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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kitchen Unplugged: The Lost Art of Real Cooking Taking It Old School at Omnivore

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In The Lost Art of Real Cooking (Penguin Group, $18.95), a special kind of cookbook from authors Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger, you won't find any recipes involving boneless, skinless chicken breasts or cans of soup, or cutesy abbreviations for larder staples. Instead, this work celebrates a return to old-fashioned methods of food preparation that can be, most times, laborious and time-consuming, but also immensely rewarding: traditional, artisanal processes like culturing butter, harnessing wild sourdoughs, rendering lard, smoking meats, making pickles, and crafting cheese ― all without the aid of expensive kitchen equipment. Albala and Nafziger are appearing at Omnivore Books a week from Saturday to press the flesh. Show up and they'll sign a copy ― probably with a quill and some beet-juice ink.

Ken Albala and Rosanna Nafziger with The Lost Art of Real Cooking

When: Sat., July 24, 3-4 p.m.

Where: Omnivore Books on Food, 3885a Cesar Chavez (at Church), 282-4712

Cost: Free

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