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Forklore: Recipes and Tales from an American Bistro
by Ellen Yin
Temple University Press, 2007
eISBN: 978-1-59213-653-7 | Cloth: 978-1-59213-651-3 | Paper: 978-1-59213-652-0
Library of Congress Classification TX715.Y35 2007
Dewey Decimal Classification 641.5973

Co-founded in 1997 by Ellen Yin, Fork, a casual but sophisticated restaurant nestled in Old City, has become one of Philadelphia's top dining establishments.  The eclectic but distinctly American style of cooking -- influenced by many ethnicities -- is, Yin describes, "New-American bistro-style cuisine."  Think pan-seared five-spice dusted chicken livers aside spinach salad with caramelized onions, or braised lamb shank in port wine-orange jus with creamy mashed boniato and sauteed swiss chard.  Such are the delicacies Yin has been serving up for the past decade.

Forklore tells the tale of this extraordinary dining establishment, while dishing out some delectable recipes.  Yin brings to her writing the same qualities of careful attention and lively enthusiasm that characterize her best dishes.  With great gusto, she describes how she fell in love with food, how Fork was born, and how her chefs have helped to create its unique cuisine.  And throughout her story she liberally sprinkles recipes -- simple, delicious, and easy to cook at home -- that represent the best of New American Bistro cooking.  There are nearly 100 recipes in all, and every one has a story, served up by Yin with relish and delight.

For anyone who likes a juicy story, well seasoned with zesty anecdotes and mouthwatering recipes, Forklore is a treat.

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