Reading Between the Recipes: A Year's Worth of Inspired, Innovative, Outrageous Ideas on New England Food and Cooking

Reading Between the Recipes: A Year's Worth of Inspired, Innovative, Outrageous Ideas on New England Food and Cooking

by Leslie Land
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Veteran food writer Land offers an eminently readable, friendly and knowledgeable cookbook. Hers is a thorough and sensible approach to New England cuisine. The book is divided into seasonal chapters, and particular attention is paid to local produce at its most advantageous. April heralds sweet-and-sour green cabbage with ham and pecans and ``Damn Fancy'' chocolate pie, and winter brings stuffed meat loaf and East-West tempura pancakes. Maine shrimp, blueberries and lobster are rhapsodized, and winter tomatoes abominated. The refreshing chapter entitled ``The Salmon in the Bathtub,'' which instructs how to poach large fish in the family bathtub, is entertaining in a way that cut-and-dry recipes usually aren't. And it's a daring writer, indeed, who proudly asserts her hatred for rutabagas while defending the lowly and oft-misunderstood oatmeal. Land simply loves food, and she expresses her passion eloquently. Illustrations not seen by PW. (August)
Library Journal - Library Journal
This is a collection of Land's Maine newspaper columns, which she has been writing since 1974 for the ``dedicated cook and gardener.'' The text is for reading as well as cooking. Land agrees with Jean Ann Pollard (see below, The New Maine Cooking ) that the highly contrasting Maine seasons have a strong effect on the cuisine. Thus, her arrangement is by seasons. The recipes are detailed, and the style conversational and low-key. A chapter on Boston cream pie ponders ``this particular pastry'' as a gender-specific pleasure and provides her own version. Land is an intelligent and sensitive food journalist, and her book is for serious cooks and lovers of Maine. SP

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780899091433
Publisher:
Rodale Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/1987
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
288

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