The Bookshelf: Oldman's Brave New World of Wine

Oldman's Brave New World of WineIs your Pinot Grigio putting you to sleep? Even the best bottles can get boring when you resist exploring your wine shop’s shelves. Wine personality Mark Oldman and his second book, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine, will help you out of your wine rut. Like an explorer reporting back from unknown frontiers, Oldman organizes each chapter around a “Brave New Pour”―from peppy Vinho Verde to the powerfully tannic Petite Syrah―complete with pronunciation guides, food pairings, and tips for cracking label code. The best part? Since demand for these bottles is still low, they make for some of the best values at the store. Oldman will be speaking about his book at today's Beard on Books in the James Beard House dining room. If you can’t make it,

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The Bookshelf: Molly O'Neill's One Big Table

One Big TableAbout ten years ago, three-time James Beard Award winner and food writer Molly O’Neill embarked on a 500,000-mile journey across the United States to explore our country’s culinary landscape. After gathering thousands of recipes, she whittled the collection down to a choice six hundred, which went on to populate her latest tome, One Big Table. The cookbook paints a portrait of America’s food that’s just as diverse as its citizenry, proving that we don’t inhabit a melting pot, but a place where assorted culinary traditions co-exist and thrive. When O’Neill dropped by for yesterday’s Beard on Books, we asked her to share her thoughts on the culinary state of the union. In your book’s introduction, you write that when cooks felt conflicted about what recipe to submit to you, you would ask, “

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On the Menu: November 28 through December 4

Guests mingle before dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, November 29, 7:00 P.M. French Fall Harvest As the leaves turn and the days shorten, our cravings tend toward heartier fare. At Menton—JBF Award winner Barbara Lynch’s latest venue—chef Colin Lynch (no relation) preserves the best of summer’s harvest and combines it with autumn’s bountiful produce to create French cuisine the Boston Globe said delivers “maximum pleasure.” Tuesday, November 30, 7:00 P.M. East End Elegance If you didn’t make it out to the Hamptons this past summer, fret not. Join us in tasting the flavors of the East End with chef James Carpenter (who previously honed his skill at Aquavit) and his luxurious,

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On the Menu: November 14 through November 20

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, November 14, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Pismo Beach, CA Enjoy breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean while feasting on chef Evan Treadwell’s California coastal cuisine. Treadwell takes seasonal and local cooking seriously, changing the menu with each solstice and equinox and airing his regionally sourced creations with exciting and often little known Central Coast wines. Monday, November 15, 7:00 P.M. Taste of the NFL An all-star group of Texas and New York chefs is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Taste of the NFL, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting hunger whose founder, Wayne Kostroski, won our 2010 Humanitarian of the Year

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On the Menu: October 10 through October 16

Guests enjoy dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 10, 7:00 P.M. Sunday Supper Every Italian knows that there is no meal more special than the Sunday supper. For this familial feast, Food Network star Anne Burrell and Mark Ladner of NYC’s Del Posto will join forces with Cesare Casella of New York’s Salumeria Rosi to create an Italian feast that’s sure to rival grandma’s. Tuesday, October 12, 7:00 P.M. Artisanal Wine Dinner In a city known for culinary innovation, creative chef Shin Thompson does more than hold his own at Bonsoirée. Heralded as a “genius” in a recent three-star rave from the Chicago Tribune, Thompson is returning to the Beard House with another thrilling menu of

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On the Menu: August 1 through August 7

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, August 2, 6:00 P.M. Enlightened Eaters: A Workshop Our series on cooking seasonally continues when Top Chef contestant and natural foods chef Andrea Beaman returns to teach guests how to prepare delicious summer dishes with just-picked ingredients from local markets. Participants will learn how to maximize the health benefits of locally sourced food by cooking meals packed with nutrients as well as flavor. Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 P.M. Modern Asian When former Buddakan NYC chef Michael Schulson opens a new restaurant, Asian food lovers sit up and take notice. Schulson, as per Frank Bruni, “breathes intelligence and creativity” into his

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Q & A with Angela Miller, American Cheesemaker

Angela Miller's Hay FeverEver wonder what it’s like to move out to a farm, raise a few goats, and craft artisanal cheese? Well, Angela Miller, high profile Manhattan career woman, decided to do just that. Unsatisfied with her life as it was, Miller and her husband purchased a farm in Vermont, restored it to its old glory, and started raising Oberhaslis goats. We caught up with her recently at Beard on Books (discussing her new book, Hay Fever) to chat about the positive, the negative, and how she wouldn’t change a thing about her life on the Consider Bardwell Farm. Describe an average day on the farm. I’m off and running as soon as I wake up at 5:00 A.M. First my team and I have to sanitize the milking equipment,

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The Bookshelf: The New Portuguese Table (and bonus recipe!)

Did you know that Portuguese cooking inspired Manhattan clam chowder? Or that the signing of the Declaration of Independence was toasted with glasses of Madeira? While historically overshadowed by Europe’s major cuisines, the food of Portugal is rich in history and surprisingly influential, and with the recent release of David Leite’s The New Portuguese Table, it may finally start to get a little respect. Leite, who has a trio of Beard Awards for his writing, discussed the new cookbook and the state of Portuguese cuisine at last week’s Beard on Books. A first-generation Portuguese-American who grew up in the Portuguese ghetto of Fall River, Massachusetts, Leite spent his youth at a distance from his lonely heritage. But after his grandmother passed away—taking a memory vault of recipes with her—the author embarked on an

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On the Menu: March 7 through March 13

on-the-menu-erin-gleeson Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, March 8, 7:00 P.M. The Art of Craft Though he became a household name as a Top Chef judge, Tom Colicchio has long been a celebrity in foodie circles. The winner of four JBF Awards, Colicchio began his culinary ascent at Gramercy Tavern and has since made an indelible mark on the industry with his empire of Craft restaurants. For this special dinner, he and the chefs of his NYC restaurants will create a menu of their signature straightforward yet nuanced cuisine. Tuesday, March 9, 7:00 P.M. Top Chef Sibling Rivalry Superstar siblings Bryan Voltaggio and Michael Voltaggio kept Top Chef viewers riveted last season with their cutthroat kitchen rivalry. At this exciting event, Bryan

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The Bookshelf: The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor

Simple Fresh Southern After winning the 2007 JBF Award for Cookbook of the Year for the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, Matt and Ted Lee have returned with Simple, Fresh, Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor, a compilation of unfussy recipes for the busy cook. We invited the Lee Brothers to discuss their new title and Southern cuisine at last week's Beard on Books. When developing recipes for Simple, Fresh Southern, Matt and Ted found inspiration in their sprawling cookbook collection. Certain concepts emerged from serious meditation on a single ingredient, like buttermilk; others, like pimento cheese potato gratin and mint julep panna cotta, “hit like a thundercloud." Simple, Fresh Southern finds its balance between Southern food homage and the Lee brothers

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