The Bookshelf: Chefs at Home

Gary Danko's butternut squash soup To the chefs who spend their days plating with tweezers and funneling through a chinois, the chance to prepare an honest meal at home can hold a special, or even escapist, appeal. That's the concept behind Relais & Châteaux's new cookbook, Chefs at Home. While it spotlights elite chefs who prepare elegant and technically demanding cuisine at luxurious properties, the collected recipes are simple and satisfying—this is the food that chefs relish on a night off from the professional kitchen. Looking through the book, we learn that Christopher Brooks of Blantyre loves slow-roasted pork with roast potatoes and savoy cabbage, while JBF Award winner Gary Danko enjoys the ease and versatility of a butternut squash bisque. (Get the recipe here.) Lest we forget that these chefs perform stu

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Recipe: Josh Thomsen's Artichoke Soup

Josh Thomsen's Artichoke Soup Here's another in-a-snap soup for your Monday-night repertoire: this luxuriously creamy artichoke purée from Josh Thomsen of Berkeley's Meritage at the Claremont.

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On the Menu: November 7 through November 13

Guests enjoy dinner in the Beard House dining room. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, November 7, 12:00 P.M. Quintessential Brunch New Yorkers have long said that Neil Kleinberg and DeDe Lahman wrote the book on brunch. Now they really have written the book—The Clinton St. Baking Company Cookbook comes out the day after this event, where they’ll give Beard House diners a taste of the delicious home-style creations that have inspired a devoted following. Monday, November 8, 7:00 P.M. Global American Table With its lively atmosphere and urban energy, Sugarcane Raw Bar Grill has quickly become a must-try destination in Miami’s Midtown district. Timon Balloo, a Michelle Bernstein protégé and Sushi Samba alum, inf

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Even More Pie: Pascale's Picks

Thanksgiving pie
When we were researching regional American pies for our Thanksgiving pie story, we called up Pascale Le Draoulec, author of American Pie: Slices of Life (and Pie) from America’s Back Roads, to find out her favorite slices across the country. Here's what she told us.

1. Apple–blueberry pie from Mammy’s Cupboard in Natchez, MS
“An amazing pie that sat high on its haunches and came with a bittersweet story, too.”

2. The late Emma Duarte’s olallieberry pie at Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero, CA
“A slice of this pie after a bowl of their famous artichoke soup, and you’re a changed person.”

3. Laura Hansen’s huckleberry–peach pie from Loula’s Cafe in Whitefish, MT
“Laura started

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Recipe: Jonathan Bennett's Apple–Fennel Butter

Jonathan Bennett's Apple–Fennel Butter We love the ease of eating an apple out of hand, but our appetites can't keep up with the weekly bushels from our CSAs. Thankfully, Jonathan Bennett of Moxie the Restaurant has given us an quick way to use up some of the haul: this versatile apple–fennel butter. It gives a sweet finish to grilled fish, roast chicken, or your morning toast.

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James Beard's Recipe Box: Sweetbreads à la Crème

Welcome to our second guest post about cooking from James Beard’s American Cookery. In this installment, cookbook author Jennifer McLagan prepares Beard's sweetbreads à la crème. (Read our first guest post here.) sweetbreadsJust as I was packing for Paris, after having finished the first edit of my new cookbook, OddBits: What to do with the Rest, the request came: “Would you cook a recipe from James Beard’s American Cookery and blog about it?” I simply wanted to run away and not write another word. Anyone who has worked on a cookbook knows this feeling. When you finally reach the end of the project you think you never want to see your computer or kitchen again. However, I know from experience that after a week or two I'm itching to get back into the kitchen. The markets in Paris also inspi

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