Pot on the Fire

Further Confessions of a Renegade Cook

John Thorne with Matt Lewis Thorne

North Point Press

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Pot on the Fire is the latest collection from "the most enticingly serendipitous voice on the culinary front since Elizabeth David and M.F.K. Fisher" (Connoisseur). As the title suggests, it celebrates-and, in classic Thorne style, ponders, probes, and scrutinizes-a lifelong engagement with the elements of cooking, and elemental cooking from cioppino to kedgeree. John Thorne's curiosity ranges far and wide, from nineteenth-century famine-struck Ireland to the India of the British Raj, from the Italian cucina to the venerable American griddle. Whether on the trail of a mysterious Vietnamese sandwich ("Banh Mi and Me") or "The Best Cookies in the World," whether "Desperately Resisting Risotto" or discovering the perfect breakfast, Thorne is an erudite and intrepid guide who, in unveiling the gastronomic wonders of the world, also reveals us to ourselves.

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Pot on the Fire
EDUCATION OF A COOK 
 
MY KNIFE, MY POT 
 
I fell into cooking as many do: by accident, by necessity. I was nineteen, a college dropout, living alone in a dirt-cheap fifth-floor walk-up apartment on New York's Lower East Side. I had no experience, no kitchen equipment, no money, but none of that mattered, because I had no palate then, either. Everything I made tasted good to me, because everything I made was an adventure. At that time, frozen corn and frozen peas were five boxes to the dollar; a pound of hamburger was even less.

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Praise for Pot on the Fire

"To think of Thorne as only a food writer is the same as considering Raymond Chandler just a mystery writer."--Jim Harrison, Esquire

"Thorne's company is worth seeking. He comes across as an iconoclast without a mean streak, an amusing but serious searcher after culinary truths."--William Rice, The Chicago Tribune

"John Thorne is simply the best writer about food in the country."-Leo Lerman, Gourmet

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John Thorne with Matt Lewis Thorne

John Thorne and Matt Lewis Thorne live in Northampton, MA., where they publish the bimonthly food letter Simple Cooking.

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Pot on the Fire
Further Confessions of a Renegade Cook
John Thorne with Matt Lewis Thorne

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
North Point Press
April 2011
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ISBN: 9781429930451
ISBN10: 1429930454
528 pages
$7.99
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