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august, 2009 eNewsletter

by Sally Bernstein

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Julie & Julia
The movie, Julie & Julia, opens in theaters Friday, August 7th.  The culinary world is delighted to see this film, based on two true stories, come to life. Warm up by listening to Sally's 1996 interview with Julia.
Summer Cookbooks
Cookbooks are a summer treat as we have time for reading at the beach, testing new recipes and shopping the farmers' markets for fresh produce.  Enjoy our 10 Best Summer Cookbooks of 2009...

  1. The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook: A Year in the Life of a Restaurant, by Michelle Wojtowicz, Phillip Wojtowicz, and Michael Gilson, tells the compelling story of a restaurant tucked behind a gas station off California's legendary Highway 1. The restaurant with soul and lots of history highlights the food and grandeur of the California coast.

  2. The Barcelona Cookbook: A Celebration of Food, Wine, and Life, by Andy Pforzheimer and Sasa Mahr-batuz, offers 200 pages worth of killer recipes and inviting color photographs. The authors have 6 award-winning Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurants in Connecticut. Now you can throw a party at home using this cookbook as a guide.

  3. Heard it Through the Grapevine: The Things You Should Know to Enjoy Wine, by Matt Skinner, is a guide for anyone who enjoys drinking wine but panics when they find themselves standing in a wine aisle, faced with a vast expanse of bottles. Jamie Oliver says, “I have learnt more about wine from Matt than anyone else.”

  4. Short-Cut Vegan: Great Taste in No Time, by award-winning cookbook author Lorna J. Sass, shows how to prepare 100 dishes full of amazing flavor and great nutrition without spending hours in the kitchen. Vegans rejoice! Lorna, a Sally's Place contributor, is a specialist in vegan cooking and a winner of the James Beard Award in the healthy focus category.

  5. The New American Olive Oil: Profiles of Artisan Producers and 75 Recipes, by Fran Gage, profiles 15 American producers and highlights olive oil's merits to demonstrate the difference it makes in food and to emphasize that American oils can be as good as those from Europe. The 75 recipes include crusty snacks (crackers, flatbreads, bruschette), savory sauces (pestos, vinaigrettes, mayonnaises), and scintillating fish, meat, and poultry main courses. For daring taste buds, there's a sideboard of desserts—cakes, cookies, even ice cream—that include olive oil as a main ingredient.

  6. Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen, by Monica Bhide (The Everything Indian Cookbook and The Spice is Right: Easy Indian Cooking for Today), provides a personal look at modern Indian cooking, showcasing new versions of her native cuisine that pay homage to tradition but also acknowledge the everyday lifestyle of India today.

  7. Gourmet Getaways: 50 Top Spots to Cook and Learn, by Joe David, details fifty of America's top recreational cooking programs for budding chefs to kitchen divas. The book includes recipes, food philosophies of the chefs running these programs and detailed profiles of each school, from weekend programs to weeklong courses.

  8. Ready, Steady, Spaghetti: Cooking For Kids And With Kids, by Lucy Broadhurst, includes 130 kid-friendly recipes from starters to not-too-serious main dishes. Sections include: Little Food, Dinner Time, Eat Your Greens, Sticky Treats, Let's Party, and more.

  9. American Cheeses: The Best Regional, Artisan, and Farmhouse Cheeses, Who Makes Them, and Where to Find Them, by Clark Wolf, gives us an in-depth look at the art and craft of cheese across the United States, and documents in words and beautiful black-and-white photographs the story of the talented and committed women and men who create this dairy ambrosia.

  10. Fish Without a Doubt: The Cook's Essential Companion, by Rick Moonen and Roy Finamore, helps us eat well and eat smart. Rick Moonen helped pioneer the idea that seafood lovers can help the ocean by choosing sustainably produced seafood. Rick is the chef-owner of RM Seafood in Las Vegas and a founding member of the Seafood Choices Alliance.
Free Cookbook Reminder
Every month we give away 5 free cookbooks, by drawing from our eNewsletter list of visitors. You could be a Sally's Place cookbook winner. And be sure to encourage your cooking friends to sign up too. Click here to register as you sign up for our monthly eNewsletter. Send us 5 friend's names and email addresses for the cookbook give-away and we will enter your name with 5 chances to win. Email: sally@sallybernstein.com
More Special Offers
Coming soon, we will be emailing you about several special product discounts and offers. Tell your friends to sign up for our eNewsletter to make sure they also receive these special offer notices. Each email will also include a free download of our exclusive international cuisine meal plans and recipes.
Culinary Tourism

La Tienda: Spain is high on many travelers' list this year. With tapas becoming so popular in the United States, people are traveling to Spain to taste the 'real thing.' For authentic Spanish items, visit La Tienda. La Tienda supports artisanal and small family firms in Spain and offers many Spanish products for sale online.

Adopt a Truffle Tree: Imagine a truffle tree plantation in France. Adopt a Truffle Oak and gain not only the exciting possibility of your own truffles but also a piece of tranquil French woodland and an entrée to the cuisine, countryside and heritage of Le Gers. We are among the few websites invited to share this gift with our visitors.

Gourmet Sardinia: We are most happy to have Gourmet Sardinia as part of Sally's Place. Since 1988 restaurateur Efisio Farris has represented his Sardinian Heritage in America with his restaurants Arcodoro & Pomodoro in Texas. He created GourmetSardinia, a line of artisanal Sardinian products, to share the flavors and the essence of this rustic and timeless island. Start a Sardinian pantry in your home today by visiting Ashley Ashoff is an American-born designer living in Paris. Ashley designs scarves, which are fun and chic, playful and thoughtful. She opens doors to stylish worlds of exclusivity to anyone willing to appreciate beauty. Ashley recently sent us a list of her favorite Paris restaurants.

New Articles


Community Supported Agriculture, by Arlene Krasner, highlights:

  • The 4th of July: with Mom's Cole Slaw and Roasted and Toasted Pasta Primavera recipes.


Travel & Food

Audio Travel Interview

  • Range Rovering to the Waterside Inn: Travel writers and broadcasters Keith Allan and Lynne Gray left their home in Berwick, Northumberland to head to the other end of England and visit Michel Roux at The Waterside Inn. This is a taste of their journey. (Scroll down to England.)

Traveling with Kids

Sally Recommends

The Grand Del Mar Culinary Series
The Grand Del Mar Culinary Series in San Diego, California offers a two-hour monthly class that celebrates food and fun. The classes are hosted by the Grand Del Mar's talented culinary professionals and themes, locations and chefs vary throughout the series, so peruse the selection of classes. Reservations: 858.314.2000. Gift certificates available.
Dave's Gourmet
In June of 2009, the National Association of Specialty Food Trade held it's 55th Annual Fancy Food Show in New York. Dave's Gourmet won the gold trophy for Best Pasta Sauce for their all new Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce. This sweet and savory sauce is a great addition to ravioli, fettuccini, risotto and more. Try some today!
California Vegetable Specialties
California Vegetable Specialties is entering its 27th season of producing endives in California, having started with 5 acres in 1983. This year will also mark the 14th season in its Rio Vista location. The company has a strong commitment to improving and expanding its production of certified organic endive as well as to strengthen its presence in the retail markets.

August Is

National Catfish Month, Peach Month, National Picnic Month and National Panini Month.

2nd Week - National Apple Week

August 1: 1 National Mustard Day, National Raspberry Cream Pie Day, Sweet Corn Day
August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
August 3: National Watermelon Day, Picnic Day in Australia
August 4: National Chocolate Chip Day
August 5: National Waffle Day, International Beer Day
August 8: Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day
August 9: National Rice Pudding Day
August 10: National S'mores Day
August 13: National Filet Mignon Day
August 14: National Creamsicle Day, Kool-Aid Day
August 15: Julia Child's Birthday,
born in Pasadena, California in 1912.
Hear Sally interview Julia Child in 1996.
August 18: Cupcake Day
August 19: Potato Day, Black Cow Root Beer Float Day
August 23: National Sponge Cake Day
August 24: National Peach Pie Day, Waffle Iron patented
in 1869, invented by Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York.
August 25: National Banana Split Day
August 28: National Cherry Turnover Day, Crackers Over the Keyboard Day
August 29: More Herbs, Less Salt Day
August 30: Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31: National Trail Mix Day

Happy August,

Sally Bernstein
Editor in Chief

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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