Miami Book Fair: Best Books of the Season
Just in time for the holidays: Anna Thomas’ Vegan, Vegetarian, Omnivore: Dinner for Everyone at the Table, a warm and practical cookbook that shows how vegetarians, vegans and carnivores can gather around the table and dine well. She starts with foods everyone eats – fruits, vegetables, grains – and builds the meals from there. Thomas’ easy-to-follow recipes focus on fresh, seasonal foods, and include tips for adapting recipes for meat lovers or vegetarians. See recipes p. 41
You may have heard the reports: extra-virgin olive oil that’s been, well, deflowered. Parm cheese that’s sawdust. Fish that’s an entirely different species from what’s on the menu. Real Food/Fake Food Why You Don’t Know What You’re Eating and What You Can Do About It by Larry Olmsted reveals common American food scams, including seafood to avoid because it’s misrepresented and false menu claims and food labels. It’s not all a downer, though; Olmsted takes readers on tours that explore how foods like balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano-Reggiano are made, so you’ll know you’re getting the real deal.
Meet Mi Ae of Bounty from the Box
Mi Ae Lipe’s Bounty from the Box: The CSA Farm Cookbook, featured in our spring issue, is an indispensable guide to enjoying over 90 different crops grown by community-supported agriculture (CSA) farms. We love this book – it’s packed with information, stories and recipes using produce you’ll find in the markets, including South Florida’s tropical fruits and vegetables.
Lipe will be signing copies of her cookbook at the Southwest Community Farmers Market on Sat., Nov. 12 and at Yellow Green Farmers Market Sun., Nov. 13
She’ll also be at the Miami Book Fair Kitchen Stadium Sun., Nov. 20 from 4-5pm.
You can find her cookbook at farmers markets, including Southwest Community Farmers Market and from Bee Heaven Farm, and online.
Miami Book Fair Culinary Lineup
This year’s Miami Book Fair, Nov. 13-20 at Miami Dade College in downtown Miami, features a stellar lineup of cookbooks and their authors and debuts the Kitchen Stadium for a weekend of cooking demos. Following are highlights. Check miamibookfair.com for details and the complete up-to-date schedule.
Sat., Nov. 19
noon Cynthia Graubart, Tastes Like Chicken! Irresistible Dishes
2:30pm Sheila G. Mains, Sheila G’s Butter and Chocolate: 101 Creative Sweets and Treats Using Brownie Batter
Sun., Nov. 20
noon Taymer Mason, Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion
2pm James Tahhan, The Homemade Chef: Ordinary Ingredients for Extraordinary Food
4:30pm Anna Thomas, Vegan Vegetarian Omnivore: Dinner for Everyone at the Table
In addition to Thomas and Olmsted, you can see a host of cookbook authors. Here’s a select list:
• Veronica Cervera’s La Cocina Cubana De Vero (in Spanish) offers 100 recipes that represent the mainstays of Cuban cuisine, not only from family tradition on the island, but also from exile.
• V Street: 100 Globe-Hopping Plates on the Cutting Edge of Vegetable Cooking features more than 100 innovative vegetable recipes from Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby, the chefs behind Philadelphia’s Vedge and V Street.
• In Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion, Taymer Mason welcomes vegan home cooks to this rich tradition that combines African, French, Asian and Indian influences.
• The Homemade Chef: Ordinary Ingredients of Extraordinary Food is the debut cookbook from the star co-host of Telemundo’s Emmy-winning morning show, Un Nuevo Dia, celebrity chef James Tahhan.
• Now that oysters are on so many South Florida menus, The Essential Oyster, by Rowan Jacobsen, is the definitive book for today’s oyster lover, featuring irreverent tasting notes and delightful backstories of all the top oysters, plus recipes from America’s top oyster chefs.
• In her latest nonfiction book, Food and the City: New York’s Professional Chefs, Restaurateurs, Line Cooks, Street Vendors, and Purveyors Talk About What They Do and Why They Do It, Ina Yalof takes readers on an unprecedented behind-the-scenes tour of New York City’s dynamic food culture.
• Anna Marlis Burgard’s Shrimp Country: Recipes and Tales from the Southern Coasts is a love letter to coastal communities and their soul-fueling kitchens.