Food and Wine Archive

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual - If you got in on the ground floor, you chewed every page of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, (464 pages, $8.00 at Amazon). If you were a second responder, the first Michael Pollan book

French Women for All Seasons - What will probably destroy America is not misguided foreign policy, crushing debt or our insistence on building bombers rather than schools --- it's fat. Go to any

Gardening Made Easy - "I am two with Nature," Woody Allen quipped. Me too. So I was spooked by the passage in Dominique Browning's glorious Slow Love when she got down on her hands and knees

Heart of the Artichoke and Other Kitchen Journeys - My wife used to be Somebody in the New York fine dining world. As for me, one of the only two jobs that’s required my daily presence was as a

Hedgebrook Cookbook: Celebrating Radical Hospitality - A reader recently complained, “What’s with all these cookbooks? Please get back to real books.” Dude, I’d love to. The problems are: 1) The cookbooks I’ve reviewed this fall are terrific

Hemingway and Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers -     Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending

Holiday Ham - A Christian holiday --- no better time for what my brother-in-law, the family wag, calls "Jesse's kosher ham." The recipe couldn't be easier, the results more foolproof. And it's cheap, which

How to Drink Like a Billionaire: Mastering Wine with Joie de Vivre - The first time I had lunch with Mark Oldman, I didn’t return home until 4 PM. My wife’s reaction: “No way you were having lunch with a man for three

Hungry for Paris: The Ultimate Guide to the City’s 102 Best Restaurants - Dollar skidding, plane fare soaring --- it's not likely I'll be having dinner in Paris any time soon. But that doesn't mean I can't eat in Paris by proxy. Naturally, the

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto - What's better for you --- whole milk, 2% milk or skim? Is a chicken labeled “free range” good enough to reassure you of its purity? How about “grass fed” beef? What form

Italian Easy: Recipes from the London River Cafe - This cannot be. There must be some mistake.  We are promised "easy" and it is. They say "simple" and they deliver. What are the hidden flaws? Let's look. Start with the introduction.

Italian Family Dining - Artists are often ahead of their time. In the case of Edward Giobbi, this also included his cooking. Back when no one used imported spaghetti, he swore by Italian brands.

Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects - If you've been paying attention --- if not, go to your room and read Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food --- it should be abundantly clear that the standard American

Jean-Georges Vongerichten: Home Cooking with Jean-Georges: My Favorite Simple Recipes - The movie was a block away, we were already at ABC Carpet, we had an hour --- why not have a quick dinner at ABC Kitchen? For so-called sophisticates, we were

John Besh: My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking - We gave away 50 cookbooks the other week. Now I see we could also have given away “The Joy of Cooking.”   What? Eighteen million copies of “The Joy of Cooking”

John Besh: My New Orleans: The Cookbook - Love shrimp? Crayfish? Crab? Oysters? Gumbo? Fresh strawberries? Well, here is your new Bible of a cookbook: 200 recipes, French by nature, New Orleans by nurture.    Like the Bible, it’s weighty:

Julia Child and Simone Beck: Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One - It turned cold, and the forecast is for colder. Suddenly we're cooking. Chicken soup. Lamb stew. By now, I almost know the recipes by heart, but still I reached for

Julia Child: My Life in France - Julia Child would be 104, so it's understandable that, for many Americans, she looks and acts like Meryl Streep in the Nora Ephron film that burnished her eccentricities. But in

Julia Reed’s South: Spirited Entertaining and High-Style Fun All Year Long - Julia Reed is from Greenville, Mississippi (population: 33,000), and on the first page of this, her sixth book, she acknowledges the history of her home town: “An 1840s slave-built levee

King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains -   In the interest of eating your way to eternal life, you have no doubt bought wheat products that you believed were righteous.   And why not? The package said “stone-ground,” “100% wheat,”