Literary Tapas

November 16, 2008 at 9:44 am

Originally posted at Paper Palate on November 4, 2008.

A collection of small dishes from the realm where paper meets palate.

Well Halloween has come and gone and November is full on top of us now. That can mean only one thing: it’s the holidays. The time of year when Food Network will be cascading innovative party ideas and the magazines virtually write themselves. It seems almost every food periodical has adorned its November cover with turkey in some incarnation. So, what about nonholiday articles? Are there any of those out there? The answer is yes and I have some of the best for you this month.

  • Bon Appétit has entitled their November issue the “Thanksgiving Special.” The cover shows a plain white plate with herb-roasted turkey with shallot-dijon gravy. Within the pages you will find no fewer than nine articles addressing the holidays. Look close and you will find nonholiday gems like Amy Albert’s top picks for southern (country) hams. Topping her list? Edwards Hickory Smoked Virginia Aged Hams.
  • Food & Wine’s jacket features Apricot-glazed Turkey with fresh herb gravy and some five articles about the festive season. However, Kristin Donnelly penned a remarkable article about the resurgence of the old-time butcher shop under a new generation of renaissance-pioneers like Tia Harrison, Melanie Eisemann, and Angela Wilson, three lady butchers who operate Avedano’s in San Francisco. The clip includes several recipes from Chef Tia, including Smokey-Tomato-Braised Veal Shoulder with Potatoes.
  • Even the beer enthusiast’s magazine Draft has gotten into the act. Sure they don’t have a turkey on the cover but they do have a photo of David Boreanaz, and Boreanaz is one of the stars of Fox’s hit show Bones and turkeys have bones, so that still kind of works, right? No? I’ll press on then. Draft has roughly a half dozen blurbs centered on gifting time, but they also have Charlie Papazon’s intriguing tour of the Suds of Singapore. Who knew Singaporeans were such lovers of fine crafted beer?
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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."

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