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Inside the Pages of 'The Photography of Modernist Cuisine'

The Seattle-based team behind Modernist Cuisine, the monster 5-volume cookbook that came out a couple years ago, hasn't been resting on its laurels since the release of the celebrated tome. Last year, they came up with Modernist Cuisine at Home, a slimmed down version with friendlier recipes aimed at adventurous home cooks. Now, they've released The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, a collection of 145 of the most stunning images captured during photo sessions for the Modernist Cuisine collection. More

Book Corner: 6 Great Barbecue and Grilling Books

It's easy enough to throw some steaks on the grill, but if you're really into grilling, you just bought your first smoker, or you're a longtime barbecue obsessive, it's worth looking around for some inspiration beyond the basics, and some tips for upping your barbecue game. Here are a few books we love to get you through grilling season. More

Serious Reads: French Kids Eat Everything, by Karen Le Billon

Food is one of the most oft-discussed and least-resolved issues of raising kids. When to introduce solid foods? Vegetables? What to pack for lunch? There are so many questions and they are loaded with cultural and social implications. It is just this tricky terrain that Karen Le Billon attempts to navigate in her new book, French Kids Eat Everything: How Our Family Moved to France, Cured Picky Eating, Banned Snacking, and Discovered 10 Simple Rules for Raising Happy, Healthy Eaters. More

Serious Reads: The Mindful Carnivore, by Tovar Cerulli

As a long-time vegetarian, I am all too familiar with the many-sided debate over meat eating. By and large, I find the debate rather exhausting. I don't impose my dietary choices on others, and unless specifically asked (or challenged, as is more often the case) won't go off on my stock anti-meat tirade. But the debate continues to be fueled by extremists on both sides of the issue. So when I picked up The Mindful Carnivore: A Vegetarian's Hunt for Sustenance, I was more than a little wary of what tired, overwrought arguments author Tovar Cerulli was going to call upon for his memoir of a vegan-turned-meat-eater. Fortunately, this book retires exhausted tropes and instead presents a truly original and touching account of connecting with nature. More

Serious Reads: White Bread, by Aaron Bobrow-Strain

Even in the gluten-free era, bread remains a dietary staple for most American homes. According to the USDA, we each eat about 130 pounds annually of wheat flour products. Bread is important, though it often lives in the shadow of its condiments (hello, Nutella) and accompaniments. But Aaron Bobrow-Strain, a professor of food politics at Whitmore College, pushes bread into the limelight with his new book White Bread: A Social History of the Store-Bought Loaf. More

Serious Reads: An Economist Gets Lunch, by Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen is an economist, and a well-known one at that. His hefty list of accomplishments might even evoke the word genius: PhD from Harvard, over a dozen books on a variety of economic topics, and an incredible number of fascinating papers in his field. If that weren't work enough, Cowen also writes a food blog. Tyler Cowen's Ethnic Dining Guide is updated frequently, and covers the dining scene in the D.C. area. He has an eye for a good restaurant and a good deal, and much experience tasting the local fare. These dining recommendations and insights are Cowen's food specialty, and ostensibly the focus of his new book, An Economist Gets Lunch: New Rules for Everyday Foodies. More

Serious Reads: Why Calories Count, by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim

As a food policy dork and avid reader of Marion Nestle's blog Food Politics, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of her newest book. While the rest of the world waited with bated breath for the opening of The Hunger Games, I watched for the delivery of Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics, co-authored by Nestle and Malden Nesheim. And with its careful research, lighthearted tone, and eye-opening research, this book certainly lived up to my expectations. More

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