How two Bay Area food writers channeled pandemic stress in their new cookbook, “Steamed”
In “Steamed: A Catharsis Cookbook for Getting Dinner and Your Feelings on the Table” (Running Press; $ 20) authors Rachel Levin and Tara Duggan examine all the ways the act of cooking can be therapeutic. Everyone needs to eat, but there are other reasons to turn to the kitchen: you can unleash aggression by pounding meat for the Pummeled Pork Tonkatsu; cry well while slicing onions for Feeling Sad Onion Soup; or sneak into downtime with a handy recipe like Peace Out Pot o ‘Pintos while the beans simmer on the stovetop.
Levin, a Chronicle collaborator, displays the same wit and humor as exhibited in her previous cookbook, “Eat Something: A Wise Brothers Cookbook for Jews Who Like Food and Food Lovers Who Like Jews” . Columnist Duggan, former associate editor of the Food + Wine section which now covers the climate, brings in the chops of recipes demonstrated in her other cookbooks, including “Root to Stalk Cooking: The Art of Use the Whole Vegetable” (Ten Speed Press).