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101 Classic Cookbooks

101 Classic Cookbooks

If you’re a cookbook aficionado, dig into the new 101 Classic Cookbooks, 501 Classic Recipes ($50/Rizzoli International). Florence Fabricant, William Grimes, Judith Jones, and Alice Waters are among those who made selections from The Fales Library Food Studies collection, the largest of its kind in the US. The book first explores the 101 stars—from Fannie Farmer’s The Boston Cooking School Cook Book to Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry Cookbook—then opens up into the recipes. But most compelling are the insightful essays on the authors of these books, who truly inspired and revolutionized the way we eat.

Asparagus

In Season

Asparagus

Spring = asparagus, so start planning how you’re going to use this gorgeous mostly green, but also white or purple stalk. Whether you prefer the stalks fat, pencil-thin, or  somewhere in the middle, their sweet grassy flavor tastes great roasted and dressed in a vinaigrette, steamed, boiled (particularly the purple ones), stir-fried, or turned into soup. Just be sure to use them quickly: Snap off the fibrous, tough ends; peel the white ones (not necessary with green or purple); and don’t overcook.

 

Shanti's KitchenCausing a Stir

Shanti’s Kitchen

Even if you don’t want to make it yourself, soup doesn’t have to come from a can—just ask caterer Shanti Claydon. She has some 70 varieties, based on local, organic products. The soups—like North African vegetable, Italian cannellini bean, and watermelon gazpacho—are all vegan and usually gluten-free. They’re sold in quart-size jars for $10, but you’ll get a dollar back when you return the jar. Find her at the Little Italy Mercato and Leucadia farmers market. shantiskitchen.com

 

H MartNow Open

H Mart

San Diego’s Asian market options just grew exponentially larger with the arrival of H Mart in Mira Mesa. The sprawling Asian market is part of a Korean-oriented chain launched in the late ‘80s in Queens, New York. The name was shortened awhile back from Han Ah Reum, which means “one arm full of groceries.” Your cart will runneth over with items from the bountiful produce department, an oceanic seafood department, and aisles featuring bean paste, miso seaweed, and fish cakes. 9440 Mira Mesa Boulevard

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