Sunday, July 28, 2013

Bite by Bite

Snacks : Adventures in Food, Aisle by Aisle is the logical culmination of Marcy Smothers' passion for food - buying it, cooking it, reading about it and sharing her knowledge with all who will listen. The origin of her book began on the radio with The Food Guy and Marcy Show - featuring Guy Fieri, restaurant owner and rising star of the Food Network, and Marcy bantering about all things culinary. As a promotion, Marcy recorded sixty second radio features and offered free copies to the show's affiliate stations. The spot was a quirky food-related question read by Marcy and answered by Guy  AFTER a commercial. Smart for the show - profitable for the sponsors. Curious about the questions? For example, "What do the numbers 128 and 350 have to do with milk?" The answer? "There are 128 ounces in a gallon of milk and that requires 350 squirts from the udder of a single cow." Mary dubbed these food tidbits "snacks" and, after encouragement from friends such as Academy-Award winning director John Lasseter and cookbook maven Molly Katzen, Snacks is now in print.

Smothers calls Snacks "my personal 'aha' moments combined with my take on familiar culinary themes." It is a cornucopia of food lore, trivia, and savvy and sage advice on shopping for and preparing food. The book is set as if the reader is strolling aisle by aisle through a grocery store; aisles containing a plentiful mix of recipes as well as the occasional literary reference. Check out Snacks to find out what James Bond knew about making sauces and Kay Scarpetta's connection with the clean plate club.

Practice portion control and enjoy slowly...


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