I’m a lucky gal. One of my best friends from growing up spoils me once a year with a big box of books. It’s usually a mix of novels (some not even released yet) and the rest are-you guessed it-cookbooks that have just come out. I’m like a kid on Christmas morning as I wait for J. to haul the box inside. My friend, the gift giver, is a great judge of what’s a good read and all I need is some time to delve into the big pile of books beside the bed.
So far I’ve read one of the novels and am on my second. I must admit that the first thing I did upon opening the box a week ago was to go through the two travel books that were about Italy. No surprise there! Today I finally pulled five of the cookbooks aside and started savoring them, page by page.
Usually I’m not much for cookbooks by famous chefs, but the new book by Alice Waters-In the Green Kitchen is a book that would be a great gift for someone who maybe is new to cooking and could use some guidance in technique. The subtitle to this book is called Techniques To Learn By Heart and I look forward to sitting down and reading this book cover to cover. Each chapter (technique) is authored by a well known chef or person in the food industry and I know that there are more than a few tips that would serve me well in the kitchen. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been cooking- there’s always something you can learn and you can’t take the basics for granted.
Check back soon for reviews on the rest of my stash!