I had the privilege of listening to the lovely, brilliant and beautiful Georgia Pellegrini speak on a panel at Blogher Food 2010. Afterwords we chatted for a bit and Georgia was kind enough to give me a signed copy of her book, Food Heroes: 16 Culinary Artisans Preserving Tradition.
I promptly devoured this book and highly recommend it to all folks that are interested in where our food comes from, along with great writing (and recipes too!). This tome of stories is a true treasure.
Reading her book (which I could not put down by the way), brought me back to the days when I had time to read the New Yorker. Her writing is of that caliber and equally riveting.
This world traveler/professional chef (she attended the French Culinary Institute in NYC) is the female version of Michael Pollan, with an extra helping of hands on food experience. She worked at the renowned Gramercy Tavern after attending Harvard and working on Wall Street. What a life!
Pellegrini seems to have her heart in the living history of food. This comes through in her love of storytelling and her experiences with her very own food heroes (who might just become your food heroes as well; these are some pretty amazing people). Throughout the book fascinating characters are interwoven with compelling facts. And let’s not forget about the recipes.
How is the book set up? In each chapter, Pellegrini writes about one of her food heroes and the food this person is cultivating. At the end of each of these chapters are a couple of recipes (using foods from that chapter). The result? A collection of Pellegrini’s uniquely personal recipes that is both useful and inspiring.
If you are looking for the perfect Christmas gift for any of your food loving friends, this is it!
I am giving away a copy of Pellegrini’s book to one lucky winner! To be entered into the contest for this freebie, just leave a comment below about your favorite food hero before Thursday, December 9th at midnight. This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere and I will select the winner at random.
Update: this giveaway is now over and the winner was Christine!
In conclusion I’d like to share an interview that Jennifer from Savoring The Thyme posted recently on Babble.com; she also posted a couple recipes from [cookbook1] including my Chocolate Chip Scones and Chocolate Cake with Fluffy Marshmallow Frosting. Thanks Jennifer!