Thursday, September 29, 2011


Tear your attention from the new Kindles for a moment and contemplate a book, a real book, a very big book of 890 pages. It’s full of proven recipes and explanations of why the recipes work, not just a bunch of professional photos of results that, however attractive, are unrealistic. I wouldn't have known about this book if I hadn't won it on Sherri B's blog, Little House in Paradise. Her contest was simple and generous--just share a recipe and she'd draw the winning one out of a hat. No demands to follow on Twitter or "like" on Facebook or sign up for this or that. It was a gesture of community and sharing instead of publicity and commerce. And my plum sauce recipe won the book!

It's a book for browsing while sitting on the couch or propping on the kitchen counter while you cook. You drool over a description of roasted sweet potatoes: “We wanted a method that gave us potatoes with a nicely caramelized exterior, a smooth, creamy interior, and an earthy sweetness.” That trumps sweet potato fries in both quality and lower calories.

I’ve been roasting lots of vegetables lately with a touch of healthy olive oil for moisture, finding that roasting results in more texture, flavor and sweetness. This book has the definitive directions and oven temperatures for the different types of veggies.

I didn’t really turn to the dessert chapter. The book just sort of fell open to “Fallen chocolate cake, or molten chocolate cake, is an undercooked-in-the-center mound of intense, buttery chocolate cake….We were after individual portions of intensely flavored chocolate cake that had a light texture and an irresistibly runny center.”
“We throw out the rulebook on conventional cooking wisdom and accept nothing at face value….” My kind of place. Thank you, Sherri!

Book with kitchen floor cleaner. No, he didn't drool on it.


  1. You are very welcome Sherry! And I thank you, for a glowing review of the book, I had no idea it was that huge! I think I will ask Santa for it! xo

  2. Congrats on winning. Looks like a beauty!

  3. Congratulations on your win! What a beautiful cover! We bet you get lots of use out of that cookbook.

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  4. Mmmmmm, we look forward to what you make next :)
    Congrats on a great prize!

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  5. Oh yum. Congratulations and enjoy. It appears that you will experience delicious delights from this prize!

  6. Congratulations on your prize. Looks like a fabulous book!

    So what u cookin next we can drool over?

    Big Nose Pokes
    The Thugletsx

  7. Congratulations! We hope you get lots of use from that beautiful book (and that you share what you cook here on your blog)! :)

  8. Woof, we're so happy for you in your new book! I hope you had a lots of learning in that! :)

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