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Raising Steaks
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In Raising Steaks, Betty Fussell saddles up for a spirited ride across America on the trail of our most iconic food.

When we bite into a steak’s charred crust and tender pink interior, we bite into contradictions that have branded our national identity from the start. We taste the colliding fantasies of British pastoralists and Spanish ranchers that erupted in land wars between a wet-weather East and a desert West. We savor the ideas of wilderness and progress that clashed when we replaced buffalo with cattle, and then cowboys with industrial machines. … [read more]

Masters of American Cookery
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“Fussell’s book enters a highly competitive arena and I must say ‘Thumbs Up.’”–Los Angeles Times

“[Fussell’s] book profiles the gastronomic giants and gives 200 of her recipes inspired by them.”–USA Today [read more]

 

 

 

A Slice of Life
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A collection of contemporary food writing by a star cast of authors, including Nigella Lawson, Anthony Bourdain, Jane Grigson, Umberto Eco, Alice Walker, and Isabel Allende. A Slice of Life is a collection of contemporary food writing that readers can really sink their teeth into: one that examines the ineluctable link between nourishment, literature, and society. Represented here are some of the world’s best known writers, many of whom – like Julia Child, Marcella Hazan, and Anthony Bourdain – are well known for their alimentary musings, while others, like Roland Barthes, Umberto Eco, and Susan Sontag are better known for their writings in other genres … [read more]

 

The Story of Corn
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Like its subject, The Story of Corn is a unique hybrid, drawing upon history and mythology, science and art, anecdote and image, personal narrative and epic, to tell the extraordinary story of the grain that built the New World. Indeed, corn transformed the way the whole world eats, providing both a hardy, inexpensive alternative to rice or wheat and cheap fodder for livestock. And, with its mercurial genetic structure, it found its way into everything from explosives to embalming fluid. As Fussell writes, “Corn made the whole world kin.” … [read more]

My Kitchen Wars
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My Kitchen Wars is a war story–but the warrior is a woman, the battleground is the kitchen, and the weapons are the batterie de cuisine with which Betty Fussell evokes her era’s domestic battles. As much about hunger-emotional, sexual, intellectual-as it is about food, this fierce and funny memoir takes no prisoners. … [read more]

 

I Hear America Cooking
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One of our most revered food writers presents the rich history and lore of American food, as experienced in her travels to six distinct regions of the country. In each of these regions, readers find communal rites and tribal dishes appropriate to the ecology–each with its own distinctive flavor, smell and feel. … [read more]

Home Bistro: Simple Sensuous Fare in the Comfort of Your Own Kitchen
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Are you tired of coming home after a long day’s work to an uninspired dinner that barely tides you over until morning? Are you fed up with crowded restaurants, surly waiters, and overpriced meals? Acclaimed cookbook author Betty Fussell offers an accessible and exciting alternative in Home Bistro: Simple, Sensuous Fare in the Comfort of Your Own Kitchen. This creative collection of nearly 100 delectable, nohassle recipes celebrates being the master of your own culinary destiny. … [read more]

Crazy for Corn
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The corn-crazy author who brought us the acclaimed but recipe-less The Story of Corn returns with “the missing recipes” more than 170 great-tasting dishes that call for America’s favorite grain, including a wide variety of both traditional and creative appetizers, entrees, breads, drinks, snacks, and desserts. … [read more]

 
Betty Fussell’s Home Plates: A Shopping, Cooking, Eating and Wine Guide for Everyday

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Food in Good Season
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Eating In
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Mabel: Hollywood’s First I-Don’t-Care Girl
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