The inimitable Marcella Hazan died this week at the age of 89. As the New York Times noted in the headline for her obituary, she "changed the way Americans cook Italian food." Her passing got me thinking about enduring cookbooks by strong-minded writers who have guided me in the kitchen and whose prose is a pleasure to read away from the stove.
Hazan authored a number of cookbooks, notably The Classic Italian Cookbook. Although she never felt comfortable enough in English to compose in that language (she wrote in Italian and her husband translated the text), she had a forceful voice that commanded the reader's attention. She was exacting, opinionated, and sometimes peremptory--a stern teacher whose rigor her students cherish.
We've got some tempting and delicious food programs planned for the next couple weeks!
Get out of the heat and enjoy some ice cream with your library friends! Join us at the Sam Gary Branch this Sunday and cool down with some frozen treats! Monica Kadillak will share ice cream, sorbet, & granitas recipes, as well as samples of these tempting indulgences. Sunday, August 25 at 2 p.m. at the Sam Gary Branch.
I am a big fan of fine dining. But sometimes you just can't justify the price tag, especially since most of these delicious treats are out of town. Thankfully for those times when you are ready to eat like a star there are plenty of high powered cookbooks to quench your foodie desires.
Eleven Madison Park This is a large format beauty of a book. Sometimes I just like to read this one and fantasize.
Bouchon Bakery This delight from gastronomic powerhouse Thomas Keller is full of the best desserts you have ever dreamt of eating!
We've got some great Fresh City Life My Branch programs coming up! Don't forget to mark your calendar!
You definitely don't want to miss ice cream sundaes at the Ross-University Hills Branch! Learn fun and easy ice cream and sauce recipes, as well as suggestions for making the best sundae ever! Saturday, August 10 at 2 p.m. at the Ross-University Hills Branch!
Joan Crawford filmed several public service ads to promote American grocery stores, but you can't miss the product placement for the company for whom she was really shilling. This nostalgic 1965 advertisement is a reminder that we need to take charge of our own eating and food choices. Unless you'd prefer Joan to do all of your shopping for you. Which I kind of would.
Our Chef Shellie brings great information and tasty sampling to our cooking event this Saturday.
Better Living Through Ignoring Chemistry: or How to Stop Being Part of a Dangerous Experiment
Saturday, July 27, 10:30 a.m.-Noon
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center Register Online
First of two memoirs, Colette recalls her childhood in Cairo and those she loved while there. When her father dies, Colette lives with her grandparents while her distant mother comes in and out of her life. Colette's story is enhanced with a sampling of recipes from an interwar Cairo. I...
Our favorite Chef, Shellie Kark, of KitchenCUE, will talk about the up-to-the-minute news about your food supply and share tips for making the best choices for healthy eating.
We are leaving out talk of table manners and etiquette, in this three-part series about rolling up your sleeves, tucking in your napkin and taking your food supply into your own hands. You can stop being spoon fed information that someone else chooses for you to consume -- and educate yourself on what is coming to your table. Chef Shellie will help. We're also giving away a set of lunch boxes from The Container Store to one registered audience member!
Your tomatoes are ripening - you're harvesting your parsley - you just picked up some fresh rhubarb from the farmer's market. Now what are you going to make with all your delicious goodies? We've got some great cooking programs coming up that will give you lots of new ideas!
Make sure you have a good plan for all your fresh food so that nothing goes to waste. Join us at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch as Jennie Sanford shows us meal planning tips and tricks that will revolutionize the way you prepare meals for your family! You'll have a better understanding of the different ways to make a meal plan, how to make your meal planning successful, and cooking strategies and shortcuts to help you spend less time in the kitchen.