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Cookbook Twins

In Uncategorized on April 23, 2014 at 3:40 pm


Our friend Sara cleverly dubbed us the “cookbook twins” and that’s a nickname we think we can get behind. While it seems like our blogging days here on The Skinny Beet are few and far between, it doesn’t mean we’ve slowed down at all. By some total freak chance, we each both received separate cookbook deals recently. Richard is writing a burger cookbook with their friend Sam (formerly of JM Curley) and Katie is writing a book on SuperFood Sandwiches. Katie is also doing the photography for both books so we are busy folks these days. Happy and thrilled for these wonderful opportunities, but crazy involved with them too. Our podcast continues to roll out, Richard just started his first in a series of burger pop-ups all over Boston, and Katie is all over Eater Boston, crushing it with interviews, articles and pictures. We’ll be updating with news on our books along the way, so please check back in soon. Cheers!


Holiday Shopping Guide for Food Lovers

In At Home, Restaurant on December 2, 2012 at 6:55 pm

It seems that another holiday season is upon us! Last week we put up our Christmas Tree and this Saturday we’ll be celebrating the first night of Hanukkah by hosting dinner, complete with all of the Jewish classics. In our house, we celebrate both holidays and for that reason, December means a month-long celebration and lots of gift buying for our loved ones. Some people are easy to shop for and others, well, they’re a bit tougher. If you find yourself shopping for someone who loves food and you’re not sure what to get them, here’s some of our suggestions, for all different types of food lovers that may be in your life:

For the Cookbook Collector:

This is for your average, run of the mill cookbook reader. You know the type who heads right to the Cooking section of a bookstore and who reads cookbooks before they go to bed. Also for the home cook who might want to pick up some new tricks, here are some books that we found ourselves turning to frequently this year:

Plenty by Yotum Ottolenghi

The Art of Mexican Cooking by Diana Kennedy

Jerusalem: A Cookbook by Yotum Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

A Girl and Her Pig: Recipes and Stories by April Bloomfield

Ancient Grains for Modern Meals by Maria Speck                                                  

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman

Vietnamese Home Cooking by Charles Phan

For the Cookbook Collector Who Want The Whole Story:

Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

My Life in France by Julia Child with Alex Prud’Homme

Life, on the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death and Redefining the Way We Eat by Grant Achatz

For the Kitchen Equipment/Gadget Collector:

Soda Stream: We laughed at these first before we ate our words because we use it all the time to make homemade sodas for cocktails or just for enjoying straight up. You can get a good one for around $100.

Juicer: We bought a juicer this year and we find that we use it nearly every morning to make fresh fruit and vegetable juices. We bought a Breville and can’t imagine mornings without it!

Whirely Pop: A favorite new addition to our kitchen, the Whirley Pop pops popcorn in about 5 minutes on your stove top. With a fun handle crank, it pops a perfect batch nearly every time. Popcorn kernels and fun salts round out the gift.

Molecular Gastronomy Kit: Fun for the food scientist in your life, you’ll be reaping the benefits of fancy foams, caviar beads and spheres before you know it!

For the Food Lover Who Wants to Show Everyone How Much They Love Food:

Cookies Love Milk Tees: They’re just so cute!

Fromage a Trois Tee: Because who doesn’t love a good food sexual innuendo

 Hot Dog iPhone Case: For the hot dog enthusiast in your life

Macaron Note Cards: Nothing says Thank you like a fun and festive food card

Vintage Apron: Harness that vixen housewife/Mad Men in you with a vintage apron

For the Food Lover Who Needs A Break from the Kitchen (Or Who Doesn’t Like to Cook)

A Gift Certificate to any restaurant!  Because who wouldn’t want a nice meal out? Here’s some of our current favorites:

Russell House Tavern, Harvard Square

JM Curley, Ladder District

Saloon, Davis Square

No. 9 Park, Beacon Hill

East by Northeast, Inman Square

Got a fun food gift that you gave or received? Or maybe there’s a food related gift on your own list – leave it here!

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