A Nation of Culinary Sissies

That’s what we’re becoming. I was reading Pete Wells’s comment from the per se kitchen during the Keller-Achatz dinner that when sent to inquire as to food allergies, captains reported that the first 8 tables, of 16 I  believe, requested that the kitchen amend...

Big Fat Duck

I have a stake in two of the big cookbooks coming out this season from multi-starred chefs but before I write about these, attention must be paid to The Big Fat Duck Cookbook, by Heston Blumenthal and his team. When I saw the price, retail $250 (157.50 from Amazon),...

New Books

I am asked to blurb more books than I really can but I was happy to comment on Andrew Carmellini's cookbook, Urban Italian.  Andrew is a son of Cleveland who worked for Daniel Boulud for many years before opening A Voce.  He left his post there and has...