The Man who ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

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Here is a link to the first chapter of “The Man who ate Everything” by Jeffrey Steingarten . It’s a book of essays that covers everything from the science of Mashed Potatoes to the scary substance called Olestra.

The reason I love this book so much is I can read essays at random, whenever I need to get excited about food again. He is intelligent, and clearly knows what he’s talking about, but he writes so simply that anyone can understand and enjoy the topic he is writing on. And after reading a bit of his writing, I remember why I love food.

If you have ever spent time obsessing over how to get perfect ripe peaches, or why your mashed potatoes are too starchy, you’ll love this book. And on top of all this, my brilliant friend Dale recommends this book, so you know it’s good.


P.S. Did you know you can order used books from Powell’s Books, the largest independent used and new bookstore in the world, based in Portland OR? Well you can, and you’ll feel better about yourself then if you go to some super giant online store. Just an idea. :)

Char Sui Bau (Steamed/Baked Roast Pork Buns)

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Came across this great website, Fine China Girl, when trying to figure out how to spell Bau. (I was right.) I really like her style of writing, and she knows her stuff. I’d recommend it for anyone trying to learn more about authentic asian food.

Why was I looking up the spelling of Bau you ask? Well, I was writing a list of things I miss about Sacramento, and Pork Bau’s were on there. No one in Tennessee has heard of these, and they’re SO good! Our corner market in Sac used to get some delivered in the morning from a local restaurant, and I’d stop and get one for $1.25 on my way to light rail. Nothing like walking down 24th Street early in the morning with a super hot pork bau to keep you warm. (These are the thoughts that make me really homesick sometimes!)