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Amanda Aldinger

Amanda Aldinger has 6 articles published.

writes about everything from beauty to adoption, but food is her main lady. When not planning her next meal or pouring over the memoirs of food writers, she enjoys watching television crime dramas, going to the theatre (film, stage, all of it) and eating guacamole. She lives in Brooklyn with her boyfriend, a microwave full of snacks, and an urban garden of air plants.

Dining with: The Giver

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What would it be like to dine with The Giver? BookTrib steps into his world to explore… During one of his most intense training sessions with The Giver, 12-year-old Jonas was introduced to the vibrant diversity of food. As a dynamic parade of fruits and vegetables, teaming platters of sumptuous, steaming entrees, and sweet, honeyed confections and desserts passed through his brain, he was floored by the mélange of pleasure-packed sustenance. But even more, he was taken aback by how much everyone seemed to relish the experience of eating with such passion and pleasure. It was during this session that The Giver also introduced Jonas to the missing link in his current relationship with food: hunger. In all of his…

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Eating with your eyes: the pleasures of Vibrant Food

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Transforming one of the most popular sections on her blog, “Color Studies,” into a full-on cookbook, Vibrant Food is the brainchild of color-obsessed blogger Kimberley Hasselbrink of The Year in Food. A prismatic study of a year in cooking, the book highlights peak produce in each season through a collection of recipes that morphs in hue, texture and flavor as the year unfolds. Inspired by the notion of eating with your eyes, Kimberley’s focus embraces a uniquely visual, and ultimately very nutritious, approach to eating—one in which color is the star, and creative play is highly encouraged. I caught up with the San Francisco-based blogger to discuss inspiration, shopping seasonally, and how we can all create vibrant tables in our…

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Dining with…Claire and Jamie. An Outlander-inspired dinner

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In celebration of the new Outlander television show, Dining With presents a progressive dinner inspired by the clandestine, perilous, love-fueled and time-traveling adventures of the series’ dynamic paramours, Jamie and Claire. Infused with passionate flavors, soothing comfort and the deep richness of sharing a meal with someone you love, this particular menu is created not from the rations of 1940s Scotland, but rather is brought to life by a contemporary reimagining of traditional Scottish cuisine, much like the modern translation of Jamie and Claire’s epic tale from page to screen. Use it to inspire your own Outlander feast or viewing party. FIRST COURSE: Purple Potato Crème Fraîche Salmon Bites  Setting: A candle-lit corner table in Castle Leoch 2 pounds purple…

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Dining with…TARZAN

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Jane arrived at Tarzan’s favorite spot, hidden amongst a grove of jackfruit trees. The small pond was a soothing oasis, dotted with verdant lily pads and bright fuchsia ferns, glistening in the mist. She looked around, trying to appear more casual than she felt, and spotted a scrap of hide spearing the prickly skin of one of the green, low-hanging fruits. The sweet, fleshy jackfruit was one of the first jungle delicacies Tarzan had introduced to Jane. At its most ripe, she loved that it tasted like a cross between a banana and a pineapple, its chewy pods sweet and succulent. A closer glance revealed Tarzan’s careful scrawl painting the hide, an introductory note to their very first date. My…

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Dining with: Maleficent. A menu fit for Hollywood’s favorite dark fairy

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Our new series, “Dining With,” serves up our favorite books and intensifies the flavor as we journey into the imagined culinary lives of literature’s most compelling characters, concocting menus, dinner parties and other taste-forward scenarios divining what it might be like to dine with our favorite literary icons. In honor of Disney’s Maleficent, our inaugural feature imagines what the world’s most notorious fairy might serve at an intimate party celebrating her film’s premiere. Prone to reclusion and dark sorcery, you might question whether or not Maleficent is a natural hostess. What will happen if you sip that cocktail? Should you worry that every bite might induce a cursed coma? Will you even exit alive? Despite her predilection for evil magic…

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A toast to toast: The breakfast classic becomes a gourmet sensation

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I’m here to tell you that the current toast craze did not originate in San Francisco. Alas, northern California’s hipster den is merely responsible for the resurgence of toast, and the fact that people are now clamoring to order out what home cooks and food writers have been savoring at their kitchen tables for ages. A voracious reader of food memoirs, I’ve come across a recurring theme—one that has appeared in book after book by food writers of all ages and culinary backgrounds. That theme? Toast. And I’m not talking buttered slabs of processed bread clutched in a paper towel on the way out the door. This kind of toast, the kind that our San Francisco friends currently worship, is…

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