My New Book—Ice Cream: A Global History

Cookbook Review and Recipe: Tomatoes by Miriam Rubin

Laura B. Weiss It’s almost tomato season and I’m already planning to make some of my favorite recipes with the luscious summer fruit. Frankly, the one I love best is no recipe at all. Take one just-picked exquisitely ripe tomato from the local farmstand. Bring home. Rinse off. Lean over sink. Chomp into it. Accompany [...]

Ice Cream Sandwich Cookbook Gets Summer Off to A Frosty Start

Photo: Muy Yum via Flickr. By Laura B. Weiss Of all the ice cream treats out there, ice cream sandwiches are my favorite. I only touched on them in my book, Ice Cream: A Global History, but Jennie Schacht the Bay Area cookbook author, gives the iconic treat its due in her new book, I Scream Sandwich!. [...]

App Review: CookShelf Rates Cookbooks

  By Laura B. Weiss You’re trying to find a gift for a food-obsessed friend. Or you’re an experienced baker and you’d like to know which cookbook will take you to the next level. T. Susan Chang, a regular cookbook reviewer for and The Boston Globe, has come out with a cookbook ratings app, [...]

Indonesian Food Bazaar in Queens Serves Up Lots of Delights

There are several Indonesian food spots in Queens, but what better spot to try out a variety of dishes than an Indonesian food bazaar? A few weeks ago, we trekked out to Long Island City to the Masjid al Hikmah mosque. About a dozen booths were planted around what looked to be the mosque parking lot. [...]

Smorgasburg Feasting

by Laura B. Weiss Who cares if there’s a half hour wait for barbecue or pint-sized cheesecakes? You’ve gotta love Smorgasburg for the scene, the food and the gorgeous views of the skyline. Extra bonus: if you’re not a Brooklynite and coming from Manhattan, take the ferry back from Williamsburg to Midtown. On a gorgeous day, the [...]