Tuesday, December 29, 2009

foodie reads

I love to eat.
I love to prepare food.
I love to read about people who are surrounded by food.

We used to do a Book of the Month feature for our scheduled classes and I have lately been considering bringing this back... Maybe on this blog? These are a few books I have read in the past month and some that were given to me for Christmas.

Making time for a book is such a treat.

Shark's Fin and Sichuan Pepper
-My absolute favourite read of the year. If you love Chinese food, the real thing, you must read this. I want to be Fushia, I want to buy rabbits and skin them myself, I want to scale fish as they are still alive, I want to fill my mouth with heat packed peppers and remember that special food-related moment.

Don't Try This at Home
- A great book for bedtime reading. Each chapter is a culinary anecdote from chefs around the world...

Julia Child, a Life
-I did not truly know Julia Child and had not yet seen 'The Movie' - this was an entertaining and quick read. Is it all accurate? I do not know, but it seems like a good intro for a larger than life personality.

A Year In My Kitchen
-Skye loves eating and it shows. Stunning pictures, lovely recipes that you want to try, now. If only the market was still open...

Jamie at Home
- I did not know Jamie Oliver, in fact, I avoided him as I thought he was just another of those good-looking-let's-brand-name-him chefs... This is a truly yummy book that made me want to get lost in the woods for a couple of days, catch deer, cook it with whatever I found in the surroundings.

My Year of Meat
-My current read. A Japanese television show meant to encourage beef consumption using American housewives as 'role models'. It gives me the giggles every page...


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tis' the season to be busy...

We often feel like Santa's elves in the office at this time of year.
Packaging gifts certificates, more, more, more!

This was our pile at around 2pm yesterday. It kept growing and growing. This morning, we start over.

Kitchen is rocking, day events, evening events. Every day a new menu, another group to welcome - never the same. It is a fascinating journey each time: the initial contact, the excitement, how we all want this to be the best party ever for friends, family and colleagues. Making every detail count.