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Marcus Off Duty Nominated for a James Beard Award

By Becca Cory | March 24, 2015

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Off  Duty Cover

Exciting news: my latest cookbook, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home, was just nominated for a James Beard Award! It is such an honor to see this book, full inspiration from friends and family and my reflections on chasing flavors, recognized by an organization as celebrated as the James Beard Foundation.

The nominations were announced this morning; Marcus Off Duty is one of three nominees in the General Cooking category. The full list of James Beard Foundation Book Awards nominees is below.

 

 

2015 James Beard Foundation Book Awards

For books published in English in 2014. Winners will be announced on April 24, 2015 at the Book,Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner on April 24th at Pier Sixty here in New York.

American Cooking

Heritage
Sean Brock
(Artisan)

The New England Kitchen: Fresh Takes on Seasonal Recipes
Erin Byers Murray and Jeremy Sewall
(Rizzoli New York)

Texas on the Table: People, Places, and Recipes Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State
Terry Thompson-Anderson
(University of Texas Press)

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Baking and Dessert

Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere
Dorie Greenspan
(Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Della Fattoria Bread: 63 Foolproof Recipes for Yeasted, Enriched & Naturally Leavened Breads
Kathleen Weber
(Artisan)

Flavor Flours: A New Way to Bake with Teff, Buckwheat, Sorghum, Other Whole & Ancient Grains, Nuts & Non-Wheat Flours
Alice Medrich
(Artisan)

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Beverage

Death & Co: Modern Classic Cocktails, with More than 500 Recipes
Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan
(Ten Speed Press)

Liquid Intelligence: The Art and Science of the Perfect Cocktail
Dave Arnold
(W. W. Norton & Company)

Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes
Talia Baiocchi
(Ten Speed Press)

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Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Bar Tartine: Techniques & Recipes
Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns
(Chronicle Books)

Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef
Massimo Bottura
(Phaidon Press)

Relæ: A Book of Ideas
Christian F. Puglisi
(Ten Speed Press)

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Focus on Health

A Change of Appetite: Where Healthy Meets Delicious
Diana Henry
(Mitchell Beazley)

Cooking Light Mad Delicious: The Science of Making Healthy Food Taste Amazing
Keith Schroeder
(Oxmoor House)

Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans
Henry Fong and Michelle Tam
(Andrews McMeel Publishing)

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General Cooking

The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking
Faith Durand and Sara Kate Gillingham
(Clarkson Potter)

Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home
Marcus Samuelsson
(Rux Martin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Saveur: The New Classics Cookbook
The Editors of Saveur
(Weldon Owen)

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International

The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History
Ana Sofía Peláez
(St. Martin’s Press)

My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories
David Lebovitz
(Ten Speed Press)

Yucatán: Recipes from a Culinary Expedition
David Sterling
(University of Texas Press)

Photography

In Her Kitchen: Stories and Recipes from Grandmas Around the World
Gabriele Galimberti
(Clarkson Potter)

A New Napa Cuisine
Photographer: Jen Munkvold and Taylor Peden
(Ten Speed Press)

Sherry: A Modern Guide to the Wine World’s Best-Kept Secret, with Cocktails and Recipes
Photographer: Ed Anderson
(Ten Speed Press)

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Reference and Scholarship

Butchering Poultry, Rabbit, Lamb, Goat, and Pork: The Comprehensive Photographic Guide to Humane Slaughtering and Butchering
Adam Danforth
(Storey Publishing)

Inventing Baby Food: Taste, Health, and the Industrialization of the American Diet
Amy Bentley
(University of California Press)

The Spice & Herb Bible (Third Edition)
Ian and Kate Hemphill
(Robert Rose)

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Single Subject

Bitter: A Taste of the World’s Most Dangerous Flavor, with Recipes
Jennifer McLagan
(Ten Speed Press)

Charcutería: The Soul of Spain
Jeffrey Weiss
(Agate Surrey)

Egg: A Culinary Exploration of the World’s Most Versatile Ingredient
Michael Ruhlman
(Little, Brown and Company)

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Vegetable Focused and Vegetarian

At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well
Amy Chaplin
(Roost Books)

Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi
Yotam Ottolenghi
(Ten Speed Press)

Vegetarian Dinner Parties: 150 Meatless Meals Good Enough to Serve to Company
Mark Scarbrough and Bruce Weinstein
(Rodale Books)

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Writing and Literature

The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food
Ted Genoways
(HarperCollins Publishers)

The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu
Dan Jurafsky
(W. W. Norton & Company)

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food
Dan Barber
(Penguin Press)

The winner of the Cookbook of the Year Award and the Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee will be announced on April 24, 2015.

 

 

 

Chasing FlavorsTips

Coconut Macaroons, 5 Ways

By Ashley Beck | August 6, 2013

coconut macaroons

With all the French macaron hype, coconut macaroons (Congolais in France) have been left in their almond flour dust. However, these gooey, chewy, coconut-y treats are just as delectable and way easier to make. And just like their French buttercream-filled counterparts, they can be flavored anyway you like it.  One of the many things my meins mideg (Armenian for grandmother) taught me was how to transform leftovers and not to waste what we have.

Her leftovers-in-a-cookie-or-boereg (traditionally a cheese and herb filled phyllo dough parcel)  ideas don’t always work, but when they do, they are magic. And like magic, it’s impossible to figure out how it happened (because, of course, she can never remember what bits and pieces she put in it).  This idea of resourcefulness is a practice instilled in her by her mother, as they, like many immigrant families, had to make use of every bit they bought. To me, her tendencies to continue to use this “waste not, want not” mentality is not only about being economical, it’s about keeping the memories of her mother alive by making these thrifty ideas part of our family’s traditions. Read More

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Discovering the Food Scene in Oakland, CA

By Ashley Beck | July 1, 2013

On Marcus’s recent trip to the Bay Area, he was inspired by the local cuisines hitting the Pacific coast, and the oscillating art and rhythm of it all. From great chefs like Michael Chiarello all the way to the Mom-and-Pop shop that inspires with news ideas and a passion for food, Marcus made sure to hit all corners of the Oakland food scene (and a bit of San Francisco) in order to experience what the Bay has to offer. In his search were a couple of new places as well as some that have made the area a culinary gold mine for years. Read More

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The Modern Pantry: Tin Mustard

By Ashley Beck | June 11, 2013

Tin Dizdarevic, creator of Tin mustard

With a need for an accoutrement to a charcuterie board during service, Tin Dizdarevic, a Colicchio vet, quickly improvised and came up with this “caviar pop” grainy mustard. With simple, natural ingredients to back it up, the texture is really what makes this condiment shine in an array of dishes.

A great partner to its original mate, charcuterie, Tin Mustard is also great in vinaigrettes, on grilled meats or an all-American hot dog. Add it to this grilled sausage and pepper sandwich or a healthy and simple green salad with shake and pour vinaigrette (made) in a jar. They guarantee it’s so good, you can even eat it solo from the spoon. Let’s just say, Tin has taken The Mustard Revolution to a whole new level. Read More

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The Modern Pantry: Marshall’s Haute Sauce

By Ashley Beck | June 5, 2013

Sarah and her husband at the Farmer's Market

 

Sarah and her husband at the Farmer's Market

Sarah and her husband at the Farmer’s Market

“We bring sauce to the people” and man do they ever! With sauces like Habanero Carrot Curry, Red Chili Lime and Serrano Ginger Lemongrass this husband and wife team, located in Portland, Oregon, have created a sauce generation like no other. Inspired by her mother’s canning ways, Sarah has kept the tradition alive. These sauces are the perfect example of How To Eat Locally in the Winter or anytime for that matter. And it all started with the intent to bring the freshest ingredients together and pour them all over your favorite dishes. Read More

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Creating Personal Spice Blends

By Carla Williams | October 9, 2012

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Photo: Alaskan Dude

Few things reflect the nitty-gritty of culinary culture like the spices cooks blend together in the privacy of their kitchens. These personalized creations are the hallmark of a cook, even as far back as medieval times when there were reported to be almost as many variations of  an intriguing blend “poudre fine,” aka fine powder, as there were cooks. I recently attended a luncheon with Anne Willan of La Varenne fame in celebration of her latest book, The Cookbook Library, which traces recipes from medieval times to the beginning of the modern era.  In addition to a delightful afternoon, I was treated to a taste of poudre fine – a blend of spices ranging from commonplace cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to more esoteric long pepper and grains of paradise. Read More

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Chasing Flavors: Sumac

By Joseph Hernandez | September 17, 2012

chasing flavors sumac

photo by: Joseph Hernandez

In Chasing Flavors, we’ll explore the world through its spices. Much like Chef Marcus Samuelsson described in his book, we will explore the global palate, discover new tastes and demystify ingredients that are as common as cardamom and as out there as berbere

The burgundy-colored sumac is common throughout the Middle East. Sold predominantly in powder form in Greek and Middle Eastern markets, it possesses a zesty, lemony quality that makes it a favorite spice for a variety of dishes. Read More

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