Edible Reads: Aug-Sept 2017
You can find these books and more at Carmichael’s in Louisville or Joseph-Beth in Lexington.
Rum Curious: The Indispensable Tasting Guide to the World’s Spirit By Fred Minnick (Voyageur Press, June 2017) Hardback, $25 In Rum Curious, author Fred Minnick first takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the world of rum, describing its many styles; explaining the great variety of fermenting, distilling and maturing processes; and highlighting distillers and distilleries. He then teaches the reader about tasting rum — revealing the experience offered by brands ranging from the familiar to the unusual and obscure. A final section provides recipes for classic and innovative rum cocktails from around the world. Rum Curious is the one book the reader will need to understand and appreciate rum in all its glorious variety.
Letters to a Young Farmer: On Food, Farming, and Our Future Compiled by the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture (Princeton Architectural Press, March 2017) Paperback, $13.36 Imagine gathering the leaders of the local food movement in one room and witnessing their shared wisdom. That’s the effect of Letters to a Young Farmer. It is a collection of 36 essays by farmers, chefs, politicians and writers talking about sustainable farms, meaningful work, the land, climate change and, most distressingly, the fact that there are more farmers over the age of 75 than between 30 and 45. We are about to witness the largest retirement of farmers in U.S. history, with 400 million acres of farmland slated to change hands. Who will be the intrepid young farmers to take their places? Gulp. Contributors include: Kentucky’s own Mary Berry and Wendell Berry delivering thoughts and wisdom about the very real and demanding life of farming. Barbara Kingsolver speaking to the tribe of farmers — some born to it, many self-selected. Bill McKibben connecting the early human quest for beer to the modern challenge of farming in a rapidly changing climate. Dan Barber tracing the rediscovery of lost grains and foodways.
The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook: 120+ Everyday Recipes for the Healthy Home Cook By Laura Lea (Spring House Press, May 2017) Hardcover, $30 Healthy eating doesn’t require complex diets, endless food logs or swearing off the “wrong” food for the “right” one. The secret to healthy eating is simply balance. With more than 120 healthy and easy-to-prepare recipes, this cookbook shows how to bring home-cooked balance to your table and energy and joy to your life.