The Lost Art of Real Cooking: Rediscovering the Pleasures of Traditional Food One Recipe at a Time (Hardcover)

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Ken Albala is professor of history at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, where he teaches courses on the Renaissance and Reformation, Food History, and the History of Medicine. He is the author of many books on food, includ­ing Eating Right in the Renaissance, Food in Early Modern Europe, Cooking in Europe 1250–1650, The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe, Beans: A History (winner of the 2008 International Association of Culinary Professionals Jane Grigson Award), Pancake, and the forthcoming World Cuisines written with the Culinary Institute of America. He is also the editor of three food series for Greenwood Press with 27 vol­umes in print and is now editing a four-volume Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia. Albala has been the book reviews edi­tor of Food Culture and Society for the past six years and is now co-editor of the journal. He is currently researching a history of theological controversies surrounding fasting in the Reforma­tion Era and editing two collected volumes of essays, one on the Renaissance, the other on food and faith.
Rosanna Nafziger grew up on a mountain in West Virginia. She spent her girlhood working in the orchard, plant­ing beans, and selling pies at the farmers' market. Now she trans­lates the traditions of her Appa­lachian Mennonite upbringing to the urban kitchen on her blog, A chef, nanny, and editor, she lives in San Francisco. This is her first book.

Read Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger's blogs and view their pictures on the Penguin Community.

It's time to take back the kitchen. It's time to unlock the pantry and break free from the shackles of ready-made, industrial food. It's time to cook supper.

The Lost Art of Real Cooking heralds a new old- fashioned approach to food-laborious and inconvenient, yet extraordinarily rewarding and worth bragging about. From jam, yogurt, and fresh pasta to salami, smoked meat, and strudel, Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger arm you with the knowledge and skills that let you connect on a deeper level with what goes into your body.

Ken and Rosanna celebrate the patience it takes to make your own sauerkraut and pickles. They divulge the mysteries of capturing wild sourdoughs and culturing butter, the beauty of rendering lard, making cheese, and brewing beer, all without the fancy toys that take away from the adventure of truly experiencing your food.

These foods were once made by the family, in the home, rather than a factory. And they can still be made in the smallest kitchens without expensive equipment, capturing flavors that speak of place and personality. What you won't find here is a collection of rigid rules for the perfect meal. Ken and Rosanna offer a wealth of recipes, history, and techniques that start with the basics and evolve into dishes that are entirely your own.


ISBN 9780399535888
Genre COOKING / History
Format Hardcover
Pages 233
Publisher Date 2010-07-06 00:00:00.0
Publisher Tarcherperigree
Copyright Year 2010
Height 8.75 in
Wdth 5.75 in
Thickness 1.0 in
Unit weight 0.78 lb
Language English
Subtitle Rediscovering the Pleasures of Traditional Food One Recipe at a Time
Edition Number 1
Audience General/trade
Authors Albala, Ken
Dimensions n/a
Country of Origin United States

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    This book is a lot of fun to read. The authors have a very specific point of view, which is that time and energy invested into making food is worth it. You don't need a lot of gadgets, just good ingredients and functioning taste buds. The book is written to be read cover to cover and does contain recipes, but they are secondary to the information being provided. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who likes to eat.

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