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This book is on our gift-giving list this Christmas. The reviews claim it is smart, non-intimidating and pragmatic. But, no Amazon ordering (OUT OF STOCK); which is probably a good thing, as you are forced to keep your shopping local. Click here to learn more about author and wine columnist Katherine Cole. And, by the […]

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We are very excited to announce that we have taken our online world to the streets! Operating under the name Chaya, every Thursday from 11-2:30 we pop-up at the White House Farmers Market (801 Vermont Avenue) to sell a selection of seasonal tacos (made with handmade corn tortillas) for lunch. Chaya is a restaurant idea […]

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Inspiring Cookbooks

September 25, 2012

Three cookbooks have been passed on to us that are filled with beautiful photographs, inspiring recipes, and wonderfully entertaining writing. So far, we have marked about 20 recipes to try. And, even though we have not yet truly “cooked the books”, we have already discerned that we like having them in our kitchens. Wahaca Mexican […]

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With Amy Pennington’s Urban Pantry cookbook still within quick reach on our bookshelf, we are reminded of the importance of keeping an organized kitchen and having certain pantry items on hand, especially for weekday cooking. We decided to republish this post with some advice, as it is again time for a little spring cleaning and […]

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If you are like us, you have probably dreamed of the type of cute, neighborhood shop you would open, if you could. We love this Vancouver based store Old Faithful. Their insight – “We feel that the best products are the ones that age well and stand the test of time – items that will […]

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Cookbook: Plenty

October 7, 2011

For those of you who see us on a regular basis, you know the cookbook we just love right now – Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London’s Ottolenghi. Yotam Ottolenghi is a renowned chef and author in London. He owns several “haute-couture, to-go food shops” and writes a weekly column for London’s The Guardian newspaper. What […]

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Yesterday we came across this cookbook at the bookstore by Nigel Slater (celebrity U.K. cook). Just released in the U.S., Tender is a beautiful, hardbound book with gorgeous food photography that would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift. Having a couple of his books on our shelves, we can attest that he writes, brilliantly, on […]

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What if you taught yourself how to make just one type of bread? Pick your family favorite and bake it at home once a week. With a little management of our time – and without getting too caught up in the process and technique – this is what we have decided to do (and you […]

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Tom Dunlop, author of our latest cook the book pick, offered to divulge a story about his favorite recipe in the book

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There are several reasons that you may want to buy our latest Cook the Book pick Morning Glory Farm, and the Family that Feeds an Island

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