Celebrating Good Books: International Book Week

Celebrating Good Books: International Book Week

In celebration of International Book Week, I thought I’d share five favorite books on cooking, food and delicious inspiration.  These are the books that I use, read and refer to quite often, which is why they made the list.

Entertaining by Martha Stewart
I always keep my hardcover first edition (found at a vintage book shop) handy and refer to it often.  I think these are her best recipes ever!

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
A must-have for anyone in the kitchen, no?


I took this photo of Ming Tsai goofing off in Takashi Yagihashi’s kitchen

French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork and Corkscrew by Peter Mayle
I laughed and delighted my way through France via Mr. Mayle’s humor and good wit.


Simply Ming: One Pot Meals by Ming Tsai
I love the simplicity and freshness of a quick stir-fry and breakout my woks whenever I can.

Mexico: One Plate at a Time by Rick Bayless
His recipes and techniques are so good, so detailed and so easy to follow.

Obviously, there are many, many more great food and cooking books out there…. These are just the top five that came to my mind.  Feel free to share your favorites!


Making Bread the Jim Lahey Way

I recently purchased a copy of My Bread by Jim Lahey.  Was it really worth all of the buzz it’s been getting?  At first, I largely ignored the book.  After all, who wants to slave away in the kitchen making bread??

Then I caught a segment on the Martha Stewart show where Lahey and Martha make a carrot bread.  His method really seemed too easy to believe.  By the end of the segment, I knew I wanted the book.

The first recipe I tried was the Olive Bread.  Here’s my photo montage of the recipe, step-by-step.  I can’t believe how easy it was!  No mixing, no kneading.  Simply measure out the ingredients and then bake.  The best part, the bread really is delicious!  It’s bakery quality and I love it!!

My Apple Bread just came out of the oven.  I have posted pics and step by step instructional review right here!