Cookbooks

Sitting Down with Martha Stewart

Celebrity Interviews, Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By December 6, 2011

I had a one-on-one interview with Martha before she taught a cooking class at Macy’s Home Store at South Coast Plaza.  People magazine had their fifteen minutes before I had mine. Martha was promoting her newest book,  “Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations” by Martha Stewart (Clarkson Potter, $75, hardcover, 432 pages). I started our interview with a question about…

Pizzeria Mozza, Go There or Copycat at Home

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By October 21, 2011

Butterscotch Budino with Caramel Sauce and Maldon Sea Salt … I could hardly wait. My mid-morning arrival was greeted with the cacophony of cooking. Entering Pizzeria Mozza in Newport Beach through the rear kitchen door, the preopening clatter of pots and knife-work blended with well-chosen words from busy workers. Freshly ground pork sausage formed an aromatic rope as it erupted…

Summer Grillin’ with the Guru – Raichlen’s Latest

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By May 26, 2011

Ginger-spiked baby back ribs are served with dipping sauce. When it comes to innovative grilling, my first strategy is check out what Steven Raichlen is working on. His best-selling “Barbecue Bible” cookbook series (4 million copies in print) and PBS TV show series (“The Primal Grill” and “Barbecue University”) have helped people all over the world learn to grill. Last…

Oozy-Goozy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. The Best.

Chefs, Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By May 12, 2011

Grilled cheese sandwiches are comfort food that takes me back to lunchtime in my childhood home. Treats that makes me smile. Especially grownup versions such as those created by cheese expert-cookbook author Laura Werlin. Her latest book, “Grilled Cheese, Please!” (Andrews McMeel, $16.99) offers contemporary approaches to the classic bread-and-cheese indulgence. One of my favorites is the sandwich that uses…

Best Easy Dessert Looks Fancy – Blackberry Napoleons

Cookbooks, Cooking, Recipes By March 25, 2011

Individual Blackberry Napoleons Crazy about “Desserts 4 Today” by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Taunton Press, $17.95). It’s a treasure trove of flavorful desserts that utilize no more than four ingredients. No prepared mixes are used, just components that are packed with flavor. Lots of fresh fruit, and I like that. I have lazy days. But mostly, I have way-too-busy days. With…