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Index of restaurants mentioned on our Blog:

Adour (1/24/08)
Al Di La (5/21/05)
Alain Ducasse (6/2/06)
Ali Baba (11/28/06)
Alinea (10/21/05)
Alto (1/26/06)
Amma (4/30/06)
An American Place (9/05)
Annisa (12/19/06)
Appellation (5/31/06)
Aquavit (1/23/06)
Aroma (8/23/05)
Artisanal (7/3/05)
Asiate (2/2/06)
August/N.O. (7/22/06)
August/NYC (7/10/06)
A Voce (4/19/06)
Awash (3/23/08)
Babbo (6/18/06)
Bamn! (9/10/06)
Bar Americain (8/6/05)
Bar Carrera (7/31/06)
Bar Milano (5/2/08)
Barbara-Jo's (11/06)
Bar-bo-ne (10/22/06)
Barbounia (5/3/06)
Barca 18 (10/29/06)
Bayona (7/19/06)
Beckta Dining (6/10/05)
Bennison Bakery (4/07)
Benoit (4/22/08)
Beppe (11/17/05)
Bernard Magrez (6/2/06)
Bette (5/31/06)
Big Apple BBQ (6/07)
Big Nick's (10/12/08)
Bloodroot (6/24/06)
Blue Hill (8/20/05)
Blue Smoke (6/26/05)
Bob Lobster (8/9/06)
Bodegas Farina (11/16/04)
Bond 45 (9/28/05)
Bracco Wines (8/22/06)
Brown's (8/9/06)
Burger Joint (1/27/05)
Cafe Adelaide (11/4/06)
Cafe des Artistes (4/05)
Cafe Frida (9/23/07)
Cafe Gray (5/8/05)
Caracas Arepa (9/10/06)
Casaville (11/07)
Celeste (5/29/06)
Chanterelle (8/26/07)
Chefs&Champagne (7/08)
Chez Le Chef (10/2/05)
Chez Panisse (11/06)
Chick-fil-A (2/10/07)
Chikalicious (4/7/06)
Chinatown Brasserie (6/5)
Compass (12/17/06)
Cookbook Stall (12/6/06)
Cookshop (10/25/05)
Cru/Vancouver (11/06)
Cucharamama (1/08)
Cuvee (7/19/06, 11/06)
Dahlia Lounge (11/06)
Daisy May's BBQ (12/07)
Darna (7/3/06)
Dave's Italian (10/21/05)
DB Bistro (1/26/06; et al)
Dell'Anima (4/08) (1/08)
Devi (11/07)
Diva at the Met (11/06)
Dona (4/17/06)
Dottie's (12/3/06)
Double Crown (9/08)
Dressing Room (8/07)
El Cholo (10/07)
Eleven Madison (7/12/06)
El Parador (8/21/05)
The Emerson (3/7/06)
En Plo (3/16/06)
Evergreen Shanghai (9/06)
Fig + Olive (4/26/05)
Flatiron Lounge (5/8/06)
Forge (7/29/08)
Four Seasons (6/24/05)
Frere Jacques (8/12/05)
Frontera Grill (4/8/05)
Galatoire's (11/06)
Garrett Popcorn (12/07)
Gilt (10/7/07) (2/14/06)
Good Burger (10/3/05)
Gramercy Tavern (12/06)
Grom (5/07)
Hearth (8/13/05)
Heidelberg (3/16/06)
Hundred Acres (7/19/08)
In-N-Out Burger (11/06)
Indochine (7/31/06)
Inn at Little Wash'tn (3/05)
'ino (6/21/05)
Inside (10/26/05)
Inside Park (9/08)
In Tent (8/4/06)
Jack's Luxury (6/27/06)
Jean Georges (5/13/06)
Jerry's (6/13/06)
Jimmy's (11/3/05)
Jimmy's No. 43 (3/07)
Jovia (10/23/05)
Kai (7/7/05)
Katsuhama (10/22/06)
Katz's Deli (8/1/05)
La Cote Brasserie (7/06)
Lady M (5/30/06)
Lai Wah Heen (7/14/05)
Lasagna (3/20/07)
Le Bernardin (3/16/06)
L'Ecole (8/10/06)
Lobster Inn (8/07)
Lola (11/06)
L'Orange Bleue (4/26/05)
Mama's (12/3/06)
Maremma (4/22/06)
Matsuri (5/2/08)
Maxie (4/17/06)
Menchenko-Tei (8/14/05)
Mercadito (10/17/05)
Mermaid Inn (8/22/05)
Meskel (3/23/08)
Metro Marche (1/22/07)
Mie Jakarta (7/15/06)
The Modern (4/1/06)
Momofuku (6/10/05)
Monday Room (4/07)
Morrison-Clark (11/07)
Mother's/N.O. (7/22/06)
Moto (4/8/05)
Musso & Frank (10/07)
Naha (4/07)
Nectar (4/30/06)
Nice Matin (1/22/07)
Nobu 57 (4/5/06)
NoHo Star (3/28/06)
NoMI (9/08)
Nougatine (5/13/06)
Odeon (2/10/06)
oms/b (8/8/06)
Osteria Del Stato (4/8/05)
Osteria Mozza (10/07)
Park Ave. Autumn (11/07)
Park Ave. Summer (7/07)
Park Hyatt DC (11/07)
Patroon (7/18/08)
Pearl Oyster Bar (5/28/06) Penelope (10/16/05)
Perry Street (9/20/05)
Per Se (4/5/06)
Pera Brasserie (11/16/06)
Peter Luger (3/22/06)
Petite Abeille (9/4/05)
Petrossian (12/22/06)
Philippe's (10/07)
Phoenix Garden (9/16/05)
Piano Due (3/23/06)
Picholine (10/1/07)
Pizza Napoletana (3/3/05)
Pizzeria Mozza (10/07)
Porter House NY (8/07)
Prune (6/13/06)
Public (8/5/05)
Quince (4/07)
Rai Rai Ken (9/10/06)
Rancho La Puerta (12/05)
Rangoli (11/06)
Rao's (10/6/06)
Rat's (4/22/06)
Ray's Ice Cream (1/07)
Rice (8/25/06)
Riingo (2/18/05)
Roberto Passon (12/05)
Rosendale Cement (9/05)
Rugby Grille (1/30/07)
Ryland Inn (7/28/05)
Sahara's (4/20/06)
Saito's/Seattle (11/06)
Sakagura (7/21/05)
Salt Cellar (10/08)
Salumi (11/06)
San Domenico (2/1/06)
Sanford (4/8/05)
Saravanaas (7/31/06)
Second Ave. Deli (1/08)
Shake Shack (3/31/06)
Shangri-La (1/30/07)
Sheridan Square (7/12/08)
Shun Lee Palace (12/05) Sip Sak (8/13/06)
SmorgasChef (11/10/05)
Solera (2/10/06)
Sophie's Cuban (8/15/05)
South Gate (5/2/08)
Southern Hospitality (8/07)
Spigolo (1/31/07)
Sushi Samba (11/4/06)
Tasting Room (10/16/05)
The Monday Room (4/5/07)
Thomas Henkelmann (6/24/06)
Tia Pol (5/31/06)
Tibetan Kitchen (8/8/06)
Tiffin Wallah (8/07)
Top Pot Donuts (11/06)
Tout Va Bien (2/2/07)
Trio (11/6/05)
Tru (4/8/05)
Uglesich's (2/28/05)
Upstairs (9/4/05)
Vij's (11/06)
Vintage (7/28/05)
Walter's (6/24/06)
West Bank Cafe (8/18/06)
West End Bistro (11/07)
Wild Edibles (3/17/07)
Wild Salmon (6/07)
Woodman's (8/9/06)
Zafra (6/07)
Zarela (7/10/05)
Zaytinya (11/07)
Zen Burger (1/08)
Zip Burger (7/3/06)
Zola (5/2/08)

A rotating list-in-formation of some of the (mostly) food- and drink-related sites we've enjoyed:

101 Cookbooks
Accidental Hedonist
A Cooking Life
Add An Egg
A Hamburger Today
a la carte
Alfonso Cevola
Alice Feiring
All Business - Restaurants
Almost Turkish
Amateur Gourmet
Amuse Bouche
An Edge in the Kitchen
An Obsession with Food
Andrea Strong
Anthony Bourdain
Ayun Halliday

Basic Juice
Beer Blog
BlogCritics Magazine
Butter on the Endive
Chef Talk

Chez Pim
Chocolate and Zucchini
Clive's Wines
Cocktail Chronicles
Cooking for Engineers
Cooking with Amy
Cork and Knife
Daily Munch
Daily Olive
David Lebovitz
Delicious Days
DeLong Wine Moment
DM WineLine
Dorie Greenspan
Drink Boy
Drink Boy - Blog
Dr. Vino
Eat Drink One Woman
Ed Levine Eats
El Bulli
Enoch Choi, MD
Fabulous Foods
Food in the Library
Food Reference
Fork and Bottle
Frantic Foodie
FriedChickenCheesesteak Gastronomic Guesswork
Gina DePalma
Girl Who Ate Everything
Global Chefs
Gluten-Free Girl
Good Food
Grub Street
Harold McGee
Hiroko's Kitchen
Ideas in Food
It Is Just Grape Juice
Jaden's Steamy Kitchen
Japanese Food Report
Jeffrey Morgenthaler
Jenny McCoy
Johnny Iuzzini
Jonathan Gold
Joe Bastianich
Leite's Culinaria
Lenn Devours
Life of Reiley
Local Wine Events
Mama Cooks
Manhattan User's Guide
Mario Batali
Mexican Food
Michael Laiskonis
Nat Decants
Off the Broiler
Plate Lunch
Professor Bainbridge
Rambling Spoon
Roots and Grubs
Rose Levy Beranbaum
Ruth Reichl
Sally's Place
Salt and Pepper
Savory New York
Savory Sojourns
Seattle Tall Poppy
Serious Eats
Slow Food
Smitten Kitchen
Stained Teeth
Steamy Kitchen
Tasting Menu
The Ethicurean
The Food Section
The Kitchn
The Passionate Cook
The Pour
The Sake Diaries
The Spice Must Flow
The Spirit World
Traveler's Lunchbox
Urban Feed
Vino Cibo
Water Into Wino
Wednesday Chef
Wilf's Wine Press
Wine Anorak
Wine Century Club
Wine Lovers Page
Wine News Review
Wine Terroirs
Wine Travel Guides
Wines and Vines
Writing with my Mouth Full

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December 2008

Named one of's "Top 10 Food Blogs"

Named one of The Fifty Best Links for Epicureans

Named to MUG 400 for "distinctive contribution to life in New York"

"Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page monitor the pulse of the food world like nobody's business. There's a fantastic database of restaurant reviews, too."
Babbo pastry chef Gina DePalma

"If you asked me what I came into this world to do,
I will tell you: I came to live out loud."

Critic and novelist Emile Zola (1840-1902)

"There is nothing under the sun better for man than to eat, drink, and be merry. Go, therefore, eat your bread with joy and drink your wine with cheer.
Ecclesiastes 8:15

Tuesday, December 23, 2008 This morning we were thrilled to see culinary powerhouse Sara Moulton mention THE FLAVOR BIBLE on "Good Morning America" among her picks of "The Best Cookbooks of 2008."  Sara acknowledged, "This is the hardest segment I do...There are so many good ones this year.  It's a really good year."  We held our breath until she mentioned THE FLAVOR BIBLE as her final pick:  "Last but not least....This is for the serious, serious home cook.  This will give you wings to stop making recipes and just figure it out yourself....The bulk of it is actually an encyclopedia about ingredients and what goes with them."  We love the idea of THE FLAVOR BIBLE being a book that gives readers wings and helps them soar!  If you'd like to read Sara's complete list of the best cookbooks of the year, you can do so by clicking

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What's the impact of "Good Morning America"? Here's today's list of the Top 5 Cooking, Food & Wine Bestsellers on, which you can compare to the Top 15 of a week ago below:

1. Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

2. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

3. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives by Guy Fieri

4. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

5. THE FLAVOR BIBLE by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 Please join us on Saturday, December 20th, from 4-6 pm for a complimentary wine and cheese tasting at Le Du's Wines at 600 Washington Street (bet. Morton & Leroy) in the West Village. We'll be signing copies of our newly-rereleased 2007 IACP "Cookbook of the Year" and Georges Duboeuf "Wine Book of the Year" Award winner WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT along with a limited number of copies of our latest book THE FLAVOR BIBLE, both of which will be available for sale.

Books will be available in limited quantities, so please pre-reserve yours by emailing in advance if you're planning to do any major holiday shopping there!

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Wondering what others are giving their favorite foodies this holiday season? Here's a list of the Top 15 Cooking, Food & Wine Bestsellers on

1. Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

2. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives by Guy Fieri

3. Rachel Ray's Big Orange Book

4. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

5. The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

6. Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer et al

7. Giada's Kitchen by Giada De Laurentiis

8. Hello Cupcake by Alan Richardson and Karen Tack

9. How to Eat Supper by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift

10. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

11. Top Chef: The Cookbook

12. Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book

13. Martha Stewart's Cooking School

14. THE FLAVOR BIBLE by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

15. Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoe Francois

Andrew, Terri & Brian as the season's first snowflakes fell


Chef Daniel Humm's suckling pig at Eleven Madison Park

Poinsettias from our friend Susan — this year (the red one)
and last year (the lively green one in the straw basket)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 It's the holiday season, even if the current economic climate is casting a shadow over this year's celebrations. We were happy to share the first snowflakes we've seen in New York with our friends Terri and Brian after dinner on Saturday night.

On Monday night, we shared an extraordinary visit to the MoMA (including Miro and van Gogh exhibitions) and were treated to dinner at The Modern in honor of our friend Susan's birthday, which is actually today. (Happy Birthday, Susan!)

Enjoying great food at Danny Meyer's restaurants continued over lunch the next day when we visited Eleven Madison Park for the press announcement of the restaurant's being named a Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux property, joining the New York ranks of Aureole, Daniel, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin and Per Se. Danny bravely addressed the issue of the economy in comparing it to bad weather: You can talk about it and decide to stay in, or you can open an umbrella and go about finding a way to enjoy the day.

Fear will not lead to the solutions that can get us through this crisis. But hope the root of the word "hospitality" (as Meyer pointed out) should.

P.S. Our other friend Susan (Butler) has now sent us two gorgeous holiday poinsettias a red one this year, and another one last year that started out with red flowers, but is now more notable for its quite green and lush leaves!

Eleven Madison Park is at 11 Madison Avenue (near 24th Street) in Manhattan. Congratulations to Danny Meyer, his partner Paul Bolles-Beaven, chef Daniel Humm, and their entire team at the restaurant on being named a Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux property.

Glenn Hall and Tannis Kowalchuk

Sarah Dey Hirshan at HERE Arts Center

Friday, December 5, 2008 A self-described "carnival-style crime investigation filled with live original rock music, high-energy acrobatics, slapstick comedy antics, cross-dressing, and twentieth century philosophy," "The Uncanny Appearance of Sherlock Holmes" opened last night at HERE Arts Center at 145 Sixth Avenue (bet. Spring and Broome). However you describe this show, you simply cannot call it boring: The multi-talented cast including our gorgeous, strong-as-an-ox bass-playing and convincingly gender-bending actress friend Sarah Dey Hirshan packs in an astounding amount of music, song, dance, and prose into this less-than-two-hour show.

As the cast alternates acting with performing as a rock band throughout the night, we were amazed to learn that few had any prior musical experience. In fact, Sarah had never played bass until she managed to teach herself to do so for this show!

For the bargain price of $20, you can catch "The Uncanny Appearance of Sherlock Holmes" at HERE through Sunday, December 21st .

TIP: Save room before, during or after the performance for a snack next door at One Dominick, the casual snack bar run by our friend Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's No. 43.

"The Uncanny Appearance of Sherlock Holmes" is the latest theatre production by the internationally renowned ensemble theatre company North American Cultural Laboratory (NACL), which was founded in 1997 by American director Brad Krumholz and Canadian performer Tannis Kowalchuk. After a year and a half of development, it premiered in New York in February of 2007.  It has played at Humber College in Toronto, The Artistic Ancestry Festival in New Orleans, and The NACL Catskill Festival of New Theatre.

Thursday, December 4, 2008 "Busy" doesn't begin to describe the past several weeks! Instead of posting a new blog entry today, we're going to invite you to visit our Blog by clicking here. You can access its latest entries any time by visiting the page for any of our books.

Citymeals-on-Wheels' 22nd Annual Power Lunch for Women

Author Erica Jong, Jeanette Sarkisian Wagner, Karen Page

Karen Page, Corcoran's Sharon Baum, and Cheryl Benton

Author Laura Day, ABC News' Jessica Guff, and Karen Page

William Morris Agency EVP Jennifer Walsh

Bestselling author Laura Day with Bernadette Peters

Karen Page (c.) with Geraldine Ferraro and Donna Zaccaro

Karen Page with Jenifer Harvey Lang of Cafe des Artistes

A large pumpkin turned Martha Stewart jack-o-lantern

Gloria Steinem, Isabelle Kirshner, and Karen Page

Authors Carol Higgins Clark & Mary Higgins Clark (her mom!)

Food Network host / chef Bobby Flay and Karen Page

Barbara Goldsmith, Adm. Susan Blumenthal, Gael Greene

Martha Stewart's Lucinda Scala Quinn and Karen Page

Liz Smith greets Susan Magrino and honoree Martha Stewart

Roxie Munro chats w/Karen, Donald Tober w/Cindy Adams

Los Angeles designer / restaurateur Barbara Lazaroff

Honoree Lynda Resnick of Fiji Water / POM

Karen & French Culinary Institute's Dorothy Cann Hamilton

Laura Day, Karen Page, Donald Tober, and Gael Greene

"Take your pick!"

Attendees receive their choice of THE FLAVOR BIBLE or

Karen Page with James Beard Foundation's Susan Ungaro

Ariane Daguin of D'Artagnan knows flavor!

Rita Jammet (long of La Caravelle) with Karen Page

Saturday, November 22, 2008 "Let Power Go to Your...Heart." So suggests the motto of Citymeals-on-Wheels' Annual Power Lunch for Women, which celebrated its 22nd anniversary yesterday at The Rainbow Room by raising more than $1.15 million to provide nearly 200,000 nutritious meals to New York's homebound elderly.

We're grateful to Little, Brown for generously contributing copies of our books THE FLAVOR BIBLE and WHAT TO DRINK WITH WHAT YOU EAT for guests to take home after the event.

Speaking of contributions...'tis the season for making contributions, and you can do so online in just a few minutes here.

Chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero in Txikito's kitchen

Txikito makes simple ingredients even beans shine

Sunday, November 9, 2008 Congratulations to chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero on the debut of Txikito (chee-KEE-to; Euskeran for "little"), which we had the pleasure of visiting last night for a few little bites and some sips of a rich and fruity red wine wine cocktail called Zurracapote.

We'd fallen in love with this husband-and-wife team's cuisine at Tia Pol, and look forward to returning to Txikito for another taste of Spain's Basque country very soon.

Txikito is at 240 Ninth Avenue (bet. 24th & 25th Streets), Manhattan. (212) 242-4730. Web:

Alexandra's Peanut Buttery Bliss

Friday, November 7, 2008 Free cookies? What's better than that? We just received an email from our friend "Insatiable Critic" Gael Greene about a contest that launches at noon on Monday, November 10th, where the prizes include guess-what:

The ‘Insatiable’ Cookie Chase

What: An online foodie adventure with delicious prizes! Skill and luck are the tools needed to win. Designed for everyone who seeks, lives and savors the good life of taste.

Who: This contest is sponsored and administered by Gael Greene, Insatiable Critic and Alexandra Bruskoff of Alexandra’s Cookie Dreams.

How: Posted on the Alexandra’s Cookie Dreams blog, Talk Is Sweet ( titled, “Feast Your Eyes On This Life!” an exclusive and amusing interview with Gael Greene, the legendary novelist and restaurant critic, about her life in food. One answer will be missing on the blog posting. For clues leading to the missing answer, participants will be directed to Ms. Greene’s BITE: My Journal on her web site.

Participants then email the response they find to Alexandra@AlexandrasCookieDreams.

All the correct responses will be placed in a lottery and three winners will be selected. Each winner will receive a personalized, autographed copy of INSATIABLE: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess, and one of three gourmet cookie prizes. Grand Prize: three dozen cookies, 2nd Place: two dozen cookies and 3rd Place: one dozen cookies. The cookies can go to the winner or be sent as a gift to someone else.

When: Contest starts November 10th, 2008 and ends December 10th 2008, winner to be announced December 11th, 2008.

Where: and

Why: Why not? Who doesn’t love an adventure, free cookie gifts and the delicious details of an adventurous woman’s life?

Murray's isn't just about cheese anymore -- don't miss
Murray's Real Salami, new in Grand Central Market

Check out the gorgeous meats in Murray's meat case

Thursday, November 6, 2008 We've got a wonderful new neighbor we're thrilled to welcome to the neighborhood: Murray's Real Salami, which just opened in Grand Central Market (in Grand Central Terminal, near Lexington Avenue and 43rd Street).

We've been good customers of Murray's Cheese since their first week in the same location (not to mention since the days Andrew used to cook around the corner from their Greenwich Village location), and are happy to have a wonderful new source for cooked and cured meats just a five-minute walk from our home.

We recently tasted our way through a sampling of Murray's Real Salami's offerings, which we paired with some of Murray's own Parmesan cheese (and a bottle of Lucien Albrecht Pinot Gris we just happened to have on hand -- while we love Murray's for going to the trouble to recommend different wine pairings for its various salumi, we weren't being quite that uptight that particular night). Andrew went crazy for the Knuckle Ham ($18/lb.), whose meat source is listed as "Niman Ranch, Blue Water Pork, Coleman Natural, Heritage Acres." Karen loved the sweet (and garlicky!) Sopressata ($26/lb.) from Salmon Creek Farms, an American interpretation of the Italian classic.

Murray's Real Salami is in Grand Central Market (in Grand Central Terminal, near Lexington Avenue & 43rd Street), Manhattan. (212) 867-7202. Web:

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There's A New Bible On the Block. Since THE CAKE BIBLE was published 20 years ago, there have been so many books using the B word I’m expecting a whole section in the book stores devoted to food bibles. 'What’s in a name? That which we call a rose...' of course is true up to a point, but I don’t need to tell you what’s in the name 'bible' and if you’re going to use it as part of the name of your book it had better be one. THE FLAVOR BIBLE is. If you look up the word bible in the Encarta Dictionary, after you get past the first few religious connotation definitions, you’ll find the one that best applies here as well: 'essential book: a book that is considered an authority on a particular subject.' Written by my esteemed friends and colleagues Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, THE FLAVOR BIBLE not only fits this definition it offers something beyond 'bible' that is rare and precious: true originality."
Rose Levy Beranbaum,
(November 29, 2008)

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