It’s not often that I recommend a book before I’m finished reading it (and by “not often,” I mean that it’s something I’ve never done). But here we are, and I have a book for you.
It wasn’t long after starting to read The Odyssey that I decided that if I wanted to retain my ability to finish a book, I should probably read something written more recently than 1000 years ago. So I made my trek to the Wheaton Public Library with a very specific goal: this book. After searching through many, many books with nearly the same call number, I found it, went through the hassle of sitting down with the little old ladies who run the library, signing things, filling out forms, watching them print out my name on a little label-maker, and getting my library card.
But I’m telling you, it’s worth it. This book doesn’t only have happy little stories about food and all the people the author grew up with, but it also has recipes. Lots of them. For delicious things like banana bread with chocolate and crystallized ginger. Like little corn cakes with bacon, tomato, and avocado. Like a bread salad with cherries, arugula, and goat cheese (a little weird, but delicious, I’m sure). Like fresh ginger cake with caramelized pears. Like rum cream pie with a graham cracker crust (though I’d be hard-pressed to find rum in Wheaton). So excited.
Get it, read it, eat it.
And do visit the woman’s blog. It’s a winner.