Friday, October 15, 2010

Weekend Reads 10.15.10 Warm Hearth Edition

Since I've been drooling all over a pile of cookbooks lately I figured the least I could do is share a little of the love...not locally though. Sorry friends, I'm not returning these bound bundles of yum to the library until I have to!

First up: Eat Feed Autumn Winter: 30 Ways to Celebrate When the Mercury Drops by Anne Bramley with photographer Tina Rupp.

Dappled with quotes, gorgeous photos, amazing pantry tidbits, and interesting informational anecdotes this is as much a cookbook as it is an afternoon with the most likable and knowledgeable chef you've never met. The fact that there is a section that says "stock up on pickles" doesn't skew my opinion in the least (complete lie). I dare any of you brussels sprouts disparaging crowd to try the "citrus bacon brussels sprouts" just once and report back to all. For the rest of you I assign the "honey ginger carrot and parsnip latkes with créme fraîche". 

I won't even begin to lie - I picked up A Platter of Figs entirely because of the cover. The photography is equally lovely inside as well (by Christopher Hirsheimer) and David Tanis does an excellent job of mixing both more difficult and easier recipes with a variety of flavors. For a taste of the content and the recipes check out this article (which I found because I was trying to figure out if the photographer was also the founder of Saveur - I refuse to believe any one human is that talented but indeed she is. Yes, Christopher is a 'she'. Three cheers for the ladies!). 

Lest I go on forever I've leave you with a beautiful cookbook/memoir hybrid. I'll warn you - about midway through Molly Wizenberg's delightful A Homemade Life, I did a huge ugly, sniffling, the first time you read Of Mice and Men style sobfest. No worries, by the time she gets to the final "Winning Hearts and Minds Cake" recipe whatever part of your heart was broken will be bubbling over with joy. At some point I will stop telling every soul I meet to read this...but I don't see it happening all too soon. FYI - Molly blogs over at: Orangette.

On the virtual print front pretty much all my favorite food blogs got a mention from none other than Gwyneth Paltrow recently - so no need to recreate the wheel, check out her selections here. A blog not mentioned but absolutely should have been is La Tartine Gourmande which I have been reading for an unbelievably long period of time. Béa's growth artistically and otherwise is documented in an astounding way through her blog, recipes, and photography. I've enjoyed her journey and identified with many of her stories of the years - which is why, when we had our daughters within days of each other I was pretty floored, and secretly thrilled we would continue to be, in some small way, in a similar place in our lives. I have so appreciated her contributions over the years and look forward to more.  

Newcomer on the scene who I'm also excited to see more from is Melissa Hartfiel, check her out and give her some love!

If you're not in the mood to read take a peak at this fascinating little video on old-school book printing!

Happy hearts, hearths and weekend everyone!


k said...

I recently bought a cookbook in London called "Cooking for Friends" - by Mary Berry maybe? Maybe I can't remember - but it's such a good mix of older traditional recipes and new ones, I've already tried several!

Sandie {ABL} said...

Since my cookbook collection is so out of control, I try not to buy new without checking them out of the library first (I don't always stick to this rule, but I try). I've not read any that are in your post, but consider me moved to do so. I'm especially interested in #1! (and #2, and

Melissa said...

Thanks for the mention! And the cookbooks are just gorgeous.

Bethany Dirksen said...

That fig cookbook would totally get me too. Just yesterday I was at the grocery store and showed my husband what a fig was (he had no idea) and I just wanted to tear into it and gobble it up!

I just saw your photo on Shrimp Salad Circus and really loved it. Thought I would say hello. I like the style of your blog here. I'm a blogger too (about the world of art) and hope we get to see more of each other in the future!