The Big New York Sandwich Book

The Big New York Sandwich Book: 99 Delicious Creations from the City's Greatest Restaurants and Chefs (Perseus/Running Press, May 2011)
By Sara Reistad-Long and Jean Tang

Reviewed by Publisher's Weekly on: 02/07/2011
Food journalists Tang and Reistad-Long have put together a toothsome collection that covers how to construct a vast assortment of sandwiches, as well as provides something interesting to read while eating them. With more than 90 New York food pros weighing in with their favorite recipes, each entry starts off by covering a chef's background and current place of employ. The result is a culinary who's who for the hungry New Yorker. Manhattan eateries get the lion's share of attention, though there is also a healthy serving from Tang's home turf of Brooklyn. We hear from the likes of heavy hitters like Mario Batali and Jean-Georges Vongerichten, who offer a simple grilled mozzarella and a hot and crispy tuna sandwich respectively. But we also meet Brooklynite Cal Elliott and the meatloaf sandwich from his restaurant, Rye, as well as La Superior's chef Nacxitl Gaxiola and his pambazo, a roll stuffed with chorizo, potato, salsa and Cotija cheese. Most of the recipes are contained within seven chapters arranged by sandwich type, be it deli, vegetarian, Asian, or Latin. A difficulty ranking from 1 to 3 accompany each entry, as do icons signifying if a sandwich is particularly healthy, packable, or in need of a day's head start. For dessert, a chapter of sweet sandwiches is a sugar rush of ganache and ice cream, a s'more, and a whoopee cookie from the Magnolia Bakery. (Apr.)

Only Child

Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo (Harmony, 2006)

Review from Publisher's Weekly
Kathryn Harrison (The Kiss), John Hodgman (The Areas of My Expertise) and the New Yorker's Judith Thurman (Isak Dinesen) are just three of the noteworthy writers who contributed to this collection of essays on growing up sans siblings. Editors Siegel and Uviller have gathered the 20 original pieces into general themes: childhood, family relationships, the desire-or lack thereof-for a sibling and the unique joys and perils of being an adult "only." The gems of this volume are the authors who trade analysis for storytelling, such as magician and author Teller's life-affirming "New Year's Eve 1997," Peter Terzian's "Postcards to Myself," Rebecca Walker's "Blood of my Blood" and Alysia Abbott's "A Pair of Onlies."

OpenThough other entries are weighed down by too much therapy-speak, some provide resonant psychological insight, as in Sara Reistad-Long's: "Having Mom and Dad waiting in the wings had made me appear enviably confident, but I suspect that when my supporting cast takes its final bow, I'll stumble more than most."Close

Though the book's topic proves too narrow to sustain its nearly 300 pages--as Thomas Beller notes, it's "hard to know how to separate the only from the childhood"--many only children, as well as those who sometimes wish they were, will find much to appreciate in this volume.

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