks, however, focuses on kitchen-based wisdom and gives some…

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A New Taste of Galena – community cookbook – review

A New Taste of Galena – community cookbook – review

What’s a Galena and is it organic? I hear you ask. It’s not a food, it’s a place. In fact it’s a small town in Illinois and this book is a Lutheran Church community cookbook. Now, I am not even a Christian and this review has nothing to do with the church. This review has…

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Celia Brooks Brown – A girl for all seasons – interview

Celia Brooks Brown – A girl for all seasons – interview

Celia Brooks Brown was born in Colorado and seems to have been the typical all-American girl with a job as a Car Hop at Hungry Boy Drive-In, a local burger joint. I don’t know if that’s what persuaded Celia to become a vegetarian! It’s true that it’s unusual to find many Americans who would swap…

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Dean and Deluca Cookbook by David Rosengarten – review

Dean and Deluca Cookbook by David Rosengarten – review

Founded in 1977 by Joel Dean, Giorgio DeLuca and Jack Ceglic with the opening of its flagship store in SoHo, New York, Dean & Deluca quickly grew into a retailer of gourmet and speciality foods, vintage wines and quality kitchenware, with outlets throughout the United States as well as Japan, Taiwan and Dubai. Dean &…

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Beans – A History by Ken Albala – review

Beans – A History by Ken Albala – review

I was expecting a pamphlet. What is there to say about beans? Well, lots and it’s much more interesting than I had supposed. The author, Ken Albala, already has a good track record for writing food-related books. His others include Eating Right in the Renaissance and The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late…

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Rick Bayless – American chef-restaurateur – interview

Rick Bayless – American chef-restaurateur – interview

…from Oaxaca to the Windy City.  Award-winning chef-restaurateur, cookbook author, and television personality Rick Bayless has done more than any other culinary figure to introduce Americans to authentic Mexican cooking and to change the image of Mexican food in America. I was first introduced to the work of Rick Bayless when we were living in…

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David Rosengarten – Global Gourmet – interview

David Rosengarten – Global Gourmet – interview

David Rosengarten is one of the foremost authorities on food and wine. He is a well-respected cookbook author and has penned, amongst others, the 500-recipe Dean & DeLuca Cookbook. Dean & DeLuca is America’s most celebrated food shop and I hope to be able to publish the review of David’s book in the next few…

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