Salvador Dalí. Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí. Courtesy of TASCHEN
Lately it’s been feeling as if we live in a surreal world, from the recent election to newfangled illusory dishes like the raindrop cake. It’s like we exist inside a Salvador Dalí painting. Actually, depending on whom you wanted to win the presidency, you either want to drown your sorrows in comfort food or throw an over-the-top celebration as only a man adorned with a cape, walking stick and upturned waxed moustache like Dalí could. Dalí loved extravagance, and his penchant for opulence is captured in his 1973 cookbook Les Dîners de Gala, which has just been rereleased by TASCHEN. His esoteric guide to cooking has 136 recipes, many illustrated by Dalí, over 12 chapters (one of which is dedicated to aphrodisiacs and another to snails and frogs). Get his timely recipe for Turkey with Roquefort after the jump for a taste.
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When Bob Belcher first opened and then first reopened and later first re-re-reopened his little burger joint, Bob’s Burgers, his ambition was unequivocal. It can’t be easy running a business when your staff is your kids — precocious Louise, awkward Gene and buttocks-loving Tina — and you have to compete with Jimmy Pesto’s Pizzeria across the street. What’s a passionate burger auteur to do?
When you’re as animated (literally) as Bob, you invent burgers with pun names as far-out as some of the concepts: The Cauliflower’s Cumin from Inside the House Burger (comes with cauliflower and cumin); It’s Fun to Eat at the rYeMCA (comes on rye with mustard, cheese and avocado); the Beets of Burden Burger (served with too many beets); and so on. Some of these burgers probably work better in non-cartoon life than others. One dedicated fan of the show created a blog where he took these burger names scrawled on a blackboard in the background of the show and created bona fide recipes. The 71 greatest triumphs of his experiment have been recipe-tested by legit chefs and compiled in a new cookbook called The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers. Find out how to enter to win a copy after the jump.
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You may eat with your eyes first, but sometimes the most vital part of a meal is feeding your brain. No, we’re not talking about turning into a zombie — we mean having some nerdy fun in the kitchen. That’s the name of Rosanna Pansino’s game on her YouTube cooking show, Nerdy Nummies, and now she’s bringing her recipes to you in the The Nerdy Nummies Cookbook: Sweet Treats for the Geek in All of Us. The book comes out Tuesday, November 3, but you can pre-order your copy now (or keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a copy).
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Family recipes are passed down from generation to generation, but if your relatives are more about frozen dinners and boxed mac and cheese, try some of the Pritchett family’s ideas instead. In the new Modern Family cookbook, the whole gang is sharing favorite foods — the Dunphys’ famous meatloaf, Gloria’s empanadas, Stella the dog’s peanut butter and bacon cupcakes, and more. And the selection is as diverse and exciting as our favorite hilarious blended family.
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If you’ve watched Pizza Masters, you’ll agree that Fran Garcia and Sal Basille are Italian comfort food experts. They run Artichoke Pizza in New York which many claim to be the city’s best pizza (therefore, in turn, the world’s best pizza). They learned their craft the same way as many great Italian-American chefs, by generations and generations of nonna’s teaching them the way around a kitchen. They’ve taken this history (and great, funny stories) and turned them into quick and easy recipes in their new book (out today!) called Staten Italy: Nothin’ but the Best Italian-American Classics, from Our Block to Yours. You can expect authentic comforts that go way beyond pizza — like Eggs Pizziaola, Pork Cutlets with Hot Peppers and Vinegar, their famous Cauliflower Fritters and much more.
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Bacon, fried chicken, chocolate, cheeseburgers — all classics, all exceptional. But here’s something that will surprise no one: They’re also all exceptionally unhealthy.
Sure, it’s a bummer. But there’s a silver lining, and its name is Dish Do-Over. The brand-new cookbook from author Joanne Lusted, host of Cooking Channel’s Compete to Eat, focuses on creating comfort food favorites that are completely guilt-free. Even better news: The book features over 125 creative recipes that promise to keep you on track from breakfast through dinner (there are even a few good-for-you desserts).
What’s Lusted’s secret to cleaning up rich dishes? Savvy ingredient swaps (think Greek yogurt instead of sour cream) and simple cooking techniques that are big on flavor but light on fat (like baking bacon instead of frying it). Basically, these are win-win recipes that are actually completely satisfying.
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Ready or not, we’re careening into the holiday season, with a battery of meaty roasted centerpieces fitting of a Norman Rockwell triptych (or a cholesterol commercial).
Whether you’re meat-averse or preempting the onslaught with some healthy vegetables, Aglaia Kremezi has an idea.
The Greek cooking expert has a new book, Mediterranean Vegetarian Feasts, featuring 150 simple, flavor-packed meatless recipes. Like a tastebud vacation to Santorini, the recipes showcase light, bright ingredients like olives, lentils, herbs, yogurt and spices.
Arm guests’ taste buds for hearty winter stews with a light orange-olive salad with baby leeks and a tarragon-lemon dressing. Or swap in a quick 25-minute “Lazy Woman’s” cheese pie for the usual grilled cheese to serve with tomato soup.
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Portland takes food very seriously. There exists such a degree of food austerity that instead of being an award-winning comedy so good it’s starting its fifth season in January, the show Portlandia could have been a procedural drama about unfit artisanal seltzer. In Portland, if you’re going to bottle club soda in hand-etched beakers at a farmers’ market, it better be infused with organic, locally-sourced, cage-free, house-made CO2.
To celebrate the food that defines the city and the show, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have made The Portlandia Cookbook: Cook Like a Local. With more than 50 recipes from Portland restaurants and from the show’s characters (Mr. Mayor, Kath and Dave, Peter and Nance, and more), the book would be a fine companion at an Allergy Pride Parade for any foodie, freegan, gastroethologist, foodtrucker or adult babysitter.
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The conventional list of basic needs for physical well-being includes food, clothing and shelter. But so much of the innate wisdom and discourse around the first, and arguably most important, resource is saturated with inaccuracy and misnomers. Most people believe they have perfected eating — it being the first vocation they tackled after crying — but they really haven’t improved at it since that first day on Earth.
Do you consume burgers right-side up? You could be eating better. Do you fill a glass with ice cubes (that aren’t actually cube-shaped) and then pour liquid on top of them, or do you dump ice into a glass filled with liquid? Do you even pay attention to this stuff? You could be drinking better.
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So, you’ve got your measuring cups ready and your sugars on standby, but you just can’t figure out what to bake? Cupcakes or pies? Truffles or trifles? Cookies or bars? Stop fretting over your stand mixer — the answer to this sweet dilemma is simple: Make a mash-up.
It was this “what do I make” predicament that led Dorothy Kern, creator of the blog Crazy for Crust, to write her new book Dessert Mash-Ups (on sale September 30). Kern, an avid baker and lover of all things flaky and light, was tired of only baking pies when she decided to test a recipe for an over-sized shortbread cookie in a pie pan. When Kern filled her “Pookie” with chocolate ganache and served it as a pie-cookie hybrid, the idea for her new baking concept was born.
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