This is an on-going and ever growing list of stuff that I don’t yet have, but would like to!
This is a fantastic book (I really can’t believe I don’t own it already). We filtched the salad dressing “recipe” off an interview on The Splendid Table and haven’t bought a bottle of the pre-made stuff since. This is a great book for anyone who really wants to get into the science of how and why cooking works, or anyone who wants to be able to learn the real fundamentals and be able to create almost anything without have to turn to a recipe. It’s small, short, interesting and fun to read (I borrowed it from the library, but still don’t own it). My birthday is coming up…
I’ve never heard of Nigel Slater before a few weeks ago, but I love the idea of someone both cultivating a garden and then cooking from it. It’s so self-sufficient and extremely appealing. It plays completely into my “live on a farm and raise/make everything we need ourselves” fantasies. I guess you citify all you like, but you really can’t get the hippie 70s upbringing out of a person. A “sneak peak” on Amazon shows a beautiful book. I’m waiting for the new edition to come out in April 2011, just because I don’t want to miss anything that’s been added, and I like the new cover better.
I’m not a Greenspanie (or whatever you would call Dorie Greenspan’s cadre of avid fans) – in fact, I’ve never made anything from the one book of hers that I do own. But the photo on the cover of this book drew me in completely. It looks warm, inviting, simple-yet-complex…and really darn French! Just the cover makes me want to sit right down at Ms. Greenspan’s french table and not only dig into her beautiful food, but have a chat with her about her life, about cooking and anything else she wants to talk about.