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The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove Paperback – February 1, 2011
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From Publishers Weekly
Though it covers the same time frame as Erway's Not Eating in New York blog, this isn't a repurposing of her posts—rather, it's a memoir with recipes, a rapidly growing genre. The premise is simple: adding up the money's she spent on repeatedly eating out for lunch and ordering takeout for dinner, the 20-something Brooklynite decides she'll start preparing all her meals at home, and sticks with it for two years. (All that saved money comes in handy when her boyfriend breaks up with her and she has to find her own apartment, but then there's a new dilemma; as her mother points out: what do you do for dates when you can't go out for dinner?) Erway is up for just about any food-related adventure, whether it's making inroads into New York's underground supper club scene, pulling discarded food out of trash bags, or testing the power of menudo (a Mexican stew) to cure hangovers. And the recipes—ranging from a simple asparagus salad to chipotle cornbread stuffing and a soy-sesame filet mignon with wasabi mashed potatoes—will have readers racing to their stoves. (Feb.)
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"Best Cookbooks of 2010" - SeriousEats.com
"Cathy is passionate about sustainable eating and living, and the fact that in writing about her renouncement of eating out in New York , she was also able to paint a vivid portrait of the many innovative movers and shakers in the food scene here, is very telling. There is much more to eating in this, the greatest restaurant city in the world, than restaurants."
-Julie Powell, author of Julie and Julia
"In total, this book is really one woman's coming of age novel, with recipes, a sort of Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cook."
-Robert Sietsema, restaurant critic for The Village Voice
The Art of Eating In (hardcover) inspired the Huffington Post's "Week Of Eating In" and earned author Cathy Erway a "Ladies We Love" distinction from Ladies Home Journal
"The Top 10 Eccentric Brooklyn Food Personalities of 2010"
"Deserves a toast."
"Another good book born from a blog [...] It is, as food critic Robert Sietsema writes in his introduction, a 'Portrait of the Artist as a Young Cook,' an insight into Brooklyn's youth culture. And it looks -- breakups, tiny kitchens and all -- like fun."
-Los Angeles Times
"Those who loved Food, Inc. will delight in Brooklyn blogger Cathy Erway's new book The Art of Eating In-a yearlong account of getting familiar with her stove."
"Erway's journey is one of a young artist finding herself, as a cook, as a member of several interesting communities, as a family member, and as a writer."
"Erway is up for just about any food-related adventure [...] And the recipes will have readers racing to their stoves."
"Most remarkable is not the fact that she made it that long without eating out [...] Rather, it's how appealing and simple the author makes it seem. [...] the author gleefully mixes and sautTs through life, making you want to grab a spoon and help. Like a great dinner party, Erway's memoir is full of fabulous food and engaging conversation."
"Follow along on Cathy Erway's culinary adventure; not to the latest celebrated restaurant, but to her own kitchen where she finds something even more important than just better food-she finds herself."
-Giulia Melucci, author of I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti
"Cathy offers practical yet creative advice for living a frugal, healthier and smarter lifestyle with her tales from the kitchen. She also shares entertaining stories about the characters she has encountered through her culinary adventures - I'll never look at the weeds in my yard the same way again."
-Heather Lauer, author of Bacon: A Love Story
"Cathy Erway is my blog Yoda, and spiritual sister in the pursuit of home cooking. For a whole generation of folks raised on take out, here's your essential new guide on HOW and WHY to rock your mealtime, old school."
-Lucinda Scala Quinn, author of Mad Hungry: Feed Men & Boys and Executive Food Director, Martha Stewart Omnimedia
"The ESPN of indie cook-offs is Ms. Erway's blog, Not Eating Out in New York. It provides listings and recaps of local events, and a thoughtful take on the alternative food scene."
-The New York Times
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Heard the author on the Michael Colmeccio cooking show on the radio.
He also praised the book and said it would be perfect for early 20s folks, who were just getting out on their own, and learning about food, and how to prepare it, etc.
It is a good book, she writes a blog, too. Basically, it is one or 2 years of her life, that she decides not to eat out any where. She lives in NYC, so that is kind of a challenge. Believe she did it in order to save money at first, but it became kind of a passion about cooking and learning so much stuff about how food is prepared, grown, etc. She also became aware/involved in 'underground' (is it the right phrase?) 'nonrestauraunts' run by other people who loved food/cooking/sharing like she does.
It is written with the intensity, curiosity of a young woman who wants to learn as much as she can.
You can hear the 'sizzle' of interest.....She writes everything down, religiously.....That is good, especially if you want to gift a young or new 'foodie' with it.
This isn't a very good review, I am in a hurry to finish the many other things I need to review, but I hope I piqued your curiosity enought to check it out.
I found this book hard to put down once I started reading it. I always found myself wanting to know more about where Erway's next meal was going to come from. Sometimes she strays a little far from her area of expertise, especially in the chapter on urban foraging, where she groups arugula with the bitter greens (yes, arugula is spicy, but bitter?) and burdock root as similar in texture to a potato (it's crunchy and chewy, hardly potato-ish), and plantain as similar in appearance to nightshade (well, they're both green, but nightshade is a vine, while plantain is a whorl of basal leaves). The last few chapters are a little dense on details, but overall, the book is an interesting, thought-provoking read.
I've been reading Cathy's blog, Not Eating Out In New York, for a while now, so when I saw that she had written a book along these same lines, I happily devoured it as quickly as I could get my hands on it. Now, if you know me well, you will know that I do love eating out. I stay far away from fast food, but I love trying new restaurants and indulging in my cravings for my favorite places (Chipotle comes to mind) on a semi-frequent basis. However, I also love to cook. I'm not fantastic in the kitchen, but I can figure out most recipes and typically whip something up at least three nights a week. What I loved about this book is that it inspired me to do more.
Reading this book made me want to cook more, to shop at farmers markets more, to find interesting and unique recipes and attempt them in my kitchen, and to look at some of my favorite restaurant food and attempt to recreate those dishes at home. For the duration of Erway's project, if she was craving some type of food, she'd just research how to make it, and make it for herself. Simple as that. Indian food? Check. Mexican food? Check. Chinese? Check. Et cetera. It was inspiring to me because so often I assume that because I've never made a certain type of food before, or because a dish contains exotic or interesting ingredients that I haven't heard of, I won't be able to make it myself. I was inspired to go outside of my comfort zone and attempt to cook new things. I loved that.
The other great thing about this book is that Cathy Erway is extremely likable. She has a casual, honest way of writing that made me feel like I was getting to know her on a personal level. It felt like she was chatting to a friend, not dictating a book. The writing style is realistic and really helps the reader get into the book. Perfect for a memoir such as this one. Last, there are recipes! I didn't make any of them (yet) so I won't share any here, but I will say that some of her most interesting meals are the ones she provides recipes for, which is very cool. It gives the reader the opportunity to try some of her experiments in his/her own kitchen.
I would definitely recommend The Art of Eating In. Cathy Erway has written an engaging, interesting memoir that will give readers a lot of food for thought (ha!). And if you haven't already checked out Erway's blog, definitely do so! She has more recipes and stuff there too.