Historic Heston: Jamie DeRosa Recalls Blumenthal as Food Historian

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Historic Heston: The history of British food made beautiful.
Although you might not have eaten at Heston Blumenthal's three Michelin-star rated restaurant, The Fat Duck, which offers a tasting menu for £195 per person, it's pretty much certain you've heard about the chef and the restaurant.

Located in the town of Bray, about a 45-minute train ride from London's Paddington station, The Fat Duck has won nearly every award possible and Blumenthal has been named GQ's chef of the year several times. Other honors bestowed upon Blumenthal include a "Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Reading University for recognition for his unique scientific approach to food and long-standing relationship with the University's School of Food Biosciences" and Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen, a title of honor bestowed upon some of England's most popular celebrities.

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The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Hot Summer Reading For Foodies

Compared to other cities like Boston and New York, Miami is a mere teen. But that doesn't mean we haven't amassed a rich culinary culture that's as sizzling as its sands in July.

Author Mandy Baca explores Miami's food scene, starting with Pre-Columbian south Florida and working up to today in The Sizzling History of Miami Cuisine: Cortaditos, Stone Crabs, & Empanadas, a book that combines Miami food, history, and culture in one tome.

People who grew up in Miami (or vacationed here as kids) will enjoy taking a walk down memory lane with the beginnings of Burger King (starting out as Insta-Burger King) and Royal Castle. Baca, who wrote for Short Order and Broward-Palm Beach sister blog, Clean Plate Charlie in 2011 and 2012, had been researching the book for years. "I've had this project on my mind since about 2007. There were cookbooks and history books, but there were no books that merged both subjects in Miami."

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Tertulia's Seamus Mullen Speaks at Book Fair Sunday: Spanish Fare for Your Health

Long before he was a competitor in the Food Network's culinary hazing extravaganza The Next Iron Chef, Seamus Mullen, chef and owner of Tertulia in New York City, was one of countless young cooks who bought a one-way ticket to Spain in hopes of landing a job as a free labor stagier in one of the country's top kitchens.

He ended up at Mugaritz, Adoni Luis Aduriz's two Michelin star restaurant near San Sebastian in the Basque region in northern Spain. Fast forward a few years and he returned to New York City and is running Boqueria, a tapas restaurant in Manhattan's Flat Iron District. A favorable review from the New York Times' Frank Bruni "sent the kitchen into a tailspin" more than quadrupling the number of guests each night. After a midnight 911 call, a trip to the hospital and some tests, Mullen was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, a condition where the body's immune system attacks itself.

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Hiroko Shimbo: Japanese Cooking with American Ingredients at Miami Book Fair International

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Faced with a longing for her native Japan but few of the ingredients found there, culinary consultant and cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo set out to find ways to meld Japanese and American cuisine to satisfy cravings for the flavors of her childhood.

Shimbo will discuss her third book, Hiroko's American Kitchen during Miami Book Fair International. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, she'll speak alongside local culinary hero Norman Van Aken at Miami Dade College (Building 6, first floor on NE Second Ave between Fourth and Fifth streets).

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Biscayne Books: Finally a Bookstore In the Neighborhood, And Book Groups, Too

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Cookbooks at Biscayne Books

There's a new spot to show off your smarts: Biscayne Books, the newest arrival to the Upper East Side strip of bistros and boutiques. The small but fully stocked shop is filled with hundreds of new and used volumes that the owner, Susan Hanna, purchases at auctions around town. Biscayne Books offers shoppers fairly priced used titles -- that you actually want to read -- organized in a much more logical sequence than you will find at the thrift store or garage sale.

The shop is a gold mine for cooks and food enthusiasts who, like us, are always on the lookout for cookbooks to adorn our kitchen shelves and coffee tables. The best part: even though it's the only book store around, Biscayne Books keeps their prices low, and we were able to take home Best of Baking for just $4.

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Get Jiro: Anthony Bourdain Writes a Futuristic, Gory Comic Book

Get Jiro -- Bourdain writes a comic.
At this point in his career, there's not much left for Anthony Bourdain to do. He's hosted television shows, acted as guest judge on others, written bestselling memoirs and novels, and has perfected the art of Tweeting. It seemed the only things left on the Bourdain bucket list would be to own a personal pig farm and write a comic book.

Enter Get Jiro (Vertigo, $24.99). This hardcover graphic novel (comic book) has Bourdain collaborating with author Joel Rose and DC Comics illustrator Langdon Foss to create the story of a futuristic Los Angeles.

In Bourdain's mind, we've become "A world dominated by food culture. Little else is going on. Sports, film, the recording industry have all fragmented and died. The nation is in the business of producing and selling each other cheeseburgers. Chefs are the new power. All desire is based on access to them."

In this new vision of the apocalypse, Los Angeles is ruled by two chef warlords with two very different philosophies. Bob is the giant corporate chef, trained in classic French culinary techniques. He's out for a buck. Rose is the mother earth type -- who just happens to feed her enemies to her free-range pigs. Her restaurant, The Farm, is all about organic farm-to-table cuisine. Both are really bad people.

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Author A.J. Jacobs: "I Didn't Know Cavemen Had Sushi"

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A.J. Jacobs attempts to juice.
A.J. Jacobs loves to take on a challenge. The journalist and Esquire editor-at-large first decided to spend a year literally like he was back in biblical times in The Year of Living Biblically, during which he wore only natural fibers, grew a ZZ Top-like beard, and observed arcane rules like not eating bats (that's apparently in the bible).

As a follow-up, Jacobs decided to learn everything he could in The Know-It-All.  In his latest book, Drop Dead Healthy (Simon & Schuster $26.00), he decided to go on a quest to become the healthiest person alive, by exploring every possible avenue, from dieting to wearing a helmet around New York City (because you never know when something heavy is going to drop from an office building window).

Jacobs told Short Order, his new memoir came about when he was hospitalized with pneumonia. "I never really took care of myself. I was that skinny/fat guy - you know, who looked like a snake that swallowed a goat. My wife told me she didn't want to be a widow in her 40s."

That's when it hit him that he should explore the world of being healthy. Enlisting a team of medical advisers, doctors, nutritionists, and interviewing diet gurus and health nuts, Jacobs' goal was to improve every part of his being -- his weight, health, sex life, posture, and longevity. In his search, he tried almost every diet, from mainstream to strange.

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Author Josh Schonwald Shares the Future of Food in The Taste of Tomorrow

Josh Schonwald is bullish on purslane.
Former Miami New Times writer Josh Schonwald isn't a psychic or a pundit, but if he had to predict the future of food (and give us a hot tip for investing our savings), he would do it in one word: purslane.

Purslane, once the bane of farmers who considered it a weed, is now finding favor as a food. Who's a fan of purslane? You'd be surprised. "Alice Waters is a big fan of it. It's native to India, and apparently Ghandi loved purslane," Schonwald explains. "It's got a mild flavor, a crunchy texture, and an okra quality. I love it with olive oil and sea salt. It's going to be the next superfood, with more omega 3's than any leafy green plant. It's very high in vitamin A and  beta carotene."

Schonwald should know a little about what's hot in the food world. The author of The Taste of Tomorrow: Dispatches From the Future of Food (HarperCollins $25.99), he has researched every possible future food scenario -- from synthetic meats to insects to factory-farmed fish. Which is how, by the way, the book came about.

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Gabrielle Hamilton: Lesbian Almost-Felon With Questionable Chicken-Killing Skills?

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We're pretty sure she didn't steal those tomatoes...
Yesterday we posted Part 1 of our chat with chef/restaurateur/author Gabrielle Hamilton, but perhaps you didn't get a feel for what a badass she really is and how she came to be that way. So today we'll just give you some good sound bites from our interview and some clips from her book, Blood, Bones & Butter.

Her first chicken-killing experience: "I was still holding its feet with one hand and trying to cut its head off with the dull hatchet with my other when both the chicken and my father became quite lucid, and not a little agitated. The chicken began to thrash about as if chastising me for my false promises of a merciful death... I kept coming down on the bird's throat -- which was now broken but still issuing terrible clucks of revolt and protest -- stroke after miserable stroke, until I finally got its head off. I was blubbering through clenched teeth."

On writing her memoir: "In hindsight, it was kind of absurd and insane. I didn't sleep more than four hours a night and probably not consecutively. I had blisters on my eyeballs from the fatigue. I was shrill and shrieky, I broke furniture."

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"Hola, Y'all," Sandra Gutierrez Brings Southern-Latino Cooking to Miami Book Fair

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Her family motto was "Hola, y'all," and for an American girl growing up in Guatemala, Sandra Gutierrez had the best of both worlds -- hamburgers for dinner and arroz con leche for dessert. The New Southern-Latino Table (University of North Carolina Press, $30) reveals her secret desire to force together two seemingly opposite taste profiles on the food spectrum. Of course, we can only assume that when spicy meets greasy, good things happen.

This new cookbook explores the evolution of her Southern style as well as the influence of her Hispanic heritage. Like many who are good in the kitchen, she credits her grandmother who supervised all cooking activities. "Nothing left the kitchen without her approval." Gutierrez spent many years playing with ingredients and easily overcame American grocery store hurdles, replacing masa with finely ground cornmeal and fresh serranos with a tin of chilies. She did fail a few times: While attempting dulce de leche from scratch, "a few cans of condensed milk blew up." She says she "finally learned how to make it the safe way." That's good to know. 

Gutierrez will host a cooking demonstration at the Miami Culinary Institute at 2 p.m. this Saturday, November 19, and participate in a culinary panel discussion at the Miami Book Fair at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 20.
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