The Cook's Cook December-January 2015 Issue

Food and beverages are the yin and yang of the culinary world, one incomplete—indeed, inconceivable–without the other. In this issue our cover profile, by regular contributor Jacob Dean, is of Garrett Oliver, the Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery.

Diane Zatz, a graphic arts professor, describes her alternate life as a “Hops Farm Wife,” growing organic hops on a Pennsylvania farm.

Melina Josserand and Clotilde Dusoulier, the authors of Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites, share how they collaborated first on a blog and then on their successful book of illustrated French idioms.

Annabel Hughes, writing from her home in the African bush, offers instruction on how to make imitation capers from nasturtium seed pods, and world traveler Kristy Alpert tells about a visit to a stranger’s house in Tokyo for a cooking lesson.

In this issue you’ll find Emily Von Euw’s gorgeous vegan desserts made from entirely raw ingredients, and Wendy Pirsig’s tale of the Swedish holiday of St. Lucia.

Kristine Kidd shares her stunning gluten-free recipes for Raspberry Oatmeal Muffins, Apple Cranberry Crumble, and Seeded Irish Soda Bread.

Matthew Locricchio provides recipes for impressive-but-easy polenta casseroles that will let them have fun and put your supper on the table.

As always, there’s much more…advice, opinion, great products, wonderful recipes—all free. Please subscribe, tell your friends, and enjoy.


Blog of the Week: American Food Roots

If you have some time on your hands, rather than heading to the Food Network, try opening up this gem of a blog. Edited by Carol Guensburg, Michele Kayal, Domenica Marchetti and Bonny Wolf, it is a cornucopia of food stories and information. Recently awarded two awards from the Association of Food Journalists for Best Food Blog 2014 (second place) and Best Non-Newspaper News Feature: "Step right up! Circus food is no sideshow stunt!" Besides other fascinating feature articles, you'll find Information about American made products which goes way beyond the cursory blurbs you usually see in print. These are stories with substance and human interest, often with recipes. I enjoyed reading about a California cook who became interested in jam making at his grandmother's side and now creates unique preserves, like pear-tarragon jam, while pursuing "cottage food operation" certification by the state. There are stories about American mulberries, "the cockroach of the berry family" (with pie recipe), an article about the origins of Jiffy baking mix; and one about paw paws, America's lost fruit. Delicious subject matter and artful writing make this a top notch blog. ~Eva Baughman


Readers Write: A Taste of Old Italy

As my hunger grows in thinking about my lunch, I want to share with you one of my favorite tastes of Italy that can be enjoyed at anytime or anywhere, offering you a connection to the country itself, like an edible picture of the hillside.

Sitting here looking out at the rolling hills of Italy in […]


The Cook's Blog: Chicken Parmesan

There are plenty of traditional American foods with which to celebrate autumn, cold weather, the harvest, and the oncoming holidays. But when you’ve had enough of apples, corn, squash, and cider, a hearty Italian-style recipe provides a welcome break while still fitting the prescriptives of the season…Chicken Parmesan is an excellent dish for serving to a crowd. You can serve it (as I prefer to) accompanied by pasta generously dressed in best-quality olive oil, minced raw garlic, minced parsley or basil, and freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano.


Movie Review: The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey, directed by Lasse Hallström, is an interesting and enjoyable
summer food film that has a lot going for it, while also not quite hitting the mark. Based on a best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais, the film was produced by Stephen Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey and features a generally wonderful ensemble cast, but is also a somewhat confounding experience. Briefly summarized, The Hundred-Foot Journey tells the story of a successful Indian restaurateur and his family of servers and cooks, and their attempt to make a home for themselves in Europe following the burning of their restaurant and death of the family’s chef and mother.


Video: Food for All DC

What a great way to spend a Saturday morning — helping to deliver food to home-bound people in need. If you don’t live in the Washington DC area, Food for All DC may inspire you to begin a similar organization in your own city or town.