Category Archives: Cooking

The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 380 pages, 2008 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I love to cook but I rarely use recipes. When I do use recipes, they’re more starting points than strict guidelines, so this looked like something I need in my kitchen. Synopsis: What herbs should you put on your lamb? What would taste […]

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence by Amy Sedaris

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 304 pages, 2006 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A few guest spots on The Daily Show and The Colbert Report and a few episodes of Strangers With Candy have resulted in much love for Amy Sedaris (and an impulse buy of the complete dvd boxset of Strangers With Candy). Synopsis: Why […]

A Cook’s Tour by Anthony Bourdain

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 274 pages, 2001 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A Cook’s Tour has to be the worst show on television for a vegetarian to get addicted to, but I can’t resist Bourdain’s bad-ass, snarky, damn-the-man attitude. Synopsis: Lacking inspiration as well as experience with international cooking styles, Bourdain takes […]

Chopping Spree by Diane Mott Davidson

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Mass market, 351 pages, 2002 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I needed a light mystery to break up some heavier reads, and this series seems to be pretty popular, so I thought I’d check it out. Synopsis: Caterer Goldy Schulz accepts a job from an old classmate from college, Barry Dean, working […]

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy by Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Carson Kressley, and Jai Rodriguez

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover (available in trade), 256 pages, 2004 Rating: 7/10 Reason for Reading: I think the tv show is hilarious. Synopsis: Television’s Fab Five continue their quest to improve straight men, this time in book form. Each expert focuses on their area of expertise in an individual section: food and wine (Ted); grooming […]

Betty Crocker’s Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today by Betty Crocker Editors

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 576 pages, 2000 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve been looking for good, simple recipes, as well as something that covers the basics. Synopsis: This cookbook covers the basics of cooking, such as how-to’s, stocking a pantry, and picking out good fresh food. The recipes cover comprehensive groupings: Appetizers & Beverages; […]