Posts Tagged ‘cookbooks’

A Y&H Interview with D.C. Cookbook Legend, Joan Nathan

Next week, Joan Nathan, the D.C.-based cookbook author who's won just about every award there is, will release her first recipe collection in five years. Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous is different from Nathan's other tomes in that it draws on a very specific region rather than looking at the entire diaspora of Jewish cooking. In […]

Three Books Worth Digging Into This Fall

Next to a wine-braised coq au vin at a cozy French bistro, there are few things I enjoy more on a cold evening than sitting on the couch with a glass of wine and good book. This fall, I'll have plenty of opportunities to do just that with some new volumes from local authors or, […]

Barton Seaver’s Cookbook to Cater to the Walmart Crowd

I had been trying to reach Barton Seaver for weeks, hoping he might have something to say about his short time at Blue Ridge and about the Glover Park eatery's new focus on beer. But Seaver is a busy man, and we missed phone calls on several occasions. It was only late last week that […]

D.C. Brings Home the Hardware from Beard Awards

Last night, I was sitting at a large circular table at Espace in New York City with some rather distinguished company: Robb Walsh, formerly of the Houston Press; Ed Levine, the founder of Serious Eats;  Ryan D'Agostino, the articles editor for Esquire; and a trio of writers/editors with our sister paper, the Chicago Reader: Alison […]

Dam Good and Sweet: National Honors for Engert, Wabeck, and Guas

Three local food and drink experts earned national recognition this month. In its latest issue, Food & Wine magazine named its sommeliers of the year, a select group of seven taste-makers that includes two from the D.C. area. John Wabeck from Inox was honored for his "incredibly thoughtful, food-friendly list that's heavy on Burgundy." But […]

Can You Learn to Cook from a Cookbook?

New Yorker scribe Adam Gopnik turned into a one-man El Niño last fall, generating all sorts of ancillary disturbances, when he noted that, in essence, reading a cookbook is a waste of time. You'll never learn to cook from one. Gopnik explains his position in his own sublime prose (a skill that we can only assume, based on […]

How François Haeringer Learned to Make Boston Clam Chowder

If you want to learn how to make Boston clam chowder, all you have to do is turn on the Food Network or wander over to Borders and browse through the American regional cookbook section. Or, hell, just type the words into Google and watch the recipes and videos stream into your home. When François Haeringer, […]

WaPo’s Yonan Signs Deal to Write Cooking-for-One Book

The Post Food Section's Cooking for One was an initially a column that anyone in the right demographic — single and loving to cook alone — could write. It might be  a freelancer. It might be a staffer. But since November of last year, section editor Joe Yonan has owned the series, writing on subjects […]

Can You Actually Recreate Restaurant Dishes at Home?

That's the question food writer Lauren Shockey asked as she prepared to crack open the cookbooks of three different New York City chefs. Her essay on the at-home adventure was published today on Slate. I have to say, I think the article might have been more interesting had a non-culinary-school grad taken up the challenge. […]

What Cookbooks Do Local Food Writers Favor?

My friend and food writer, Melissa McCart, recently asked a bunch of us food scribblers what cookbooks we like. For someone like me, it's sort of like asking what children's books I enjoy. It feels like it's been a long time since I regularly cracked open a cookbook to actually cook something. Such a sad, […]