Book and the Cook Is Back And Smaller

The Book and Cook is happening this year, although on a smaller scale than previous years.

Restructured. Reduced. Replanted from springtime in a harvest edition, Oct. 22 through 28, that its longtime organizer, Judy Faye, hopes will take root.

By last count, 16 authors – including Jonathan Waxman, Joan Nathan, David Rosengarten and Peter Reinhart – are to appear with their cookbooks for 15 dinners at area restaurants. A few more are being discussed, and there are a few side events, but it almost surely will remain the smallest program in Book and the Cook history.

By contrast, even the first edition had 26 dinners over three days. At its height in 1999, 86 authors were on hand for nearly 100 events. For the last several years, the event had drawn about 70 authors.

This year’s event will host no food showcase, no preview gala, no beer tasting with a cast of thousands.

But it will have books and cooks. Current schedule of events after the jump.

Monday, October 22
London Grill
Michael Ginor
Foie Gras… A Passion

Tuesday, October 23
Ellen Yin
Forklore: Recipes & Tales from an American Bistro

Wednesday, October 24
Max McCalman
Cheese: A Connoisseur’s Guide to the World’s Best

Azalea (Omni Hotel)
Dominique Macquet
Dominique’s Tropical Latitudes

City Grange at The Westin Philadelphia
Peter Reinhart
Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads

Bar Ferdinand
David Rosengarten
avid Rosengarten Entertains:Fabulous Parties for Food Lovers

Thursday, October 25
Hiroko Shimbo
The Japanese Kitchen

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas’ Seattle Kitchen

Mission Grill
David Joachim & Andy Schloss
Mastering The Grill

Friday, October 26
Joseph Ambler Inn
James Peterson

Susanna Foo
Jonathan Waxman
A Great American Cook

Saturday, October 27
Funky Lil’ Kitchen
Laura Giannatempo
Ligurian Kitchen: Recipes and Tales from The Italian Riviera

Sunday, October 28
Margaret Kuo’s
Cecilia Chiang
The Seventh Daughter: My Culinary Journey from Bejing to San Francisco

Alison at Blue Bell
Joan Nathan
The New American Cooking

John Mariani
The Italian-American Cookbook

A scaled-back Book and the Cook [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Book and the Cook [Official Site]

A scaled-back Book and the Cook [Philadelphia Inquirer]