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44 GREAT AMERICAN CHEFS COOK 160 RECIPES ON THEIR NIGHT OFF

Shore and Townsend, the associate directors of Share Our Strength (a hunger-relief organization that will receive all authors' proceeds), have come up with a more sensible version of the fancy star-chef book by asking 44 of America's finest chefs to create menus that reflect the way they cook for themselves on their nights off. Because so many people are involved, the selections are eclectic, but quality is consistently top-notch. Don't be misled by the folksy title: This is sophisticated fare, much of it suited for dinner parties. The meals are arranged alphabetically by chef, making for some strange bedfellows. Lidia Bastianich's ``Italian Dinner in America'' with polenta, braised beef, and cooked fruit precedes Rick Bayless's Mexican-flavored tomatillo-and-tomato soup and Drunken Beans with Tequila. Creativity flows like wine, from John Ash's crepes (dotted with basil and filled with a mixture of cheese and vegetables and then topped with lemon sauce) to Barbara Tropp's grape ice cream (laced with citrus zest and ginger juice). Boxes and headers provide useful extra information, and black-and- white photos of each of the contributors, and brief overviews of their careers and philosophies, add to the personal feel. Pay no attention to the old maxim: Here, many cooks make for a very rich and satisfying broth. (84 b&w photos) (Author tour)*justify no* Shore and Townsend, the associate directors of Share Our Strength (a hunger-relief organization that will receive all authors' proceeds), have come up with a more sensible version of the fancy star-chef book by asking 44 of America's finest chefs to create menus that reflect the way they cook for themselves on their nights off. Because so many people are involved, the selections are eclectic, but quality is consistently top-notch. Don't be misled by the folksy title: This is sophisticated fare, much of it suited for dinner parties. The meals are arranged alphabetically by chef, making for some strange bedfellows. Lidia Bastianich's ``Italian Dinner in America'' with polenta, braised beef, and cooked fruit precedes Rick Bayless's Mexican-flavored tomatillo-and-tomato soup and Drunken Beans with Tequila. Creativity flows like wine, from John Ash's crepes (dotted with basil and filled with a mixture of cheese and vegetables and then topped with lemon sauce) to Barbara Tropp's grape ice cream (laced with citrus zest and ginger juice). Boxes and headers provide useful extra information, and black-and- white photos of each of the contributors, and brief overviews of their careers and philosophies, add to the personal feel. Pay no attention to the old maxim: Here, many cooks make for a very rich and satisfying broth. (84 b&w photos) (

Pub Date: March 15, 1995

ISBN: 0-517-59778-0

Page Count: 400

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1995

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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