food 09.17.18

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THE MORNING LINE Ugh. We're old enough not to make these kind of mistakes, but on Friday we did it anyway. In writing about Sharr White's new play The True, we said Michael Keaton was starring opposite Edie Falco. Nope, it's the great Michael McKean. Apologies all around.

Food Fight!: A Mouthwatering History of Who Ate What and Why Through the Ages by Tanya Steel is a fun and fascinating romp through human existence, told through our daily bread (which Egyptians invented about 10,000 years ago) and other sustenance, what foods our ancestors commonly ate, what kitchen tools they used, along with updated, kid-friendly recipes of old dishes.

Steel was editor in chief at Epicurious and created the annual event at the White House Healthy Lunchtime Challenge & Kids' "State Dinner" with First Lady Michelle Obama. In a way that should be thoroughly entertaining to kids (and adults), she makes the case that what and how we eat is a subject not only worth considering, but essential to who we are and where we've been. She notes hieroglyphs in an Egyptian tomb that advise, "One-quarter of what you eat keeps you alive. The other three-quarters keeps your doctor alive."

Jeremiah Stone and Fabián von Hauske, of much-loved LES eateries Contra, and its kid brother, Wildair, have a cookbook out October 15 called A Very Serious Cookbook. The title is both tongue-in-cheek and right on the nose.

All About Cake by Christina Tosi of Milk Bar confects the kind of exuberant sugary, gooey, yummy edibles that are appealing to a number of demographic groups: kids, adults with a sweet tooth, and 4:20 aficionados. Out October 23.

An updated edition of How to Cook Without a Book by Pam Anderson emphasizes techniques over recipes has been recently issued. The original has had enormous influence over a generation of home cooks since it was originally published almost two decades ago.

Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook by Dorie Greenspan is a gently-led master-class in home cooking, the next-best thing to having a glass of wine in Ms. Greenspan's kitchen, watching her cook. Available October 23.

In We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time, José Andrés, with Richard Wolff, details his unexpected odyssey in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria during which he cooked, some days, 100,000 meals for our bereft fellow citizens.


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