Faith Middleton's Food Schmooze: Boozehound Jason Wilson And The Best Of Recipes For Health
Boozehound: On the Trail of the Rare, the Obscure, and the Overrated in Spirits
by Jason Wilson
While some may wonder, “Does the world really need another flavored vodka?” no one answers this question quite so memorably as spirits writer and raconteur Jason Wilson does in Boozehound. (By the way, the short answer is no.) A unique blend of travelogue, spirits history, and recipe collection, Boozehound explores the origins of what we drink and the often surprising reasons behind our choices.
In lieu of odorless, colorless, tasteless spirits, Wilson champions Old World liquors with hard-to-define flavors—a bitter and complex Italian amari, or the ancient, aromatic herbs of Chartreuse, as well as distinctive New World offerings like lively Peruvian pisco. With an eye for adventure, Wilson seeks out visceral experiences at the source of production—visiting fields of spiky agave in Jalisco, entering the heavily and reverently-guarded Jägermeister herb room in Wolfenbüttel, and journeying to the French Alps to determine if mustachioed men in berets really handpick blossoms to make elderflower liqueur.
In addition, Boozehound offers more than fifty drink recipes, from three riffs on the Manhattan to cocktail-geek favorites like the Aviation and the Last Word. These recipes are presented alongside a host of opinionated essays that cherish the rare, uncover the obscure, dethrone the overrated, and unravel the mysteries of taste, trends, and terroir. Through his far-flung, intrepid traveling and tasting, Wilson shows us that perhaps nothing else as entwined with the history of human culture is quite as much fun as booze.
The Very Best of Recipes for Health: 250 Recipes and More from the Popular Feature on NYTimes.com
by Martha Rose Shulman
From the celebrated NYTimes.com food columnist come her favorite ways to use seasonal produce and a well-stocked pantry to create easy, nutritious meals every day of the week
From its inception, "Recipes for Health" has been one of the New York Times's most-read (and e-mailed) features, showing health-conscious readers fast, no-fuss ways to turn seasonal produce, whole grains, and other nutritious ingredients into easy weeknight meals. Now, the most popular have been gathered into one comprehensive, convenient volume.
Shulman shows how to fill your refrigerator, freezer, and cabinets with healthy staples such as beans, grains, extra virgin olive oil, tuna, eggs, yogurt, and tomato sauce, so that you are prepared to cook delicious dishes like Asparagus and Herb Frittata, Quinoa Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing and Shrimp, or Pizza Marinara with Tuna and Capers in minutes. Vegans and vegetarians will discover an entire selection of tofu recipes, from stir-fries to sandwiches, and even a tofu cheesecake. Those who frequent the farmers' market will appreciate her extensive collection of dishes for virtually every vegetable under the sun.
Full of lists, explanations, and tips, The Very Best of Recipes for Health will help you cook and eat better all year long.