Archive for December, 2007

What’s on Your Shelf?

What’s on Your Shelf?

| December 14, 2007 | 2 Comments

It seems to be Cookbook Week here on Bay Area Bites, so I thought I’d throw in my two cents… I think there are entirely too many cookbooks in this world. Okay, in my world. Too many have been choking up my bookshelves collecting dust rather than grease stains, so I thought I would give […]

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Contemporary Indian Cooking by the Book

Contemporary Indian Cooking by the Book

| December 12, 2007 | 0 Comments

Three Indian-inspired cookbooks tantalized my tastebuds this year. Each presents a new way of experiencing Indian flavors and food. Madhur Jaffrey’s Quick & Easy Indian Cooking is actually a reprint of a book first published about ten years ago, but you-know-who made the whole “quick and easy” thing in fashion again so I can see […]

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Menu for Hope: Food Bloggers give Back

Menu for Hope: Food Bloggers give Back

| December 11, 2007 | 0 Comments

One of the annual highlights in the food blog community is Menu for Hope – a fundraising event that raises money for the World Food Programme, a United Nations Food Aid Agency. Annually, the event is hosted by Pim Techamuanvivit from Chez Pim. Last year, Menu for Hope raised an astonishing $60,000. The funds this […]

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Give the Gift of San Francisco

Give the Gift of San Francisco

| December 10, 2007 | 0 Comments

This pages of this week’s Entertainment Weekly are sprinkled with their holiday gift ideas. (Dear Amazon: No matter how many mags, blogs, or reps flog your new Kindle, I’m never going to use it. While I don’t love the space my biblio excesses take up, I love the smell, touch, and heft of real books […]

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The California Report: Learning the Secret to Good Latkes

| December 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

Tamara Keith, reporter for The California Report and KQED Public Radio, recently learned how to cook these potato pancakes the right way…from her mother-in-law. Here’s her story. This may be the ultimate parable of Jewish cooking tradition. Growing up Methodist in a small, central valley town, my first introduction to latkes was through my college […]

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Intuitive Tamales

Intuitive Tamales

| December 8, 2007 | 2 Comments

When I was in college, in the dark days before email and Facebook, my roommates and I passed our time with more mundane matters. Like food. From Juli, I learned about Japanese-style curry. Rie taught me how to blanche green beans perfectly, while Ed opened my palate to an entire pantheon of slow-simmered soups. Pierrette’s […]

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hunter gatherer: chanterelles in big sur

hunter gatherer: chanterelles in big sur

| December 6, 2007 | 4 Comments

The day after Thanksgiving is rapidly becoming one of my favorite foodie holidays. Each year we trek down to Monterey to visit our friends and their family, and participate in what proves to be an even more elaborate and decadent feast than the previous day. This year, for the first time, I went down for […]

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Cooking by James Peterson

Cooking by James Peterson

| December 5, 2007 | 0 Comments

If you had to choose one book this season and only one book to be your cooking bible, Cooking by James Peterson is an awfully good candidate. Filled with 600 recipes, 1500 photographs it is a “kitchen education”. Peterson walks you through all of the French basics and then some. When you want to return […]

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Replate: Leave your Leftovers

Replate: Leave your Leftovers

| December 4, 2007 | 4 Comments

For the past couple months, I have been attempting to diet. I say attempting because I’m not really succeeding, but that’s fodder for a different post. Anyway, I go to the meetings when I can. At one of the meetings, members of the group were advocating throwing away food so that you don’t consume it. […]

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Food Links Around the Bay and Elsewhere

| December 3, 2007 | 3 Comments

Bay Area Grab your bottles of California white Burgundy, we might be back on the crab in time for Christmas. San Francisco City Planning Commissioners want to ban drunk pizza munching on Broadway. Get a free gingerbread house kit when you sign your family up for a membership to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, then […]

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Donuts to Diesel: SFGreasecycle

Donuts to Diesel: SFGreasecycle

| December 1, 2007 | 0 Comments

As someone who keeps containers of bacon fat, duck fat, chicken fat, lard and butter along with rank-and-file bottles of olive oil, sesame oil, chile oil, grape seed oil and good ol’ peanut oil always handy by her stove, I was delighted to learn a new term this week: FOG. No, not the lovely mist […]

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