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- November 26, 2012
- Vol. 78
- No. 22
Picks and Pans: Books
by Andrew Solomon |
REVIEWED BY ANNE LESLIE
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The author interviewed more than 300 families for this eye-opening look at "difference": what happens when children are unlike their parents for any of a host of reasons, including Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, transgenderism, criminal tendencies and giftedness. The son of parents who struggled to accept his homosexuality, Solomon (The Noonday Demon) had a personal interest in the subject, and his research bore out what he already suspected. While raising children who are "far from the tree" challenges mothers and fathers to love courageously, the experience can be enormously enriching and provides an invaluable service to society. "The world is made more interesting," as he puts it, "by having every sort of person in it." Now a nontraditional sort of dad himself-he has a biological daughter who lives with her mom and a biological son who lives with him and his husband-Solomon has written a brave, beautiful book that will expand your humanity.
THE LAST LION by William Manchester and Paul Reid
The final volume of Manchester's life of Winston Churchill is majestic and inspiring.
UNTOUCHABLE by Randall Sullivan
A dishy Michael Jackson biography that makes the exhaustively covered King of Pop fascinating all over again.
BUDDY by Brian McGrory
Can an ornery rooster really help a city-loving divorce adapt to family life in the suburbs? McGrory's memoir will have you convinced.
THE SMITTEN KITCHEN by Deb Perelman
Perelman is living the food-blogger's dream: She quit her day job (she was, among other things, a tech reporter) to cook, photograph and share her enthusiasm for her favorite dishes. In this first book she offers a winning case for perfecting comfort food and aiming high as an amateur: You can make brioche, gnocchi and caramels. She's now a pro, but Perelman still has some endearing lay-cook traits: She confesses to swiping and eating a cheddar bun before remembering to take a picture of the full pan.
THE TUCCI COOKBOOK by Stanley Tucci
Raised by "food obsessed" southern Italian immigrants, the actor-cook teams with northern-born chef Gianni Scappin to share wisdom from both clans: roasts, pastas, bean soups and vegetables that can become any family's faves. Also here: the timpano, a drum of ziti, meat, cheese and eggs that starred in Tucci's film Big Night.
BAREFOOT CONTESSA FOOLPROOF: RECIPES YOU CAN TRUST by Ina Garten
Contessa fans love that Garten doesn't just list instructions, she lets you in on her thinking: "Pumpkin is a great base for cupcakes because it keeps the cake moist." She's thoughtful about menus too. For a party, she likes scallops and a potato-celery root puree made before guests arrive. In-laws coming? Start with whiskey sours, she advises.
BAKING OUT LOUD by Hedy Goldsmith
This James Beard-nominated pastry chef takes her sweets seriously. Will most of us make our own fortune cookies? Probably not. But anyone (including kids, with supervision) can replicate what Goldsmith calls her career-defining salty-sweet "junk in da trunk" cookies or her banana toffee panini-and probably should, right away.
FIFTY SHADES OF CHICKEN by FL Fowler
Did we need one more Fifty Shades of Grey send-up? Or another roast chicken variation? We did! Written from the point of view of the bird (let that sink in), this parody with real and tempting recipes-by a food expert using a pen name-demonstrates that spatchcocking isn't merely a cheeky double entendre, it's also good pre-oven technique.
THANKSGIVING by Sam Sifton
A New York Times editor who used to man the paper's cooking helpline, Sifton has fierce opinions about this holiday. Among them: "You can have salad tomorrow" and "You are going to need a lot of butter." Who could argue? Favoring a few classics over fussy trends, he has written a smart, trim book of essentials, not Fifty Shades of Gravy.
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