Synopses & Reviews
Everybody talks about eating seasonally. But thats easier to accomplish in summer, when sampling natures bounty is as simple as a trip to the local greenmarket. Being a consummate (and truly seasonal) cold-weather cook takes real creativityand a deep enthusiasm for the fortifying pleasures of the autumn and wintertime table.
Anne Bramley has both. The host of the hit podcast Eat Feed heads straight to the kitchen when temperatures plungeeager to share her passion for food that will stoke your fire through all the months when the body craves warmth and the soul hungers for conviviality.
Going well beyond cookbooks that focus solely on the holidays, Eat Feed Autumn Winter finds reason to celebrate throughout the years twilit time. After helping you stock your pantry, Bramley presents meals to sustain you from the first chilly evenings of fall through the lengthening days that herald spring. With menus for enjoying the autumn harvest (Wheat Berry and Fig Salad, Feta-Olive Phyllo Cigars), celebrating the winter solstice (Lambswool Punch, Yule Log Cake), and warming up après ski (Onion Rösti, Cheese Fondue), the book is a cornucopianot just of delectable recipes but also of imaginative ideas for cold-weather entertaining.
"Beautifully designed and filled with Rupp's elegantly enticing photos, this book based on Bramley's 'Eat Feed' podcast on Slate features an excellent and timely premise: cooking seasonally and locally during the cold months of the year. Bramley points out that 'in summer hordes of cooks and noncooks alike flock to their local farmers' markets.... But after these markets... disappear for winter... eager eaters displace their enthusiasm for the seasonal with excuses about ease.' Intriguing, comforting recipes such as Chicken Breasts with Pumpkin Seed Filling and Butternut Sauce and Beet Fries with Blue Cheese Sauce could inspire readers as intended. The book is divided by menus rather than meals, and finding an appropriate recipe in such menus as 'guy fawkes' and 'highlands hogmanay' can be a challenge. There are many gems to be found, however, like Chocolate Beef Stew with Butternut Squash and Amaranth, or Honey-Ginger Carrot and Parsnip Latkes with Crme Fraiche, among many delicious fall and winter dishes and it's a lovely-looking addition to a collection." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Anne Bramley is the founder and host of the internationally acclaimed food podcast Eat Feed, named one of the top podcasts of 2005 by Slate. She has been featured on BBC and NPR radio programs, as well as in numerous newspapers, websites, and blogs. A scholar of Renaissance food and literature at the University of Chicago, Bramley lives with her husband and daughter. Hear her podcasts at www.eatfeed.com.
Tina Rupp is a New Yorkbased photographer who specializes in photographing food and children. Her work can be found regularly in Food & Wine, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and Parenting magazines.