Bitter Bolete, Tylopilus felleus, Poughkeepsie, NY
It’s been a hot, wet summer around here—and mushrooms are popping up everywhere. Alas, not all of them are chanterelles, black trumpets, or the more savory species of bolete. Fortunately, summer provides a host of tastier alternatives—and endless choices of seasonally- (and age-) appropriate libations.
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This month’s quotes (from On the Table’s culinary quote collection) continue our celebration of summer.
The egg creams of Avenue A in New York and the root beer float are among the high points of American gastronomic inventiveness. Mark Kurlansky
Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in the boat and drink beer all day. OldFox
He is no true fisherman who is willing to fish only when fish are biting. Grover Cleveland
In the Barbecue is any four footed animal—be it mouse or mastodon—whose dressed carcass is roasted whole... at its best it is a fat steer, and must be eaten within an hour of when it is cooked. For if ever the sun rises upon Barbecue, its flavor vanishes like Cinderella's silks, and it becomes cold baked beef—staler in the chill dawn than illicit love. William Allen White
The story of barbecue is the story of America: Settlers arrive on great unspoiled continent, discover wondrous riches, set them on fire and eat them. Vince Staten
For each glass, liberally large, the basic ingredients begin with ice cubes in a shaker and three or four drops of Angostura bitters on the ice cubes. Add several twisted lemon peels to the shaker, then a bottle-top of dry vermouth, a bottle-top of Scotch, and multiply the resultant liquid content by five with gin, preferably Bombay Sapphire. Add more gin if you think it is too bland... I have been told, but have no personal proof that it is true, that three of these taken in the course of an evening make it possible to fly from New York to Paris without an airplane. Isaac Stern
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Applying Concepts from Historical Archaeology to New England’s Nineteenth-Century Cookbooks
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Case for Eating Small Fish, The
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Cooking Pot, The
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Naturally Cured Meats: Quality, Safety, and Chemistry
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Vegetable Detective, The
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What It’s Like To Go A Year Without Processed Food
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When Taste Is a Trade Issue
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White House Orders Review of Rules for Genetically Modified Crops
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