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Monday, March 24, 2014

Brassicas, Soufflés & Okra: Single Subject Cookbooks

Brassicas: Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables  Remember when people hated broccoli? And Brussels sprouts? And kale and collard greens were something only Southerners ate, but that was about it. Happily the brassicas which also include bok choy, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, mizuna and tatsoi are in vogue. But if you only know a few ways to cook those glorious cruciferous greens, you should check out this book. The recipes sound like dishes you’d find on a trendy menu— Kimchi Pancakes, Moroccan Turnip and Chickpea Braise, Smoky Kale Salad with Toasted Almonds and Eggs. While it's a shame this book didn't come out in the Fall, that is my only quibble with it. The French Cook: Soufflés I love soufflés. I just need the encouragement and reminder to make them more frequently. That is the role of Greg Patent aka The Baking Wizard , who offers up sound advice regarding the importance of separating whites and yolks, the freshness of eggs, the use of salt and suga...
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Off The Grid Fort Mason, 2014

I’ve been going to Off The Grid , the street food event at Fort Mason since it first began, five years ago . Each year the event grows and evolves. Early on there was a mostly Asian theme that linked all the vendors and there were just a handful of  food trucks relegated to  a small section of the parking lot, now it’s really spreading its wings.  So what’s new this year? There is no theme as there has been in some previous years, and the food is a little more approachable, perhaps a little less adventurous. But it’s still pretty darn delicious. Also this year? A DJ before and after the live music begins, arcade style games and extended hours (5-11pm). Here’s an inside tip, if you can’t deal with crowds, arrive between 5 and 6:30 pm before it gets too jam-packed.  I got a chance to check out a number of the new vendors and some of the new food from returning vendors. Here are some my top picks: Nora Spanish Cuisine featured a savory paella with pancetta, bacon and chi...