If you have a special weakness for cookbooks, you've come to the right place. Cravings is the monthly online newsletter I've created to indulge my own passion for reading cookbooks, trying their recipes, and writing about them. Every month I review cookbooks I love (no dogs allowed) and share some of their best recipes (And I really do test them). Cravings also caters to fellow food lovers with other features. Literary Bites: Brief appearances by food in literature. Sweet and Sour: food essays ranging from nostalgic to eccentric. Word of Mouth: Friends, family, and strangers get opinionated on the subject of food. Last Night's Dinner: Aren't you curious to know what other people really have for dinner?

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April/May 2001

Simple to Spectacular by Jean-Georges Vongrichten and Mark Bittman
An excerpt from the review: "Take scrambled eggs: here's a dish that's easy to make badly preciesely because it's so easy to make. My guess is that most people end up making dry, semi-tough scrambled eggs. I admit I was one of those heavy-handed scramblers until I made the recipe for Best Scrambled Eggs."

Sugar Pie and Jelly Roll- Sweets from a Southern Kitchen by Robin Gourley
An excerpt from the review: "This is a lovely little book with some lovely recipes …including one perfect recipe that has ended my quest for the ultimate lemon bar. Now I can rest."

Satisfied Cravings

Favorite recipes from Simple to Spectacular
Pasta with Saffron Oil
Lentil Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche

Favorite recipes from Sugar Pie and Jelly Roll
Lemon Kisses
Apricot and Bread Pudding

Literary Bites
From A Tree Within by Octavio Paz

Word of Mouth
What's the oldest thing in your fridge?

Last Night's Dinner
Hilary dined on movie-theater cuisine.

Coming Up:
Review of The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden
Review of The Wildwood Cookbook by Cory Schreiber