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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

It's Time for Another Giveaway!

IT'S been a while since I'd held a giveaway and through the kindness of author, Edward Behr and The Penguin Press I decided it was high time!

booty for one lucky winner!

50 Foods is not a cookbook, but if the way to prepare, serve, or eat something isn't well-known, Behr explains it within...

Like Behr’s celebrated magazine, The Art of Eating, 50 Foods presents simple, practical information about buying, using, preparing, and enjoying. Behr focuses on aroma, appearance, flavor, and texture to determine what “the best” means for each food. He tells you how to select top quality—signs of freshness and ripeness, best season, top varieties, proper aging. If the way to prepare, serve, or eat something is little known, then he explains it (how to open an oyster, why the best way to cook green beans is boiling, how to clean a whole salted anchovy, when to eat and when to discard the rind of a cheese). Behr also names the most complementary foods and flavors for each of these fifty marvelous foods and the wines that go with them.

I've already started flipping through the book (I ordered a copy for myself, as well) and what I've learned about anchovies (and how to shop for the best selections) would have taken me several months, trips and apprenticeships if I were to attempt to learn it all on my own. Behr goes on to explain forty-nine more foods including artichokes, caviar and oysters and six different kinds of cheeses because "cheese is probably the best food,  just as wine is the best drink..."

Behr also dispenses his trademark culinary wisdom amassed from a twenty-five plus year career in food writing as he states in the preface, "I strongly believe that food tastes more delicious when it's closer to nature, something that after years of careful tasting seems to me obvious. By closer to nature, I mean made using simpler processes, generally lower technology, and without deceptive additions."

the winner will also receive a handsome,
high-quality poster

For the connoisseur at any level, 50 Foods is a beautifully written guide to deliciousness!

You can't always have the best food, but with the information in this book you will eat better every day. Knowing good food is part of a complete understanding of the world--part of a full enjoyment of nature, a full experience of the senses. 

- Edward Behr

Through the generosity of Edward Behr and The Penguin Press, one lucky winner will receive a copy of 50 Foods: The Essentials of Good Taste! For your chance to win, simply send an email to: FromBehindTheOpenTable@gmail.com with BEHR in the subject line. You will automatically be signed up to receive From Behind the Open Table email updates* and one winner will be selected at random and announced on November 22nd. Good luck!

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