Books to Devour

The Obsessive 'Notes From A Kitchen' Book Series Shows The Creative Fire Of Chefs

Author Jeff Scott tells us about his new edition
Dec 16, 2014 2:00 pm

"I began this documentary series of books because there seemed to be no critical documents out there about who chefs are as people —  as creative souls just trying to figure it all out," so says Jeff Scott of his series of artfully designed, limited edition books in the Notes From A Kitchen series. Volume 3 was just published. Here's what he has to say about it.

Video: Watch The Trailer For Jeff Scott's Notes From A Kitchen Vol. 3

New art book features Chang, Crenn, Stupak and more
Nov 5, 2014 10:30 am

"It’s 768 pages, 12 pounds, it’s expensive, it’s obsessive, it matters — it challenges big ideas — it tells the truth — it’s a new vision for a new world in which quality in bookmaking and idea documentation still matters." So writes Jeff Scott, the photographer and creator of the Notes From A Kitchen book series, whose Volume Three is coming out right now. The limited-edition, massive tome sells for $125 US (more in Canada and Europe) and features behind-the-scenes, inside-the-minds looks at Jordan Kahn, David Chang, Alex Stupak, Dominique Crenn and other inventive chefs. Zakary Pelaccio wrote the foreword and narrates the video, which you can watch here. 

Just In Time For Holiday Cocktail Party Season: The Pinch Food Design Cookbook

Hors d'oeuvres like you've never seen before
Oct 28, 2014 1:00 pm

Touted as the city's only chef/designer-owned catering enterprise, partners TJ Girard (designer) and Bob Spiegel (chef) have been serving up unique presentations of small plates and hors d'oeuvres for three years. And just in time for the holiday season and the crush of year-end parties, they've put out their first cookbook. Take a peek inside, particularly if you're into personal charcuterie clipboards.

Eat Your Way Through Comedian Jim Gaffigan's Day Of Food

Stand-up comic loves "eaties," hates "foodies."
Oct 23, 2014 12:00 pm

You may know Jim Gaffigan as the stand-up comedian who shot to fame by, get this, saying what we've all been thinking about Hot Pockets. His book, which came out Tuesday, is simply titled Food: A Love Story. The cover art is awesome. What are his qualifications to write a book? Nothing, he's funny and likes to chow down. Microwave something cheesy and check out some highlights.

Jenji Kohan's Orange Is The New Black Cookbook, Now On Sale

Get your three square meals a day (and then some!)
Oct 14, 2014 11:30 am

I'm breaking out the big gray sweatshirt for Orange Is The New Black Presents: The Cookbook, on sale today. I'm kidding, I don't have a big gray sweatshirt. But the kitchen scenes in the show will definitely inspire a week of Red-inspired chicken Kiev, Christmas tamales and enough Master Cleanse juice to require new intestines altogether. (I call it the gastro-shank.) Don't leave for your prison sentence without some new reading material.

Drink Your Superfoods: This New Book Will Show You How

Jason Manheim's book goes beyond quinoa and kale
Sep 5, 2014 8:00 am

Superfood this, superfood that – by now, we’ve all heard so much about superfoods and seen them become just another marketing tool, like “natural.” Here to restore your faith is Superfood Juices, Smoothies & Drinks, a new cookbook by Jason Manheim that focuses on superfood ingredients, which “contain an exceptional amount of nutrition per serving.” Try these two colorful and unusual superfood drink recipes from the book.

34 New Cookbooks We'll Be Reading This Fall

Chefs, butchering, baking, booze, vegan. Yes!
Aug 28, 2014 8:00 am

The fall cookbook season is a busy time of year for the book publishing industry — with the summer behind us, there’s the promise of more time in the kitchen. And then the holidays hit and…what makes a better gift than a cookbook?! Take a look at some of the books we’re really excited about buying this fall.

Templeton Rye Is More Than Great Whiskey, It's American Folklore In A Bottle

Al Capone was a big fan of Iowa town's main export
Jul 24, 2014 2:00 pm

In his new book, Gentlemen Bootleggers, author Bryce Bauer explores how a tiny German Catholic town in rural Iowa became a mecca for illegal rye whiskey during Prohibition. Here's the quick-and-dirty backstory on a quintessentially American brand, Templeton Rye.

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