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What food-related books are you reading? (2016 -)

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John Lanchester's A Debt to Pleasure.   I realize that this book is meant to be a tease, but the protagonist is such an unlikable pompous putz that I have to keep slapping myself upside the head not to get infuriated with him and abandon it.    Almost half way through and I'm told that's about where it starts getting good.    In the meantime, swap, swap....

 

Furthermore...while most critiques praise his food knowledge and the breezy recipes, I have had many quibbles with descriptions of a dish, procedure and seasonings.    But it is, we have to accept, written from a British POV.  

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I read an article about that book and her journey on Eater (I think).  It was really interesting and I'd love to read the book.  I love how she started out with this idee fixe about what she was going to find in the towns and how her perspective changed when she met the people running the restaurants.  

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Some weeks back @FauxPassent a copy of Susan Musgrave’s book A Taste of Haida Gwaii to @Kerry Beal. Knowing how much of a child I am when it comes to opening parcels, Kerry brought the package containing the book over to my house so I could open it. I was just so amazed to see it was a book by Susan Musgrave. Susan was one of my very early mentors when I was learning to write for publication. I asked Kerry if I could borrow the book for a few days and a few days of turned into a few weeks, mea culpa.
 
 Susan was married 20+ years to one of Canada’s most notorious bank robbers.  Steven Reid was a member of the Stopwatch Gang. But if she is notorious for that, she is famous for her poetry and other writings. 
 
This book is much more than a recipe book although it does include many recipes from the bed and breakfast, Copper Beech House, which she acquired in 2010. It is part history, part travelogue, part autobiography. It always reveals Susan‘s irreverence for anything and everything. 
 
I am very much reminded of The Art of Living According to Joe Beef. 
 
The photography is phenomenal and I’m sure the recipes are worthy although most are a bit beyond my current capabilities. Some of the ingredients are foraged. 
 
Now I can return the book to Kerry. I feel bad about having held onto it so long. 
 
 
 
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"Cooking is about doing the best with what you have . . . and succeeding." John Thorne

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5 minutes ago, Anna N said:
Some weeks back @FauxPassent a copy of Susan Musgrave’s book A Taste of Haida Gwaii to @Kerry Beal. Knowing how much of a child I am when it comes to opening parcels, Kerry brought the package containing the book over to my house so I could open it. I was just so amazed to see it was a book by Susan Musgrave. Susan was one of my very early mentors when I was learning to write for publication. I asked Kerry if I could borrow the book for a few days and a few days of turned into a few weeks, mea culpa.
 
 Susan was married 20+ years to one of Canada’s most notorious bank robbers.  Steven Reid was a member of the Stopwatch Gang. But if she is notorious for that, she is famous for her poetry and other writings. 
 
This book is much more than a recipe book although it does include many recipes from the bed and breakfast, Copper Beech House, which she acquired in 2010. It is part history, part travelogue, part autobiography. It always reveals Susan‘s irreverence for anything and everything. 
 
I am very much reminded of The Art of Living According to Joe Beef. 
 
The photography is phenomenal and I’m sure the recipes are worthy although most are a bit beyond my current capabilities. Some of the ingredients are foraged. 
 
Now I can return the book to Kerry. I feel bad about having held onto it so long. 
 
 
 
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Funny - was just thinking I need to fetch that home today - in exchange for the latest book I have obtained!

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11 hours ago, Kerry Beal said:

Funny - was just thinking I need to fetch that home today - in exchange for the latest book I have obtained!

OK so this latest book is already the bane of my life. It is Too Many Chiefs Only One Indian. This is not a coffee table book – – this is a dining room table book provided the dining room table is very well constructed and can take some weight.  Sheesh. It is a restaurant book and one I am most unlikely to want to cook from but I’m still interested in at least leafing through it.  It will only happen on days when I can manage a breakfast of champions to give me the strength to wrestle with it. 

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12 hours ago, Anna N said:

Some weeks back @FauxPassent a copy of Susan Musgrave’s book A Taste of Haida Gwaii to @Kerry Beal. Knowing how much of a child I am when it comes to opening parcels, Kerry brought the package containing the book over to my house so I could open it. I was just so amazed to see it was a book by Susan Musgrave. Susan was one of my very early mentors when I was learning to write for publication. I asked Kerry if I could borrow the book for a few days and a few days of turned into a few weeks, mea culpa.

 

Ha, @Kerry Beal mentioned she was going to let you check it out first! I am just so pleased that someone else was able to enjoy it! I found it a fun read and thought Kerry might enjoy it, given her time on the Queen Charlottes aka Haida Gwaii. I am even more pleased that you were also interested in it! 

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11 hours ago, Anna N said:

OK so this latest book is already the bane of my life. It is Too Many Chiefs Only One Indian. This is not a coffee table book – – this is a dining room table book provided the dining room table is very well constructed and can take some weight.  Sheesh. It is a restaurant book and one I am most unlikely to want to cook from but I’m still interested in at least leafing through it.  It will only happen on days when I can manage a breakfast of champions to give me the strength to wrestle with it. 

 

That's probably the best looking restaurant book ever! I have similar feelings, I bought it when it came out years ago and still haven't read it, just for the fear of ruining it. I must remember to buy a pair of white silk gloves.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, teonzo said:

 

That's probably the best looking restaurant book ever! I have similar feelings, I bought it when it came out years ago and still haven't read it, just for the fear of ruining it. I must remember to buy a pair of white silk gloves.

 

 

 

Teo

 

Teo - I told her to feel free to get it dirty or let the kittens chew it if she wants. I'd like to see it looked at!

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For about the fourth or fifth time, "Hometown Appetites, The Story of Clementine Paddleford."  As more of the great food writers and journalists fade away, and the great food magazines of yesteryear are gone, I'm drawn more and more to these folks.  

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5 hours ago, David Ross said:

For about the fourth or fifth time, "Hometown Appetites, The Story of Clementine Paddleford."  As more of the great food writers and journalists fade away, and the great food magazines of yesteryear are gone, I'm drawn more and more to these folks.  

Hometown Appetites.jpg

I love that book!  It is on my "Keeper shelf" - never to give up because I, too, re-read it every couple of years.  

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9 hours ago, Kerry Beal said:

Teo - I told her to feel free to get it dirty or let the kittens chew it if she wants. I'd like to see it looked at!

 

The voice of reason! I need to get past my obsession of keeping my books in pristine conditions. Time to pick this Sat Bains book off the shelves and finally read it. I remember liking the idea of the charts about the 5 tastes for each dish, unfortunately nobody followed this idea (at least I haven't seen any other book). Maybe I'll find the courage to tear away the page with "king" Roux, I found that photo really really sad, the book can only get better without it.

 

 

 

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I just finished Caroline Eden's Black Sea Dispatches and Recipes Through Darkness and Light.  Was hoping for insight on the foods of Georgia; unfortunately Eden never made it quite that far.  Interesting travelogue nonetheless.  It's said Tamerlane put to death five percent of the earth's population.

 

 

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11 hours ago, teonzo said:

 

The voice of reason! I need to get past my obsession of keeping my books in pristine conditions.

Yup!  My late husband, bless his soul, missed so many fantastic photography opportunities because he didn’t want to get his expensive camera wet, sandy, bumped or bruised. And a beloved aunt died with so much stuff in mint condition that she had “saved for a rainy day”.  Use your stuff. Enjoy your stuff. That’s what it’s for. 

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I am on book five of a series about a French policeman, setting in the fictional town of St. Denis, in the Dordogne region of France.  Bruno Courrèges is the character and the author is Martin Walker.  There is so much about French food  and wines and the making, eating and drinking thereof woven into each book.   Quite wonderful. 

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3 hours ago, Anna N said:

Yup!  My late husband, bless his soul, missed so many fantastic photography opportunities because he didn’t want to get his expensive camera wet, sandy, bumped or bruised. And a beloved aunt died with so much stuff in mint condition that she had “saved for a rainy day”.  Use your stuff. Enjoy your stuff. That’s what it’s for. 

 

You are absolutely right!

I was half joking because I really wanted to tear off that page with king Roux, I can't stand people taking themselves so seriously. I recalled how much I paid for the book and put it on the shelf. Haven't touched it from then because of my backlog combined to lack of time, for example my books of elBulli 2005-11 are still in the shrink wrap and I got it more than 5 years ago. I started reading an old confectionery book about 2 months ago and am about 1/3 of it...

 

 

 

Teo

 


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1 hour ago, Darienne said:

I am on book five of a series about a French policeman, setting in the fictional town of St. Denis, in the Dordogne region of France.  Bruno Courrèges is the character and the author is Martin Walker.  There is so much about French food  and wines and the making, eating and drinking thereof woven into each book.   Quite wonderful. 

 

I LOVE Inspector Bruno! And his basset hound!

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6 hours ago, teonzo said:

 

You are absolutely right!

I was half joking because I really wanted to tear off that page with king Roux, I can't stand people taking themselves so seriously. I recalled how much I paid for the book and put it on the shelf. Haven't touched it from then because of my backlog combined to lack of time, for example my books of elBulli 2005-11 are still in the shrink wrap and I got it more than 5 years ago. I started reading an old confectionery book about 2 months ago and am about 1/3 of it...

 

 

 

Teo

 

I am trying to find a compromise where I can leaf through the book but not let the kittens have their way with it. Right now I have it open on the table they haven’t yet discovered. And I have started reading it. And what do you know? The chef and I have something in common. We were both born in Derby!


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