Cooking our cookbook shelves 2020: this time with more books!

Back in 2017, I took on the task of cooking something from every one of our cookbooks on our bookcase dedicated to them as a productive way to deal with the aftermath of the 2016 election (well, in addition to calling and emailing my senators and representative whenever something crappy was being proposed) and the…

On eating more vegetables with José Andrés’s Vegetables Unleashed.

As I’ve gotten older, I’d like to say that I’ve become much better about eating a wider variety of vegetables but I know I can always do better. A recent trend that has helped that has been the rise of vegetable-driven cookbooks by various celebrity chefs ranging from April Bloomfield to Hugh Acheson. Earlier this…

Lamb shishlik with pistachio tehina sauce from Zahav.

There’s a lot to like about The Deacon, the AirBnB/event space we stayed at for D & E’s wedding, but one of my favorite touches was the small collection of cookbooks they kept in the kitchen. There’s a mix of indie publishers including Cherry Bombe and Lucky Peach (RIP), but I also smiled at seeing…

Making Marc Vetri’s nine-yolk tagliolini with pistachio-orange pesto.

M’s little brother is getting married in June, and he’s asked us to help out with the rehearsal dinner. We’ll be cooking in a brand-new, state-of-the-art facility that’s part Airbnb and part community/event space, and we’re working on finalizing the menu as I write this. We gave him and his fiance the choice between two–one…

Spicy sausage and roasted fennel pizza.

As happy as I am that warm weather is becoming the norm rather than a novelty, I’m a little bummed that this means that it will be very soon time to put away my beloved Baking Steel until the late summer/early fall. I received it for my birthday last year, and between Marc Vetri’s dough…

Mushroom eggs from Basque Country for Sunday brunch.

While I won’t say that every brunch dish we make at home won’t actually be brunch-ish or brunch-adjacent, I have to admit that this new little exercise of ours is encouraging me to scour my cookbooks for the dishes I felt would always be perfect for that time of day first. Since most of them…