May 29, 2008 A farming experiment at the University of California, Davis, has found that organically grown tomatoes are richer in certain antioxidants than conventionally grown tomatoes. One researcher is on a quest to figure out why.
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An accordionist leads his band at the annual Sheepherders Ball.
Roland Studio, ca. 1950. Courtesy John Odiaga. Basque Museum & Cultural Center
May 29, 2008 In the last century, Basque people fleeing Francisco Franco's dictatorship flocked to America. "Hidden Kitchens" explores their world of outdoor, below-the-ground, Dutch oven cooking traditions.
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May 28, 2008 As they moved across the mountains of Idaho, Montana, Nevada and California, immigrant Basque sheepherders cooked in Dutch ovens covered by dirt in pits they dug in the ground. Read recipes for sheepherder bread, lamb stew and Basque boardinghouse flan.
May 28, 2008 Many an organic manifesto has hit the bookstore of late, but Simply Organic is different: light on sermonizing, and neck-deep in great recipes that highlight familiar seasonal flavors. Try Asparagus and Scallops and, for dessert, the Basil-Lemon Cake.
May 28, 2008 Summertime is salad time! Try an Arugula and Avocado Salad with Shaved Parmesan, topped with a garlicky lemon dressing. Or, if you still can't warm up to your leafy greens, maybe a sprightly Chicken Salad with Fruit and Toasted Pecans is more to your liking?
May 28, 2008 Although strawberries are available year round, there is nothing quite like the flavor of fresh, locally grown berries in the spring. They are a delight to both the eyes and the taste buds and can be enjoyed in recipes both sweet and savory.
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May 27, 2008 "Worldly but not pretentious, Joyce Goldstein's book appeals to the grown-up palate that doesn't mind if it never sees an iceberg wedge again," says T. Susan Chang. If this sounds like you, try Figs, Greens, and Prosciutto with Gorgonzola Cream Dressing or Grilled Squid Stuffed with Rice and Shrimp.
May 27, 2008 Sangria is one of the great pleasures of summer entertaining; its fruity, winey buzz goes equally well with spicy dishes and cool salads. So pour a glass of Wildberry or Spanish Sangria — the recipe's on us.
May 27, 2008 With just four or five ingredients and an ice cream maker, you can surrender to the arctic charms of Pistachio Gelato or Melon Sorbetto. You don't even have to separate an egg.
May 27, 2008 Somehow, seafood always tastes better in the summer, and this book, says T. Susan Chang, is like "having your smart aunt in the kitchen, saving you from your own foolish, blundering self." Why not start with Key West Ceviche or center a meal on the Grilled Dorade with Hoisin Glaze?
May 27, 2008 This year's collection of bright, colorful, can-do summer cookbooks issues a rallying cry: How long can you go without turning on the oven?
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May 27, 2008 Rick Rodgers works with familiar warm-weather flavors and tweaks them just a bit. Try it yourself with Spaghetti with Roasted Summer Vegetable Sauce or Grilled Chicken with White Rosemary Barbecue Sauce.
May 27, 2008 This book streamlines strong flavors into bold, relatively simple recipes. Our recommendations? Easy Memphis-Style Barbecued Pork Spareribs or Smoke-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Maple Barbecue Sauce.
May 27, 2008 This wisecracking, story-telling treasury of Southern cooking offers a variety of delicious dishes. Some, like Apricot Rice Salad, have an elegant, dinner-on-the-porch feel. Others (All for Okra and Okra for All), are resolutely egalitarian.
May 27, 2008 What the recipes in this book have in common are vibrant contrasts of color, texture and taste — try Brussels Sprouts with Marjoram and Pine Nuts or Orecchiette with Tomatoes and Garden Herbs.
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