Pastry Guru Nick Malgieri Stops in Phoenix with His New Book Pastry

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Nick Malgieri explores pastry in a new light.
Nick Malgieri has been at the pastry game for decades. He's been teaching classes on the topic in Phoenix for nearly 20 years at Les Gourmettes. From baking at home and watching Julia Child as a kid, he's come a long way and is now releasing a new cookbook simply titled Pastry. He spoke about his new recipes and some of the common misconceptions people have with baking.

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Beth "Ms. American Pie" Howard to Visit Changing Hands on April 16 (Yes, There Will Be Pie)

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Kathryn Gamble
Think you can't make meringue like this? Beth Howard thinks you can, and she'll show you.
It's no secret: Here at Chow Bella, we're all about pie. We're already eager for Pie Social 2014, so you can keep your cute little cupcakes as long as we can have some flaky, buttery crust packed with sweet and savory fillings.

But pie can be a harsh mistress for new bakers. That's why we're thrilled that Beth Howard is coming to town to teach the gospel of pie with her new cookbook and baking philosophy manual Ms. American Pie. From shoo-fly to strawberry rhubarb and even pulled pork, Howard breaks pie baking down to basics from her home in rural Iowa.

We're so excited, Chow Bella's co-sponsoring Howard's local book event.

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Phoenix-Based Author Joe Dobrow Talks Whole Foods Versus Sprouts

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The Phoenix-based author's book Natural Prophets hits shelves on Tuesday, Feb. 18.
Take one step inside the newly built Whole Foods Market near the intersection of Camelback and 20th Street and it's easy to see that the natural foods industry has come a long way in the past two decades. The store is a gleaming beacon for healthful eaters and lovers of artisan food and a far cry from the tiny natural foods sections of grocery stores of the past. Few people appreciate the monumental progress the industry has made better than Phoenix-based author Joe Dobrow, who's been eating all natural food since the mid-'80s.

The former marketing executive also has worked for many of the biggest names in the natural foods industry, including Whole Foods, Sprouts, and Fresh Fields. And in his upcoming book, Natural Prophets, he gives an insider's look at how these brands and others have changed the American plate forever.

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Will Someone Please Tell Jessica Porter What a MILF Is?

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If there were a single reason the world should have ended when the ancient Mayans said it would, it might have been The MILF Diet.

See also: The PDT Cocktail Book: Does It Belong on Your Shelf?

But the world didn't end. And now, as of January 1, The MILF Diet, by Jessica Porter, who also wrote The Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics, has been released so that its title can forever sear itself into our collective consciousness and cause women everywhere to slap their foreheads and exclaim, "What the f---, Jessica?"

Supposedly, The MILF Diet: Let the Power of Whole Foods Transform Your Body, Mind and Spirit Deliciously!, is Porter's answer to unleashing "your inner MILF" by eating whole, plant-based foods.

Think it can't get much creepier than the title? Oh, but it can.

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Chef Beau MacMillan Teams Up With Top Alzheimer's Disease Researcher for New, Brain-Healthy Cookbook

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As diseases go, Alzheimer's is a real asshole.

Over several years, it can rob you of your memory, change your personality, and eventually lead to death. There's no cure. And in America, over 5 million people have it.

But there is hope. Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, a leading Alzheimer's Disease researcher, says there's evidence that changes to one's diet can reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and memory loss.

And modifying what we eat is easier when the food tastes good. That's why Dr. Sabbagh teamed up with celebu-chef Beau MacMillan, (Elements at Sanctuary) for The Alzheimer's Prevention Cookbook, released earlier this month.

Bowlful of Brain-Boosting Broth anyone?

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Not San Diego Again: The New Guidebook for Your Next Ranch Experience or Farm Stay in Southern Arizona

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At some point during your 85th trip to San Diego, while speeding down the highway in a car that reeks of Doritos and Red Vines and listening to your friend's favorite crap-ass local band on the CD player because she's doing the "hot" guitar player, maybe you've thought, "I'd rather be roping and herding cattle, trail riding through the wilderness, and making prickly pear syrup."

This just-released book is for you.

By local author and travel writer, Lili DeBarbieri, A Guide to Southern Arizona's Historic Farms & Ranches: Rustic Southwest Retreats, aims to help adventurous types find the perfect spots to experience southwestern heritage culture, and cuisine.

And if Spain's first mission in the continental United States, a heritage seed farm, the place to see a sandhill crane migration, and a Butterfield Stagecoach stop don't light your suitcase on fire just yet, there's also a chapter on Carol Steele's (hurry-and-go-'cause-it's-for-sale) Aravaipa Farms.

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The Pioneer Woman Shares Two Recipes with Chow Bella Before Arriving in Phoenix This Weekend to Sign Her New Cookbook

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The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, is coming to our frontier!

On Saturday, April 28, Ree Drummond will be signing books and shaking hands with fans in celebration of her second book, "The Pioneer Woman Cooks Food From My Frontier," at an event sponsored by Changing Hands Bookstore.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. Dobson High School's auditorium. Find the details here.

The long-awaited cookbook is brimming with fully illustrated recipes that cover every meal. If you don't already know The Pioneer Woman, you're in for a pleasant surprise, because not only is Drummond damn funny, she's one of the most admirable jack of all trades on the Internet. Her award-winning blog,, helped blaze the trail for turning blogs into success. She's even got her own slot on The Food Network.

And she kindly shared two recipes from her book with Chow Bella.

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10 Nuggets of Wisdom from Gustavo Arellano on How Mexican Food Conquered America

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Gustavo Arellano, the scribe behind the syndicated column ¡Ask a Mexican! (and also editor-in-chief of New Times' sister paper, OC Weekly), is on a quest to find out just how Mexican food got to be el norte's most American one. He's explored the Aztecs' contribution to world cuisine, the latest street food trends, and profiled cooking personalities who helped make it so popular like Diana Kennedy and Rick Bayless. He's even tackled words like "authentic" and "gringo."

And then he wrote a book about it.

Arellano's new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, is on shelves now, and the author is making a stop at Changing Hands Bookstore at 4 p.m., Saturday, April 21, to talk about it. Here's ten nuggets of wisdom Arellano's learned from his historical deep dive into Mexican food.

- The first frozen margarita machine was invented by Dallas native Mariano Martinez in 1971 and has been deemed so culturally important that it's preserved in the Smithsonian.

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Get Smart About the Food Bill, Read All About it in Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill

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Jennifer Woods
We know the federal farm bill is up for renewal this year. We also know that the farm bill is a mucked-up sludgy mess of a bill that doesn't properly serve the food producers or eaters. Want to know exactly what the whole fuss is over and what's really going on?

We have the answer.

We recently received a review copy of Food Fight: The Citizen's Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill by Daniel Imhoff. It's a fantastic primer.

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Chow Bella Weighs in on Martin Cizmar's New Diet Book, Chubster

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​Remember Martin Cizmar? He was our music critic at Phoenix New Times (left last year, he's now at the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon) and he also kicked up some dust in the Phoenix food community.

As you might recall, Cizmar got into a bit of a tiff with Earl's BBQ (there's still a "Wanted" posted up at Earl's with his picture on it); called out Papago Brewing on an April Fool's Day joke gone wrong; and thought that he could out-do the pros at a BBQ festival -- yeah, that guy.

Well, love him or hate him, Cizmar wrote a "how to lose weight book" and it totally blows.

Just kidding. It's actually really good. As far as diet books go, it may be the most informative and funny one I have read.

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