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by Sally Bernstein

May 31, 2006
Interesting Bivalve: The geoduck (pronounced "gooey-duck") is not a duck at all but a bizarre bivalve that is the largest intertidal clam in the world. It is native to the Pacific coast of Washington, British Columbia, and southeast Alaska. With an average weight of 1 to 3 pounds and an average shell length of 7 inches, this clam is served sashimi style or in soups and chowders. For more information: seafoodchoices.com.

May 30, 2006
New Cookbook: Magnolias, Authentic Southern Cuisine by Donald Barickman showcases Barickman's contemporary take on Southern flavors served at Magnolia's Restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina. Following up his successful first book, Magnolia's Southern Cuisine, Barickman offers this new, expanded edition and long-awaited sequel, bringing forth over fifty new mouth-watering recipes while retaining many of the most popular originals.

May 29, 2006

New Food Article: The Language of Baklava: A Memoir "Novelist Diana Abu-Jaber shares Layers of Love, Ebullience & Cooking in her book that is as warm as melted butter between the layers of phyllo dough," says reviewer Diana Rosen. Recipe included.

Regional Cookbook: Roux to Do: The Art of Cooking in Southeast Louisiana by the Junior League of Covington, Louisiana offers easy to prepare and extremely tasty recipes. The central focus is roux, that easy to prepare, easy to ruin base for so many southern dishes. Big name chefs lend a hand, but the charming festival art and sidebars will win you over.

May 28, 2006
New Travel Book: Hiking the Grand Canyon by John Annerino is a fully revised and updated third edition of this celebrated Sierra Club Totebook. It is an information-packed guide to America's best-known national park--destination of more than four and a half million visitors annually. Seasoned Grand Canyon adventurer Annerino offers invaluable information to help visitors plan their trips, ensure their safety and comfort, and enhance their enjoyment of the Grand Canyon's natural wonders.

May 27, 2006
New Diet Book: The California Wine Country Diet: The Indulgent Guide To Managing Your Weight by Haven Logan , Ph.D. and Sharon Stewart is a well researched book that incorporates limited consumption into a properly planned and executed calorie conserving daily diet plan.

May 26, 2006
New Travel Article: Sharks in the Shallows, Rays in the Sun "In the aquamarine lagoons of Tahiti swimming with sharks and stringrays is an experience you can enjoy--and return to tell the tale," says Walter Glaser.

New Wine Book: Winewoman@Bergerac.France by Helen Gillespie-Peck is a readable biography, as Ms. Gillespie-Peck is a British wine writer who has lived in Bergerac, France for over 30 years, and a comprehensive guide to wine producing areas and their vintages.

May 25, 2006
New Food CD: Elliot Essman's Blues Cookbook Music CD has 13 songs that double as recipes for down-home southern and country dishes. The remaining song may well be the world’s only love song dedicated to cookware. Written in a variety of urban and traditional blues styles, the songs in Blues Cookbook are filled with cooking advice for such down-home favorites as chicken-fried steak, cornbread, okra, sweet potato pie, pan-fried chicken, collard greens, barbecue, biscuits, and more. Much fun!

Revised Wine Cookbook: The Vintner's Table Cookbooks: Recipes from a Winery Chef by Mary Evely is an updated and revised edition of this award-winning book. First published in 1998, it was the first cookbook with recipes grouped by wine varietal.

May 24, 2006

New Designation: May 24th has been named National Escargot Day in a attempt to create recognition for this timeless French delicacy in the U.S. The 116 edible varieties of snails have a low calorie and fat content, yet a rich supply of mineral and vitamin benefits. Snails have other culinary merits, including being versatile, upscale and easy to prepare. For more information, call 877-SNAILMAN.

Regional Cookbook: River Road Recipes III: A Healthy Collection by the Junior League of Baton Rouge is now in its sixth printing. This book features 700 recipes to help trim the fat and calories, but not the taste, from our favorite Creole and Cajun recipes. All recipes have nutritional analysis, including American Dietary Exchanges.

May 23, 2006
New Cookbook: Ajanta: Regional Feasts of India by Lachu Moorjani, owner of Ajanta Restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area, covers regions in India from Kasmir and Punjab in the north to Rajasthan in the west. Anjanta takes a tour of diverse Indian fare and provides a brief history of how each cuisine style was developed.

May 22, 2006
New Food Book: Alimentum: The Literature of Food by Issue One is a semi-annual literary journal. It is a collection of original fiction, poetry, and essays all related to the topic of food by 29 different writers such as Oliver Sacks, Mark Kurlansky, Clifford A. Wright, Courtney Davis, Carly Sachs and Janna McMahan.

May 21, 2006
New Wine Article: The All Purpose Tasting Panel by ""It's Time for Wine" columnists Sara & Monty Preiser explains hosting a tasting party, an evening with a group of 12 to 16 friends sharing and blindly rating various selected wines. The drinking, eating, evaluating, scoring, and discussing make the event special.

May 20, 2006
New Organic Food Book: Organic, Inc. : Natural Foods and How They Grew by Samuel Fromartz profiles the pioneers who sell their produce at farmers' markets and foster cooperatively-owned, local distribution networks. He deftly navigates the complexities of pesticide issues, organic production methods and the legal controversies surrounding organic certification. This is a pragmatic, wise assessment of the compromises the organic movement has struck to gain access to the mainstream.

May 19, 2006
New Travel Article: Golfing in Provence, France-Play and Stay in Style and enjoy Walter Glaser's golf recommendations, including Golf de Pont Royal, Golf de Servanes, Golf Grand Avignon, Sainte Victoire Golf Club, Golf de Chateaublanc and Golf de la Sainte Baume.

May 18, 2006
New Wine Article: Some Wineries and Vineyards are Still Pure Wine Country say "It's Time for Wine" columnists Sara & Monty Preiser. They feature smaller wineries that not only produce quality products, but also still give you that family feeling of what one might call “Old Napa” or “Old Sonoma.” Think Fisher Vineyards, Judd’s Hill, and Bourassa Vineyards.

May 17, 2006
New Food Article: Silky White & Green Asparagus Soup by contributors Marcel Biro and Shannon King Biro includes a recipe for this two-tone soup which is beautiful when served. Some people eat one color completely and then start the other, some alternate between the two, and others stir the soup to really give their taste buds a workout. Photo included.

May 16, 2006
Travel Books: These two books will add enjoyment to your upcoming travels--Motel America: A State-By-State Tour Guide to Nostalgic Stopovers by Andrew F. Wood & Jenny L. Wood, who seek out the charming, funky, and out-of-the-way mom-and-pop motels, and Road Trip America : A State-by-State Tour Guide to Offbeat Destinations by Andrew F. Wood, a tour of our nation’s long-loved roadside attractions and oddities.

May 15, 2006
New Cookbook: Culinary Mexico: Authentic Recipes and Traditions. Join author and chef Daniel Hoyer on a journey of discovery through the varied geography, culture, history, and cuisine of Mexico. Hoyer's creative collection of recipes from the vastly diverse regions of Mexico prove that it's about time we abandon old notions of Mexican food-tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and refried beans all covered in melted cheese.

May 14, 2006
New Travel Books: For summer travelers, these books are the best in their class --Fodor’s Gold Guides-Italy, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Hawaii and Mexico.

May 13, 2006
New Cookbook: The Mediterranean Prescription : Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life by Angelo Acquista offers information on losing weight, staying fit, and feeling great while eating delicious food.

May 12, 2006
New Chocolate Article: Chococeuticals: Stephanie Zonis shares a recipe for Dark Mocha Creme Brulee and her Chocolate Find of the Month is Coco-Luxe Confections.

May 11, 2006
New Cookbook:
The Itty Bitty Kitchen Handbook : Everything You Need to Know About Setting Up and Cooking in the Most Ridiculously Small Kitchen in the World--Your Own by Justin Spring features 100 recipes whether you are cooking in a cramped apartment, onboard a boat, in an RV or in a college dorm room.

May 10, 2006

New Food Article: Cooking in Clay by Betty Fussell gives us two clay pot recipes, Braised Duck with Leeks and Orange and Clay-Baked Fish.

New Beer Book: The Miller Beer Barons: The Frederick Miller Family and Its Brewery by Tim John is the definitive biography of the Miller family, who made the beer that made Milwaukee famous. Tim John's father Harry G. "Buddy" John Jr. was the last of the Miller family to run the brewery.

May 9, 2006
New Beer Event:1st Annual San Francisco Bay Area Brew Fest to be held Saturday, June 10th from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the San Mateo County Event Center (outdoor grounds) in downtown San Mateo. Contact Jeff Moses at 831-521-7921 or jeffmoses@nightthatneverends.com.

New Cookbook: Eating for Lower Cholesterol : A Balanced Approach to Heart Health with Recipes Everyone Will Love by Catherine Jones and Elaine Trujillo offers over 100 heart-healthy recipes, easy enough for everyday fare from breakfast to dinner, with snacks in between.

May 8, 2006
New Travel Article: Having Some Madeira in Portugal My Dear: Keith Allan & Lynne Gray share Reid's Hotel, part of the Orient Express Hotels, and Casa Velha do Palheiro, a member of the Relais & Chateaux group.

May 7, 2006
Foie Gras Bans: In Chicago, Illinois the City Council unanimously approved a ban on foie gras on April 26th, making it the first US city to ban the fattened live delicacy. California is the only state that has passed legislation to ban this controversial delicacy. On Sept. 29, 2004, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger signed bill S.B. 1520 into law. It bans the production and sale of foie gras after 2012.

May 6, 2006
New Wine Article: "It's Time for Wine" columnists Sara & Monty Preiser talk about the Wine Institute and Florida Finally Get it Right About Direct Shipping--a hot topic nowadays.

May 5, 2006
New Restaurant Article: Great Taste of Las Vegas: Walter Glaser reviews seven top Las Vegas restaurants: Mix, Joel Robuchon at the Mansion, Spago at Caesar's, The Capital Grill at the Fashion Show Mall, The Country Club Grill at Wynns, Daniel Boulud at Wynns and RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay.

May 4, 2006
Famous Quote: "I cook with wine. Sometimes I even add it to the food."-- W.C. Fields

May 3, 2006
New Wine Article: "It's Time for Wine" columnists Sara & Monty Preiser share Sonoma County-An Old Friend and Some New "Finds." including Landmark Vineyards, Audelssa Estate Winery and Navillus Birney Winery & Vineyards.

May 2, 2006
Great Gifts for Mom! Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14th. Still looking for the perfect gift? We've got something for every mom: cooking classes, heirloom tomato plants, hats, B&B's, alfajores cookies, coffee beans, blankets, flowers, tote bags, books, housewares, and more.

May 1, 2006
Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Mole: A Celebration of Mexico by Arlene Krasner explains a dish that can contain up to 35 different ingredients, including chocolate, and takes many days to prepare. History, recipe and photos are included.

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