Cooking For Geeks

Can I just tell you how much I love this book? It has to be one of the coolest cookbooks out there. I’m serious. Not only does it have recipes for you to try in here, but it explains the science of it too.  It tell you the “how” and the “why” which is just what a geek and a kitchen newbie need and want.  Cooking For Geeks will inspire you to be more creative in the kitchen, because you understand how things work instead of just throwing it all together. However, as cool as the science of cooking is, the interviews are the best! There are interviews with researchers, food scientists, knife experts, chefs, and writers!  My favorite interview has to be with Adam Savage from Mythbusters.  His answers just made me laugh (you’ll  have to read the book about what myths about roadkill he’d love to do!).

This is a book for everyone — the kid going to college, a novice in the kitchen, and even somebody who has been cooking for 30 years.  I can guarantee you will learn something by reading Cooking For Geeks!

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Barilla Share The Table

I luck out that my kids are still little.  It is pretty easy for us to have dinner every night together(though we sometimes are missing my husband due to being stuck in traffic), and we usually do. However, as my kids get older, I know this will become more difficult.

Barilla has started a “Share the Table” program to help families make the most out of their dinnertime together. Their website offers recipes from chefs like Mario Batali and tips on how families can make meal times more meaningful in bringing families together.  They even have “Pasta Friday Sweepstakes” with weekly winners.  They win pasta and pasta sauce.  They also have the “Mealtime Moments Contest,” which gives families who commit to making a better mealtime experience,  the opportunity to share  stories and win select prizes throughout the summer. If you become a fan of meaningful meals at ShareTheTable.com, Barilla will donate $1 to Meals on Wheels Association of America.  They help seniors get the nutritious meals.

We are a pasta family.  Our favorite noodle, I think is spaghetti.  My kids just like it the best.  Of course, the brand we like is Barilla.  However, I like all their pasta sauces.  We like to mix and match our sauce, and it just depends what we are in the mood for that night.  I’d have to say I recommend them all.  🙂

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Barilla and received products necessary to facilitate my candid review.

American Food Writing: An Anthology With Classic Recipes

Did you know that Thomas Jefferson was the first American to write a recipe for ice cream? Did you know that Mrs. Hill’s New Cook Book was the major southern cookbook published in the aftermath of the Civil War?  If not, you definitely need to read American Food Writing: An Anthology With Classic Recipes.  This is an excellent collection of essays, anecdotes, and recipes that span over three centuries (and yes, some of the old recipes aren’t too bad either!).  There is really interesting chapter on the thirteen course meal (I am still trying to figure out how to eat that much and can you imagine the dishes?!?).  There are more than 50 recipes that range from vintage (like the Thomas Jefferson’s ice cream recipe) to modern (like Lady Bird’s Pedernales Chili). Some surprising authors that are included in here are Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Walt Whitman, Thomas Wolfe, Willa Cather, and Langston Hughes.  Who knew they all were interested in food?  Chefs and critics discuss culinary philosophies and offer advice on the finer points of techniques too. This is a must have for all foodies.

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