Favorite cookbooks!

Jul. 28th, 2014 09:01 pm
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Friends, I love cookbooks, especially the kind that are more than cookbooks. You know -- stuffed with personal anecdotes, or cooking travelogues. Recs would also be welcome! As for the recipes... While I like reading about esoteric recipes that are far from the mundane, I tend to gravitate towards things that I can actually do. I'd consider myself an intermediate level home-cook -- although thanks to a notable business failure of my parents, I do have access to some pretty advanced restaurant equipment. Lemme show you my mixer sometime, it's wild. (This is not a double-entendre ... Unless you want it to be.)

Okay, if you show me yours, I'll show you mine... That is to say, favorite cookbooks. I've narrowed it down to five (which was hard!), and they are as follows:

Under the cut. )
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In light of last month's events (and the dour, dire expectations re England's performance before any of the matches), it was rather amusing to come across this statement in a NYT Book Review clipping from 1996: "England will probably never reach the World Cup final again." In light of the attention paid to Yorkshire (b/c of the start of that bike race that just ended), it was also entertaining to reread the opening of the review, titled "Yorkshire Terrors":


Yorkshire has an established and self-nurtured reputation as a place of heroic complaint. Nothing is ever quite so bad as it is in Yorkshire. The weather is worse, life is harder, the coal mines are deeper and darker and the scenery harsher, you will be told, than in other, softer lands.

Until, of course, someone unlucky enough to be born outside Yorkshire should dare to chime in to this litany of grievance, at which point the Yorkshire native will point out that the beer and cricket are better, the emotions richer, the history deeper, the women kinder and the men braver than anywhere else on earth. The sheer bloody awfulness of life is a badge of honor, to be worn with grim humor in the knowledge that while existence may be easier elsewhere, it could not be better.


- Ben Macintyre, March 31, 1996

well, crap, it is Monday, isn't it

Jul. 28th, 2014 09:39 pm
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

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Jul. 28th, 2014 03:00 pm
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A meteor shower will be visible in North America, peaking in mid-August 2014. But maybe you should look for it now if you want the best viewing opportunities.

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