Cookbook with a twist

Discussion in 'Kitchen Appliances, Cookware, Gadgets & Cookbooks' started by Cherry Kirschenbaum, Nov 19, 2018.

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  1. Cherry Kirschenbaum

    Cherry Kirschenbaum Regular Member

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    London
    This Saturday I went to a literary festival, and specifically to attend a talk by a food blogger who wrote a cookbook on the back of her blog last year. Her name is Kate Young and her blog is about recreating meals from novels that she's read - from classics to modern literature. I find this such a simple idea but one where you think to yourself 'How has no one done this earlier??'

    Anyways, she read a few paragraphs of her book, The Little Library Cookbook, and it was so skillfully written as well - it's a mixture between memoir of her life, touching on universal topics like being home sick but learning to build a home for yourself wherever you might go (which really resonated with me), and a recipe book that enables you to literally take reading a novel one step further (like 3D reading I guess :laugh:)

    Apart from highly recommending this book, if you haven't read it, I wanted to see whether you have come across other ones that have something special about them, beyond great recipes and pretty pictures?

    I often give cookbooks as gifts to friends who are as passionate about food as I am, but decided I should be a bit more creative for Christmas this year!
     
  2. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    That sounds like a 'novel' way of writing a cookbook - sorry about the pun! How does she develop the recipes though? I mean, unless the book specifically mentions food. If not then is it just impressionistic and improvised based on the 'flavour' of the book? Sorry - another pun. :)

    I'll have a look for the book. Thanks for the recommendation.
     
  3. Cherry Kirschenbaum

    Cherry Kirschenbaum Regular Member

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    London
    That's a good point, I haven't given much thought to be fair. I believe she tries to stick to the detail provided in the book as much as possible, and then fill in the gaps. However, since I hadn't read her blog, nor the book before I went to the event, I didn't think to ask :unsure:
     
  4. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    For anyone curious the blog is here: http://thelittlelibrarycafe.com. What she seems to be doing is riffing off the mentions of food or meals in the books. Great fun!
     
  5. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    I got a few retro cookbooks from the '70s plus a new Betty Crocker cookbook. Love some of the old recipes in them!! :wink:
     
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  6. The Late Night Gourmet

    The Late Night Gourmet Über Member

    Location:
    Detroit, USA
    Please dig some up and post them here...I'd love to try them!
     
  7. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    Alright, when I find a recipe in one of them & like it, I'll post it. :wink:
     
  8. Cherry Kirschenbaum

    Cherry Kirschenbaum Regular Member

    Location:
    London
    Anything you'd recommend for a Christmas present @Shermie ? I love retro cookbooks too, I might make myself a present :D
     
  9. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

    Location:
    Brighton, MA.
    I've been wanting to make a fruit cake for Christmas. :wink:
     
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  10. morning glory

    morning glory Obsessive cook Staff Member

    Do you mean you are going to make a fruit cake recipe from one of your retro cookery books?
     
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  11. Shermie

    Shermie Über Member

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    Brighton, MA.
    Quite possibly. :wink:
     

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