With all the cookies and baked goods that accompany the holiday season, this time of year can be particularly challenging for those who maintain a gluten-free diet. Silvana Nardone, mother of a gluten-intolerant son and author of the wheat-and-dairy-free cookbook Cooking for Isaiah, understands this frustration well; over on her blog Dishtowel Diaries, she's brightening the month of December with daily gluten-free cookie recipes from reputable bakers and food sites. She asked SAVEUR to participate in her Gluten-Free Holiday Cookie Countdown, and since we've got two staff members here in the SAVEUR offices who don't eat gluten, we leaped into action. Test kitchen assistant director Ben Mims worked magic on the Vanillekipferl (Vanilla Crescents) recipe featured in our December issue, swapping out the original wheat flour in favor of a blend of chickpea, chestnut, and rice flours. Keep reading »
December isn't just National Pear Month, it's also peak pear season in the Pacific Northwest, with the chilly air adding sweetness to the fruits as they finish ripening on the tree. Sampling ten varieties of fresh pears from Oregon and Washington here at the SAVEUR office, the differences in flavor and texture were surprisingly clear; each has its own personality. Biting into the sweet, bright Green Anjou is a completely different experience from the almost overwhelmingly floral Starkrimson. See the full photo gallery »
With virtually every major food publication (including SAVEUR) creating original recipes for Thanksgiving, there's a lot to consider as we launch into November menu planning. Wondering what's popular this year? Food magazine watchdog blog The Bitten Word compiled an index of the ten most popular food magazines' 2010 Thanksgiving recipes — a grand total of 175 creations! It's a pretty handy menu-planning tool, but it's maybe even more fascinating as a window into holiday menu trends. Keep Reading»
When buying apples, it's easy to get stuck in a rut of choosing the same few apple varieties you grew up eating, but when there are so many local varieties available right now at the Greenmarket, it's worth expanding your apple horizons, which is why we sampled all 18 varieties we could get our hands on. See the full photo gallery »
Chef Ron Suhanosky's book Pasta Sfoglia won the James Beard Award this year for Best Single Subject Cookbook, so we weren't surprised to learn from Publishers Weekly that he's got another cookbook in the works. What is surprising though is that he's publishing this one with micro-imprint Kyle Books, instead of with the team at Wiley that helped bring his first volume to Beardian victory. We can only speculate, but this switch might have something to do with Suhanofsky's recently-announced split from the Sfoglia brand — the New York Times announced just last week that Suhanosky and wife are no longer associated with the two restaurants they helped found, a split that the Times paints as less than amicable. Suhanosky's new book will be titled The Family Table, and promises family-friendly Italian-influenced recipes for all.
Alabama-based chef Scott Peacock has signed a book deal with Clarkson Potter Publishers for a memoir about the time he spent learning from and caring for Edna Lewis, "the Julia Child of Southern cuisine," Publisher's Marketplace reports. The book, tentatively titled An Uncommon Friendship, will tell the story of Peacock's long friendship with Lewis, who was more than twice his age, and with whom he co-authored The Gift of Southern Cooking in 2003. As Lewis grew older, Peacock became her caretaker, living with her for six years in her family home in Unionville, Virginia until she died at the age of 89 in 2006. Keep reading »