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Allen Salkin: From Scratch: Inside the Food Network


Mangoes have dazzled palates across the globe for centuries with their aroma, taste, texture, and seemingly endless shapes, sizes, and colors. In Miami alone there are over 250 varieties. Miami-based writer, critic, poet and educator Jen Karetnick is the award-winning author of nine books, including three this year alone: the recently published book Mango and two volumes  Prayer of Confession and Brie Season about to be released.
Jen’s nickname, Mango Mama, could not be more appropriate! Jen lives on the last acre of a historic mango plantation with her husband, two children; three dogs; four cats; and fourteen mango trees!  By the time July comes around, Jen uses mangoes in the most unexpected ways, in just about everything, cocktails, smoothies, savory and sweet dishes.
Along with her own recipes which she has developed over the years, the book Mango features recipes from a group of Jen’s buddies who happen to be Miami's most celebrated chefs.
From smoothies to cocktails, from mango blintzes to jerked grouper with mango-fig chutney, and mangozpacho (mango-infused gazpacho)--this book is  the ultimate book on Mango. It is delightfully written, based on serious research and highlights  all those chefs and mixologists who are striving to use our local products in their cuisines.
Click here for Jen’s recipe for frozen mango sangría, or “Mangría

Back in 1993 Cable TV was in its infancy, the foodie fad didn’t exist yet, and no one thought that a little startup called The Food Network would go anywhere. Twenty years later, the Food Network is a billion dollar global powerhouse that's made the names and fortunes of stars like Emeril Lagasse, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray.

Former New York Times reporter and author Allen Salkin's newest book, From Scratch: Inside the Foodallen salkin Network, is a well-researched and witty behind the scenes look at the network from its unlikely beginnings, its dramas and panoply of characters to its current dominance — and the people who rose and fell along the way.   

Allen's credits include: New York Times reporter, TV reality show love interest, rubber ducky salesman, podcast host, marathon runner and restaurant prep cook. Besides writing for many outlets-- New York Magazine, The Observer, Details, Edible, New York Post... hell, even Cosmopolitan -- he has cast industrial films in Hong Kong, picked oranges in Crete, and peddled oil paintings door-to-door in Western Australia. Allen has a hobby of attending Summer Olympics: 7 so far plus two winters and a World Cup.

Allen Salkin will be in Miami for the 34th Annual Alper JCC Berrin Family Jewish Book Festival on November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alper JCC, 11155 SW 112 Avenue, Robert Russell Theater, Admission $10.   The Festival runs from October 26 through December 10, 2014. For information on the event featuring Allen Salkin and for complete schedule of Book Festival events call 305.271.9000 x 268 or email: