Category Archives: 21st Century

Bill Granger embroiled in legal battle

Australian publisher Murdoch Books, recently released two Bill Granger “best of” collections. The problem is, Bill Granger says they were produced without his permission. Murdoch says they are using Granger’s recipes under a licensing agreement and that they have been paying him royalties on the new “best of” books.

Granger’s grudge is that “each individual recipe is the result of an application of independent skill and labor, and therefore able to be copyrighted in the same way as any work of literature, photography or painting.” And, that a “collection of recipes itself is a separate, distinct work of art.”

I say, “Equal rights for the cookbook as an art form! Any cookbook is a work of literature and should be treated as such.”





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Modernist Cuisine – what’s in it for a home cook?

Nathan Myrhold and his book Modernist Cuisine

Nathan Myrvhold: Modernist Cuisine

Michele Kayal, of the Associated Press, lessons for the home cook can be had from wizards of modernist cuisine Nathan Myrvhold (Modernist Cuisine), Grant Achatz (fall 2012 release) and Cook’s Illustrated (Science Of Good Cooking, fall 2012 release). Read on.

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The Times-Picayune’s Creole Cook Book

12th edition with dust-jacket

Twelfth edition with dust-jacket

Rien Fertel, freelance oral historian for the Southern Foodways Alliance discussed the Times Picayune’s Creole Cook Book and Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans edited by Marcelle Bienvenu and Judy Walker in the Oxford American (The Southern Magazine of Good Writing) in an article titled: Past & Repast today.

Like his article says, more than sixteen editions have been published.

According to the first edition (1900):

Soon will the last of the olden negro cooks of antebellum days have passed away and their places will not be supplied, for in New Orleans, as in other cities of the South, there is “a new colored woman” as well as a new white.


… to preserve to future generations the many excellent and matchless recipes of our New Orleans cuisine, to gather these up from the lips of the old Creole negro cooks and the grand old housekeepers who still survive, ere they, too, pass away, and Creole cookery, with all its delightful combinations and possibilities, will have become a lost art, is, in a measure, the object of this book.




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Pioneer Woman premiers on Food Network

The Pioneer Lady, Ree Drummond; made famous with her blog and cookbook: The Pioneer Woman Cooks : Recipes From An Accidental Country Girl premiers on the Food Channel today.

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Released today — 40 Years of Chez Panisse

front cover of 40 Years of Chez Panisse Available today: 

40 Years of Chez Panisse : The Power of Gathering by Alice Waters and Friends, an album that chronicles the life of Chez Panisse from germination to the maturity with “archival material and photographs—menus; invitations; pictures of Alice at the restaurant and around the world, with those who have passed through her life—and interviews from public figures and cooks who have been inspired by or mentored at the restaurant.”

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Jamie Oliver’s 30-Minute Meals to be issued under new title in U.S.

Did you know that the U.K.’s best-selling cookbook of all time, Jamie Oliver’s 30-Minute Meals, will be released in the U.S. under the title Meals In Minutes on October 4th?

The “30 Minutes” part provoked some controversy on the other side of pond.

I suspect the change in title came about because advanced British cooks claimed it took up to 90 minutes to prepare some of the book’s featured dishes.


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Julia Child and Paul Child in the OSS

A Covert Affair: Julia Child and Paul Child in the OS

A Covert Affair

Jennet Conant has written extensively on World War II and the intelligence community in her previous books:  The Irregulars: Roald Dahl and the British Spy Ring in Wartime Washington; Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II; and 109 East Palace: Robert Oppenheimer and the Secret City of Los Alamos. Her articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek, and The New York Times.

Read this informative piece regarding the author and A Covert Affair at the History News Network.


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Alan Jackson’s Cook Book in second edition

alan_jackson_cookbook A second edition of Alan Jackson’s cook book: Who Says You Can’t Cook It All is now available at his website. The new edition contains more than 60 recipes from his family, including his wife Denise and his mother Ruth, as well as more than 35 photographs (some never before published). The first edition contained 45 recipes and 20 family photographs.

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Martha Stewart book released

martha stewart's cooking school cookbook

Today is the release date for Martha Stewart’s new book, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School: Lessons and Recipes for the Home Cook.

Check the “Cooking School Book Tour” listing on Martha’s website to see if she’ll be visiting your neighborhood bookstore.

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Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread

Released today: The Sweeter Side of Amy’s Bread: Cakes, Cookies, Bars, Pastries and More from New York City’s Favorite Bakery.

Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread Cookbook by Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree

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