May 18, 2008

Cookbooks as Gifts

Why is it so special to get a cookbook as a gift?

As I've learned from The Splendid Table, food is about much more than cooking. Their taglines: "for people who love to eat" and "the show of life's appetites" represent this. Food is part of our patchwork culture; it's part of the everyday. Food is the star of the show when we celebrate a special occasion. Food is our survival and tradition. It's no wonder why food is intimate to us all.

When you think of it this way, it becomes obvious why it's special to share tidbits of your experiences with food with another--via a trusted and beloved cookbook.

The recipes represent a memories of dishes prepared and enjoyed. The recipes represent a look into the future--recipes that will be made and enjoyed for years to come.

When you give someone a trusted cookbook, you're giving them part of your experience. And a bit of enjoyment to be used throughout the future years.

May 14, 2008

Sandwich Bliss

Yesterday I indulged in a Mediterranean sandwich from a cafe...
  • chevre cheese
  • kalamata olives
  • zucchini
  • spinach
  • garlic/olive oil
... on caraway rye.

Just another way you can take an ordinary sandwich and make it something spectacular.

Try it!

May 01, 2008

Vintage Cookie Book

My mom returned a book to me that I didn't even remember as mine; it's an old cookbook that is completely adorable. It's a "vintage" cookbook originally published in 1973. It's called The Cookie Book by Eva Moore.

There's 12 recipes, one for each month of the year. Each cookie relates (somewhat) to the season at hand. And I love the motherly tone it takes in instructing children to be responsible little bakers.

  • "Wash your hands, and put on an apron."
  • "Ask a grownup to light the oven if you don't know how, or if you are not allowed to light it yourself."
  • "After you finish baking, wash the dishes and clean up the kitchen. Then you may want to invite your friends for cookies and milk."
  • "YUM! They are crisp and buttery and good."
  • "The look delicious! They smell delicious! They are delicious! Fit for a king."
Check out these shots. And look for more fun (old and new) cookbooks to come.
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