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*NEW* Mayor of NYC Announces #MeatlessMondays at Gracie Mansion! We’ve Got Recipes!

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We love food, whether it’s a recipe that’s been passed down in the family, or updates on classics from our favorite stars. But we also want that food to be pretty healthy (we’re trying to be good, okay?), and when we heard the news that fifteen schools in Brooklyn, NY, are going to be having vegetarian meals every Monday (#meatlessmondays), we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share some of the best vegetarian meals we’ve found with you. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the new meal plan today, and will also be having vegetarian meals on Mondays, alongside Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, and all of Gracie Mansion (the residence of the Mayor of New York…

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The Life of Pie: Linda Lomelino Scores a Hit with ‘Lomelino’s Pies’

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Who doesn’t love pie?   My nephew, that’s who! One of my mother’s favorite stories to tell about her grandchildren (and one we never let this particular one forget) is how he asked her if they could make a pie together. My mother really enjoys doing these things with her grandkids and they enjoy it just as much. So on this day, about 13 years ago, my mother set out to bake a pie with her first grandchild. The went to the store together and loaded up their cart with the freshest ingredients including the plumpest, juiciest blueberries, and vanilla ice cream from their favorite ice creamery.  They went home and made the pie from scratch— crust and all. My…

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Beat the Heat with No-Bake Treats from the Creator of Beyond Frosting Blog

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It’s been a pretty tame summer until this week’s heat wave hit on the East Coast and today’s the kind of blistering sweatfest where ice cream sundaes turn to colorful puddles in a matter of seconds. I couldn’t think of a better time than now to satisfy my sweet tooth without having to use the oven. Until I came across No-Bake Treats: Incredible Unbaked Cheesecakes, Icebox Cakes, Pies and More (Page Street Publishing Co., July 19, 2016), I had no idea that there were so many dessert options that can be made easily and without any extra heat involved. Many people out there are willing to go the distance for the desserts they crave, but I have to draw the line…

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Sweet Paleo Treats Fit to Beet the Blues This Valentine’s Day

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My dad and I bond over food—especially around Valentine’s Day. Every year without fail, he buys a sampler box of candy and we carefully pick our favorite paper-lined chocolate morsels from the heart-shaped molded plastic tray. This year I wanted to do something a little different, and that’s where Sweet Paleo: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Delights by Lea Hendry Valle (Countryman Press; March 2) comes in. You can find delectable desserts ranging from an easy chocolate chip cookie recipe to more sophisticated sweets like tiramisu, all in keeping with a Paleo diet. I’ve never prepared anything Paleo before, but I’ve certainly enjoyed many dishes made by others who love this gluten-free and grain-free lifestyle. I’m open to experimenting and trying new foods,…

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Lucky Peach’s Easy Asian Recipes that will Restore Your Tastebuds

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It’s early December and I feel like I’m trapped in some sort of holiday sandwich between last week’s Thanksgiving turkey and next week’s Chanukah latkes. What I really crave are bold flavors and healthy ingredients that are a departure from all the exquisite excess of the season (and won’t require a grim commitment to get to the gym). This is why when Lucky Peach: 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan and the editors of Lucky Peach (Clarkson Potter; October 27, 2015) came into our offices I leapt on it like a crazed badger. Lucky Peach is a foodie magazine with a quirky sense of humor, an appreciation for tradition (but not afraid to toss tradition out the window), and…

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The Meal You’ll Want to Cook Tonight from Dinner for Two

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Since moving in with my carb-loving other half, I may have overestimated our appetites. To be fair, I’ve been known to put away an entire meatball parm in record time, and he’s recently acquired the nickname “the compactor” due to his ability to crush meals. However, this doesn’t mean that we can keep up with all the leftovers. It’s just too much for two people and heating up last night’s dinner gets old fast. During the busy work week, I often find that the leftovers are no longer all that fresh when I finally get around to freezing them. And I won’t even mention the mysterious mold factory you find a week later. Instead, we want easy recipes with zero…

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Your Handy Guide to Thanksgiving Leftovers (Mark Bittman Style)

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It’s not Thanksgiving yet, but the leftovers situation is already anxiety-inducing. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be too hopped up on tryptophan to put any effort into turning your leftovers into new dishes. However, you’re in luck: Mark Bittman’s amazing cookbook Kitchen Matrix (which we LOVED) has fantastic and simple recipes, specifically for leftovers, to create fantastic post-Turkey Day meals. We pulled some of our favorites and created some recipe drawings for you to visually devour, so enjoy!

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Forget Pie. You’ll Want to Make These Thanksgiving Alternatives from Violet Cakes Bakery

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This may sound like sacrilege, but on Thanksgiving I don’t do pie. That doesn’t mean we don’t have pie; a fantastic local farm kitchen fills that need, but I don’t bake pies. Ever. While I do terrific fillings, the alchemy that results in a tender, flaky crust has always eluded me. Instead, I prefer to tempt guests to save a little room with a dessert they don’t expect. To dazzle them, this year I’m turning to The Violet Bakery Cookbook by Claire Ptak (Ten Speed Press; September 29, 2015). One of the things I love about Ptak’s recipes is her emphasis on flavor over appearance and her judicious use of refined sugar and flour. Like everyone else, my family includes…

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Review: French Cooking Finds a Tasty New Groove in Bistronomy

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The next time you order a haricot verts salad with carefully selected seasonal produce or a fresh plate of creamy burrata from a small plates menu, just remember where it all started: Paris, France, 1992. In Bistronomy: Recipes from the Best New Paris Bistros (Rizzoli; September 22, 2015) author and highly regarded authority on French cuisine Jane Sigal brings us back to the beginning and traces the evolution of the Paris “neo-bistros” or Bistronomies, (bistro + gastronomies) providing wonderful recipes, anecdotes and photographs from the best kitchens in Paris. Yves Camdeborde (aka the father of bistronomy) wanted to create a restaurant where patrons could relax and enjoy life. Tired of the overly pretentious and stuffy French restaurants found in the…

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5 Fabulous Fusion Tacos You’ve Never Heard of (But Will Love)

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Chances are when you grab a quick taco from your favorite food truck it comes with all the traditional trimmings: meat or fish, shredded lettuce, red cabbage, tomato, cheese, some guacamole, sour cream, hot sauce and a wedge of lime. Pair with a side of refried beans and cilantro rice and you’re on your way to taco heaven. But the humble taco can be the framework for culinary magic. Enter Chef Ivy Stark of famed eatery Dos Caminos New York. She has created some updated interpretations of the taco that will leave your taste buds tingling. Her latest book Dos Caminos Tacos: 100 Recipes for Everyone’s Favorite Mexican Street Food by Ivy Stark and Joanna Pruess (Countryman Press; September 21,…

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The Delectable Cuisine You Never Tried: The Food of Taiwan

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Looking for something exotic and different to try out in your kitchen? Turn your eyes (and your taste buds) towards the tiny island nation of Taiwan. While Taiwan is only about the size of Massachusetts, its food reflects its richly layered past, with influences from China, Japan, the Netherlands and Portugal. Like most cuisines, traditional Taiwanese food traces its origins to humble peasant dishes, but is now enjoyed by people all over the country and around the world, including here in the U.S. Until now, though, there’s never been a book that reveals the rich background of the country and its singular culinary history. That all changed with the publication of The Food of Taiwan: Recipes From the Beautiful Island…

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Getting a Taste of Summer From Audrey Hepburn’s Kitchen

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Audrey Hepburn was a girl after my own heart – or perhaps in this case, my stomach. She was not without her vices in the kitchen – Hepburn’s favorites included pasta, chocolate, vanilla ice cream with fudge sauce, wine and of course, an after dinner cigarette. Her son Luca remembers her propensity for eating generous helpings of pasta and gaining no weight (a trait that Ms. Hepburn and I do not share!) Luca also provides us with a heartwarming look her classic dishes in Audrey at Home: Memories of My Mother’s Kitchen by Luca Dotta with Luigi Spinola (Harper Design, June 16, 2015). Each page is filled with photographs, handwritten recipes, cooking tips and notes written to friends. Her beloved…

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Interview: They Draw & Cook Delivers Delicious Illustrations

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It was a seemingly regular day in 2010, when brother-sister duo Nate Padavick and Salli S. Swindell decided on a whim to post eight illustrated recipes on a quickly created blog titled, They Draw & Cook. Little did Nate and Salli know that the artwork those eight artists had submitted, originally for a book idea, would spark an online sensation that has now morphed into a PR tool for many artists and illustrators to share and demonstrate their work. Their first book, They Draw & Cook, is a compilation of 107 different illustrated recipes. With a number of other books available on They Draw & Cook as print-on-demand, it looks like the future for illustrated recipes is endless. BookTrib had the delicious…

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Gourmet food served Curbside: Food trucks have grown up!

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Every once in a while (OK, fine—every weekend) I seek out those drool-inducing caravans of munchie love that we call food trucks. Food trucks are becoming increasingly sophisticated –it’s not just kettle corn or tacos anymore. With these trucks, you’re getting premium eats in your city curbside—and you don’t even have to make a reservation. There’s nothing better than walking up to that welcoming wagon of wafting scents and asking for a paper cone filled with crispy pommes frites, or a falafel sandwich dripping with extra tahini sauce (and I call bonus points if you stumble across a food truck festival with a smorgasbord of culinary delights). With the new generation of food truck, your favorite restaurants and chefs serve…

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Trading in on Trader Joe’s with fabulous recipes

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If you’re like countless food lovers across the country, your favorite supermarket is Trader Joe’s—a nationwide “neighborhood grocery store” specializing in gourmet, organic, vegetarian, frozen and “alternative” food items. The chain has more than 400 stores in 39 states and the District of Columbia, and a fiercely loyal following of dedicated customers. Two of those customers, Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati, are so devoted to the store that they’ve established their own cottage industry around it. Their work includes a popular website full of recipes, product reviews and kitchen how-to’s. They’ve also written nine successful cookbooks on how to cook all things Trader Joe’s. Recently, we caught up with Gunn to talk about how she and Miniati turned their love…

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I’ll have a peanut butter and pickle sandwich, please!

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From a cyanide-laced cocktail to a soothing cup of teeth and a biscuit (the British kind, of course) after a long day at the office, food, drink, and crime fiction are intertwined. Miss Marple, one of the genre’s most recognizable heroines, is estimated to have consumed a whopping 143 cups of tea over the course of 12 Agatha Christie novels and 20 short stories. This is just one of the delicious factoids you can learn in The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook, edited by Kate White, and featuring a selection of dishes—and drinks—from some of the biggest names in the mystery world. And if that doesn’t quell your appetite, be sure to check out Cooking with Crimespree, edited by Jon…

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