On the Menu: From the Hearth

If you’re a fan of Jim Lahey’s famous bread or Neapolitan-style pizzas, you're in luck: the dough maestro himself will be cooking at the Beard House tomorrow night, and his menu, which includes some of his signature breads, is after the jump: Hors d’Oeuvre Deep-Fried Veal Meatballs Arancini Morels and Thyme on Stirato Cannellini Beans and Pancetta on Stirato Pane Casareccio Dinner Olive Oil–Poached Artichoke Salad with Arugula, Parmesan, and Lemon Vinaigrette Asparagus Sformato with Shaved Asparagus, Guanciale, and Pane di Comune Roasted Suckling Pig with Kumquat Marmalade and Spring Onions Braised and Grilled Baby Spring Lamb with Ramps and Cannellini Beans Strawnoffe

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Eat this Word: Banoffi Pudding

WHAT? The proof is in the pudding. This creamy-and controversial-concoction was invented in the early 1970s at the Hungry Monk restaurant in Jevington, a town in East Sussex, England. In an attempt to create an easy, foolproof toffee dessert, chef Ian Dowding boiled condensed milk for a few hours to make a soft toffee, which he poured into a shortbread crust and topped with a layer of bananas and coffee-laced whipped cream. The Hungry Monk's owner, Nigel Mackenzie, came up with the name, which is a portmanteau made up of its two main ingredients-banana and toffee-and can also be spelled banoffee, banoffie, or bannofy. After the recipe's appearance in The Deeper Secrets of the Hungry Monk cookbook in 1974, the dish became a dinner party staple. Banoffi pie eventually gained such popularity that several British supermarket chains created

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On the Menu: April 18 through April 24

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, April 19, 7:00 P.M. Garden State Bounty For his second trip from the Liberty House to the Beard House, chef Philip Campanella is joining forces with chef and seasonal-dining advocate Jerry Villa to cook up a dinner that showcases local bounty from the fertile fields of the Garden State. Tuesday, April 20, 7:00 P.M. Best of San Francisco Gregory Short served as Thomas Keller’s sous-chef at the French Laundry before working throughout France in restaurants like Taillevent. Now at Masa’s, he is joined by pastry chef John McKee and master sommelier Alan Murray in

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JBF News: The Baker's Dozen

In the first follow-up to its Twenty Essential Cookbooks, the James Beard Book Awards Committee has announced its Baker's Dozen, a collection of thirteen indispensable baking books that spans four decades. The official, fresh-out-of-our-Awards-department list is after the jump: 1. Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006) 2. Beard on Bread by James Beard (originally published 1973; reprinted by Knopf 1995). 3. The Book of Great Desserts by Maida Heatter (Andrews McMeel, 1999) 4. The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart (Ten Speed, 2001) 5. The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

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JBF News: Gala Auction Online Bidding Now Open

American Icons The JBF annual gala dinner and auction, our most anticipated event of the season, is still several weeks away, but bidding for our gourmet silent auction is already up and rolling online. The packages are as exciting as ever, including a spot in a baking class taught by doughmaster Jim Lahey, a five-course tasting menu for four diners at New York's Gotham Bar and Grill, and a spirit-reviving getaway to Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa in Arizona. Visit www.jbfauction.cmarket.com to learn more. We're adding new packages all the time, so check back often! Bidding will remain open through November 9, with the silent auction taking place on November 11 at the Four Seasons Restaurant. As always, all proceeds will go toward supporting the James Beard Foundation.

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