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Plus a recipe for a last minute Thanksgiving casserole.
Howdy cookbook fans and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
I hope y’all have big plans—US readers, please let me know what you’re cooking in the comments!
So this is the last issue of SPN before I split issues into those for everyone and those for paid subscribers only. And I want to take a minute to explain why I’ve chosen to charge for some of the issues, because it’s not a decision I take lightly.
I ADORE cookbook news. I collect book deal intel like baseball cards. I delight in stumbling upon the cover art for a book from an amazing chef on Instagram. I live for combing through fall cookbook catalogs, for tweeting massive threads of all the weird upcoming titles I find on Amazon. And I still, after nearly 12 years of covering the cookbook beat, get super jazzed when something new and exciting and innovative comes across my desk.
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Noted Eric of comedy duo Tim and Eric Eric Wareheim will write Bacchanalia: Lessons in Food and Wine for Ten Speed. Written with decorated cookbook editor Emily Timberlake, the book will be “an illustrated cooking and lifestyle book for those who want to suck the marrow out of the good life.” Wareheim is also behind California natural winery Las Jaras. Apologies to Mr Wareheim for stealing this random photo off his Instagram but it seemed to fit the Bacchanalia theme.
Provecho will be a vegan Mexican cookbook from Edgar Raw blogger/photographer Edgar Castrejon. Coming from Ten Speed in fall 2021, the book covers 100 recipes “many of which take 30 minutes or less and rely on readily accessible ingredients.” Fans of Castrejon’s blog already know this one is gonna be a stunner. No apologies to Mr Castrejon for embedding one of his pretty pretty photos.
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“The little cookbook entered the world in 2018, edited by a black professor and a white author, collected from members of a white church and a black church, maybe a peacemaker or maybe a disrupter, maybe too late or maybe right on time, but definitely in the right place.” [Gravy]
Thanksgiving with Oaxacan traditions, from the authors of Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico. [The Salt]
CBS Sunday Morning hung out with Jacques Pepin. [CBS]
Andrea Nguyen translates her own The Pho Cookbook to Instant Pot. [Viet World Kitchen]
Cookbook author and Pepperidge Farm founder Margaret Fogarty “played a significant role in everyone’s lives, whether they know it or not.” [New Castle News]
Another historical recipe from the South Caroliniana library digital collection, this time for apple crisp! [USC]
I am not a gamer but all the gaming blogs are flipping out over a cookbook coming out for a game called Destiny? [PC Gamer]
A short-n-sweet review of Alison Roman’s Nothing Fancy. [AJC]
Chowhound picks books for wine lovers. [CH]
Recipes excerpted from The Little Women Cookbook by Jenne Bergstrom and Miko Osada, Ulysses 2019. Run with permission, all rights reserved.
The History of a Squash
Once upon a time a farmer planted a little seed in his garden, and after a while it sprouted and became a vine and bore many squashes. One day in October, when they were ripe, he picked one and took it to market. A grocerman bought and put it in his shop. That same morning, a little girl in a brown hat and blue dress, with a round face and snub nose, went and bought it for her mother. She lugged it home, cut it up, and boiled it in the big pot, mashed some of it with salt and butter, for dinner. And to the rest she added a pint of milk, two eggs, four spoons of sugar, nutmeg, and some crackers, put it in a deep dish, and baked it till it was brown and nice, and next day it was eaten by a family named March.
The only actual recipe in the novel, Beth’s story for The Pickwick Portfolio makes a light but cozy side dish. If you find the traditional Thanksgiving sweet potatoes with marshmallows to be overly sugary, this would make a nice alternative.
Makes 6 servings
2 lbs butternut squash, cut in approx. 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons salt (for the boiling water)
3 tablespoons butter, divided
2 cups whole milk
3 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
½ teaspoon nutmeg, plus a pinch more
30 crumbled saltine crackers (about 1 ½ cups crumbs), divided
Boil the squash with the salt in a large pot of water until soft, about 15-20 minutes. Drain the water and mash the squash with 2 tablespoons of butter.
Whisk the milk and eggs together and add to the squash. Add 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, 1 cup cracker crumbs, and more salt if needed.
In a small bowl, mix the remaining cracker crumbs, sugar, and nutmeg with 1 tablespoon melted butter.
Put squash in a buttered oven-safe dish (at least 2 quarts) and sprinkle the top with the crumb mixture. Bake at 375 degrees until heated through and browned on top, about 30-45 minutes. It should be puffed and slightly set in the middle.
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