As much I enjoy reading food blogs, and I’m really quite addicted…..there’s nothing quite like the feel of a book in your hand. The instant relaxation you feel when settling down with a book and a cup of tea. The glossy photos inspire, and it’s always a nice break for a blogger to be “unplugged.”
Last Sunday our family made a stop at the library on the way home from church. It’s been great now that my 3 1/2 year old is getting old enough to calm down a bit when at the library. Her walking is still a a bit like running, but between the 4 of us
juggling taking turns with her we can all get in a bit of time to browse and select a few books to take home.
I’ve been quite impressed with the cookbook selection since our library reopened last fall (they were closed 1 1/2 years for a major renovation and addition which sent us to a library almost as close, but with a parking lot that was an accident always waiting to happen). Let’s just say I was beyond thrilled when our library reopened!
Last week I picked out many cookbooks and foodie books to peruse over the next few weeks at home, so my plan was to head straight to the kid section with the little one. But I just couldn’t help myself….first a quick stop to look through the “new 14-day book” selection to see what’s new. You know, the newest books published? It’s the section where I checked out As Always, Julia: Letters of Julia Child & Avis DeVoto last month……..
Of course I checked out 3 more books! Take a peek at my choices, I’m sure you’ll agree…
This book was a pleasant surprise. Though I think highly of Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution, I’d never picked up or looked through one of his books. What I love about this book is that it’s an “eye on America” from an outsider. Jamie is excited about his trip across America, and takes the reader along with him.
It’s more than a cookbook……we get to travel and learn about the people and food in five distinct areas of our country: New York, Louisiana, Arizona, Los Angeles, Georgia, and the Wildwest (Wyoming). It’s so cool! His enthusiasm throughout the book as he explores other cultures is evident and refreshing! I’ve got a list of recipes I can’t wait to try, and they all seem easy and tasty. How does Jewish Penicillin sound? It’s a chicken matzo ball soup and looks incredible!
What I love about Ina Garten’s books is the “I’m on vacation” feeling I get when I read and browse through them. All the photos are gorgeous, and her food is fresh with simple wholesome ingredients usually straight from the farm. She shares some great ideas for entertaining in this one. And again….I have many recipes I can’t wait to try.
I was very excited to run into fellow food blogger Gluten-Free Girl Shauna Ahern’s new cookbook! Even if you’re not celiac or have to eat “gluten-free” this cookbook is worth reading. Being diagnosed with celiac did not discourage Shauna in the kitchen…instead her love of food grew as she discovered a new way of life.
I’m thoroughly enjoying learning more about the trials of those that have to live gluten-free, and her love story is fun too! Doesn’t this tagline grab you….”What happens when a successful chef falls in love with a gluten-free girl?” I’ve often been drawn to the science of gluten-free baking, and she describes each of the flours that make up a gluten-free mix in detail.
What are your recent finds at the library? Anything you’d recommend?