“Over the past decade, book, Brooklyn has emerged as the epicenter of the craft food and drinks movement,” the back jacket states in Susanne Konig and Milissa Schreiber Vaughan’s book, Made in Brooklyn: An Essential Guide to the Borough’s Artisanal Food & Drink Makers.
~ What ~
This two hundred-and-eight page hardbound targets anyone who lives or loves the foods and drinks in Brooklyn, New York. Featuring more than one hundred and ten vendors in the area, it is a go-to source to find eclectic styles of edibles and refreshments.
After a color-coded map of the city, foreword by Ms. Vaughan, introductions by Rachel Wharton and David Wondrich, there are almost two hundred pages dedicated to makers, followed by where to buy, two indexes, and acknowledgments.
The random collection of food items and beverages include several black and white along with color photographs of the products, their makers, and their local. Usually overlapped on the left side of the pages against white backgrounds are biographies of the designers that includes year established, owner’s name, product, and website. Several paragraphs explain why the food or drink is unique, as well as its features and history.
~ Why ~
Having never been to Brooklyn, I found the book fascinating as it has a myriad of creations from Nunu Chocolates in Boerum Hill and Butter & Scotch in Crown Heights to Bagel Hole in Park Slope, La Newyorkina in Red Hook, and Oslo Coffee Roasters in Williamsburg.
~ Why Not ~
If you do not like Brooklyn or live there, the contents of this book may mean nothing to you. I did find it was hard to look up an area or item without having to go to the index to research.
~ Who ~
Author Konig is the director and buyer in New York and hosts cookbook parties. Author Vaughan is a cookbook co-author, recipe developer, and tester. Illustrator Weston loves to photograph people and food.
~ Wish ~
Since I know nothing about the area, I wish the map at the front of the book correlated to the maker’s location. If I wanted to visit a place by viewing the map, I have to look up its name on the joining page, go to the index and look under the area, and find the name and the page number. Since I could not detect the sites were in any particular order, they were hard to understand if there was a pattern.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a book on food and drinks in Brooklyn to give to a person who has recently moved there, are visiting, or are fans of enjoying products produced in the area, this is a perfect gift.
Thanks to Miss Rosen for offering this book to review for my honest opinion.
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