Table Talk: December 2011
The buzz on Tulsa’s tastiest products, restaurants and events.
On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me (at least I hope he will!) one or all of these delicious reads:
“The Mozza Cookbook: Recipes from Los Angeles’s Favorite Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria” by Nancy Silverton Customers have been lining the block outside this popular L.A. hot spot since it opened, and rightfully so — any restaurant co-owned by Silverton and Mario Batali has to be good. This book features recipes served at the restaurant, including a guide to all of the varieties of cheese that are served at the mozzarella bar.
“The Food52 Cookbook: 140 Winning Recipes from Exceptional Home Cooks” by Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs Food52’s website is based on the best possible scenario: creating the first crowd-sourced cookbook in 52 weeks (that’s where the 52 in Food52 comes from). Hesser and Stubbs held weekly contests for a year, and each winner’s recipe made it into the book.
“The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria” by Ferran Adria Many people have heard of Adria’s cult restaurant, El Bulli (now shuttered), but a mere few can boast that they dined there. This book offers up the delicious, hearty fare the staff shared before the avant-garde shifts began every evening.
“Bluestem, The Cookbook” by Colby and Megan Garrelts Bluestem is by far one of the best restaurants in Kansas City, as well as one of the smallest, but the Garreltses always put out big seasonal flavors — which you can now replicate at home.
“The Art of French Baking” by Ginette Mathiot This definitive collection of authentic French pastries and desserts pulls content from two cookbooks by French author Mathiot: “I Know How to Cook” (just released in English in 2009) and “I Know How to Make Pastries.” Edited by blogger Clotilde Dusoulier of “Chocolate and Zucchini,” this will be the book this season for the macaron addict.
“The Oxford Companion to Beer” by Garrett Oliver Finally! Craft brewers are getting the recognition they deserve, while beer enthusiasts gain access to an encyclopedic guide to all things beer — trivia, history, brewing, buying and drinking. I guarantee that your brain will feel a buzz from the wealth of information.
“Super Natural Every Day” by Heidi Swanson I have long been a reader of Swanson’s popular blog, “101 Cookbooks.” She makes wholesome cooking modern and approachable, with gorgeous photography to boot. Her newest book, a follow-up to the bestselling “Super Natural Cooking,” will have you dreaming of “Meatless Monday.”
“Sunday Roasts” by Betty Rosbottom For the last 100 years or so, it seems that Sunday has been the day for big family dinners, pulling out the slow cooker and cooking large hunks of meat. From pot roasts to turkey to a grand-standing rib roast, Rosbottom, a syndicated columnist and PBS host, offers hearty, primal recipes sure to satisfy any family’s appetite.
“The Great American Cookbook” by Clementine Paddleford Paddleford is considered the first writer to, back in the 1930s, clearly define “American” food. This collection of more than 500 regional American recipes, originally published as “How America Eats,” has received a tune-up, thanks to popular food writers Kelly Alexander (a longtime editor at Saveur magazine) and Molly O’Neill (a former columnist for The New York Times Magazine).
“The Occasional Vegetarian: 100 Delicious Dishes That Put Vegetables at the Center of the Plate” by Elaine Louie Louie, who writes the “Temporary Vegetarian” column for The New York Times, shares recipes from a wide variety of chefs that are sure to satisfy even the most passionate of vegetarians, as well as hungry carnivores.