food 09.9.08

5 New Books on Food

Grant Achatz, the revered young chef of Chicago's Alinea, has created a suitably beautiful book (due in October) devoted to what Gourmet called the best restaurant in America. You can get a limited edition, signed copy by pre-ordering here.

Holy molé! The Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, is a delicious meditation and primer on taste. Most of the book is organized by ingredient: look up pumpkins, say, and the book will list food pairings, peak season, flavor affinities, dishes from well-known restaurants that feature the ingredient. Sure to be inspirational to anyone who loves to cook.

List price on The Fat Duck Cookbook by Heston Blumenthal? $250 ($157.50 on amazon). Still, expect sales to be brisk for this magnum opus from the pioneering molecular gastronomist of the U.K.
The first images we've seen from the book don't disappoint—they're crazy beautiful.

Real Food for Healthy Kids, by Tracey Seaman and Tanya Wenman Steel contains over 200 recipes that are "parent-tested, kid approved." It's not only a great collection of recipes, each recipe comes with extremely helpful info: prep time, cooking time, nutritional details, and occasional reviews from the target audience: Of the Cowboy Beans dish, six-year-old Rosie M. says, "These beans are like a tornado in my mouth. Is that why cowboys like them? I like them, too."

There is no shortage of people in this town who would like Johnny Iuzzini for dessert. Second best, one of his concoctions at Jean Georges. We'll also gladly take some Dessert FourPlay, a book of recipes and advice due out at the end of the year.

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