A seemingly delectable book on literature's feasts.
In the past month, I've made this recipe for creamy one-pot pasta with leeks no less than five times; it hails from the kitchen of Ashley Rodriguez, the voice behind Not Without Salt, and is nothing short of wonderful and easy.
"Part cookbook, part social and cultural history" and Bloomsbury, this is the kind of book I'd like to write myself one day.
A version of this cauliflower has been making its rounds on the internet for the past few months and seems like an ideal veggie centerpiece. It's on my must-try-and-soon list.
Speaking of veggies, for those of us drowning in carrots thanks to CSA boxes and the like, this salad may sound like a fair amount of work, but also an inviting way--avocado, sour cream!--of getting your daily/weekly/monthly fix of beta-carotene.
I don't always feel that I've got a good palate for wine tasting (I know what I like, but never taste the "essence of sour cherries with vanilla and spices" that the bottle describes), but the amazingly sweet and fragrant wine--Viansa Aleatico with rose, strawberry and lychee--that I tried on a recent trip to Sonoma made me question this belief.
For those of you interested in what's going on at the jam blog (the above photo is from my Republic of Jam tasting), I recently published an interview with jam master Lynnette Shaw of Republic of Jams over there. We talked Oregon, berry history and how her company got started; it's an inspiring read!
I'm always linking to Diana Henry, but that's because I like how she writes about food with a literary sensibility; this piece, which described her lifelong love affair with cookbooks, reminds me that sometimes it's best to stick with the classics. I suppose this is why I've lately been having my own love affair with Jane Grigson, which was partly fueled by the sound of this soup and these dumplings.
For the adventurous bakers out there, familiarize yourselves with Basque Cake and discover what cake batter plus pastry cream can do.
Finally, a firsthand look at the making of a cookbook with lovely shots of Paris for those of us with spring fever and eternal wanderlust.
I'll be back soon with tales of Tahoe and Greek Easter...and hopefully a recipe since I've been out of the kitchen for too long.