• Blogs

    October 14, 2014

    Cindy Hutson on Her New Cookbook: "Vibrant, Colorful, and Ethnic"

    Chef Cindy Hutson has been a major player in the restaurant scene since her 1994 debut, Norma's. In recent years, her Coral Gables favorite, Ortanique on the Mile, has seen continued success while the chef has expanded her reach to the Caymans, the Bahamas, and, soon, to Brickell. The new Southeast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Barton G.'s New Cookbook: Bring Over-the-Top Flair to Your Food

    Most Miamians are familiar with Barton G. Weiss, the former professional ice skater, costume designer, and professional caterer who opened his first restaurant, Barton G. The Restaurant, in 2002 on South Beach. The combination of jaw-dropping visuals with fine dining blew minds and wallets wide open ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    Scott Conant Dishes on Scarpetta's Fifth Anniversary, His New Book, and Miami's Food Scene

    Scott Conant has a lot of celebrating to do. The celebrity chef has just released The Scarpetta Cookbook ($22.71 on, which features 125 recipes from his award-winning Italian restaurant. Scarpetta's Miami outpost is also celebrating its fifth anniversary with a series of special dinner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2013

    Miami Book Fair International: Meet Your Favorite Cookbook Authors

    The 30th Miami Book Fair International has been going on all week, but the fair really gets heated up today, Friday, November 22, when the fair turns a large part of downtown Miami around Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus into a bookworm's dream, with hundreds of thousands of books for sale, autho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Scott Conant to Host Dinner at Scarpetta Tomorrow Night

    Scarpetta at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach has plenty of reasons to party. Chef de cuisine Nina Compton is kicking cheftestant ass in this season of Top Chef; Scarpetta is celebrating its fifth year in Miami; and celebrity chef Scott Conant recently released The Scarpetta Cookbook. So to celebrat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    Ellen Kanner's Feeding the Hungry Ghost Teaches Readers on Seasonal Eats, Community & Food for the Soul

    While Miami's vegan scene might be a little bit lacking, we have to give props to the dedicated herbivores working to educate the masses on the benefits of local produce, meatless Mondays and cruelty-free cuisine. One such teacher is Ellen Kanner, blogger, columnist and now, cookbook author. Kanner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Norman Van Aken Cooks at Whole Foods Coral Gables Tonight

    Norman Van Aken wears many "toques". He's been coined the father of New World cuisine and was one of the "Mango Gang", a group of chefs including Douglas Rodriguez, Allen Susser, and Mark Militello who turned Miami's culinary vista from diners and early bird specials into an interesting and cultural ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Miami Book Fair International 2012: Best Food Authors

    It's your month, hungry literati. Tom Wolfe kicked of the Miami Book Fair last night and many great authors are in town. Some of them will speak about food during the event, which stretches from November 11 to 18 at Miami Dade College's Wolfson campus in downtown Miami. 2012 marks the 29th year the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    Kris Wessel: Florida Cookery at the James Royal Palm Hotel Is Personal

    What does a chef do before opening a new restaurant in a luxury South Beach hotel?If you guessed taking his daughters on an extended road trip, you might have gotten the same email we did from Kris Wessel. If you speak with Wessel for more than 30 seconds, you'll learn that everything he does -- fro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Julia Child Turns 100: Larger Than Life and Full of Joy

    Read also: "Juila Child Birthday Events in Miami: Pascal's, Copperbox, and the Federal"Julia Child would have been 100 today. Child, who's name is synonymous with French cuisine and uber-long cookbooks, wasn't even into food until she and her husband, Paul Child, moved to France when Child was in he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Kris Wessel On His New Joint, Florida Cookery -- And On Sunshine State Cooking In General

    When I spoke with Kris Wessel by phone yesterday, he was in the Atlanta airport eating a Crystal Burger while waiting for his delayed flight to board. I was curious about his new upcoming restaurant, Florida Cookery, at the revamped James Royal Palm Hotel (originally built in 1939, the hotel is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Scarpetta's Michael Pirolo and Nina Compton, Incoming & Outgoing Chefs, Cook Up New Menu Items (Part Two)

    Two of the plates I tried while chatting with with Scarpetta's new chef de cuisine Nina Compton (who just took over the helms this week), and outgoing chef de cuisine Michael Pirolo (who is moving on to Macchialina Taverna Rustica) were new pasta compositions that chef Compton has created for the me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Hedy Goldsmith Talks James Beard, Cookbooks, and Tattoos

    ​On Monday, the 2012 James Beard finalists were announced, leaving Michael's Genuine Food & Drink pastry chef Hedy Goldsmith the last hope of Miami taking home a coveted Beard award this year. Her boss, Michael's chef/owner Michael Schwartz, received the Beard award for Best Chef South in 2010 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    IACP Nominations Are in For Best Food Blog (And Other Things)

    ​​The International Association of Culinary Professionals has announced the nominees for its 2012 writing awards. These honors are handed out for all manner of food writing -- newspapers, magazines, internet, blogs, television shows, cookbooks. It even gives nods to the most "Intriguing Use of N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    SoBeWFF: The Festival Beyond Famous Faces

    ​You might not recognize them yet, but their names should already be on your radar. These chefs are in the kitchen every day, building the culinary foundation for future success. They bring a newfound creativity to comfort foods that we traditionally consider less than great cuisine. Meatballs, sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    From the Big House to Your House: Lifers in Women's Prison Compile Cookbook of Improvised Recipes

    ​Some women at a Texas prison have compiled their culinary wisdom into a cookbook for those on the outside. The volume, titled From the Big House to Your House, is a collection of 200 recipes written by six women of the Mountain View Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in Gatesville, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Carmellini, Schwartz, Yes. Behr, Bittman, No. Five Cookbook Authors Not at the Miami Book Fair

    I have come to praise the Miami Book Fair International, not to bury it. I mean seriously: Is there any other event of this size that runs so seamlessly and trouble-free year after year? Plus, if not for Mitchell Kaplan, a lot of people in Miami might still not know what a book is.All I'm saying is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    Jessica B. Harris at Miami Book Fair Saturday: A Culinary Journey from Africa to Miami

    Author Jessica B. Harris​Though Dr. Jessica Harris is well known as a tenured professor and the author of more than 10 cookbooks, including A Kwanzaa Keepsake and The Africa Cookbook, for her latest creation, High on the Hog: A Culinary Journey from Africa to America (Bloomsbury, $26), the culinar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Nadia G.'s New Book: Recipe for Bitchin' Lemon Meringue Pie

    Cookin' for Trouble makes us wanna play with our food.​She cooks, sings, and rocks out with her comedic brethren in her rock 'n' roll comedy cooking show Bitchin' Kitchen, now in it's second season. We had a chance to speak briefly with Nadia G. about her show, her new book and how she likes to st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    The Art of Eating is a Great New Cookbook

    ​"This is what the food movement used to be all about -- honesty and integrity -- not hype." That's Alice Waters talking about Edward Behr's The Art of Eating, a quarterly food publication since 1986 and now a new cookbook subtitled "Essential Recipes From The First 25 Years."Authenticity and simp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    The Cuban Kitchen's Raquel Rabade Roque at Books & Books Tonight

    Cuban food lovers, put down your forks and stop in at Books & Books in Coral Gables tonight at 8 p.m. to talk rice and black beans and more with Raquel Rabade Roque, author of The Cuban Kitchen, owner of Downtown Book Center in Miami, and co-founder of the Miami Book Fair.Her new paperback is lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    Hedy Goldsmith's Sweet and Salty Sides

    Hedy Goldsmith has a yen for something salty.​The hardest part of interviewing Hedy Goldsmith, the executive pastry chef at Michael's Genuine Food and Drink is getting her to break away from the kitchen for a few minutes. She's a perpetual motion machine. Then again she has to be, because Goldsmit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Five Accessible Cookbooks to Elevate Your Cooking Game

    How's your cooking game? Sure, your eating game is up to snuff, but food tastes even better when you know how it's made. The key to mastering the art of cooking at home is to become well-rounded, and that means tackling your weaknesses. In the words of Mr. Miyagi, "first learn stand, then learn fly. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Classic Jell-O Shots: From Harry Potter to a Tom Collins

    Running PressCookbook author Michelle Palm is reinventing our notion of the Jell-O shot with a new cookbook that explores the joy of consuming classic cocktails that wiggle. After friends and family were wowed by Palm's gelatin prowess at a backyard barbecue, she started up a blog, the Jelly Shot Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Will Cook for Sex and Other Cookbooks to Buy for Dad on Father's Day

    Dad will thank you for this.​Father's Day is Sunday and with it comes the usual array of stunningly bad gifts. We only assume that dad receives such terrible item as ties, cheap cologne and Izod polos because he never complains about them. Men like to eat and sometimes that means fendi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2011

    The Scotto Family Brings Food & Fun To SBWFF Today

    Lee KleinElaina, Marion, Anthony Jr., and John​​If you watch the Today Show on NBC, you likely know the Scotto family pretty well. If you watch Wake Up With Al (Roker) on The Weather Channel, you likely know the Scottos. Or maybe you've eaten at their New York restaurant, Fresco by Scotto on Eas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Michael Schwartz's Genuine Potluck at Books and Books

    Trina Sargalski​View photos from Michael Schwartz's book signing at Books & Books here.Michael Schwartz made his first Miami appearance to promote his new cookbook, Michael's Genuine Food, on Saturday. Schwartz conversed with Sun-Sentinel food writer John Tanasychuk before a packed house at Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Chef Michael Schwartz Launches Cookbook With A Talk and A Potluck

    ​As we wrote yesterday, chef Michael Schwartz's cookbook -- Michael's Genuine Food -- is finally out. And Schwartz will make his first Miami appearance at Books & Books Coral Gables on Saturday, February 19 at 7 p.m. This isn't your average book signing, though. After a Q&A with the ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Fart Without Fear Cookbook For "Low Flat" Super Bowl Sunday Snacks

    ​It's time to start thinking about Super Bowl Sunday. Specifically: What foods to prepare for the event? More specifically, and perhaps more than you really even want to think about: Is there a way to serve refried bean nachos without an odiferous aftermath that makes one yearn for the comparative ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Pâtés & Other Marvelous Meat Loaves

    ​"Pâtés, terrines, and galantines sound exotic and difficult to make, but basically they are just marvelous meat loaves." So begins the introduction to this 1972 cookbook by Dorothy Ivens (also the author of Glorious Stew; we are still waiting for her Magnificent Meatballs opus). The 229-pager c ... More >>

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    January 6, 2011
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    December 30, 2010

    The Brooklyn Cookbook

    ​​This is one of the real gems of my cookbook collection, and I'm not just saying that because I'm from Brooklyn. Alright, maybe I am just saying that because I'm from Brooklyn, but how can you not be impressed with a selection of recipes that includes Mrs. Stahl's Knishes; Dee Dee Daily's Pigeo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    California Wine Lover's Cookbook

    ​Sometimes cookbooks can do more than tell us how to prepare food. For example, a glance at the 1983 publication of California Wine Lover's Cookbook, by Malcolm Hébert and the Wine Institute and Wine Appreciation Guild, shows us just how much things have changed in the food world over the past 27 ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 9, 2010
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    November 24, 2010

    The Cracker Kitchen: It's Not Just Road Kill

    Courtesy of Scribner​This is a cookbook that I really enjoy, especially during this holiday season, when butter and pork -- which are staples of the cracker pantry- -- seem most enticing.  This is how Janis Owens defines the original, pioneer crackers:  "We mostly settled along the south ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Miami Book Fair Clueless On Cookbooks

    ​The food industry is hot hot hot. Chefs are hot hot hot. Restaurants are hot hot hot. Food networks and food festivals and food anythings are hot hot hot. Cookbooks are hot hot hot. Seems as though every chef in the world has written one this year - except for those who are writing one next year. ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 18, 2010
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    November 17, 2010

    Joan Nathan on Quiches, Kugels, and Couscous

    Photo by Michael LionstarAuthor Joan Nathan has your haroset hookup.​South Florida certainly has its share of Jews--it has been estimated the tri-county area of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach is home to about 10 percent of American Jews--so we wanted to share some culinary inspiration, especi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    The Greens Cookbook: Extraordinary Vegetarian Cuisine from the Celebrated Restaurant

    ​I picked up this book shortly after it came out in 1987. The front sleeve boasts that the collection of recipes within "truly represents a revolution in cooking." Big words, but 23 years later they ring true: Cooking with fresh, quality produce has indeed permeated American cooking - and Greens i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2008

    An Interview With Ted Allen

    C. StilesNectar Lounge at the Seminole Casino Coconut Creek was host to the Christmas-ey dessert party, Sweet Dreams, this weekend. The event featured a huge spread of sugary cakes, candies, flash-frozen ice cream, and dessert sushi, which you can check out by viewing our slide show. But it also fea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Ted Allen Tonight at Nectar

    A reminder to all you forgetful foodies out there: Tonight and tomorrow, Queer Eye For the Straight Guy and Iron Chef America alum Ted Allen will be at Nectar Lounge in  Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, signing copies of his latest cookbook, The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes. Th ... More >>

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    November 17, 2008

    Sheila Lukins at the Miami Book Fair International

    Lee Klein Sheila Lukins came to the Miami Book Fair to talk about her new cookbook, Ten: All The Foods We Love...And 10 Recipes For Each. It’s a nifty concept that covers steaks, stews, burgers, roasted chickens, chops, chocolate -- 32 categories in all. I sat down with Sheila at the Fair before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    Wanted: Conch Fritter Recipe For Cookbook

    I recently received an email from the New York publisher of an upcoming cookbook featuring American recipes and accompanying backstories from all 50 states. The writer is a well known cookbook author and longtime food columnist for a major publication, and it seems as though she isn’t happy with ... More >>

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    May 22, 2008

    Nino Pernetti

    Caffé Abbracci

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    February 23, 2006

    Tin Chefs

    The disconnect between a culinary student's white-collar dreams and the restaurant world's blue-collar reality

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    March 16, 2000
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    January 13, 2000

    Side Dish

    Take her to B.E.D.

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    December 9, 1999


    Cooked Up in Miami

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