Sunday, May 20, 2012
Cooking the books (a seasonal blog event)
So, have any of you gotten funny looks because you read cookbooks like novels? I think my coworkers are used to it by now. =) It helps that they like the baked goods that come from the recipes I discover. I'm trying to reduce the number of cookbooks I buy, since my shelves are almost overflowing and I haven't done justice to the books I already have.
My favorite cookbooks are the sort that have lots to read besides the recipes. I love to hear about how the authors come up with recipes--the stories behind the food. I also like to read about recipe testing and technique. I realized recently that a lot of the fiction that I like to read includes a lot of writing about food as well. I read a few authors that are all about the food, even including recipes in the books. (They tend to be mystery or suspense writers--I wonder why that is?) The more I thought about it, the more I wondered what books other food bloggers like to read, whether cookbooks or other books.
That gave me a great idea for the theme of our latest seasonal blog event--Cooking the Books. (You can read about the start of the seasonal blog events here.) I've invited my blogging friends to share a dish inspired by one of their favorite authors, whether it's a author of cookbooks or other literary works. Everyone is welcome to join--just post some time this week, and leave your link below so that everyone else can read about what you made. I can't wait to see everyone's contributions!