Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Cookbook Bonanza for a Cookbook Addict: Is this a Good or Bad Thing?
I was good. I didn't buy or acquire a cookbook for a long time. At least six months. My husband was proud of me for not clogging up yet another bookshelf with treasure troves of recipes I would never make.
Then Christmas came. And the cookbooks came wrapped in pretty paper from friends and family. Okay, some came wrapped in a Barnes & Nobles bag hidden in my car and bought by me. But that's not the point.
I asked for the Momofuku cookbook, which my brother bought for me at the flagship restaurant, signed by David Chang. Oh this is a good one. I devoured the stories, and I actually did cook from the cookbook (more to come in future posts).
My friend Bonnie Klein recommended Urban Italian, and the food writing is absolutely delectable. Andrew is also a fellow Clevelander, and I applaud him, Michael Symon, and Michael Ruhlman for raising the town's culinary profile.
My husband gave me The Flavor Bible, which I really wanted. A reference book, I like this one a lot since it doesn't have recipes but lists of ingredients and complementary ingredients. For those of us who don't do too well following recipes and like to free flow cook, this book inspires and promotes creativity in the kitchen.
While my bookcases are overflowing now, there's always hope. I can make a New Year's resolution to not get any more cookbooks. And we all know how New Year's resolutions work out ...