It’s a bit of a crazy week for me; my parents are in town, along with about fifteen of my Filipino relatives — which may sound like a lot, but considering that over half of them are still in the Philippines, this is just a teensy percentage of my family. I’ve been playing tour guide and chauffeur, as well as putting my apartment up as a rest stop in between shopping sprees and lobsters.
So, in the midst of this all, the cookbooks I ordered arrived in a series of packages — with the exception of two (more on those in a second). I love cookbooks, but I tend to buy them in a bunch like so many tulips, and I almost always buy them used, as they inevitably end up battered and splattered. I’m super-excited to stick Post-Its to the recipes I’ll try first, make shopping lists, pair sides with entrées…
The two cookbooks I mentioned earlier are Michel Guérard‘s La Cuisine Minceur, which my mother let me steal the last time I was in New York, and Jamie Oliver‘s Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life, an unexpected early birthday gift from my friend Ben. He included a note: “I love this cookbook — the design, the layout, the recipes. Plus, I bet you can have fun with it with your CSA stuff, so it couldn’t wait until October.” How nice is that?
Here’s a list of the other cookbooks in the stack, which I am sure I will be referencing quite a bit in the near future:
- Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon
- The Weekend Baker by Abigail Johnson Dodge
- The American Heart Association’s Low-Calorie Cookbook
- The New England Soup Factory Cookbook by Marjorie Druker and Clara Silverstein
- The 1200-Calorie-Day Menu Cookbook by Nancy Hughes
- A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes by David Tanis
- The Zuni Café Cookbook by Judy Rodgers