Food & Drink

Tomato salad with a kick

From Kathleen Purvis’ blog I’ll Bite, at

If Dana can do it, anyone can do it. That’s the message, anyway, in Dana Cowin’s new cookbook, “Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen: Learning to Cook With 65 Great Chefs and Over 100 Delicious Recipes” (Ecco, $34.99).

Not everyone who writes about food cooks it. In her work as editor-in-chief of Food & Wine magazine, Cowin has to know chefs, restaurants and trends. Recipes? Maybe not so much. So she set out to change that and get the chefs she knows to help her figure out how to cook for herself. The result is a fun book with tips and approachable recipes.

Despite our lingering late summer this year, frost will carry off the last of the seasonal tomatoes soon enough. That will leave us with months of longing for something fresh on our plates. Cowin’s easy salad would be great with the last of the “real” tomatoes, but it will certainly be handy for the grape and cherry tomatoes after they’re gone.