From Publishers Weekly
Fans of witty, urbane cookbooks that serve as freewheeling antidotes to didactic chef tomes will warm to Zarubin's newest volume. Each of Zarubin's clever chapters tells a story, like the one in which she admits to smuggling in raw milk cheeses from abroad (illustrated with a photo of a pig's hoof poking from a suitcase). Recipes are seasonal, but Zarubin's no farm girl: her restaurant Lora was located in Greenwich Village, and this book has serious New York City flair, as evidenced in an Indian-influenced Thanksgiving feast that includes Roasted Hubbard Squash Wedges with Garam Masala. Her witty sophistication is apparent with such headings as "You buy Prada, I buy Truffles," where she proceeds to explain her luxurious tastes for Shaved Black Truffles on Toast or Pan-fried Chicken Breast with Potato Puree and Black Truffle Gravy. There is a fine introduction from Zarubin's pal and House & Garden colleague (she's the food editor; he contributes a wine column), novelist Jay McInerney.
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About the Author
Lora Zarubin, a native of San Francisco, knew since she was three years old that cooking was her passion and spent many of her childhood days cooking with her grandmothers. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, and spent time in India, which helped to form her tastes and her lifelong belief that the best food is regional and seasonal. Zarubin was the founder and owner of "Good Food Catering" in California and in 1992, she opened her own restaurant, Lora, in Greenwich Village to rave reviews from Gourmet magazine and the New York Times. Zarubin closed her namesake restaurant in 1995, and has been House & Garden magazine's food editor since 1996. Tessa Traeger is one of the outstanding still-life photographers of her generation and has exhibited regularly since 1978 in Paris, London, Hamburg, and New York. She is especially known for her photographs taken on large format cameras, many of which were published during her long association with British Vogue.