New-ish Food Books

These were reviewed in the last year or two and I hope to check them out:

The Ethical Gourmet by Jay Weinstein

Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen by Anna Lappe and Bryant Terry

What to Eat by Marion Nestle

Real Food by Nina Planck

Fat by Jennifer McLagen    (http://jennifermclagan.blogspot.com/)


I crave Pasteles!

Years ago, our friends in New York had us over for dinner and served us Dominican or Puerto Rican Pasteles. They are very similar to tamales, but wrapped in banana leaves and made with yuca root and green plantains. They were delicious!! I would love to find a source in California, though I’m not hopeful. My neighbor is Puerto Rican and ‘m going to ask him if he knows of a recipe or source.

Casserole Crazy

Fun interview about casseroles:


(all the way at the bottom)

Emily Farris wrote the book Casserole Crazy http://www.amazon.com/Casserole-Crazy-Stuff-Your-Oven/dp/1557885354/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1228545192&sr=8-1

I’m posting this because I have an Emily Farris in my life that is gonna make me a tater tot casserole soon (I hope!!)

Wonderful Fruit Company

I just ordered a jar of greengage jam and some sugar plums from Andy’s orchard. I first read about them in a David Karp article in Gourmet several years ago and just this past August treated myself (and some lucky friends) to his amazind greengage plums. They are small green jewels of the sweetest fruit I think I’ve ever tasted.


It will be fun to finally try a sugar plum after hearing them mentioned in the famous Christmas poem all my life!

Sushi recommendation

A woman I met recently recommended this place in Carmichael:


She used to live in Japan and thinks it is the most authentic in town.


I’ve been listening to Splendid Table lately and love the Jane and Michael Stern segments. I don’t know if I will ever have a reason to be in Ohio but these sauerkraut balls sound terrific!