The Bookshelf: Harvest to Heat

Harvest to HeatWith more and more chefs taking up the mantle of the locavore movement, we rarely find ourselves sitting down to a menu that doesn’t recognize the sources of its ingredients. These small-print acknowledgements often leave us wondering about the individuals who are responsible for getting those products from farm to table. Thankfully, a new cookbook called Harvest to Heat puts artisans and farmers front and center. Its recipes are not only attributed to the chefs who cook them, but also to the small-scale craftsmen who grow, raise, or craft the essential ingredients; every dish illustrates a mutual respect and collaboration between producer and chef. Authors Darryl Estrine and Kelly Kochendorfer have also included captivating profiles on these behind-the-scenes craftsmen, many of whom work tirelessly to advance local- and national-scale causes when they aren’t doting on their products. Dave Hoyle of Creative Growers in Nori, Oregon, has introduced Naomi P

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Awards Watch: One Week Left to Enter Books

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Whoopie pies. Whiskey. Recipes from Hogwarts. These are just a few of the subjects you can find in our burgeoning library of 2011 JBF Book Awards submissions. Got a cookbook or food-related tome that you think deserves consideration? The deadline for entries is December 15; click here to download the official entry form.

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James Beard's Recipe Box: Old-Fashioned Rich Chicken Pie

chicken pot pieWelcome to our latest guest post about recipes from James Beard’s American Cookery. Today we hear from Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine of Big Girls Small Kitchen. (You can read the guest post archives here.) Traditional American food is not always easy to define, especially when you live in New York, where ethnic restaurants and New American cuisine arguably reign. At first we think of diner food—omelets and grilled cheese and French fries—but aren't those of French descent? Hamburgers and hotdogs, perhaps, but aren't those from Germany? On a recent trip to the Mississippi Delta, we wondered if we had struck a true sour

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On the Menu: Richard Blais

Richard Blais Fans of Top Chef know Richard Blais for his hyper-modern technique and creative reinventing of classic cuisine. For tonight's unique event, the superstar chef will stay true to form, serving a menu of elegant dishes inspired by the haute hamburgers offered at his renowned Flip Burger Boutique. Here's the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Scotch Eggs with Chorizo and Pimentón Spanish Mackerel Tartare with Passion Fruit Thai-bouleh Swedish Meatballs Chaud-Froid Pairing: Champagne Henriot Brut Souverain Dinner An Egg with Breakfast Flavors Pairing: Trimbach Cuvée Frédéric Émile Riesling 2004 Spanish Mackerel Crudo with Fried Chicken and Sesame Seed Ice Cream Pairing: Hubert Lamy Les Tremblots Puligny-Montrachet 2007 Border Spring Farms Lamb with Aromatic Yogurt and Kaffir Lime Pairing: Château

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Recipe: Colin Lynch's Butter Soup with Shellfish and Honey

Colin Lynch's Recipe for Butter Soup with Shellfish and Honey Emulsion In this stew-like dish from Menton's Colin Lynch, sweet seafood is suspended in a rich beurre monté, a butter sauce that holds its emulsification. It's like the classic lobster-and-butter duo, but with the volume turned way up.

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On the Menu: Winter Truffle Extravaganza

White Truffles Indulgence takes many forms, and for many food lovers, feasting on one of nature’s most delicious and elusive subterranean delicacies—winter truffles—is the ultimate. This month at the Beard House, Robert Deiaco of the glamorous Armani/Ristorante 5th Avenue will offer a gastronomic tribute to this exceptional fungus. Have a look at the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Truffle-Flavored Potato and Mushroom Foam Piedmont Goat Cheese Fondue and Truffle–Stuffed Crisp Polenta Shells Milk-Fed Veal Tartare with Winter Truffles Pairings: Champagne Taittinger Prestige Brut Rosé NV; Bruno Giacosa Brut Spumante 2004 Dinner Sautéed Sea Scallops with Thousand-Layered Potatoes and Norcia Black Truffles Pairing: Alois Lageder Chardonnay 2007 Baby Artichoke Hearts with Porcini Carpaccio, Robiolina Cheese, and Tuscan White Truffles Pairing: Campo al Mare Vermentino d

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Recipe: Oyster Mushroom Cappuccino with White Truffle Oil

Oyster Mushroom Cappuccino with White Truffle OilThis soup from chef Sean Olnowich get its name from its milk-foam finish. Serve it in cappuccino mugs and charm your guests with the playful presentation.

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