Saturday, October 29, 2011

More Fabulous New Cookbooks!

Eleven Madison Park: The Cookbook
by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara

Wow!! After a bookful of luscious photos and possibly doable modernist recipes, you'll find really useful pages and pages of recipes for pickles, oils, gels, purees, stocks, jus, crumbles, doughs, ice creams, sorbets and butters.

My Family Table
by John Besh

"If I can help make a difference by cooking simply and sharing what I love to cook, I can possibly help us all use our passions and skills to make our lives better at almost every meal."

- John Besh

This is another wonderful cookbook by the author of My New Orleans.

John shares his rich stories, cooking techniques, and the favorite meals he cooks with his family. His writing has a warmth and charm and love of New Orleans that's contagious.

All About Roasting
by Molly Stevens

Highly recommended by the cookbook authority, Ellen Rose. We trust her.

Friday, October 21, 2011

It's Cookbook Time of the Year!

Come by for the fabulous new Mozza Cookbook, autographed by Nancy Silverton and her Executive Chef, Matt Molina.

Or pick up the excellent Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food, signed by author Lucy Lean.

Liz also highly recommends:

- Plenty by Ottolenghi, the most beautiful vegetarian cookbook ever, with amazing recipes.

- Food of Morocco by Paula Wolfert, gorgeous, with great recipes.

-Molto Batali: Simple Family Meals by Mario Batali. Accessible, delicious recipes.

-Art of Living According to Joe Beef: A Cookbook of Sorts by Joe Beef (of course), wild and crazy and unique French-Canadian cookbook.

And for bakers:

-Momofuku Milk Bar by Christina Tosi, chef and owner of Manhattan's Momofuku Milk Bar , includes recipe for her famous "crack pie".

-Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoe Francois. Maybe not Mozza, but it's fast. Includes gluten-free and whole grain recipes.

My Crazy Baby Brother

Charlotte Dean will be signing copies of her book My Crazy Baby Brother on Sunday October 23rd from 11am - 1pm.

My Crazy Baby Brother is a sweet, funny children's book about an older brother coming to terms with having a new baby brother in his life.

That Sunday is also the Larchmont Family Fair, featuring food, games, rides and a Halloween Costume contest! So bring your whole family and have a great time!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Yangzom Brauen will sign "Across Many Mountains"

Yangzom Brauen will be signing copies of her book Across Many Mountains this Sunday, October 16th, from 12-2pm.

A powerful, emotional memoir and an extraordinary portrait of three generations of Tibetan women whose lives are forever changed when Chairman Mao’s Red Army crushes Tibetan independence, sending a young mother and her six-year-old daughter on a treacherous journey across the snowy Himalayas toward freedom.

Kunsang thought she would never leave Tibet. One of the country's youngest Buddhist nuns, she grew up in a remote mountain village where, as a teenager, she entered the local nunnery. Though simple, Kunsang's life gave her all she needed: a oneness with nature and a sense of the spiritual in all things. She married a monk, had two children, and lived in peace and prayer. But not for long.

There was a saying in Tibet: "When the iron bird flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered like ants across the face of the earth." The Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950 changed everything. When soldiers arrived at her mountain monastery, destroying everything in their path, Kunsang and her family fled across the Himalayas only to spend years in Indian refugee camps.

She lost both her husband and her youngest child on that journey, but the future held an extraordinary turn of events that would forever change her life--the arrival in the refugee camps of a cultured young Swiss man long fascinated with Tibet. Martin Brauen will fall instantly in love with Kunsang's young daughter, Sonam, eventually winning her heart and hand, and taking mother and daughter with him to Switzerland, where Yangzom will be born.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Jeanette DePatie (A.K.A. The Fat Chick) Comes to Chevalier's Books

Meet Jeanette DePatie (A.K.A. The Fat Chick) at Chevalier’s Books on Saturday, October 15 at 1 PM. She’ll be signing her latest book The Fat Chick Works Out! (Fitness that’s Fun and Feasible for Folks of all Ages, Shapes, Sizes and Abilities).

Jeanette DePatie (The Fat Chick) is a certified aerobics instructor, personal trainer and veteran fitness professional with over 10 years experience training students of all sizes, shapes, ages and abilities. The Fat Chick has appeared in print, and on radio and TV saying and showing anyone can be healthy and fit.

Using techniques gleaned as a teacher, producer, marketing professional, wife, musician, marathoner and triathlete, DePatie specializes in creating fitness programs that allow students to feel successful the first time and every time they participate. Jeanette gives talks and teaches free exercise classes in the Los Angeles area.

The Fat Chick Works Out! is designed to help people who haven’t worked out in a while (or ever) to start and stay exercising. Based on knowledge gained over a lifetime of getting her big butt in motion, Fat Chick, Jeanette DePatie helps you learn to love your body and love exercise. Filled with over 50 exercises, loads of practical advice, tons of adorable pictures and hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking stories from The Fat Chick’s own journey, The Fat Chick Works Out! will not only help you get fit, but also help you find peace with the skin you’re in.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Lucy Lean signs "Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food"

Lucy Lean will be signing copies of her new book Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food at Chevalier's Books on Sunday October 9th from 12—2 pm.

Made in America: Our Best Chefs Reinvent Comfort Food, features updated classic recipes from the most innovative and accomplished chefs working today.

Inspired by turn-of-the-20th century regional American cookbooks, Lucy Lean, former editor of edible LA, has delved through thousands of traditional recipes to define the 100 that best represent America’s culinary legacy, and challenged today’s master chefs to deconstruct and rebuild them in entirely original ways. The result is the ultimate contemporary comfort food bible for the home cook and armchair food lover.

Lean has traveled America, photographing and interviewing master chefs, and collecting recipes—many of which have never been published before or were created especially for this book. Each recipe is enhanced with an introduction that includes the background and origin of the dish and a unique profile of the chef who has undertaken it, as well as sumptuous photographs of the dish, chef, and restaurant.

Representing the entire United States, chefs have been selected for their accomplishments, talent, and focus on local and sustainable cooking. From Ludo Lefebvre’s Duck-Fat-Fried Chicken with Piquillos Ketchup to Alain Ducasse’s GratinĂ©ed French Onion Soup to Mario Batali’s Pappardelle Bolognese to John Besh’s Jumbo Louisiana Shrimp to April Bloomfield’s Spicy Ginger Whoopie Pies, Made in America showcases our favorite dishes as conceived by our finest chefs.