The Bookshelf: The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread

amys_breadAt yesterday’s Beard on Books Amy Scherber confirmed our suspicions. The addition of poured fondant in the buttercream frosting is what makes her amazing pink cake so moist. She claims it helps to seal the cake, “you can see when you cut into it where the frosting creates a barrier,” she explained.

Even though the pink cake will always be our favorite, Amy’s spread at yesterday’s reading turned us onto yet another delectable treat—butterscotch cashew bars. They’re sweet, salty, and absolutely delicious.

Grab a copy of The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread today for more... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: The Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread

amys_breadAt yesterday’s Beard on Books Amy Scherber confirmed our suspicions. The addition of poured fondant in the buttercream frosting is what makes her amazing pink cake so moist. She claims it helps to seal the cake, “you can see when you cut into it where the frosting creates a barrier,” she explained.

Even though the pink cake will always be our favorite, Amy’s spread at yesterday’s reading turned us onto yet another delectable treat—butterscotch cashew bars. They’re sweet, salty, and absolutely delicious.

Grab a copy of The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread today for more... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: The Curious Case of Amy’s Amazing Pink Cake

cake_200x250It was a few years ago that our colleague Phyllis first told us about the incredible pink-frosted cake she had at Amy’s Bread. I have to admit, we were a little skeptical. Cake? From Amy’s Bread? But several years later, the nostalgia-inducing, pink-frosted yellow cake with its delicate crumb has become our unofficial office birthday cake. Curiously, we've tried other colors of cake from Amy’s, and while good, none of them measures up in terms of moistness to the cakes with the pink frosting. How can the color of the frosting affect the moisture content of a cake, we’ll wonder as we take just another “sliver” and lick our plastic forks clean? Now that we have the recipe from The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread, our current theory is that the fondant that Amy adds to her pink frosting seals in the cake’s moisture. To confirm, we’ll ask Amy, herself

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The Bookshelf: Marion Cunningham’s Empty Plate Mac & Cheese

macandcheese_427x318 Recently inducted into our Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, Clark Wolf learned many things from his friend James Beard, but perhaps the best lesson was this: “Food is the most important thing.” We couldn’t agree more. Wolf's new book American Cheeses: The Best Regional, Artisan, and Farmhouse Cheeses, Who Makes Them, and Where to Find Them includes information about how cheese is made, how to store it, and how to serve it. He also traveled all over the country meeting cheesemakers and tasting an absurd amount of cheese. Rough life! At Wednesday’s Beard on Books, where Wolf dished about American cheese, he left us with these final words of advice, "Live a life worth living, with lots of cheese." A sentiment Beard surely would have

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The Bookshelf: Marion Cunningham’s Empty Plate Mac & Cheese

macandcheese_427x318 Recently inducted into our Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, Clark Wolf learned many things from his friend James Beard, but perhaps the best lesson was this: “Food is the most important thing.” We couldn’t agree more. Wolf's new book American Cheeses: The Best Regional, Artisan, and Farmhouse Cheeses, Who Makes Them, and Where to Find Them includes information about how cheese is made, how to store it, and how to serve it. He also traveled all over the country meeting cheesemakers and tasting an absurd amount of cheese. Rough life! At Wednesday’s Beard on Books, where Wolf dished about American cheese, he left us with these final words of advice, "Live a life worth living, with lots of cheese." A sentiment Beard surely would have

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The Bookshelf: Clark Wolf on Cheese

American CheesesBack when America's idea of cheese amounted to electric orange slices of, well, American cheese, Clark Wolf was stocking the shelves of his San Francisco shop with artisanal cheeses from around the country. These days small-scale American cheese production is something to be proud of, and Wolf continues to follow the transformed industry’s every move. Wolf, who now owns his own consulting company, Clark Wolf Company, will stop by this week’s

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On the Menu: July 13 to July 18

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, July 13, 6:30 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Chefs for Scher Chef Laurent Tourondel of the BLT empire hosts a group of illustrious chefs—including Bobby Flay, Scott Conant, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten—at this exciting walk-around tasting event in celebration of late restaurateur Steven Scher. Proceeds will benefit the Steven Scher Memorial Scholarship for Aspiring Restaurateurs and the Beard Foundation. Monday, July 13, 7:00 P.M.

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The Bookshelf: Tyler Colman

year_of_wine4Tyler Colman doesn’t want you to stress out about wine pairings. Of course the food matters, but for Colman it is equally important to take into account your mood, the location, and the atmosphere of a situation. At Beard on Books yesterday, Dr. Vino had his audience discuss what kind of wines they prefer in various settings. Robust reds are perfect for an evening by the fire in December, while an afternoon in your beach cabana might call for a crisp and clean rosé. Let your instincts and cravings in each instance help guide you to the perfect pairing. In his latest book, A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season, Colman urges readers to “drink different” and to get out of their wine ruts—stop by your local wine shop and try something new. It’s a great time for wine, with many interesting bottles out there for very reasonable prices. Colman's book is also

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On the Menu: June 8 to June 13

Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: kitchen1aeileenmiller Monday, June 8, 7:00 p.m. Boutique Napa Wine Dinner Joel Harloff, Dali Wine Bar, Dallas / Proprietor Kathryn Walt Hall, Hall Wines Napa Valley, St. Helena, CA Wednesday, June 10, 12:00 p.m. Beard on Books Tyler Colman, A Year of Wine: Perfect Pairings, Great Buys, and What to Sip for Each Season Wednesday, June 10, 7:00 p.m. Summer Sail Ben Pollinger and Pastry Chef Jansen Chan, Oceana, NYC For details and reservations, visit www.jamesbeard.org or call 212.627.2308. (Photo by

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