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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Eat this Word: Cavatelli

WHAT? Shapely pasta. Few Americans understand either the regional diversity of food in Italy or the pride that Italians take in their cuisine. Take these little, handmade pasta curls, for example. Made from a stiff dough of semolina and water that is traditionally shaped on a wooden work surface by curling it with the tip of a butter knife, cavatelli are claimed by the Molize, Puglia, and Abruzzo regions of Italy. The dough and the shaping technique are similar to those used for orechiette, but the shape is closer to gnocchi. Cavatelli (or cavatieddi in Apulian dialect) are traditionally served with cooked bitter greens, such as arugula, and tomato sauce. WHERE? Duskie Estes, John Stewart, Justin Everett, Janine Falvo, and Bruce Riezenman's Beard House din

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Food Matters: Organic Food is Fictitious

Think organic food is a bunch of bologna? Head to NYU on Tuesday when Intelligence Squared hosts the debate: Organic Food is Fictitious. The motion: Organic food is marketing hype. Speakers for the motion include: Dennis Avery, director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Food Issues and Blake Hurst, a writer and farmer. Speakers against the motion include: Jeffrey Steingarten, Vogue food critic and Charles Benbrook, chief scientist at The Organic Center. Special Offer: Tickets normally go for $45, but use the code 30OFF and receive a 30% discount. When: Tuesday, April 13, 5:45 P.M. Where: NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South, NYC

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On the Menu: April 11 through April 17

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Tuesday, April 13, 6:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit At Deseo, JBF Award winner Douglas Rodriguez has created a hybrid cuisine that combines Southwestern style with bold Latino flavors. For this year’s iteration of the Kierland Resort’s annual benefit, Rodriguez and his co-hosts have planned an incredible Italian-inspired dinner in support of the Beard Foundation. Tuesday, April 13, 7:00 P.M. Spiaggia’s 26th Anniversary Longevity is rare in the restaurant industry; lasting relevance, even rarer. But 26 years after Spiaggia redefined Italian cooki

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Recipe: Lobster Tabbouleh

Chefs Jim Foss and Abdul Hash Housh's give this refreshing, classic Middle Eastern salad the gourmet treatment by adding luscious lobster and a finish of meyer lemon vinaigrette. Served in individual endive leaves, this dish is ideal for a cocktail party.

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Eye Candy: Turkish Coffee Sundae

Haim Cohen—Israel's premier celebrity chef and cooking show host—spun a menu of reinvented Israeli cuisine at the Beard House last month. This Turkish coffee sundae, layered with puff rice and feathery halva, was a real crowd pleaser. Click here to see more photos of chef Cohen's dinner. (What's the deal with chefs pairing coffee with puffed rice in their desserts? Cohen's is the second one we've seen recently. Look at David Katz's here.)

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JBF News: Shop at the JBF Amazon Store

Pull up a chair and grab your mouse: the JBF Amazon store is now open for business. Our inventory includes JBF Award–winning and –nominated cookbooks (we recently added this year's contenders), our favorite chefs' product lines, and much more. Best of all, a portion of every purchase will go towards supporting the Foundation, no matter what you end up buying. We'll continue beefing up our stock over the coming months, so check back often. Click here to take yourself to the store's homepage.

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