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Appetites: A Cookbook

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I love this page, don't post a lot of the meals I make, but I have found wonderful, honest cooks there, and so enjoy knowing a few of the cookbooks they suggest I have had for decades! This was a great read over the holiday weekend and it's perfect for cozy, comforting recipes now that the weather is getting cold. As expected for Bourdain, Appetites (his first cookbook in a decade) is highly opinionated, brash, funny, profane and full of four-color photos which often focus on the messy aftermath of a feast or the author holding a dead animal. I'm not a natural when it comes to cooking (although my wife is) so when I first skimmed through some of the recipes when my wife got me this book for my birthday I was somewhat intimidated.

Bourdain's biscuits have a slightly crunchier bottom, but are lighter and airier than the Cream Biscuits.Not just because the recipes were yummy and simple, but also because Bourdain uses wit and humor in his writing.

My initial reaction was "not the best" but then as I puttered around I realized how many times I went back to the pan for more, and yes - these definitely grew on me. You know those "knockoff" cookbooks that teach you how to duplicate things like Twinkies and Kentucky Fried Chicken? APPETITES, in addition to presenting an eclectic, expletive-laden portrait of one s family s fare, is also a really great cookbook. The addition of the finely grated beet at the end of the cooking process is the key to getting that violent, almost bloody color in the bowl.

If you want a badass French cook with actually interesting yet attainable recipes, pick up Gabrielle Hamilton's Prune. His work has appeared in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he was a contributing authority for Food Arts magazine. I enjoyed reading some of his commentary on the recipes and on his food life and memories—but then suddenly there's his potty mouth coming into play, and I didn't enjoy his attitude about a lot of things—but, again, I don't think I'm the target audience here.

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