Marcella Dresdale’s Miami Favorite Cookbooks


“Carrying the language of food in their hearts”

This time of year, I often sit in front of the fire with a pile of cookbooks at my feet like a little group of faithful dogs. I pick them up one by one, leaf through the pages in a leisurely manner, not necessarily looking for recipes for tomorrow’s dinner.

Cookbooks filled with ingredients and methods can be strangely devoid of a voice or a story that makes me care about the food described. I know why I cook, what joy it gives, what sadness it soothes, what lessons it offers.

I want to read a book by a cook who writes about her own obsessions, desires, and failures and about her particular links to the kitchen.

Out of the many cookbooks that I read and love, a few favorites always make me feel that I have come home.

I am unashamedly enamored of Nigel Slater and his gorgeous, juicy, two-volume set, Tender. Ruth Rogers and the late Rose Gray of the River Café in London have three books filled with beauteous food and instructive prose.

Marcella Hazan’s straightforward and classic take on true non-Americanized Italian food is frequently found open on the counter at dinnertime. There is southern Edna Lewis and so-very-American James Beard, Marion Cunningham, and Jasper White. There is Alice Waters. There is the irreplaceable Joy of Cooking.

Then there are the books I take to bed with me to read slowly and carefully while I lean back into my pillows, not worried about what time I have to get up in the morning.


About Marcella Dresdale

Lufthansa will introduce non-stop service between Miami and its Munich hub starting March 29. It will operate the route three times a week, using Airbus A330 aircraft. Lufthansa already offers flights from Miami to Frankfurt and Düsseldorf, Germany.

In a press release (PDF file), Lufthansa says “the new route will offer travelers convenient connectionsthree times per week to more than 50 popular European destinations through Lufthansa’s largest hub next to Frankfurt. Flight LH 461 will depart Miami (on Mondays, Tuesdays andThursdays) at 4:00 p.m. and arrive in Munich at 7:30 a.m. the next day. The return flight, LH460, will depart Munich at 9:35 a.m. and arrive in Miami at 2:10 p.m. the same day.”

And beginning May 13, Lufthansa also will resume nonstop service between Düsseldorf and Toronto. The carrier will fly five weekly flights (daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays) using Airbus A330-300 jets. In a press release, Lufthansa says “connecting flights from 12 other Canadian and U.S. cities are available through Star Alliance partner Air Canada, including Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Raleigh/Durham.”

Lufthansa also says it will extends its seasonal Miami-Dusseldorf service through May 23. The service is expected to resume again on Oct. 8. “The resumption of our Toronto-Düsseldorf service — together with an extension of our Miami-Düsseldorf flights — is a clear response to the increased demand we’re seeing for services between North America and Düsseldorf,” Jens Bischof, Lufthansa’s Vice President for the Americas, says in a release.