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Food and Cooking



Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060899226
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Published: Ecco - January 1st, 2007

It's a memoir about a cool guy's life; it's an expose about a tough business; it's a love affair with food; it's a bunch of exciting travel stories; it's raunchy, sweet, shocking, and very smartly written! I was hooked from page 1 and read it in two sittings.

Recommended by Regina


52 Loaves: One Man's Relentless Pursuit of Truth, Meaning, and a Perfect Crust Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616200503
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 25th, 2011

William Alexander once at the perfect loaf of bread – crispy, chewy, sweet and yeasty – and he vows to recreate it. The result is 52 Loaves, a yearlong experiment in baking, in which Alexander bakes the same loaf of bread week after week, tweaking his ingredients, techniques, cooking time, and so on. He grows and grinds his own wheat. He builds and earth oven in his backyard. He travels to France to bake his single loaf in the oven of an ancient monastery. And somewhere along the way he figures out, in the words of Voltaire, that perfect is the enemy of good. Funny, exasperating, and very entertaining!

Recommended by Anne