Category Archives: Cookbook

Pink Velvet Cake


I finally got around to making a cake from Southern Living Cakes cookbook.  (Well, I already made one–a peanut butter cola cake, but I didn’t like it.


It called for using coca cola, and I don’t think I like that flavor in cake.)  I knew I would get around to making the red velvet cake recipe because I love red velvet cake.  Only, I used only one bottle of red food coloring, so I have a pink velvet cake.  This recipe makes a lovely cake, and there is plenty of frosting.




Two for Tuesday: Halloween Foodie Items

Halloween is not a gift-giving holiday, but it can be if you want to give a gift to someone special or to yourself!  I found some cool Halloween- and fall-related gift items.

The first is this adorable pumpkin-shaped cookbook of pumpkin recipes I saw at Kinokuniya, a Japanese bookstore in Manhattan.  (They even have ones on potatoes, eggs and pasta too.)

pumpkin book

If you want something a little more eerie, opt for the chocolate skull at Fika, a Scandinavian coffee shop in Manhattan.

chocolate skull

Eater’s Fall 2013 Cookbook Preview

Today is Eater’s Fall 2013 Cookbook Preview, a list of the cookbooks for Fall 2013, both domestic and international.  Some of interest to me include favorite topics of mine like classic New York restaurants/food and food Americana.  I also like Balaboosta, Robicelli’s, and I’ve been seeing a lot of John Besh on TV and liking his cooking and thought the combination of Southern and Italian cuisine was an interesting idea.


By Einat Admony

Katz’s: Autobiography of a Delicatessen

By Jake Dell

The Grand Central Oyster Bar and Restaurant Cookbook

By Sandy Ingber and Roy Finamore

Robicelli’s: A Love Story, with Cupcakes: With 50 Decidedly Grown-Up Recipes

By Allison Robicelli and Matt Robicelli

Collards & Carbonara: Southern Cooking, Italian Roots

By Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer

Cooking from the Heart: My Favorite Lessons Learned Along the Way

By John Besh

The Artisan Jewish Deli at Home

By Nick Zukin and Michael Zusman

The Taste of America

By Colman Andrews

A Century of Restaurants: Stories and Recipes from 100 of America’s Most Historic and Successful Restaurants

By Rick Browne

Review & Giveaway of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights


New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel, published by Rizzoli on April 2, 2013, is a comprehensive listing of all the places to get your sugar fix in NYC.  Whether you are an ice cream person, a bakery person or a candy person, there is something in this book for you.  Personally, I tend to lean toward ice cream and bakeries.  The book includes some of my faves:  Doughnut Plant, Jacques Torres, Payard, Villabate, L’arte Del Gelato, Sockerbit, Tea & Sympathy, Vosges, Ferrara and Van Leeuwen. This is one of those books I wish I had written!  The book is divided into neighborhoods, so you can do a sweets tour in each NYC ‘hood!  I want to try Puddin’ on St. Mark’s Place–a shop with puddings and toppings.  There’s plenty of eye candy in the hardcover book with color photos of goodies from all the shops listed and recipes for you to try at home.

If you are in New York and have never been, the Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street is worth a trip.  I love this store.  Rizzoli has wonderful art and photography books and a great international magazine section.

You can win a copy of this fun book by entering the giveaway.  If you win, Rizzoli will ship you a free copy of New York Sweets: A Sugarhound’s Guide to the Best Bakeries, Ice Cream Parlors, Candy Shops, and Other Emporia of Delicious Delights by Susan Meisel.

To enter the giveaway:

Leave a comment below, answering this question:

What is your favorite sweet shop or bakery?  (It doesn’t have to be in New York).

For additional entries, become a fan on Facebook or sign up for my Tweets on Twitter and let me know you signed up in a separate comment.  One winner will be chosen at random and announced on Friday, April 12.  Contest closes on Thursday, April 11 at 12 PM EST.  (Rizzoli will ship the book to the winner.  U.S. residents only.)  Winner will be contacted via email, so please be sure to include your email address in the field when you leave your comment (it will not be visible to the public).  Good luck!

Contest is closed.

Kids’ State Dinner at the White House

First lady Michelle Obama is hosting the first kids’ state dinner at the White House today.  Out of 1,200 entries to the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge, there were 54 winners (aged 8-12).  Judges included White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass, Chef Jose Andres, Authors Marshall and Alex Reid, and Epicurious Editor-in-Chief Tanya Steel along with USDA and Dept. of Education representatives.

Along with their parents, the winning kids were invited to the White House to try the winning dishes.  New York’s winner was Samuel Wohabe, age 9, with Fish Fueled Pepper Rocket with Kale Chips and Quinoa.  North Carolina’s winner was Sydney Brown, age 11, with Sydney’s Homerun Meatloaf Burger.  Some of these recipes sound like they would be good for adults too.  Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes sound good, and I have some cabbage at home.  You can even download the Epicurious Healthy Lunchtime Cookbook free.

“The Cookbook Family Tree: A History of Early Cookbooks” with Anne Willan

The Astor Center in NYC is hosting “The Cookbook Family Tree:  A History of Early Cookbooks” with Anne Willan next Wednesday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.  Willan, a cookbook and food writer, is a past president of the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) and former editor at Gourmet.  The talk will explore how the earliest cookbooks evolved into modern food writing.  For more information and tickets, go here.

Call for Entries in Food Poem and Recipe Anthology

The Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center in West Hills, New York is conducting a foodie fundraiser–a poetry-cookbook–and is seeking submissions.  The deadline is October 31, 2011.

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks

Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks‘s shop hours are 1-7 p.m., 6 days a week and by appointment or by chance.  Ironically, by chance, I walked by 163 Tenth Street on my way somewhere else and remembered that I had always wanted to visit her cookbook shop.  Seeing a wooden OPEN sign outside, I walked up the steps to find a Dutch door and another door ajar.  Bonnie, who was sitting at a desk,  was incredibly welcoming and friendly.  The shop has new and vintage/rare cookbooks and some kitchenwares and interesting articles like handmade greeting cards and bookmarks.  I had read about Bonnie’s store in various magazines through the years, and now that I live a few blocks away, I am happy to finally visit.  Bonnie and I chatted and she checked out my blog, especially the link to NYU’s food library.  She showed me a copy of the New York World’s Fair Cook Book by Crosby Gaige that she has in shop, a book that was featured on NYU’s article about the library and that goes for $200.  In addition to her shop, she also appraises cookbooks.  I highly recommend visiting her shop.  It’s like looking through your mom’s and grandma’s collection of cookbooks and recipe booklets from days gone by.

Seinfeld cookbook controversy over

The Seinfeld cookbook controversy is over. U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled today that Jessica Seinfeld’s Deceptively Delicious cookbook doesn’t violate the copyright of Missy Chase Lapine’s Sneaky Chef. The court said that making vegetable purees, storing them, and using them in recipes is not an expression worthy of copyright protection but is an “unprotectible idea.” The court quoted the Reyher case: “[i]t is an axiom of copyright law that the protection granted a copyrightable work extends only to the particular expression of an idea and never to the idea itself.” Reyher, 533 F.2d at 90. This statement means that the idea of using vegetable purees isn’t copyrightable, but the way it is expressed could be. However, in this case, it was not. The court goes on to compare the books and finds that they are very different in “total look and feel,” Seinfeld’s being more “basic” and “informal,” and Lapine’s being more “dry” and “text-heavy.” The court also said that both cookbooks were laid out in the way cookbooks are laid out and that Seinfeld’s was geared to a different audience than Lapine’s.  For the court’s opinion, click here.
The back story includes: Lapine sent her book to HarperCollins for consideration twice in 2006. After rejection, she published with another publisher April 2007. Seinfeld’s book was published by Collins, a HarperCollins imprint, in October 2007. Lapine also sued Jerry Seinfeld for defamation for remarks he made about her on the David Letterman show.