October 7, 2010

YUM

This time of year sends me flying into the kitchen, as if possessed, like a bloodhound desperate for a scent of impending smell. I want food, delicious aromatic food, yummy to look at and even better to eat. Summer is all about combining fresh and beautiful produce, but not about cooking. There is the delight of a fresh fruit pie or crumble – won’t turn that down -  to make or  eat. August delivers the possibilities of gazpacho along with anything else that can be beautifully carved out of a tomato and fresh basil. But October, ahhhhh, that is when the kitchen is really in her prime. As the evening temp dips down and AC is replaced by heat I heed the beckoning call, persistent and intent. Come back into the kitchen and make something already!

The gorgeous array of cookbooks that bloom in bookstores this time of year entice  me all the more. Clearly my true calling is stirring, sauteeing, baking and roasting. After the latest trolling of our local book store I walked away with three inspiring and mouth watering books. First one, the new Marc Bittman The Food Matters Cook Book. Filled with plant based tantalizing recipes I went running to the store to buy brussell sprouts (and I don’t like brussell sprouts). Next in line In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite by Melissa Clark.  Beautifully written, it is both a pleasure to read as well as cook from. Last but not least, the exquisitely photographed and meticulously researched new book by Dorie Greenspan, Around my French table. What a treat!

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