Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cooking inspiration

I had an hour or so at Borders the other night and found myself with huge cookbooks from culinary institutes and Williams Sonoma piled on either side of my cooshy chair. You could spend a lot of money on cookbooks...a lot. I caved to the beauty and elegance and bought a book, but I ended up returning it the next day. When I started to realize how many bunches of fresh herbs or bottles of decent red wine I could buy for the price of a cookbook, I became deeply grateful for the return policy.



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In exchange for my overpriced return, I found a fantastic book on the bargain table for $7.99 plus tax. Subtitled 900 recipes and thousands of ideas, The Ultimate Cookbook by Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough is one cooking tome I will turn to often, for those ordinary granola making days and for more multi-course special occasions. Coming soon to my dining table: Malt Waffles, Tomatillo Salsa, Thai Beef Salad, Fish Saute with Oranges and Rosemary, and Ginger Cauliflower Soup. (Note to my gagging about Cauliflower Soup sons: I am making this for your sister when she comes home for Spring break...and not for you! So there!)

"Spontaneity is overrated at 6:30 p.m."
Weinstein & Scarbrough

5 comments:

Zack Russell said...

Cooking inspiration! Yes! Always a good thing.

Zack Russell said...

Cooking inspiration! Yes! Always a good thing.

A Circle of Quiet said...

No mention of the cauliflower soup, Zack? I was so hoping for a strong response (-:

Your Mother

Mark Scarbrough said...

Hey. Thanks for getting our book. I can't wait to see what you make from it. Let me know. (And you did get it for a bargain!)

A Circle of Quiet said...

Mark,
GREAT to hear from you. Sorry about the bargain!!! As I type we are cooking malt waffles. THEY ARE FABULOUS. As the mother of four teenagers (and one CONSTANTLY hungry eleven year old) I can't thank you enough for that one recipe (let alone the other 899.)
Diane