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About the Cooking, Food, & Drinks Book Club

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Welcome to the Food & Drink Book Club!

This is your home for all things cooking, food and drink: be it questions, offering advice, and sharing your success stories (and kitchen disasters!).

We have selected a few core books, including classic food writing, memoirs, essential cookbooks and an indispensable wine guide that we think every home would benefit from. There isn't a one-book-per-month structure for discussing these core texts; instead, they will function as a springboard -- a reference library, if you will -- for any cooking, food and drink discussion you'd like to have.

The Cooking, Food and Drink Library includes:

Lydia's Italy
Lidia Bastianich
In this exciting new book the incomparable Lidia takes us on a gastronomic journey—from Piemonte to Puglia—exploring ten different regions that have informed her cooking and helped to make her the fabulous cook that she is today. In addition, her daughter Tanya, an art historian, guides us to some of the nearby cultural treasures that enrich the pursuit of good food.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle
Barbara Kingsolver
In her seamless diary narrative, Kingsolver tells how she and her family relocated to southern Appalachia after suffering through years of drought in Arizona. The purpose of the move was simple: The Kingsolvers sought to "live in a place that could feed us" by growing their own food and living among a community of local organic growers.

Mark Bittman's Quick and Easy Recipes from the New York Times
Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman’s New York Times column, “The Minimalist,” is one of the most frequently clipped parts of the paper’s Dining section. For Bittman’s millions of fans who regularly pore over their clippings, here is reason to rejoice: A host of Bittman’s wonderfully delicious and easy recipes, 350 in all, are now available in a single paperback.

Peace, Love and Barbeque
Mike Mills
In this unique combination of cookbook, memoir, and travelogue, Mike Mills, the unrivalled king of barbecue, shares his passion for America's favorite cuisine -- its intense smoky flavors, its lore and traditions, and its wild cast of characters. Included are 100 prizewinning recipes that have earned Mills his fame and fortune as a barbecue maestro and will enable anyone with a grill to achieve champion barbecue flavor right in their own backyard.

The Man Who Ate Everything
Jeffrey Steingarten
When Jeffrey Steingarten gets obsessed with a particular food, he stops at nothing until his curiosity, and his appetite, are satisfied. Whether he's combing the Piedmont for truffles, sniffing his way through New York City supermarkets in search of a ripe peach, gorging on crustaceans and mollusks in Venice, or working his way through dozens of piecrust recipes in search of the absolutely perfect pastry, Steingarten's passion for food, as well as his outrageous sense of humor, are unrelenting.

Katie Brown's Outdoor Entertaining
Katie Brown
Embrace the joys of outdoor living! Katie brings her signature charming approach to everything from ambience to cuisine, showing how to take any party outside-and make it even more glorious. From the backyard barbecue to the ideal beach afternoon, from a colorful children's party to an herb garden retreat, here are more than 110 delightful, original, and easy recipes, craft projects, and garden ideas.

The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining
Cheryl and Bill Jamison
America's outdoor cooking experts Cheryl and Bill Jamison have something big to say. So it takes a book this big to hold it all. They have put their knowledge about outdoor cooking and entertaining into one gigantic, colossal, humongous, comprehensive guide. Bursting with more than 850 recipes and hundreds of tips and how-tos for grilling, barbecuing, smoking, rotisserie roasting, planking, big-pot frying, and boiling, The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking and Entertaining is the only backyard cookbook you'll ever need.

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