A holiday all-purpose spice mix and The Cooking Gene for Cook the Books

This month’s Cook the Books Club selection is The Cooking Gene, a fascinating and insightful read. . . . → Read More: A holiday all-purpose spice mix and The Cooking Gene for Cook the Books

Sourdough Pizza Crust with Local Toppings

My sourdough is still ALIVE! And, it makes a pretty killer pizza dough. Join me for this round of Cook the Books Club and Sourdough by Robin Sloan. . . . → Read More: Sourdough Pizza Crust with Local Toppings

Sichuan Cucumber and Noodle Salad for April/May Cook the Books

Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China by Fuschia Dunlop inspired this salad. “I’d really be just as happy with a bowl of noodles.” . . . → Read More: Sichuan Cucumber and Noodle Salad for April/May Cook the Books

The Discovery of Chocolate and Bourbon-Cranberry Chocolate Bark

This round for Cook the Books features The Discovery of Chocolate by James Runcie. Let’s discuss the book with a bourbon-infused confection. . . . → Read More: The Discovery of Chocolate and Bourbon-Cranberry Chocolate Bark

Beet and Leek Farro Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette

I ended up doing two posts inspired from Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King. Her work is the current selection for Cook the Books. Here’s my rendition on an ancient Roman recipe. . . . → Read More: Beet and Leek Farro Salad with Spiced Vinaigrette

Libum (Roman Honey Cakes)

Feast of Sorrow: A Novel of Ancient Rome by Crystal King is the December/January selection for Cook the Books. I was inspired to make a simple honey cake that was used as a sacrifice to the Roman gods. . . . → Read More: Libum (Roman Honey Cakes)

Tarte Flambée

The Cook the Books Club selection this round is The Patriarch by Martin Walker. Here is my dish inspired from this mystery novel. . . . → Read More: Tarte Flambée

Fried Apples ‘n Onions (inspired by Farmer Boy)

This recipe was inspired from Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder, the current Cook the Books selection. . . . → Read More: Fried Apples ‘n Onions (inspired by Farmer Boy)

A Moscow Mule and Pickled Beets

I know this is a weird pairing, a Moscow Mule and pickled beets, but that’s how my mind works when I’m tasked to get inspired from Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking by Anya Von Bremzen for this round of Cook the Books. There’s RED pepper infused vodka and RED wine pickled beets ahead… . . . → Read More: A Moscow Mule and Pickled Beets

Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Arugula and Chèvre

Today’s recipe is featured in Life from Scratch by Sasha Martin, the Cook the Books current selection. . . . → Read More: Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Arugula and Chèvre

My Favorite Reads

Eat, Pray, Love
Running with Scissors
SantaLand Diaries
Me Talk Pretty One Day
Angela's Ashes
Naked
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
My Life in France
Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen: How One Girl Risked Her Marriage, Her Job, and Her Sanity to Master the Art of Living
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise
A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table
The Liars' Club
Code Name Verity
The Paris Wife
The Shoemaker's Wife
The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo: A Novel
Brother of the More Famous Jack
Burying the Honeysuckle Girls


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