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Appetites A CookbookAPPETITES A Cookbook
By Anthony Bourdain with Laurie Woolever

$37.50 Ecco
www.AnthonyBourdainOnTour.com

It’s been 10 years since bestselling author, TV host and producer Anthony Bourdain has written a new cookbook, but his latest offering, APPETITES, aimed at those of us who like to cook at home and still be adventurous in the process, was certainly worth the wait.
Part biography, part tutorial and part must-have recipe driven, this book is filled with cooking tips offered up by the quintessential world-travelling foodie who, once known as the “bad boy of cooking”, has fully embraced his life as the father of an eight-year-old girl. And without leaving an ounce of his adventurous spirit on the sidelines, in his larger-than-life cookbook, Bourdain reflects the world in which he lives and he covers territory ranging from homey recipes like the ones for Scrambled Eggs and Cream of Tomato Soup to recipes from far-flung reaches of the globe such as Goulash or Duck Rillettes (a two-day undertaking) and Whole Roasted Black Seabass. Each recipe, such as the one for Iceberg Wedge with Stilton and Pancetta, is as much anecdotal as it is instructional, “Remember when everybody looked down on iceberg lettuce? When it was suddenly gone from menus everywhere? Me neither. Let’s pretend it never happened.” This makes every dish as much fun to read about as it is to prepare, serve up and eat.
With dozens of mind-bendingly great recipes, including an entire chapter devoted to preparing the perfect kick-ass Thanksgiving Day feast, this cookbook-on-steroids is as delightful to behold as it is to read. The cover art, designed by Ralph Steadman (of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas cover-art fame), is an incomparable match for the interior of the book, which is peppered throughout with Bobbie Fisher’s startlingly beautiful, emotionally-charged and funny photographs. Although I’ve never categorized a cookbook as a page turner before, APPETITES is certainly an exception to that rule. Bourdain’s quirky, insightful voice creates an un-put-downable read which, at the same time, offers a safe place from which you can launch an exotic-yet-down-home dining experience that begins in your very own kitchen.

Inheriting EdithINHERITING EDITH A Novel
By Zoe Fishman

$15.99 William Morrow
www.zoefishman.net

From Zoe Fishman comes her latest novel, INHERITING EDITH, a story about unfinished business, new beginnings and the territory that runs between the two.
Maggie is a housecleaner who lives in New York City with her toddler Lucy, amidst the cacophony of a jam-packed city and an over-extended life. When she unexpectedly inherits a beach house in Sag Harbor from her old and estranged friend Liza, she is both overjoyed and dismayed; this inheritance comes with a caveat: if she wants the house, she must also become the caretaker of the cantankerous Edith, an 82 year old woman who is, not only Liza’s mother, but is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and still living in the house.
Diving in with both feet and the restless spirit that has always dogged her days, Maggie and Lucy move in with Edith who is none-too-happy to have them. A fiercely independent woman who is having a difficult time accepting her daughter’s death, as well as her diagnosis, Edith is not the most welcoming person which is, to say the least, off-putting. But Maggie and she manage to form a tenuous bond which is rescinded more than one time before it’s re-established again. And as the women of this mismatched household continue to forge ahead in lives that are all at once exciting and frightening, their world takes some unexpected turns and they come to find that they need each other in ways they never would have imagined.
Beautifully written and emotionally satisfying, this character-driven story carries you along like a familiar-yet-surprisingly fresh melody. I love Fishman’s crisp, accessible style and the way she makes her prose dance on the page. An honest, generous account of life in all its stages, this is a book that’s well worth reading.

Mary McGroryMARY MCGRORY The Trailblazing Columnist Who Stood Washington on Its Head
By John Norris
$18.00 Penguin
www.pengin.com

Amidst this season of political turmoil and the 24/7 news cycle on steroids, comes the biography of political journalist MARY MCGRORY, one of the first women to cover Capitol Hill for a major newspaper, and the first woman to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary.
Mary McGrory was raised in Boston, a good Irish Catholic girl who never expected much from her life. But through a series of unlikely events she found herself moving from the Literary Desk at The Boston Herald Traveler to her post as a political reporter for the Washington Star and later, the famed Washington Post. Her acerbic wit and penchant for poetic prose combined to make her writing both sought after and scorned, powerful and beautiful on the page. Becoming the new voice of political journalism just as the Army-McCarthy hearings were getting underway in the late 1950’s, McGrory’s charm and intelligence led her to become close personal friends with the likes of JFK and Adelai Stevenson and earned her a place as the only woman on Nixon’s notorious “Enemies List” and as one of the women propositioned by LBJ during his tenure in the White House.
Covering politics and travelling on the campaign trail well into her 80’s, McGrory never married or had children of her own, but her extensive work with a Catholic orphanage in Washington filled that void to some degree, as did several love interests whom she kept close to the vest. Her notorious parties were attended by Supreme Court Justices and copy boys alike and her presence as one of the illuminati of the Washington political scene was legendary throughout her life.
Author John Norris’s effortless, brilliant writing is a pleasure to read which makes this timely biography hard to put down.  Well-researched and utterly fascinating, Norris pulls from what appears to be an endless stream of McGrory’s longtime friends and scores of personal papers, bringing the exceptional voice that was McGrory’s back to life on each and every page. And as you re-read her work, you can’t help but wonder what McGrory would make of the political landscape in this 2016 election of ours, and how she could have sliced and diced the powers that be in Washington into bits in a daily basis, as she did once upon a time, without spilling a drop of her own blood.


www.Dishmag.com / Issue 186 - September 2018
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