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The Cook's Cook December-January 2016 Issue

Our theme for this issue is travel, with stories about food from writers around the globe.

Chef Seng Luangrath is the owner and chef of a Lao restaurant in Washington, D.C. The compelling tale of her education in Lao cuisine is the subject of our cover interview by Jacob Dean.

Our correspondent in Africa, Annabel Hughes, writes about fine dining on the islands above spectacular Victoria Falls. Eva Baughman gives an account of an extraordinary culinary tour of Abruzzo, Italy. Vegan food writer Solveig Eirksdottir describes the native foods of Iceland. And if you want to make mead like a Viking, Jereme Zimmerman offers recipes for drinking and for cooking.

If you’re planning to be on the road with kids, Helen Olsson provides tips that will making cooking over a campfire a fun activity instead of a chore.

Armchair travelers will find gluten-free Asian recipes and a family recipe for authentic Irish soda bread.

Want to know why your potatoes won’t soften or your rice stayed hard after long cooking? Food scientist Shirley Corriher reveals the secrets about how starches work.

With this issue we introduce a new column, The Cook Gardens, with an article by Kerry Ann Mendez about edible landscaping.

Oenophiles can learn from J. D. Landis about a heartgladdening ’76 Pommard; beer aficionados and gardeners alike will be fascinated by Laura Ten Eyck’s article on locally-grown hops.

Mandi Baughman offers diet advice for fitness competitors, Jacob Dean explains the advantage of natural heritage pork. Lynn Felici-Gallant urges you to make your own dog treats. Read about a sharpener for ceramic knives, matcha tea, and more. It’s all here for you in this issue of The Cook’s Cook.


Readers Write: Dinner Under the Stars Made Easy

When I think about camping there are a lot of positive memories that come up – watching the sunset, the smell of a smoky campfire, long hikes with beautiful views. But hardly ever do I think of delicious food being associated with camping (besides s’mores, arguably one of the most delicious processed food combinations ever). […]


Readers Write: Warm Memories of Iceland

In New Jersey, winter is not considered the most wonderful time of the year. After the Christmas lights come down and the New Year’s Eve ball has dropped, it is a long way to the first signs of spring. Typically, Americans escape freezing December weather to more tropical destinations. Maybe Mexico, Turks and Caicos, or […]


Blog of the Month: A Cozy Kitchen

Look no further for inspiration this holiday season. Cookbook author, Adrianna Adarme’s (The Year of Cozy) beautiful blog will get you motivated whether you’re in the mood for a party or just a comfy night in. I love perusing her thumbnail recipe index to whet my appetite and get the creative juices flowing. It’s easy to imagine accomplishing your culinary mission when you read her easy, inventive recipes such as Strawberry and Thyme Tarts and Spicy Rhubarb Margaritas (from her Etsy blog). A jar of Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries makes a great gift as would a less involved, but still wow-worthy, Dark Chocolate Chunk Walnut Skillet Cookie. To the kitchen!

 ~Eva Baughman