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The Cook's Cook August-September 2015 Issue

Welcome to the tenth issue of The Cook’s Cook. This issue has the theme of education, and our cover chef, Nicholas Calias, is an educator in every sense. Read about this extraordinary role model in Lisa Miller’s profile “A Passion for Teaching.”

In “The Modern Apprentice,” Dawn Viola details the history and advantages of apprenticing with master chefs, and how the American Culinary Foundation encourages these important studies.

Another view of education is provided by Tracey Miller, who describes an exemplary high school culinary arts program, the Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, New Hampshire.

In “Real Pet Food Matters,” Lynn Felici-Gallant explains what to consider when feeding your dog, and offers a recipe from holistic veterinarian Dr. Judy Morgan.

Molecular biologist Dr. Kevin Folta explains the science behind GMOs and how it has lessened the need for chemical pesticides.

Forrest Pritchard wears the hats of farmer and journalist. His compelling article, “Rewriting the Road Map to Sustainability” shows the connection between two very different agribusinesses.

Wine editor J.D. Landis opened a thirty-two year old “odd bottle” of white Alsatian wine from his cellar that he bought in the 80s for under $10. How was it? Read his fascinating and amusing article to find out.

Read about dehydrators, foraging, and letting your kids make their own lunch. You’ll find recipes for luscious gluten-free challah and cherry-chocolate Mandebrot, authentic southern Italian meatballs, and advice on teaching a freshman college student how to cook in his very first kitchen.

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Blog of the Month: White on Rice Couple

  1. Caramel Macchiato Coffee Ice Cream,
  2. Detailed How-To Guide for Judging Watermelon Ripeness (Spank It!)
  3. Zucchini Soft Taco Shells

The aforementioned are currently featured and nicely illustrated on this husband and wife team's blog home page. They are professional photographers who do quite a bit of travel for assignment work and also teach photography and food styling skills in workshops. They recently published a lovely cookbook, Bountiful, which includes recipes they developed to creatively use what they reap from their home garden. Their writing is appealing, their ideas are fresh and excellent photography ties it all together. What's not to like? ~Eva Baughman


Readers Write: An Opening Night Cake

I’m in the process of setting up my cake decorating business, My Fair Cakery, having done it for several years on a low-key friends-and family-basis, and having been hounded to make it all more official. I decided to try and couple it with my second love of the theatre–and what better place to start than with the smash hit Elephant Man starring Bradley Cooper, Allessandro Nivola and Scott Lowell?


Video: Punk Rock Marthas

The Punk Rock Marthas formed on a high school campus in Los Angeles in 2007. This group of energetic and spirited young people perform good deeds of all kinds, from feeding the homeless to picking up litter. They call it “guerilla philanthropy.” Their short video is both touching and inspiring.