The Phoenicia Diner Cookbook: Dishes and Dispatches from the Catskill MountainsBy Mike Ciofi, Chris Bradley, and Sara B. Franklin (Clarkson Potter, 2020) Buy It Now
The next best thing to going to the wonderful Phoenicia Diner in person is picking up this cookbook. With delicious, original recipes from this classic-made-modern diner, you can learn how to make everything from Pimento Cheese Patty Melts to Dark Chocolate Pudding. This is a must-have cookbook for every local kitchen, especially when so many of us are using our suddenly abundant downtime to pickup new cooking skills—and pining for the day when this beloved local diner can reopen. Just like the diner itself, this cookbook offers recipes for breakfast all day; soups, salads, and sandwiches; hearty mains and sides; and pies, puddings, and sweets; along with a charming explication of its mission: to be “American in its broadest sense.” Photographs by Johnny Autry capture the food being made in the kitchen and served on the table; the diner’s cooks, waiters, and customers; and the Catskills terrain the diner calls home.
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