'John Willoughby' on Serious Eats

Cook the Book: Blackberry Upside-Down Cake

Flip it onto a plate and remove the parchment to reveal the beautifully fruit-studded surface. The blackberries I used gave this cake an almost stained glass appearance, with the juices staining the cake purple-black to a light lavender color, it was gorgeous. Oh, and it tasted pretty incredible, too. Just sweet enough to be a perfect candidate for some à la mode action. More

Cook the Book: 'Gourmet Today'

When I first moved out on my own, my mother thoughtfully gifted me with a paperback copy of Fanny Farmer's Boston Cooking-School Cook Book. As a novice cook it was my go-to for pretty much everything, from simple tasks like mashing potatoes to more complicated pies and pastries. I think my copy lasted about a year before the spine split and the pages became too grease-stained and sticky. I then graduated to a secondhand copy of Irma Rombauer's indispensable Joy of Cooking. Both of these books have lived with me in kitchens all over the country and seen me through hundreds, if not thousands, of meals over the years. While Fanny Farmer and Joy of Cooking are great for basics... More

What's Your Go-To Grilling Book?

What's Your "Go-To" Grilling Book? A. The Barbecue! Bible, by Steven Raichlen B. Boy Meets Grill, by Bobby Flay C. The Thrill of the Grill, by Chris Schlesinger and John Willoughby D. Born to Grill, by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison E. Other With my weeklong working vacation coming to a close, I started thinking about the things I am going to miss when I go back home: hanging out with my wife on our screen porch reading the newspaper, regular tennis games, beautiful Quansoo Beach, Mrs. Blake's strawberry-rhubarb pie, fried clams from John's Fish Market and the Bite, driving down sandy, unpaved roads surrounded by water and wildlife, and leafing through and rereading my go-to grilling book, The... More

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