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May 22, 2011

19 Down, 33 To Go - "Man with a Pan: Culinary Adventures of Fathers Who Cook for Their Families" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Man with a Pan is an ambitious book, collecting essays and recipes from over 20 authors and chefs, several essays from non-writers, with foodie cartoons from the New Yorker sprinkled throughout. The cast is varied from Stephen King to Mario Batali, Michael Ruhlman to Wesley Stace, but the theme is consistent: men who both love food and to cook for their families. The essays are always entertaining, and each is accompanied by one to three recipes. The recipes are surprisingly simple, with the lone exception being Peter Kaminsky's whole roast cow, and perfect for harried parents feeding a family.

Being a cookbook and food book collector, I found each subject's selection of inspirational food books captivating, especially their explanations about why they valued each book.

Man with a Pan can be enjoyed for its culinary essays, its recipes, or its cartoons, but taken as a whole is one of the food books of the year.

My next book is the novel Kamchatka by Marcelo Figueras.

also at Largehearted Boy:

other 52 Books, 52 Weeks reviews

Online "Best Books of 2010" lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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