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Catching Up in October

October was a whirlwind even before there was a Frankenstorm on the way.  While we wait to wait it out, I thought it was a good time to catch-up for October.  To start, I was thrilled to be part of an article written by Rachel Swarns – In the Kitchen, Holding on to Heritage Before It Slips Awayfor the New York Times.  I’ve also been spending a lot of time at The Latin Kitchen – building up a virtual spice rack both sweet and savory.  To top it all, my sister Carmen (also my partner at La Filosofia) were included in a travel story for New York Magazine that metaphorically sent us to Norway.

If I don’t make it to Oslo, it’s because Gourmet Live’s Brazil issue convinced me (not all that hard) to go south for the winter instead, with recipes only hinted at in this gallery of Brazilian street food.  If you’re more interested in time travel – Mark Bittman seeks out the Food of the Ancients in the Yucatan Peninsula.  Of course, I could do both and makes this rose petal jam from a Venetian monastery (via 101 Cookbooks).  I only just discovered Emiko Davies’ lovely blog and all I can say is – come for the jam recipe, stay for the references to escaped nuns and the insane.  For more dreaminess, there’s Mimi Thorisson’s Manger – in particular these pomegranate meringues.

While all of these sites will be a wonderful escape, I’m aware of the limits of my ebooks and stock pile of downloaded magazines.  If my iPad charge holds out, I’ll be reading out the storm with The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel by F.G. Haghenbeck (translated by my fiend Achy Obejas).  If not, there have been many new cookbook releases to keep my offline mind busy – like Maricel Presilla’s La Gran Cocina LatinaMuy Bueno: Three Generations of Authentic Mexican Flavor, and Small Plates and Sweet Treats by Aran Goyoaga.  Hope everyone is staying safe!

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  1. Teri #

    Well I am a loyal reader and since I love to comment here goes. Having grown and lived in the Metropolitan area my whole life and now an ex-patriat it was harrowing to hear a hurricane was on its way to NYC for the 2nd time in a couple of years. The images of inundations in the subway and above ground were surreal. From family and tv images its great to see most are ok!!
    I thought I’d seek shelter from the storm images in Hungry Sofia’s blog where peace and gracefulness always seem to reign in her food writing. Anyway, beautiful title on the sisters traveling piece (a series of articles would be welcoming!) in NY Mag-looked it up. Congrats to the two sisters I’m sure readership at Hungry Sofia would like more travel stories like that one. Boring food/travel writers abound and when one is different and engaging like Hungry Sofia, readers want more and more and more. Afterall I am not the only one enamored by the bloggers writing. Again congrats to the two sisters and to Hungry Sofia in her inclusion in the other article by NYT’s Swarms, cute doggy in the background (I’m sure he/she is thrilled the master is a chef, my cats cry with joy when I make an appearance in the kitchen at dinnertime).
    Before I leave, Maricel Presilla published a Christmas recipe book (since the holiday is coming soon a shout to it) “Feliz NocheBuena, Feliz Navidad” 1994, 1st Ed.

    30 October 2012
  2. Hope you made it through the storm okay. Best wishes to everyone on the East coast.

    1 November 2012

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