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The Splendid Table

Smoke: New Firewood Cooking by Tim Byres
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The Splendid Table: Wood + Charcoal Grilling
Recipe: Picnic Chicken and BBQ Pit Beans
2014 James Beard Award Nominee: General Cooking
A Texan chef shows there is a whole world of flavor beyond just barbecue. Smoke is a primer on the most time-tested culinary technique of all—but one that we have lost touch with. Chef Tim Byres shows how to imbue all kinds of foods—not just meat—with the irresistible flavor of smoke. Here he gives innovative ideas for easy ways to use smoke in your everyday kitchen arsenal of flavors—such as smoking safely on the stovetop with woodchips, putting together relishes and salsas made with smoked peppers and other vegetables, grilling with wood planks, and using smoke-cured meats to add layers of flavor to a dish. For serious cooks, there are how-to sections on building a firepit, smokehouse, and spit roast at home. As a Texan, Byres draws on the regional traditions of Mexico, Louisiana, and the South. He takes down-home foods and gives them brilliant twists. The results are such gutsy recipes as Pork Jowl Bacon with Half Sour Cucumbers, Boudin Balls and Brick Roux Gumbo, Cabrito and Masa Meatpies, and Coffee-Cured Brisket with Rustic Toast. Everything is made from scratch—not just the sausages but also the accompanying sauces, jams, and pickles. This is cooking at its most primal, and delicious.

Smoke: New Firewood Cooking by Tim Byres

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As Heard on Public Radio:

The Splendid Table: Wood + Charcoal Grilling

Recipe: Picnic Chicken and BBQ Pit Beans

2014 James Beard Award Nominee: General Cooking

A Texan chef shows there is a whole world of flavor beyond just barbecue. Smoke is a primer on the most time-tested culinary technique of all—but one that we have lost touch with. Chef Tim Byres shows how to imbue all kinds of foods—not just meat—with the irresistible flavor of smoke. Here he gives innovative ideas for easy ways to use smoke in your everyday kitchen arsenal of flavors—such as smoking safely on the stovetop with woodchips, putting together relishes and salsas made with smoked peppers and other vegetables, grilling with wood planks, and using smoke-cured meats to add layers of flavor to a dish. For serious cooks, there are how-to sections on building a firepit, smokehouse, and spit roast at home. As a Texan, Byres draws on the regional traditions of Mexico, Louisiana, and the South. He takes down-home foods and gives them brilliant twists. The results are such gutsy recipes as Pork Jowl Bacon with Half Sour Cucumbers, Boudin Balls and Brick Roux Gumbo, Cabrito and Masa Meatpies, and Coffee-Cured Brisket with Rustic Toast. Everything is made from scratch—not just the sausages but also the accompanying sauces, jams, and pickles. This is cooking at its most primal, and delicious.

One good Dish: The Simple Pleasures of a Simple Meal by David Tanis
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The Splendid Table: David Tanis
Recipe: Scorched Sweet Peppers and Onions
PRI: Why David Tanis Really Likes This Falafel Shop
Here & Now: Favorite Cookbooks of 2013
2014 James Beard Award Nominee: General Cooking
In this, his first non-menu cookbook, the New York Times food columnist offers 100 utterly delicious recipes that epitomize comfort food, Tanis-style. Individually or in combination, they make perfect little meals that are elemental and accessible, yettotally surprising—and there’s something to learn on every page. Among the chapter titles there’s “Bread Makes a Meal,” which includes such alluring recipes as a ham and Gruyère bread pudding, spaghetti and bread crumbs, breaded eggplant cutlets, and David’s version of egg-in-a-hole. A chapter called “My Kind of Snack” includes quail eggs with flavored salt; speckled sushi rice with toasted nori; polenta pizza with crumbled sage; raw beet tartare; and mackerel rillettes. The recipes in “Vegetables to Envy” range from a South Indian dish of cabbage with black mustard seeds to French grandmother–style vegetables. “Strike While the Iron Is Hot” is all about searing and quick cooking in a cast-iron skillet. Another chapter highlights dishes you can eat from a bowl with a spoon. And so it goes, with one irrepressible chapter after another, one perfect food moment after another: this is a book with recipes to crave.

One good Dish: The Simple Pleasures of a Simple Meal by David Tanis

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As Heard on Public Radio:

The Splendid Table: David Tanis

Recipe: Scorched Sweet Peppers and Onions

PRI: Why David Tanis Really Likes This Falafel Shop

Here & Now: Favorite Cookbooks of 2013

2014 James Beard Award Nominee: General Cooking

In this, his first non-menu cookbook, the New York Times food columnist offers 100 utterly delicious recipes that epitomize comfort food, Tanis-style. Individually or in combination, they make perfect little meals that are elemental and accessible, yettotally surprising—and there’s something to learn on every page. Among the chapter titles there’s “Bread Makes a Meal,” which includes such alluring recipes as a ham and Gruyère bread pudding, spaghetti and bread crumbs, breaded eggplant cutlets, and David’s version of egg-in-a-hole. A chapter called “My Kind of Snack” includes quail eggs with flavored salt; speckled sushi rice with toasted nori; polenta pizza with crumbled sage; raw beet tartare; and mackerel rillettes. The recipes in “Vegetables to Envy” range from a South Indian dish of cabbage with black mustard seeds to French grandmother–style vegetables. “Strike While the Iron Is Hot” is all about searing and quick cooking in a cast-iron skillet. Another chapter highlights dishes you can eat from a bowl with a spoon. And so it goes, with one irrepressible chapter after another, one perfect food moment after another: this is a book with recipes to crave.

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg adn Zoe Francois
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The Splendid Table: The Secret to Making Easy, Artisan Bread
Recipe: Refigerator Stored Artisan Boule with Whole Grains
A fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling, ground-breaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day—the revolutionary approach to bread-makingWith more than half a million copies of their books in print, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François have proven that people want to bake their own bread, so long as they can do it easily and quickly. Based on fan feedback, Jeff and Zoë have completely revamped their first, most popular, and now-classic book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.Responding to their thousands of ardent fans, Jeff and Zoë returned to their test kitchens to whip up more delicious baking recipes. They’ve also included a gluten-free chapter, forty all-new gorgeous color photos, and one hundred informative black-and-white how-to photos. They’ve made the “Tips and Techniques” and “Ingredients” chapters bigger and better than ever before, and included readers’ Frequently Asked Questions.

The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg adn Zoe Francois

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The Splendid Table: The Secret to Making Easy, Artisan Bread

Recipe: Refigerator Stored Artisan Boule with Whole Grains

A fully revised and updated edition of the bestselling, ground-breaking Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day—the revolutionary approach to bread-making

With more than half a million copies of their books in print, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François have proven that people want to bake their own bread, so long as they can do it easily and quickly. Based on fan feedback, Jeff and Zoë have completely revamped their first, most popular, and now-classic book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

Responding to their thousands of ardent fans, Jeff and Zoë returned to their test kitchens to whip up more delicious baking recipes. They’ve also included a gluten-free chapter, forty all-new gorgeous color photos, and one hundred informative black-and-white how-to photos. They’ve made the “Tips and Techniques” and “Ingredients” chapters bigger and better than ever before, and included readers’ Frequently Asked Questions.

Sticky Fingers’ Sweets by Doron Petersan
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The Splendid Table: Doron Peterson on Vegetarian Baking
Recipe: Man in Black Cupcakes
A Food Network Cupcake Wars winner shares her scrumptious recipes in a new cookbook that has vegans and omnivores alike clamoring for more.
When Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats opened in 2002, it instantly became one of the most popular bakeries in D.C.-a bakery that just happens to be vegan. Soon, Sticky Fingers was voted D.C.’s best bakery by The Washington City Paper, and chef Doron Petersan found herself beating out traditional bakers on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
Sticky Fingers’ Sweets is packed with one hundred of her beloved recipes- from indulgent snacks like Fudgetastic Brownies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to breakfast treats like Pecan Spice Coffee Cake and Cranberry Ginger Scones, and from celebratory desserts like Chocolate Seltzer Cake and Red Velvet Cupcakes to Sticky Fingers’ most popular sweets- Little Devils, Cowvins, and Sticky Buns. Petersan also includes “love bite” nutritional tips and valuable tricks-of-the- trade techniques that every home baker will appreciate.

Sticky Fingers’ Sweets by Doron Petersan

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The Splendid Table: Doron Peterson on Vegetarian Baking

Recipe: Man in Black Cupcakes

A Food Network Cupcake Wars winner shares her scrumptious recipes in a new cookbook that has vegans and omnivores alike clamoring for more.

When Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats opened in 2002, it instantly became one of the most popular bakeries in D.C.-a bakery that just happens to be vegan. Soon, Sticky Fingers was voted D.C.’s best bakery by The Washington City Paper, and chef Doron Petersan found herself beating out traditional bakers on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.

Sticky Fingers’ Sweets is packed with one hundred of her beloved recipes- from indulgent snacks like Fudgetastic Brownies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies to breakfast treats like Pecan Spice Coffee Cake and Cranberry Ginger Scones, and from celebratory desserts like Chocolate Seltzer Cake and Red Velvet Cupcakes to Sticky Fingers’ most popular sweets- Little Devils, Cowvins, and Sticky Buns. Petersan also includes “love bite” nutritional tips and valuable tricks-of-the- trade techniques that every home baker will appreciate.

The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business by Christopher Leanard
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The Splendid Table: Christopher Leanard on Tyson Chicken
Morning Edition: Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?
Airtalk: Investigative Journalist Christopher Leanard Looks Into America’s Meat Racket
Radiowest: The Meat Racket
The Leanard Lopate Show: The Stranglehold of Industrial Farming
In a new book about the takeover of the American meat industry by a few large companies, investigative journalist and New America Foundation fellow Christopher Leonard hones in on Tyson Foods.
Tyson is the biggest of the U.S.’s meat giants, bringing in $28 billion in annual sales and $780 million in profits. The company’s model of vertical integration and farmer control helped it take over the chicken and hog industries and now threatens the cattle business, even as independent farmers hold onto their independence.
How has the “chickenization” of American farming changed the industry? Are Tyson’s cost-cutting methods helpful to consumers, or harmful to the meat business? What does the future hold for meat?  

The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business by Christopher Leanard

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The Splendid Table: Christopher Leanard on Tyson Chicken

Morning Edition: Is Tyson Foods’ Chicken Empire a ‘Meat Racket’?

Airtalk: Investigative Journalist Christopher Leanard Looks Into America’s Meat Racket

Radiowest: The Meat Racket

The Leanard Lopate Show: The Stranglehold of Industrial Farming

In a new book about the takeover of the American meat industry by a few large companies, investigative journalist and New America Foundation fellow Christopher Leonard hones in on Tyson Foods.

Tyson is the biggest of the U.S.’s meat giants, bringing in $28 billion in annual sales and $780 million in profits. The company’s model of vertical integration and farmer control helped it take over the chicken and hog industries and now threatens the cattle business, even as independent farmers hold onto their independence.

How has the “chickenization” of American farming changed the industry? Are Tyson’s cost-cutting methods helpful to consumers, or harmful to the meat business? What does the future hold for meat?  

Pretty Good Goods Holiday 2013 Catalog
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Make your holiday shopping easy and cross everyone off your list (and support the public radio programming you love in the process).  There are over 200 gift items in the holiday catalog ranging from the most recent collection of stories from Garrison Keillor titled Lake Wobegon Family Reunion, to exclusive CDs from Chanticleer and The New Standards plus an exclusive classical collection (A Taste of the Holidays Vol 4)  which arrives with a menu from Lynne Rossetto Kasper, humorous Tshirts including sayings “She Who Must be Obeyed,” “It’s Just One Dam Project after Another,” “Those who can do DO, those who can do more TEACH,” and so much more including our exclusive, limited edition Lake Wobegon snow globe which is featured on the cover.

Pretty Good Goods Holiday 2013 Catalog

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Make your holiday shopping easy and cross everyone off your list (and support the public radio programming you love in the process).  There are over 200 gift items in the holiday catalog ranging from the most recent collection of stories from Garrison Keillor titled Lake Wobegon Family Reunion, to exclusive CDs from Chanticleer and The New Standards plus an exclusive classical collection (A Taste of the Holidays Vol 4)  which arrives with a menu from Lynne Rossetto Kasper, humorous Tshirts including sayings “She Who Must be Obeyed,” “It’s Just One Dam Project after Another,” “Those who can do DO, those who can do more TEACH,” and so much more including our exclusive, limited edition Lake Wobegon snow globe which is featured on the cover.

The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook by Tom Douglas
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The Splendid Table: The Key 3 with Tom Douglas
Recipe: Tom’s Tasty Tomato Soup
KUOW: Tom Douglas Talks Sweetness in Seattle
Want to fry up the doughnuts with cinnamon sugar and mascarpone that Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis called the “best thing I ever ate”? Are you pining for the peanut butter sandwich cookie recipe that legendary writer Nora Ephron proclaimed “the greatest cookie ever ever ever”? Do you long to dazzle friends with the triple coconut cream pie that New York food writer and Serious Eats founder Ed Levine called “one of the best pies in the country”? Or do you just want to get your hands on the crazy-rich, streusel-topped monkey bread with caramel dipping sauce that has people lining up outside the Dahlia Bakery’s door? Now, those sweet dreams can come true, thanks to The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook.
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Big Tom’s Dinners - Drawn from special meals with family members, friends, vintners, and fellow restaurant owners, Tom’s Big Dinners brings together thirteen of his favorite feasts, with no-nonsense recipes that make it easy to cook like a restaurant chef without ever leaving home.
The menus range in style from the refined Wine Cellar Dinner, with recipes for Goat Cheese Fondue, Vine-Roasted Squab with Syrah Jam, and Chocolate Crêpes, to the relaxing Screen Door Barbecue, featuring Pit-Roasted Pork Spareribs, Down-Home Collard Greens, and Hard Watermelon Lemonade, and the festive Pop Pop’s Winter Solstice, starting with Pop Pop’s Perfect Martini and Caramelized Fennel Tart, followed by Creamy Seafood Chowder and Parsley Scones.

The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook by Tom Douglas

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The Splendid Table: The Key 3 with Tom Douglas

Recipe: Tom’s Tasty Tomato Soup

KUOW: Tom Douglas Talks Sweetness in Seattle

Want to fry up the doughnuts with cinnamon sugar and mascarpone that Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis called the “best thing I ever ate”? Are you pining for the peanut butter sandwich cookie recipe that legendary writer Nora Ephron proclaimed “the greatest cookie ever ever ever”? Do you long to dazzle friends with the triple coconut cream pie that New York food writer and Serious Eats founder Ed Levine called “one of the best pies in the country”? Or do you just want to get your hands on the crazy-rich, streusel-topped monkey bread with caramel dipping sauce that has people lining up outside the Dahlia Bakery’s door? Now, those sweet dreams can come true, thanks to The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook.

Also Available: 

Big Tom’s DinnersDrawn from special meals with family members, friends, vintners, and fellow restaurant owners, Tom’s Big Dinners brings together thirteen of his favorite feasts, with no-nonsense recipes that make it easy to cook like a restaurant chef without ever leaving home.

The menus range in style from the refined Wine Cellar Dinner, with recipes for Goat Cheese Fondue, Vine-Roasted Squab with Syrah Jam, and Chocolate Crêpes, to the relaxing Screen Door Barbecue, featuring Pit-Roasted Pork Spareribs, Down-Home Collard Greens, and Hard Watermelon Lemonade, and the festive Pop Pop’s Winter Solstice, starting with Pop Pop’s Perfect Martini and Caramelized Fennel Tart, followed by Creamy Seafood Chowder and Parsley Scones.

Cooking Slow: Recipes for Slowing Down and Cooking More by Andrew Schloss
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The Splendid Table: Cooking Slow
Recipe: Salmon with Spice Red Lentils and Bacon
This tantalizing book celebrates the art of cooking slowly with time-honored methods that yield tender, delicious meals with little hands-on cooking time. More than 80 recipes cover everything from slow-simmered soups and stews to hearty braised meats and a lemon cheesecake that cures to a creamy custard in a warm oven overnight. A chapter devoted to the sous vide technique will tempt the technophiles, while the slow-grilling section is a revelation for those who man the grill every weekend. Brought to life with 36 enticing photographs by award-winning photographer Alan Benson, this valuable package sells the dream of cooking and living well and is a must-have for dedicated home cooks.

Cooking Slow: Recipes for Slowing Down and Cooking More by Andrew Schloss

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The Splendid Table: Cooking Slow

Recipe: Salmon with Spice Red Lentils and Bacon

This tantalizing book celebrates the art of cooking slowly with time-honored methods that yield tender, delicious meals with little hands-on cooking time. More than 80 recipes cover everything from slow-simmered soups and stews to hearty braised meats and a lemon cheesecake that cures to a creamy custard in a warm oven overnight. A chapter devoted to the sous vide technique will tempt the technophiles, while the slow-grilling section is a revelation for those who man the grill every weekend. Brought to life with 36 enticing photographs by award-winning photographer Alan Benson, this valuable package sells the dream of cooking and living well and is a must-have for dedicated home cooks.

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, BETRAYAL, REVENGE, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael paterniti
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The Take Two: For the Love of Cheese
All Things Considered: Book Review - The Telling Room
Weekend Edition”: 'The Telling Room' This Cheese Stands Alone
NPR: Sneak Preview: 5 Books To Look Forward To This Summer
The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading
From Russ Parsons, Food Editor for the LA Times
Paterniti’s book is about this obscure cheese from Spain that he becomes absolutely obsessed with. He goes to Spain and meets the cheesemaker — and he’s this hugely charismatic guy — and falls under his spell, but there’s a darker backstory that he becomes gradually aware of. How much does he actually want to know about that? Sometimes it’s the story that we love that we really want to know rather than the truth.
What’s funny about Gaining Ground and The Telling Room is that they pair interestingly. They’re both books about artisanship and about our craving for artisanship these days, but they come at it from two very, very different directions. Both of these guys are unemployed English majors, which may or may not be redundant.  

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, BETRAYAL, REVENGE, and the World’s Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael paterniti

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The Take Two: For the Love of Cheese

All Things Considered: Book Review - The Telling Room

Weekend Edition”: 'The Telling Room' This Cheese Stands Alone

NPR: Sneak Preview: 5 Books To Look Forward To This Summer

The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading

From Russ Parsons, Food Editor for the LA Times

Paterniti’s book is about this obscure cheese from Spain that he becomes absolutely obsessed with. He goes to Spain and meets the cheesemaker — and he’s this hugely charismatic guy — and falls under his spell, but there’s a darker backstory that he becomes gradually aware of. How much does he actually want to know about that? Sometimes it’s the story that we love that we really want to know rather than the truth.

What’s funny about Gaining Ground and The Telling Room is that they pair interestingly. They’re both books about artisanship and about our craving for artisanship these days, but they come at it from two very, very different directions. Both of these guys are unemployed English majors, which may or may not be redundant.  

The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice by Trevor Corson
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The Splendid Table: What should you do with that extra wasabi next to your sushi? Nothing.
Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America’s first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in nineteenth-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food. He reveals the pioneers who brought sushi to the United States and explores how this unlikely meal is exploding into the American heartland just as the long-term future of sushi may be unraveling.
The Story of Sushi is at once a compelling tale of human determination and a delectable smorgasbord of surprising food science, intrepid reporting, and provocative cultural history.

The Story of Sushi: An Unlikely Saga of Raw Fish and Rice by Trevor Corson

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The Splendid Table: What should you do with that extra wasabi next to your sushi? Nothing.

Trevor Corson takes us behind the scenes at America’s first sushi-chef training academy, as eager novices strive to master the elusive art of cooking without cooking. He delves into the biology and natural history of the edible creatures of the sea, and tells the fascinating story of an Indo-Chinese meal reinvented in nineteenth-century Tokyo as a cheap fast food. He reveals the pioneers who brought sushi to the United States and explores how this unlikely meal is exploding into the American heartland just as the long-term future of sushi may be unraveling.

The Story of Sushi is at once a compelling tale of human determination and a delectable smorgasbord of surprising food science, intrepid reporting, and provocative cultural history.

Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson
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The Splendid Table: Green Onions, the Unheralded phytonutrient-rich Super Food
Fresh Air: A Field Guide to Nutritious Food
Jo Robinson explains how to select foods that are full of healthy phytonutrients — and how to preserve those nutrients while cooking.

Eating on the Wild Side: The Missing Link to Optimum Health by Jo Robinson

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The Splendid Table: Green Onions, the Unheralded phytonutrient-rich Super Food

Fresh Air: A Field Guide to Nutritious Food

Jo Robinson explains how to select foods that are full of healthy phytonutrients — and how to preserve those nutrients while cooking.

Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving by Kevin West
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The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading
Weekend Edition: Preserving the Season’s Fruits with Canning Evangelist
KQED: Saving the Season
From Russ Parsons, Food Editor for the LA TImes
This is a really terrific book on jam-making and preserving, which is one of those things that has become so popular lately. I remember 5 years ago having an editor tell me nobody makes jam except little old ladies. But now, of course, it’s like everybody is doing it. This great new book is everything you want to know about preserving: canning, pickling, preserving, making jams and jellies.

Saving the Season: A Cook’s Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving by Kevin West

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The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading

Weekend Edition: Preserving the Season’s Fruits with Canning Evangelist

KQED: Saving the Season

From Russ Parsons, Food Editor for the LA TImes

This is a really terrific book on jam-making and preserving, which is one of those things that has become so popular lately. I remember 5 years ago having an editor tell me nobody makes jam except little old ladies. But now, of course, it’s like everybody is doing it. This great new book is everything you want to know about preserving: canning, pickling, preserving, making jams and jellies.

The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from The Masumoto Family Farm
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The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading
The Take Two: Masumoto Farm Family Reveals Secrets of the ‘Perfect Peach’
VPR: Searching for the Perfect Peach
From Russ Parsons, Food Editor at the LA Times
This book is by the Masumoto family. David Mas Masumoto is a legendary peach farmer in the Central Valley of California who is actually also a legendary writer — he’s on the National Council of the Arts and he’s written lots of books that are essays about the act of farming and the philosophy of farming. He and his wife, Marcy, and their daughter, Nikiko, have written their first cookbook. Now if you really appreciate these wonderful flavored peaches he’s been growing, what are you going to do with them? It’s everything from how to choose peaches to the difference between the varieties, and lots and lots of recipes, which is really cool.

The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from The Masumoto Family Farm

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The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading

The Take Two: Masumoto Farm Family Reveals Secrets of the ‘Perfect Peach’

VPR: Searching for the Perfect Peach

From Russ Parsons, Food Editor at the LA Times

This book is by the Masumoto family. David Mas Masumoto is a legendary peach farmer in the Central Valley of California who is actually also a legendary writer — he’s on the National Council of the Arts and he’s written lots of books that are essays about the act of farming and the philosophy of farming. He and his wife, Marcy, and their daughter, Nikiko, have written their first cookbook. Now if you really appreciate these wonderful flavored peaches he’s been growing, what are you going to do with them? It’s everything from how to choose peaches to the difference between the varieties, and lots and lots of recipes, which is really cool.

Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard
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The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading
From Russ Parsons, Food Editor for the LA Times
Pritchard is a farmers market meat grower in northern Virginia. He graduates from college, and is just trying to figure out what he wants to do. He actually becomes an artisan, and the book is about that learning process. He has some experience on the farm, but his parents only farmed part-time while his grandfather ran it. So he’s kind of a city guy who goes back to the farm and tries to revivify it. The book is about him learning the artisanal way of farming as opposed to farming as it had been done on that farm for the last 100 years.

Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmer’s Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm by Forrest Pritchard

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The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading

From Russ Parsons, Food Editor for the LA Times

Pritchard is a farmers market meat grower in northern Virginia. He graduates from college, and is just trying to figure out what he wants to do. He actually becomes an artisan, and the book is about that learning process. He has some experience on the farm, but his parents only farmed part-time while his grandfather ran it. So he’s kind of a city guy who goes back to the farm and tries to revivify it. The book is about him learning the artisanal way of farming as opposed to farming as it had been done on that farm for the last 100 years.

How To Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table by Russ Parsons
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The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading
Talk of the Nation: How to Pick a Peach
Fresh Air: The Search for Quality Produce
Airtalk: How To Pick a Peach
Should you refrigerate tomatoes? How do you cook an artichoke? What are the differences between the various varieties of pears? In his new book, How to Pick a Peach, Russ Parsons helps both cooks, and the culinarily challenged, to sort through the produce found in our markets. Larry talks with Parsons about his latest book which Publisher’s Weekly calls “equal parts cookbook, agricultural history, chemistry lesson, and produce buying guide.”

How To Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table by Russ Parsons

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The Splendid Table: 6 Food Books for Summer Reading

Talk of the Nation: How to Pick a Peach

Fresh Air: The Search for Quality Produce

Airtalk: How To Pick a Peach

Should you refrigerate tomatoes? How do you cook an artichoke? What are the differences between the various varieties of pears? In his new book, How to Pick a Peach, Russ Parsons helps both cooks, and the culinarily challenged, to sort through the produce found in our markets. Larry talks with Parsons about his latest book which Publisher’s Weekly calls “equal parts cookbook, agricultural history, chemistry lesson, and produce buying guide.”

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