The Geometry of Pasta
Caz Hildebrand & Jacob Kenedy
This book seems to have everything you could ever want to know about pasta. The design and illustrations alone are reason enough to add this to my library. NPR reviewed it here:
Fannie's Last Supper by Chris Kimball
The author serves a 12-course Christmas dinner in his Vidtorian home, based on a meal from The Boston Cooking School Cookbook by Fannie Farmer in 1896.
I love the concept of this book. He cooks everything exactly as it was prepared in 1896, on a wood stove. I also love how mega-nerdy this guy is.
The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry by Kathleen Flinn
This one is in rotation on my shelf right now. It's basically Eat, Pray Love... plus with culinary school, minus Julia Roberts/Elizabeth Gilbert (blegh).
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
I'm not sure if I'm ready to read another one of these. I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle recently and while I really enjoyed it, I found it to be a bit preachy at times. But that's a whole other post...
I haven't read any of Michael Pollan's books, but I know some of you have. Are they any good? Which one should I start with?
As for hot dogs...
The following post has been rated PG-13 for grotesque imagery.
It is my personal belief that hot dogs have gotten a bad rap. In a country whose beef standards are dictated by McDonald's, it's kind of strange that the vast majority of Americans scoff at the hot dog. When was the last time you felt the need to rationalize eating more than one in a day? Or tried to order a chili cheese dog at a restaurant without feeling immense shame? Or explained: "They're not for me; they're for the kids..."?
|enjoying a Grey's Papaya hot dog in NYC, in broad daylight.|
We haven't quite adjusted to the change in weather, which is why we haven't been as motivated to venture out to the grocery store, let alone cook a meal. So we've been relying on the Art of Reinventing Leftovers. Tonight's dinner is brought to you by Mandi's Vegetarian Chili (which we haven't given the recipe for yet, but stay tuned...). We bought some organic turkey hot dogs, and wheat buns (happy, hippies?). And after slapping on some cheddar cheese, chopped red onion and veggie chili, had a delicious dinner fit for Mudville's own Casey himself.
|it's a beautiful thing|
Give the hot dog some love! Don't be ashamed. What are your favorite mouth-watering hot dog toppings? Who serves the tastiest dog? If you need to post anonymously, we understand.
Food writing: What are your recommendations?
Tomorrow, Alyssanne will post her pumpkin scone recipe!