This post explores two of my favourite guilty pleasures; Food and Books. It has been a long time coming but I just couldn’t find a minute to pen it….A hurting back and forced bed-rest means I have more time on my hands than I know what to do with so here goes…..
When I wrote the post on Mummy’s Mukimo I was reminded of cookbooks….so I decided to see how well or how badly I was doing on this front.
I was pleasantly surprised. I have a quite the decent collection of cookbooks….each with an interesting story of how it came into the fold. Some of my faves are not even legit cookbooks perse just fiction books with great recipes and food stories.
Cooking Explained by Jill Davis Barbara Hammond
This is the oldest book in my collection. I have had it since High School. It has a plastic cover to protect it and a school stamp to boot.
This book explains the science of food; ingredients, equipment, tools and utensils. etc. It deconstructs how everything in the cooking process works, how raising agents work, conduction, convection etc
I believe understanding this is what makes it so easy for me to cook….I know I swear that food is all heart and soul…but food prep is also an exact science….and either you got it…or you don’t.
Smoothies and Juices
The green smoothie craze of 2013-2014 made me get this….It has two or three kick ass recipes ..the rest just don’t do it for me….
Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
Any foodie worth their weight in salt knows Julia Childs and have probably heard of her books Mastering the Art of French Cooking. So when I came across this memoir it immediately caught my fancy. Julie Powell challenges herself to recreate each of the 524 recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I like the premise of the book but could not bring myself to finish reading it. The book only makes this list because of Julia Childs and the Art of French Cooking which is dear to my heart.
Old Wives recipes, Authentic Recipes from Korea.
This is a beautiful little book with recipes of all my favorite Korean dishes. Sadly I have only tried one dish, bulgogi, grilled beef. The kimchi chigae and tweji-gogi are on my list of stuff to try soon.
Fast & Simple and Chicken
Inspired Ideas for Everyday Cooking
These amazing books were sent to me by a random stranger turned friend. Sometimes when I cook I share the photos online on Facebook or Instagram. I have made several virtual friends who share my passion for good food. So one day I receive theis message in my facebook inbox.
I’m visiting Kenya from the US, I brought you some cook books . If you are interested please let me know where I can drop them off.
I had never met or talked to Mike, I didn’t even get to meet him when the books were delivered. All he asked was that I share pics of my experiments on Facebook.
Talk about ‘bringing people together with food’……
Pasta Step-by-Step Cookbook
You can never ever go wrong with pasta. Some of my heartiests meals have been from this book. I picked this book up from Uchumi Sarit Center is all I remember.
Mexican food is bae. My family lives for mexican themed brunches and parties and my mums flour tortillas can rival any mexicans’. One day i’ll be half as good as she is but for now…I’ll just make everything else.
Perfect Parties by Alison Price
I picked up this book at a lovely bookstore at the airport in Mumbai. Books in India are so well priced, I would go back just to buy books. What caught my eye was the vibrant pink cover and the foreword by Sir Elton John. (Of judging books by their cover). It’s a great book with the most exciting chapter on cocktails in addition to all the other aspects of hosting the perfect party.
Betty Crocker’s Entertaining Basics
Learning to entertain with confidence
Growing up I always thought Betty Crocker was a person much like Martha Stewart or Jamie Oliver…shock on me when I discovered she was a creation of General Mills. I’ve always associated the name with delectable food so if this book promises to get me to entertain with confidence heck yeah!!!
Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesse
A food lovers’ courtship with Recipes
This book is a heartwarming account of a food writer and her new beau, their life in the city and unforgettable meals. This book is a delight to the senses and the pallete.
Flan, Grilled Pineapple with Honey, Fresh Strawberries and Cream
French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano
This must be my absolute favourite non- cookbook food book. Mireille in her book contrasts the American and French lifestyle showing how French Women are able to eat pasta, bread, cheese ,chocolate, drink wine and remain slim while the same can’t be said of American Women. Mireille teaches everything there is to know about eating for sensual pleasure, the art of enjoying cooking, savouring the meal and the drinks that come with it….
Some of my favourite lines from the book
French women know l‘amour fait maigrir (love is slimming).
French women avoid anything that demands too much effort for too little pleasure.
French women choose their own indulgences and compensations. They understand that little things count, both additions and subtractions, and that as an adult everyone is the keeper of her own equilibrium.
French women will dress to take out the garbage (you never know….)
French women love chocolate, especially the dark, slightly bitter, silky stuff with its nutty aroma.
Vivre de pain, d’amour, et d’eau fraîche
Live on Bread, love and fresh water….