Saturday, July 31, 2010

on the bookshelf

This summer I've gotten into taking cookbooks out from the local library. There are so many good reasons for this. First off, I'm there once a week for the kids anyway.  I do it for novels; why not cookbooks?  Secondly, renewals make the books almost as good as mine. That is until one of you reads this and requests for me to have to return one of these.

Also, I've been known to buy a cookbook only to find one or two good recipes in it.  Often, I just get the feeling of a book and am able to recreate the general idea for a recipe or series of dishes.  It's not that I have a photographic memory and am making the exact recipe. The exposure to the photographs and the descriptive text leaves me with enough of a sense of what the author is going for.  It's not that I never follow an exact recipe.  I just tend to cook emotionally, not mathematically.  This is why I particularly enjoyed Michael Ruhlman's RATIO.  With the base of these formulas, your creativity can go wild. 

The mother in me suggests that you check out your local library to see if they have any of these in stock.  Your tax dollars at work. Otherwise peruse your local bookstore.  Or if you have to, I find Amazon to be the easiest way to get books into my house.  I've linked my blog with Amazon so that you can add them directly to your Amazon cart. Creepily easy. (The formatting for these book images won't align correctly, despite looking fine in the blog preview.) 

Below are a few of this summer's choices.  Keep tuned for this segment to return. 


Lilies of the Field said...

was on my to do list today _ go to the NP library down the street, didn't make it though...
set up the WORKING sewing machine instead!!

favorite line. "I just tend to cook emotionally, not mathematically." spot on.

Lilies of the Field said...

you need to set up one of those amazon associates account. you can get a cool widget for the books. .. . then you get $ too if anyone buys them by linking from you..

zegliano said...

yeah - that's what i did

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