Food Books Archive

  • JACQUES PÉPIN’S HEART & SOUL IN THE KITCHEN / an absolute must for the home cook

    JACQUES PÉPIN’S HEART & SOUL IN THE KITCHEN / an absolute must for the home cook

    By Larry Levine – It’s more than just his recipes. It’s also his light-hearted, casual attitude toward cooking in general. “Some salt” means however much he happens to pick up in his hand and toss into a pot. “A pinch” of something often is followed by a “a little more would be good” and a […]

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  • FOOD BOOK REVIEW – Judgment of Paris / California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine

    FOOD BOOK REVIEW – Judgment of Paris / California vs. France and the Historic 1976 Paris Tasting that Revolutionized Wine

    By Larry Levine  – My introduction to good wine came under a shade tree at the Beringer Winery in St. Helena in California’s Napa Valley in 1963. It was the dawning of the glory days for California wine as well as for my own interest in and appreciation of wine. Before that day I knew […]

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  • Food Book Review – “Extra Virginity / The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil”

    Food Book Review – “Extra Virginity / The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil”

    By Larry Levine – Next time you head for the market to buy extra virgin olive oil, remember this: the adage “you get what you pay for” never is more true than when it comes to olive oil. Buy the inexpensive bottle and you very likely will get some adulterated concoction that is cut with […]

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  • TRAVELS WITH JENNIFER AND LARRY / Chapter 9 – Let’s Talk Deli, Part 2

    TRAVELS WITH JENNIFER AND LARRY / Chapter 9 – Let’s Talk Deli, Part 2

    By Larry Levine – It’s official – Jewish deli in New York is dead. Even though I knew the Manhattan deli world was in dire straits a decade ago, I held back on the final pronouncement until today. No, I haven’t tried every deli in the city, so I expect I will be challenged. But […]

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  • FOOD BOOK REVIEW – “Save the Deli”

    FOOD BOOK REVIEW – “Save the Deli”

    By Larry Levine – “Save the Deli” by David Sax tracks the history of Ashkenazi Jews – the plight they faced as they were chased around the globe, scapegoated, killed and survived for hundreds of years. And it is the story of the food they took with them and the delis they established to become […]

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  • Food Book Review – Far Flung and Well Fed

    Food Book Review – Far Flung and Well Fed

    By Larry Levine – Where to start? It’s about food; it’s about restaurants; it’s about diverse cultures; it’s about the people who cook food, grow food, raise food, appreciate food, earn their livings from food and in other ways make food a vital part of their nights and days. But mostly it’s about R.W. Apple, […]

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  • Food Book Review – Makerel at Midnight

    Food Book Review – Makerel at Midnight

    By Larry Levine – The full title is Mackerel at Midnight – Growing up Jewish on a Remote Scottish Island. It’s written by Ethel G. Hofman, a syndicated food journalist, cookbook author and past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. And it’s a fascinating tale of social history, food and two diverse cultures […]

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  • CACCIUCCO LIVORNESE

    CACCIUCCO LIVORNESE

    By Larry Levine This is the recipe I created after reading about the dish in Mediterranean Summer (see recipes page on Table Talk at Larrys.com). Later, I discovered a simpler recipe at the back of the book. The recipe in the book substitutes a pre-made marinara sauce for the sauce I made. According to the […]

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  • Food Book Review – Mediterranean Summer

    Food Book Review – Mediterranean Summer

    By Larry Levine Author David Shalleck has worked for more than 20 years as a chef and producer of television food programs. This book, however, recounts the experiences of one magic summer in his youth, when he was hired on a 154-foot yacht as the chief cook with control over a ship-board galley from which […]

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