TBT Recipe and Superbowl Idea: The Best Guacamole

TBT Recipe and Superbowl Idea: The Best Guacamole

                    What makes a great guacamole? Brian and I don’t have a single favorite, but we do like a spicy version that uses hot pickles and the pickle juice instead of jalapenos. The pickles are southwestern and as incendiary as any jalapeno, just sweeter. In...
Pickled Stuffed Eggplants from Istanbul & Beyond

Pickled Stuffed Eggplants from Istanbul & Beyond

The new cookbook Istanbul & Beyond is a magnificent culinary, and cultural and photographic tour, of Turkey. It’s beautiful to see the pictures of the food, the people and the incredible landscape of a vast country. Many Turkish recipes use ingredients we do here...
Ajart or Fresh Vegetable Pickle

Ajart or Fresh Vegetable Pickle

In 50 Great Curries of Thailand, Vatcharin Bhumichitr guides us through the very spicy world of curry, Thai Curry. And, more than curries, some of the side dishes that you would find in the local restaurants and family kitchens in that country. Ajart, or fresh...
Corinne’s Pickled Onions

Corinne’s Pickled Onions

Corinne Trang is a central figure here at Cooking by the Book. She does many things, all of them well: teaching, creating menus, helping clients. But what Suzi and I always wait for is appetizer time. Clients coming into Cooking by the Book for a corporate team...