Every spring, new cookbooks will bloom like flowers. But this season, two worthy volumes have cropped up from familiar names. From an evocative guide to cooking seasonally with the sustainable meats raised at dreamy Wyebrook Farm in Chester County to a strong book on cocktails (and food pairings) from a coauthor also known as Madame Fromage, this pair of offerings has a decidedly delicious local flavor.
HUNGRY PIGEON 743 S. Fourth St., 215-278-2736; hungrypigeon.com What's it like to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a chef's house? Probably just like this lovable all-day corner cafe in Queen Village, where old pals and co-chef-owners Pat O'Malley (ex-Balthazar; ¡Pasion!) and Scott Schroeder (South Philadelphia Tap
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: I'm working on a few stories featuring the best bites along my recent travels up and down the Eastern Seaboard, so more on that later. But here is one delight I'll share, as the long highway drive north through upstate Pa. can feel so bleak w
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: James Beard finalists were announced this week, and Philadelphians are well-represented. Michael Solomonov was named a best chef finalist as one of the top five chefs in the country. Solomonov's book Zahav, co-authored with partner Steven Coo
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat. Craig LaBan: I'm curious to hear updates from the Philly Chefs Conference at Drexel, for which Joy Manning wrote an excellent preview. A lot of big names this year, from Glenn Roberts (of Anson Mills) to pioneering food science author Harold McGee, not to mention Philly's own stars. Highlights?
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: The highlight of my week was most definitely the tasting menu at the chef's counter at Serpico, with so many memorable dishes. But perhaps the most brilliant little bite was a "tortellini" in which the dumpling's skin was made from
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Book: The Philadelphia Inquirer Restaurant Guide
4 Bells: According to Craig, the best restaurants in the Philadelphia area.