The Bookshelf: Cooking with Italian Grandmothers

Cooking with Italian Grandmothers

While traveling through Italy, chef and author Jessica Theroux met twelve Italian grandmothers, the keepers of the artisanal traditions that make Italy's cuisine one of the most delectable in the world. These humble women shared their kitchens, recipes, and lives with Theroux, who documented the experiences in her book, Cooking for Italian Grandmothers. Part cookbook, part travelogue, her project documents culinary customs that had been verbally transmitted through generations, providing home cooks with a valuable collection of authentic recipes and transporting photography.

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Awards Watch: Book Awards Entry Deadline is December 16

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Bitters. Breakfast. Latin grilling. Japanese grilling. These are just some of the subjects you'll find in our growing library of 2012 JBF Book Awards submissions. Have you produced a cookbook or food-related tome that deserves consideration? The deadline for entries is Friday, December 16. Visit awards.jamesbeard.org to create an account and submit yours.

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Giveaway: Win a Signed Copy of Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook

Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook

We’re officially at the height of cookbook season, with fresh releases dropping almost daily. Today brings one of the year’s most anticipated titles, Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook (Little, Brown & Company), from the restlessly ambitious restaurant that has made an assured climb into New York City’s highest stratum of dining. The book beams with an airy and pristine design that makes the photographs of Daniel Humm’s intricate food sparkle like stained glass. Among the challenging, seasonally sorted recipes are essays by general manager Will Guidara, which chronicle the restaurant’s journey from a casual brasserie to a four-star destination and the winner of the JBF Award for Outstanding Restaurant. It also reads like a manual to Danny Meyer’s signature approach to the restaurant business, with lessons on subjects like excellence, collaboration, and reinvention. Even cooks who may not be up for tackling uni

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