Sunday, December 6, 2009

Queen Anne Goes to the Kitchen or Drinking with Dickens

Queen Anne Goes to the Kitchen

Author: Episcopal Church Women of All Saints Par

For those who enjoy reading cookbooks as much as using them, this delightful tidewater cookbook will be an elegant feast. Its serendipitous blend of recipes both historic and modern was created in Centreville, Maryland, in the country named for Queen Anne, the eighteenth-century British monarch.

Over the years, the fields and woods of Queen Anne's County have produced the makings for saddle of venison, roast partridge, and rabbit pie, while the waterways leading to the Chesapeake Bay have yielded shellfish, geese, ducks, and terrapin that inspired hundreds of recipes. Bakers will appreciate the abundant bread recipes, from the colonists' johnnycake to today's flavorful orange kuchen rolls. Cakes, desserts, cookies, and pastries are aswirl in eggs, cream, and butter, and feature chocolate, nuts, rum, and ladyfingers, as well as tangy apples, sweet cherries, and luscious peaches.

Queen Anne Goes to the Kitchen was a regional winner in the 1994 Tabasco Community Cookbook Competition. It is a must for cookbook collectors and an invitation for all to explore the culinary tradition that has made tidewater Maryland "the land of pleasant living".

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Drinking with Dickens

Author: Cedric Charles Dickens

There are vivid and memorable drinking scenes in all of Charles Dickens' works, and this book abounds in excerpts from the novels and in recipes for the drinks consumed in them.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Food in History or The Cooks Encyclopaedia

Food in History

Author: Reay Tannahill

An enthralling world history of food from prehistoric times to the present. A favorite of gastronomes and history buffs alike, Food in History is packed with intriguing information, lore, and startling insights—like what cinnamon had to do with the discovery of America, and how food has influenced population growth and urban expansion.


**** The Stein and Day edition (1973) is cited in BCL3. A learned, witty and very readable world history of food and dining. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The Cooks Encyclopaedia: Ingredients and Processes

Author: Tom Stobart

Here in 450 pages is a descriptive compendium of just about everything we eat and how we cook it or otherwise transform it from a lower state of edibility to a higher. Hundreds, if not thousands, of ingredients are described, with English and foreign synonyms and scientific names; recipes are given in many cases to illustrate the use of the foodstuff in question.

Cooking processes are explained in great and illuminating detail. The aim is both to entertain and to instruct--in particular, to give a sense of the essence and individuality of each ingredient. Tom Stobart has travelled widely, both as an explorer and a film maker, and his book is everywhere informed by an eye for telling details and an ability to evoke the background and context of the ingredients he describes.

One of the reasons why the book came to be written, he points out in his Introduction, is his love of open-air markets around the world. Several judges said they.. 'would be lost without this book, which segues effortlessly between exhaustive reference work and handy recipe book, and back again. It explains the world of the kitchen, whether you're a beginner or an old hand, revealing the facts behind foods, equipment and techniques. Stobart describes how baking powder works, for instance, the temperature at which bacteria grow, and how to make your own tomato ketchup, so every time you dip into this book, you'll be better equipped to return to the stove.'

Arranged alphabetically from Abalone to Zampone, the majority of entries in the book deal with the ingredients and processes used in cooking. Tom Stobart says in his Introduction to the book..' Ingredients are the fundamentals of cookery andevery cook who hopes to excel should know about them...What I have tried to do is to list as a wide a range as possible to give some of their background and to identify their particular characteristics.' Likewise with methods and science in the kitchen, Stobart explains all the common processes from bottling brewing, brining, curing, smoking and vacuuming.'

Friday, December 4, 2009

Strategic and Organizational Change or Passion for Fruit

Strategic and Organizational Change

Author: Alistair Mutch

The brewing industry, through its network of public houses, has a profound impact on the lives of much of the population of United Kingdom. This book explores the shaping of the industry in the years from 1950-1990, showing how the industry has moved from being largely concerned with the technical issues of production to being a key part of the retail industries.

Utilizing resources drawn from theoretical traditions such as critical realism and new institutionalism Strategic and Organizational Change demonstrates the considerable differences between major companies in the industry and the ways in which they have adopted a retailing approach. At the heart of the book is an exploration of the relationship between managerial choice and the structural constraints and opportunities in which that choice was exercised. Using a much more historical approach than is normally met with in accounts of organizational strategy, the book draws on extensive archival material.

Strategic andOrganizational Change suggests new ways of thinking about organizational strategizing in its context. Showing how ideas drawn from traditions like critical realism can be applied, the book provides a new model of how history can inform the analysis of organizational strategy. Above all Alistair Mutch presents a fascinating story of change in an industry which is taken for granted, but whose actions affect, for good or ill, the lives of millions.

Table of Contents:
1. Organization, Strategy and Institution
2. Realism and Strategy
3. Brewing and Pubs: Definitions and Development
4. In the Boardroom 1950-1960
5. Trends in Consumption 1950-1990
6. Shaping the Manager
7. Retailing and Resistance
8. Divergent Routes to Retailing
9. Conclusion

Books about: Spice Science and Technology or World of Street Food

Passion for Fruit

Author: Lorenza Demedici

Inspired by the exquisite paintings of the 17th-century Florentine artist Giovanna Garzoni, Mike Newton's color-drenched photographs bring to life the beauty of luscious, sun-ripened fruit. The gentle art of the court miniaturist to the Medici is reflected in these gorgeous still lifes of bursting summer figs, the season's first sweet strawberries, the velvety seductiveness of a peach. To complement these images, celebrated Italian cook Lorenza de'Medici (a direct descendent of Garzoni's patrons), offers an elegant narrative and 100 Tuscan-inspired recipes. Among the delicious main dishes are Pork Loin with Apricots, Duck Breasts with Cherry Sauce, and Fig and Tuna Skewers, and to end the meal, there are plenty of enticing desserts, including Chocolate Peach Tart and Strawberry Tiramisu. A book to inspire cooks, art lovers, and gardeners alike.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Potato or Smothered Southern Foods


Author: Eugene Grubb

Eugene Grubb and William Guilford's 1912 book, "The Potato," is a comprehesive source of information on growing and using potatoes, in a variety of climates across America, to prevent problems of food shortage.

Smothered Southern Foods

Author: Wilbert Jones

"Jones continues to be the master at creating dishes to excite your taste buds. Delicious!"
—Donna Hodge, food editor, N'DIGO magapaper

Crawfish Étoufée, Chicken Fried Steak, Creamed Spinach, Mixed Berry Cobbler. Is your mouth watering yet? These decadent, flavor—rich dishes are part of the long Southern tradition of "smothered" foods.

Rooted in the author's upbringing and peppered throughout with personal anecdotes, Smothered Southern Foods explains the simple art of "smothering" as nothing more complicated than covering one food with another food or sauce, while baking or braising the dish in a covered skillet or pot. Vegetables, meats, and even desserts can be smothered, and the results are any food lover's delight.

With tips on buying and storing vegetables, easy—to—follow directions and serving suggestions, and recipes for 105 mouthwatering favorites, Smothered Southern Foods is a delicious way to bring the true taste of the South into your own home, the way Southern chefs have cooked for generations.

"Foods that bring us comfort and are just darn good!"
—Art Smith, bestselling author of Back to the Table

Includes scrumptious recipes for these smothered classics:

Creamed Onions
• Buttered Kale
• Fricassee of Clams
• Sole in White Wine Sauce
• Chicken and Rice
• Pepper Steak
• Bourbon Pumpkin Pie
• Rum—Raisin Pears

. And many more!

"Finger—licking meals for a new generation of soul food lovers."
—Retha Hill, vice president of Content, BET. com.

Library Journal

Although smothered may conjure up visions of foods cooked in a rich sauce-such as Crawfish Etouf e or Ham and Red-Eye Gravy-the term actually refers to any food cooked in a covered pot with some liquid. Jones's new book, then, includes both the aforementioned classic dishes and simpler recipes such as Okra and Tomatoes and Hot and Spicy Chicken. Jones is the author of The New Soul Food Cookbook and Mama's Tea Cakes, and here again he includes many treasured family recipes and stories about growing up in the Mississippi Delta. For most collections on regional cooking. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.