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Restaurants, Squid Ink L.A.'s Best Local Cookbooks of 2013

L.A.'s Best Local Cookbooks of 2013

The best cookbooks of 2013? Make that the best cookbooks by Los Angeles-area authors. And no, we don't mean those with television deals. In years past, two, maybe three, notable titles typically made our local "best of" cut. But this year, an impressive number of thoughtful recipe testing notes have...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Nigel Slater's <em>Notes From the Larder</em> + A Holiday Mincemeat Cheesecake Recipe

Nigel Slater's Notes From the Larder + A Holiday Mincemeat Cheesecake Recipe

Nigel Slater's latest cookbook, Notes From the Larder: A Kitchen Diary With Recipes, was released in the early fall but feels right at home this time of year. The pages are filled with much-needed kitchen therapy from all those online recipes that promise to be even better than that best-of-the-best...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cookbook Sneak Peek: <em>The A.O.C. Cookbook</em> + Suzanne Goin's Fattoush Summer Salad Recipe

Cookbook Sneak Peek: The A.O.C. Cookbook + Suzanne Goin's Fattoush Summer Salad Recipe

Much of The A.O.C. Cookbook buzz has focused on the number of years (eight!) it has been since Suzanne Goin published her first book, Sunday Suppers at Lucques. Her second hits shelves in October. If you've ever worked in any of Goin's kitchens (disclosure, this writer has), it's not terribly...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Kevin West's <em>Saving the Season</em> + A Canadian-Style Ketchup Recipe

Kevin West's Saving the Season + A Canadian-Style Ketchup Recipe

Knee deep in the canning and preserving cookbook trend, do most of us really need Saving the Season: A Cook's Guide to Home Canning, Pickling, and Preserving by local author Kevin West? Maybe not, if you're far enough along in your online recipe search career to already have favorite apple...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink The Latest Cupcake Trend? <em>Cannabis Cupcakes</em>

The Latest Cupcake Trend? Cannabis Cupcakes

With so much talk of late about cupcakes and legalizing marijuana, we should have known a Cannabis Cupcakes cookbook wasn't too far behind. "What better way to take advantage of both trends than with a cookbook that satisfies these guilty pleasures?," the cookbook's press release asks. Well, the publisher has...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Best New Baking Book: <em>Bake It Like You Mean It</em>

Best New Baking Book: Bake It Like You Mean It

Really, April is the ideal time to Bake it Like You Mean it, as we could probably all use a little post-Spring Break malakofftorte à la raymo (chocolate ladyfinger cake, here filled with Kahlua cream) kitchen therapy. This is the third in a recent series of pastry books from Gesine...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cookbook of the Week: <em>Vegetable Literacy</em> + Deborah Madison's Chive + Saffron Crepes Recipe

Cookbook of the Week: Vegetable Literacy + Deborah Madison's Chive + Saffron Crepes Recipe

Today's cookbook market is flooded with vegetable-focused books from every vegan, sustainable and backyard-grown perspective. But when Deborah Madison promises Vegetable Literacy, we listen. We weren't disappointed. As with Madison's other cookbooks, Vegetable Literacy is an incredibly fresh perspective on a food category we thought we knew so well. Until...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Baking Books: <em>Modern Art Desserts</em>, Where The Pastry Arts + Museum Art Collections Collide

Baking Books: Modern Art Desserts, Where The Pastry Arts + Museum Art Collections Collide

San Francisco pastry chef Caitlin Freeman's new baking book, Modern Art Desserts: Recipes for Cakes, Cookies, Confections and Frozen Treats based on Iconic Works of Art, is an edible reflection of the museum curator's constant challenge: Finding the balance between popular exhibitions (and pastries) that will draw a large enough...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Q & A With Costco's Syd Birenbaum: Best Bargain Wines, $18,000 Sales + His Cure For Your Never-Ending Headache

Q & A With Costco's Syd Birenbaum: Best Bargain Wines, $18,000 Sales + His Cure For Your Never-Ending Headache

If your wine-buying strategy at Big Box discount stores typically involves grabbing a case and getting out poste-haste, you might want to reconsider sticking around for a chat with Syd Birenbaum, the unexpected wine specialist at the Costco in Marina del Rey (known as the Culver City branch). Need a...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cookbook of the Week: <em>The Complete Bocuse</em>, Easter Wines + A Hay-Cooked Ham (!) Recipe

Cookbook of the Week: The Complete Bocuse, Easter Wines + A Hay-Cooked Ham (!) Recipe

As Easter approaches, we repent. Late last year, The Complete Bocuse, a nearly 800-page tribute to Paul Bocuse's modern French cuisine, went straight from our desk to our permanent cookbook shelf without a weekly cookbook feature. Too many end-of-year cookbooks, too much holiday ham, too much wine. And so this...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cookbook Review (And Weekend Project!): <em>Hand-Crafted Candy Bars</em> + A 20 Minute Chocolate Nougat Recipe

Cookbook Review (And Weekend Project!): Hand-Crafted Candy Bars + A 20 Minute Chocolate Nougat Recipe

If you're looking for a Sunday kitchen project that doesn't involve corned beef and cabbage, how about a little St. Patrick's Day candy making? For that, we suggest Hand-Crafted Candy Bars by local authors Susie Norris, a reformed television exec turned former baking and pastry instructor (specializing in chocolate) at...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Book Review: <em>Farms with a Future</em> + 10 Tips For New Farmers (And MBAs)

Book Review: Farms with a Future + 10 Tips For New Farmers (And MBAs)

Dreaming of ditching city life for your own farm share? Before you sign over the cash for those rolling hills, we highly recommend you read Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business by Rebecca Thistlewaite, a former vegetarian turned farmer and livestock rancher (she dubs herself...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cookbook of the Week: <em>Home Made Summer</em> (Almost) + A Recipe For A Negroni Ice Pop

Cookbook of the Week: Home Made Summer (Almost) + A Recipe For A Negroni Ice Pop

If the recent weather has you already craving a fantastic Home Made Summer, good news: Yvette Van Boven's latest book is almost here. Van Boven is a Dutch food stylist and illustrator who owns a popular café in Amsterdam; her husband, Oof Verschuren, is an award-winning photographer (for the Dutch...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Books: Addicted to <em>Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us</em>

Books: Addicted to Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

Michael Moss' recent cover article in the New York Times Magazine, The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food, served as a preview for the Pulitzer Prize winning reporter's latest food industry exposé: Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us. As Moss says, processed foods are a $1 trillion...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cookbook Review: <em>The Way to Fry </em>, Southern-Style + A Fried Cocktail (!) Recipe

Cookbook Review: The Way to Fry , Southern-Style + A Fried Cocktail (!) Recipe

Disclosure: We have a secret crush on Norman King, author of The Way to Fry. The Southern Living editor has that old school, nerd next door charm. Meaning he looks like he has decades of plaid shirt and button down collar experience (a compliment), not merely a fleeting hipster vintage...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Is Le Creuset's Lifetime Warranty Legit? After Several Cassoulet-Free Weeks, We Find Out

Is Le Creuset's Lifetime Warranty Legit? After Several Cassoulet-Free Weeks, We Find Out

We love our Dutch oven. Really love it. It never argues over $85 billion budget cuts or sends Kardashian-sighting Tweets. And it makes one hell of a cassoulet. But we recently wondered, by sudden necessity: Is that Le Creuset lifetime warranty that we've all heard so much about really legit?...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cookbook of the Week: <em>Sicily</em>, The Postcard Version + A Coffee Granita Recipe

Cookbook of the Week: Sicily, The Postcard Version + A Coffee Granita Recipe

The upside of the current trend of hyper-localized cookbooks: You can go to Sicily over the weekend without leaving your kitchen. The latest from Phaidon, Sicily: A Culinary Journey through Sicilian Cuisine, due on stands in about a month, is a compilation of fifty traditional recipes from the editors behind...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cookbook Review: <em>Nigellissima</em>, The (British) "Italian" Celebrity Chef + Nigella Lawson's "Tiramisini" Recipe

Cookbook Review: Nigellissima, The (British) "Italian" Celebrity Chef + Nigella Lawson's "Tiramisini" Recipe

British celebrity chef Nigella Lawson's latest cookbook, Nigellissima, focuses on Easy, Italian-Inspired Recipes per the subtitle and BBC series by the same name. Nigellissima promises to be, in essence, the "shortcut sausage meatballs" to modern Italian domestic bliss. How to be a Domestic Goddess, Italian-style: Green beans with pistachio pesto,...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Cookbook Review: The <em>Flavors of Belize</em> May Not Be Perfect, But It's Hard Not to Love a Fried Breadfruit (!) Recipe

Cookbook Review: The Flavors of Belize May Not Be Perfect, But It's Hard Not to Love a Fried Breadfruit (!) Recipe

A good cookbook collection does not look like it came straight out of a food stylist's studio. Sure, it will include several near-perfect volumes, those monumental titles that still capture your attention. But some cookbooks, like Flavors of Belize, will sport a few flaws. You might keep them because there...…
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Restaurants, Squid Ink Q & A With Cheesemaker Christine Maguire: A Farm Stay at Rinconada Dairy + Cheese, Jam, Bacon!

Q & A With Cheesemaker Christine Maguire: A Farm Stay at Rinconada Dairy + Cheese, Jam, Bacon!

Fantastic handmade cheese, bacon from backyard pigs and homemade jam made from farm fruit aren't exactly the typical Jane and Michael Stern road-trip finds. If you've tried any of the cheeses crafted by Christine Maguire of Rinconada Dairy, a visit to the 92-acre ranch that she and her husband, Jim,...…
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