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by Sally Bernstein

March 31, 2007
New Cookbook: Bodyfoods for Busy People by Jane Clarke. This innovative guide to eating right offers suggestions for all modern life's most common ills: from hangovers to jet lag. Jane Clarke is Britain's most respected and trusted nutritionist and in Bodyfoods for Busy People she shares her wisdom with Americans.

March 30, 2007
New Cookbook: Coffee Cakes: Simple, Sweet, and Savory by Sally's Place contributor Lou Seibert Pappas. Traditional coffee cakes, delicious new flavors, quick recipes, and more elaborate yeast breads are all here, and they're all perfect for breakfast, brunch, picnics, and desserts. From sweet morning surprises such as Strawberry Coffee Cakes or Sticky Caramel Pinwheels to savories such as Ruby Grape Focaccia or Gruy re Cheese Brioche Braid and treats such as Dark Chocolate-Almond Cake, here are more than 50 simply-can't-go-wrong pleasers.

March 29, 2007
New Restaurant Review: Robin Barr Sussman's newly updated Houston, Texas list showcases over 50 of Houston's finest places to dine.

March 28, 2007
Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program: On Tuesday, March 27 millions of DVD copies of the Academy Award®-winning animated film Happy Feet went on sale - every copy carries a 2007 Seafood Watch pocket guide. Through our partnership with Warner Home Video, the pocket guide is also featured on the Happy Feet web site along with a video about problems related to overfishing. The conservation video is also a bonus feature on the Happy Feet DVD. On Wednesday, March 28 our Sea Otter Research and Conservation program will be featured prominently in a new PBS program, Journey to Planet Earth: State of the World's Ocean Animals. The program, narrated by Matt Damon, will air on PBS stations nationally. You can learn more about the program and find out when it will air in your community.

March 27, 2007
Dean & Deluca owner buys Oakville Grocery: Leslie Rudd, chairman of gourmet retailer Dean & Deluca, has purchased the Oakville Grocery Co., according to a recent report by the San Francisco Chronicle. Oakville Grocery Co. was folding under financial stress when Rudd purchased its assets for an undisclosed figure. Known for specialty groceries and prepared foods, Oakville Grocery Co.'s three stores, located in Oakville, Healdsburg and Palo Alto, California will remain open. (Gourmet News)

March 26, 2007
Mexican Cookbook: Fonda San Miguel: Thirty Years Of Food And Art by Tom Gilliland & Miguel Ravago presents more than one hundred recipes from the restaurant's menus over their three decades, including many of the signature dishes that have made it one of the Southwest's top restaurants. From appetizers and drinks to desserts and the traditional after-dinner coffee, the home cook can now prepare a delicious assortment of the restaurant's most popular dishes from Mexico's diverse regional cuisines. Supplementary sections contain tips on buying and cooking with the various ingredients as well as information on basic recipe components, cooking equipment, and mail order sources.

March 25, 2007
New Ethnic Cookbook: In Nirmala's Kitchen: Everyday World Cuisine by Nirmala Narine. Through her travels to such exotic locales as her native Guyana (South America), Tibet, New Zealand, North Africa, India, and the Caribbean, to name a few, Nirmala Narine has scoured local markets and remote hillsides for herbs and spices to bring home to her own kitchen. In this collection of recipes and personal anecdotes, Nirmala includes a thorough glossary of herbs and spices to guide even the most inexperienced cook beyond table salt and pepper.

March 24, 2007
The 2007 James Beard Foundation Awards, the premier honors for food and beverage professionals in America, will take place on May 6 and 7 in New York City. More than 60 awards will be presented during the two-day celebration, honoring restaurateurs, chefs, book authors, media professionals, restaurant designers and graphic artists.

No foie gras! Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is cooking up kinder, gentler menus. Puck said recently he will no longer serve foie gras—the fatty liver produced by overfeeding ducks and geese—as part of a new initiative to fight animal cruelty. In addition, his 14 fine-dining restaurants, more than 80 fast-casual eateries and 43 catering venues will use only eggs from hens that have lived cage-free; veal from roaming, not shackled, calves; and lobsters that have been removed from their ocean traps quickly to avoid spending time in overcrowded holding tanks. (Mercury News.com)

March 23, 2007
New Wine Publication: Sally's Place contributors Monty & Sara Preiser are publishing Napa Valley's most comprehensive guide to restaurants and wineries called "The Preiser Key to Napa Valley." This new free publication has comprehensive listings and mappings of all Napa wineries and restaurants. For more information contact Monty Preiser at info@PreiserKey.com or 561-212-9723.

Happy Anniversary Hershey Kiss! Celebrate this 100th anniversary year with the recently issued 39 cent U.S. postage stamp called With Love and Kisses. The silver-wrapped goodness of chocolate now comes in these flavors: SPECIAL DARK Chocolate with Almonds, HUGS Chocolates, and Kisses filled with Coconut Creme, Chocolate Truffle, Caramel and Vanilla Creme.

March 22, 2007
New Traveling with Kids Article: Winter Camps for Kids by Elaine Sosa Labalme. Enterprising resorts across the U.S. are creating programs that rival the adventures of traditional summer camps.  Elaine reports on the Resort at Squaw Creek in Northern California, Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch in Colorado and The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.

March 21, 2007

New Restaurant Review: What some of you have been waiting for--the newly updated Hilton Head, South Carolina restaurant review by contributor Monty Preiser, of The Preiser Key to Napa Valley, the only comprehensive guide to wineries and restaurants in California's Napa Valley.

The finalists for the 2007 International Association of Culinary Professionals Awards have been released. Visit the links below to view the complete lists. Winners will be announced Saturday, April 14, at the IACP Awards Gala during the 29th Annual International Conference in Chicago. IACP Cookbook Awards; Bert Greene Journalism Awards and IACP Awards of Excellence.

March 20, 2007
New Food Article: The Seductions of Live-fire Cooking by Mary Karlin, who says that whether outdoors in a wood-fired oven, fire pit, smoker or campfire or indoors in a fireplace, we're drawn to the process of cooking with fire.

March 19, 2007
New Cookbook: The Ethnic Paris Cookbook by Charlotte Puckette & Olivia Kiang-Snaije explores the city's ethnic cuisine: its Moroccan cafes, phô kitchens and sushi bars. Exploring the culinary heritage of decades of immigrants, London-based journalist Kiang-Snaije and Cordon Bleu chef Puckette have solicited over 100 recipes from their favorite restaurants, along with the family favorites of Parisians from North Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Each chapter focuses on a particular country, beginning with a history of the region as well as an overview of its cuisine.

March 18, 2007
New Indian Cookbook: Sally's Place contributor Ammini Ramachandran's first cookbook, Grains, Greens, and Grated Coconuts: Recipes and Remembrances of a Vegetarian Legacy, has just been published. This is a collection of treasured memories and delicious family recipes presented against a backdrop of Indian culinary and cultural history. Ramachandran was born in Kerala, India and immigrated to the United States in 1971.

March 17, 2007
California Wine Event: Tickets are now available for the 25th Anniversary of the Paso Robles Wine Festival on Saturday, May 19, 2007 in Paso Robles, CA. More than 90 area wineries host an array of special events including winemaker dinners, food pairings, seminars, winery tours, special tastings and more. These events can be found at many locations throughout the Paso Robles American Viticulture Area (AVA), California's third largest and fastest growing wine region.

March 16, 2007

Food Styling & Photography Conference: Boston University is offering an International Conference on Food Styling and Photography: A World View of Business, Techniques, and Design on June 1 - 4, 2007. The conference features Darra Goldstein, Harold McGee, Shirley Corriher and Julie Hettiger.

March 15, 2007
New Restaurant Review: Becky Billingsley covers Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for Sally's Place as well as The Grand Strand, which also includes North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Surfside Beach, Murrells Inlet, Garden City Beach, Litchfield Beach and Georgetown, South Carolina.

March 14, 2007

New Wine Article: Need a bottle of wine for Passover? Read Don't Pass Over Hagafen Cellars by It's Time for Wine columnists Sara & Monty Preiser. Not only are Hagafen's wines kosher but they are also a quality Napa wine that will be appreciated at the Sedar table during Passover.

March 13, 2007
New Book: Sally's Place contributor Steve Ettlinger has written Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated Into What America Eats. This is a pop-science journey into the surprising ingredients found in dozens of common packaged foods, using the Twinkie label as a guide. If you’ve ever wondered what you’re eating when you consume foods containing mono- and diglycerides or calcium sulfate (the latter, a food-grade equivalent of Plaster of Paris), this book is for you.

March 12, 2007
New Chocolate Article:  Contributor Stephanie Zonis shares A Crash Course in Chocolate Fountains. Stephanie shares a recipe for Chocolate Cheesecake Minis and her Chocolate Find of the Month is Martine's Chocolates.

March 11, 2007
New Food Article: Contributor Anne Willan of La Varenne fame tells us How To Be An Innkeeper in Little Washington, VA and Patrick O’Connell’s Pineapple Skillet Tarts are included.

March 10, 2007
New Travel Article: Sleeping with Friendly Ghosts in Manchester, England: Travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray relive the past through learning the history of the Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.

Visit the Napa Valley Mustard Festival Marketplace at COPIA in Napa, California on March 17 & 18. Celebrate the mustard season and enjoy Wine Country cuisine, world famous wines, and fine arts, crafts and music. 11 a.m. -- 5 p.m. 707.944.1133

March 9, 2007
Newly Updated Napa Valley, California Restaurant Reviews: Monty Preiser reviews over 65 Napa Valley restaurants as he comments about food, wine, service, ambience and gives an overall rating to each establishment.

March 8, 2007
New Children's Cookbook: California Squisine: Healthy Food That's Fast, Fun And Squeezable for Kids by Malcolm Kushner offers a unique tool in America's battle against poor eating habits by encouraging children to eat fruits and vegetables by playing with their food. Each of the 100 recipes in the book refers to Squisine , which is "squeeze" plus "cuisine." Kushner uses food that can be squeezed out of a tube.

March 7, 2007
New Holiday Cookbook: Happy Holidays from the Diva of Do-Ahead: A Year of Feasts to Celebrate with Family and Friends by Diane Phillips includes 12 how-to and do-ahead approach party plans that span the year, from New Year's Eve through Passover to Christmas. Featuring a beautiful 16-page color photo insert, this is the perfect book for anyone who wants to take the stress out of entertaining and enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

March 6, 2007
New Wine Publication: March 15, 2007 Sally's Place contributors will publish Napa Valley's most comprehensive guide to restaurants and wineries called "The Preiser Key to Napa Valley." This new free publication has comprehensive listings and mappings of all Napa wineries and restaurants. For more information contact Monty Preiser at info@PreiserKey.com or 561-212-9723.

March 5, 2007
Crepe Suzette: Sally is being featured this month on the Vita-Mix website with her Crepe Suzette recipe.

March 4, 2007
Food and Wine Writing Symposium: Join Keynote Speaker Judith Jones, vice president and senior editor at Alfred A. Knopf, and a panel of prominent publishers, editors, literary agents and authors on Saturday, March 31 at Boston University in Boston, MA, for this informative symposium.

March 3, 2007
New Cookbook: On Top of Spaghetti...: ...Macaroni, Linguine, Penne, and Pasta of Every Kind by Johanne Killeen & George Germon is an invitation to join Killeen & Germon, the renowned chef-owners of Providence, Rhode Island's legendary restaurant Al Forno, on a sensory journey to pasta paradise. The pair are coauthors of Cucina Sympatica: Robust Trattoria Cooking From Al Forno, which has become a cult classic. No other food offers the unique, tangible, sensuous enjoyment of pasta. And with a few fresh ingredients, a little imagination, and a lot of love (for cooking and for each other), Johanne and George have been making pasta magic for years.

March 2, 2007
New Collection of Stories with Recipes: The Flying Apple Pie and Other Tales of Life and Gastronomy by David Paul Larousse comes from a chef written during his years on private mega-yachts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas. Poignant, heart-rendering and mouth-watering, the stories are interspersed with 27 recipes. This is Larousse's ninth book.

March 1, 2007
New Wine Article: Ghost Horse Gallops Ahead by It's Time for Wine columnists Sara & Monty Preiser covers the most expensive bottle of wine in the world at the time of its release. Ghost Horse is a winery dedicated to two things-- the production of world class wines, and the education of the wine consumer. Think “Spectre Cabernet” at a hefty $3,500.00 per bottle.

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