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I Am Almost Always Hungry: Seasonal Menus and Memorable Recipes Hardcover – October 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang; 1st Printing edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584792876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584792871
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. Warner on July 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am amazed this cookbook isn't more popular. The recepies are knock your socks off delicious, and impressive to foodies and picky eaters alike. Arranged seasonally and sorted into menus, I often find myself making entire chapters, and I have co-opted the Caesar Salad as my own. Comparable to The Zuni Cafe Cookbook by Judi Rodgers and Sunday Suppers at Lucques by Suzanne Goin, this book is better. About me: San Francisco cook; haunts the Farmer's Market, all restaurants in Northern Cal.; entertains friends and pizza-loving husband often.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Constance Green on March 2, 2011
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This book was recommended to me a year ago by a food writer. They thought I'd find it inspiring since I was writing my own cookbook(The Wild Table). I've treasured I'm Almost Always Hungry ever since. I do not know the author, but I'd love to thank her for this rock solid book. The recipes, the design, the photography and the comfy writing style have made it one of my "go to" cookbooks. The walnut cakes and many other recipes now feel almost like their my own. The recipes not only work, but they're just superb.

I just went Amazon to order a copy as a gift and was sad to see that it's a bargain book. This is book is a complete delight. Books like this feel like that favorite shirt that you pull out for just about everything.
Connie Green
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kara Roche on February 18, 2011
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Snatch up your copies quick! This is one of the best cookbooks I own. I don't know why it doesn't have a larger audience. I can only assume that perhaps Zarubin was a little ahead of her time. It's similar in format to Goin's Sunday Suppers, but not all menus are for 6 people, nor are they all dinner menus. These recipes have been the source of some epic dinner parties at my house. Delicious! I think I am single handedly increasing the price in the used book market for this cookbook. I noticed that Amazon was no longer selling it directly, so I assumed that meant that the book was out of print. I started snatching up the used copies for friends, and when I started they were selling for around $6.00. Now, they are up to $15.
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