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Fondue Is Just the Beginnings


Yes, that’s the Matterhorn on the cover of this handsome, substantial cookbook and guide to the Alpine region of Europe. The book tours the mostly snow-covered terrain of Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland, with plates of mostly rustic comfort food at every welcoming inn and warming hut. Who knew there could be so many bread soups? It’s a book to enjoy when it blusters outdoors, even without a plane ticket to Europe or a pair of skis. A simple but classic dish of goulash from the Alto Adige in Italy, not Hungary, illustrates the reach of the Austro-Hungarian empire. A venison ragout can enrich a winter menu, as can Tyrolean hash with an egg, rösti potatoes, Savoie-style mushrooms and a Mont Blanc chestnut tart. But herbal Swiss Ricola (as in cough drops) ice cream? Think twice. The author, a Canadian and a skier, offers advice on visiting the area.

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Written by Florence Fabricant

Why Après-Ski Is Passé


WHEN IT came to writing “Alpine Cooking,” the ambitious new recipe-collection-cum-atlas, Meredith Erickson knew what she was doing; she’d already coauthored a string of successful cookbooks. But this one really tested her limits. She began exploring the Alps in her late 20s. “I couldn’t ski and I was afraid of heights,” she said. “Great start.” But as she gained confidence and ventured off the well-worn runs of Switzerland, France, Austria and Italy, she learned what real mountain food is. “I was eating better at 4,000 meters than anywhere else,” she said. Recently she planted her ski poles long enough to share a few tips.

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Written by Beth Kracklauer

The Cookbook Author Who Thinks Dressing Up Is ‘Overrated’


Meredith Erickson built her career as a writer and a foodie, and with her most recent project, she can add solo traveler and Alps expert to the list. Following her breakout cookbook collaboration with the men behind Joe Beef, the groundbreaking Montreal restaurant famous for its hedonistic take on French food, Erickson has spent the past six years obsessively researching and writing her first solo book of recipes, Alpine Cooking. What started as a two-year long delve into authentic mountain cooking quickly turned into six years of traveling through Italy, Austria, Switzerland, and France in search of the best food and the most memorable stories. The cinematic, 354-page compendium reads like a travelogue with recipes that punctuate the narrative. We spoke with Erickson about her dream vacation, gin cocktails, and wearing a T-shirt until it falls apart.

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Written by Zoe Juanitas 

How Meredith Erickson Became the Queen of Cookbooks 


Born in Windsor, Ont., Erickson catapulted to the spotlight in 2011 with the critically acclaimed The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, co-authored with chef-owners David McMillan and Frederic Morin. Named one of the best cookbooks of the year by Barnes and Noble and Publishers Weekly, the book was praised by both culinary legend Alice Waters and the editors of Bon Appétit.

Erickson's life hasn't been the same since. Now, she shares a literary agent with Anthony Bourdain and Lena Dunham. Her schedule is full until the end of 2019: recent publications include books for the Portland, Ore. restaurants Le Pigeon and Olympia Provisions, and a collaboration with the iconic London hotel Claridge's drops in early November.

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Written by Joanna Fox

The 10 cookbooks you’ll want to give — and get — this holiday season


“Alpine Cooking: Recipes and Stories From Europe’s Grand Mountaintops” by Meredith Erickson excels at whisking its reader away to the chalets and cabins the Alps where rich, hearty meat and cheese dishes help sustain during the frigid temperatures. You can taste speck dumplings from the Italian side then learn the proper way to fondue over in Switzerland afterward. The ambitious but awe-inspiring Bonét Torinese, a towering chocolate and amaretti cake shaped to look like the Hotel La Torre in Sauze d’Oulx, is a top contender for the centerpiece of your holiday table.

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Written by Genevieve Ko, Ben Mims

Drinking with Joe Beef


Considering how hard it can be to get a reservation at Montreal’s Joe Beef, there’s really no such thing as a bad seat. Yet I’d wager that I’ve got the best in the house, tucked away in a back booth with chef and co-owner (along with Frédéric Morin) David McMillan, wine director Vanya Filipovic and Meredith Erickson, who started as a server the first day the restaurant opened, in 2005, and co-authored the group’s first cookbook, The Art of Living According to Joe Beef, and their latest, Joe Beef: Surviving the Apocalypse.

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Written by Jason Diamond

On The Airwaves


Prince Street

Meredith Erickson talks with Howie Kahn about the personal crises that inspired Alpine Cooking.

Milk Street Radio

Meredith Erickson takes us on an Alpine journey to discover the food and pleasures of the little-known hutsabove 3,000 feet.


Meredith Erickson takes host Markus Hippi through her new cookbook, which concerns the peak of Alpine cooking.


Meredith Erickson talks to Sonali Karnick about the recipes and the experience of putting together her first solo cookbook.

Cherry Bombe

Cherry Bombe talks with author Meredith Erickson about her first solo cookbook, and what makes Alpine cuisine so unique.

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