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  • My Usual Tableby Colman Andrews

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 14.99

    My Usual Table is a love letter to the great restaurants that have changed the way we eat?from Trader Vic?s to Chez Panisse and Spago to elBulli?and a vivid memoir of a life lived in food, from a founding editor of Saveur and James Beard Award-winning writer Colman Andrews. For reviewer, writer, and editor Colman Andrews, restaurants have been... more...

  • McIlhenny's Goldby Jeffrey Rothfeder

    HarperCollins 2009; Not Available

    In this fascinating history, Jeffrey Rothfeder tells how, from a simple idea?the outgrowth of a handful of peppers planted on an isolated island on the Gulf of Mexico?a secretive family business emerged that would produce one of the best-known products in the world. A delectable and satisfying read for both Tabasco fans and business buffs, McIlhenny's... more...

  • Revolutionary Cookingby Virginia T. Elverson; Mary Ann McLanahan; Betty T. Duson

    Skyhorse Publishing 2014; US$ 16.95

    Ranging from the simple to the sumptuous, here are over two hundred recipes for modern Americans inspired by dishes and beverages the authors discovered in cookbooks, family journals, and notebooks from 150 to 250 years ago. Did you know that breakfast in the eighteenth century was typically a mug of beer and some mush and molasses, invariably taken... more...

  • Charlemagne's Tableclothby Nichola Fletcher

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 8.99

    Feasts, banquets, and grand dinners have always played a vital role in our lives. They oil the wheels of diplomacy, smooth the paths of the ambitious, and spread joy at family celebrations. They lift the spirits, involve all our senses and, at times, transport us to other fantastical worlds. Some feasts have give rise to hilarious misunderstandings,... more...

  • Pancakeby Ken Albala

    Reaktion Books 2013; US$ 15.95

    Round, thin, and made of starchy batter cooked on a flat surface, it is a food that goes by many names: flapjack, crêpe, and okonomiyaki, to name just a few. The pancake is a treasured food the world over, and now Ken Albala unearths the surprisingly rich history of pancakes and their sizzling goodness. Pancake traverses over centuries... more...

  • The People's Chefby Ruth Brandon

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 11.99

    During the first half of the 19th century, Alexis Soyer became the most famous cook -and man-in London. In addition to his kitchen inventions and best-selling cookbooks, Soyer was part of many of the great events and social changes of his time. In her exciting biography of a culinary giant, Ruth Brandon uses each phase of his legendary career to explore... more...

  • An Edible History of Humanityby Tom Standage

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2009; US$ 11.99

    Throughout history, food has done more than simply provide sustenance. It has acted as a tool of social transformation, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is an account of how food has helped to shape and transform societies around the... more...

  • High on the Hogby Jessica B. Harris

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2011; US$ 12.99

    Winner of the IACP Award for Culinary History Acclaimed cookbook author Jessica B. Harris weaves an utterly engaging history of African American cuisine, taking the reader on a harrowing journey from Africa across the Atlantic to America, and tracking the trials that the people and the food have undergone along the way. From chitlins and ham hocks... more...

  • Bitterby Jennifer Mclagan

    Ten Speed Press 2014; US$ 29.99

    The champion of uncelebrated foods including fat, offal, and bones, Jennifer McLagan turns her attention to a fascinating, underappreciated, and trending topic: bitterness.        What do coffee, IPA beer, dark chocolate, and radicchio all have in common? They're bitter. In this deep and fascinating exploration of bitter through science, culture,... more...

  • Whiskey Distilledby Heather Greene

    Penguin Group US 2014; US$ 11.99

    In the populist tradition of Andrea Immer, New York City?s first female whiskey sommelier translates today?s hottest spirit for a new generation of imbibers Whiskey is in the midst of a huge renaissance. Ten years ago, the United States housed sixty-nine craft distillers; today, there are more than four hundred. Exports of Scotch whisky grew... more...