Kitchen 150

    Published on June 22nd, 2006 | by Greg


    A Lovely Phaidon Duo

    Phaidon is, of course, one of our favorite presses- always something interesting, and always beautiful. We have two to report on- quite different books, but both worthy of a careful look!

    First off, check out The Silver Spoon, apparently Italy’s best-selling cookbook for fifty years. A couple of thousand recipes divided into 14 chapters, and quite stupendous in depth and breadth. Of course, there are some problems with ingredients that are unavailable here and with some strange measurement listings, but overall the volume is well worth the $25-40. The Silver Spoon is probably the best Italian cookbook out there, with details, pictures, and loads of variations and a decent selection of menus and helpful hints. The sauce section, especially, stands out! There is no section on breads oddly, which is acceptable because so many cookbooks focus on breads exclusively, but the remaining recipes for frog (5) and shellfish (a dozen or more) and plenty of things you’ll never make or have but are fun to imagine (what the heck is squab?)

    And if you have room left on your coffee table, use it for the hefty yet light selection simply titled Shigeru Ban (by Matilda McQuaid). Hefty in both weight and price ($75, not uncommon for a great architectural book of this sort), light in its approach to the Tokyo architect who uses forms and materials in a refreshing way. Broken up into sections based on the materials used (bamboo, even paper), there are plenty of sketches and designs here that explain an approach and method better than most architecture classes! Well laid-out, and as usual with Phaidon, quite sturdy, it’s a worthy eponymous tribute.

    About the Author

    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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