In many instances, this means working on my weaknesses.
Enter: the most inspiring cookbook ever.
We recently ordered John Besh's My Family Table: A Passionate Plea for Home Cooking.
The pictures are gorgeous, the recipes are doable, (even for me, Mrs. Boxed Mac & Cheese,) and the theory behind the food is inspiring: food should be close to nature, made of delicious ingredients, and cooked by ordinary people, rather than celebrity chefs.
I'm truly inspired by this book.
I'm reading it cover-to-cover.
It lives on my bedside table, except for when I'm cooking from it.
Here's what I've made so far:
(PS - I'm stealing these images. Mine could never be so pretty, and I'm no food photographer.)
"Simple Meat Ragout for Any Pasta"
"Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder"
"Olive Oil-Roasted Cauliflower"
"Provencal Stuffed Tomatoes"
Some quotes from the book:
"But today a terrifying wasteland of food options lurks between our kitchen stoves and our favorite restaurants. The packaged foods we use are loaded with sugar and a whole lot of other things that are anything but good for us, our meat is shot up with hormones and antibiotics, our produce is sprayed with God-knows-what, and fast food options are the devils work. This is not healthy. This is not real."
"I worry that the more cooking becomes entertainment and a spectator sport (instead of a family activity) and the more we fetishize celebrity chefs, the awful result is that we discourage folks from even setting foot in their kitchens."
"It's entirely conceivable that one day this treasure of slow-cooking will no longer exist as fewer and fewer folks take up any kind of pot to cook for themselves. [...] Oddly, a great many of these same people who never cook consider the act of cooking a high-end sport that takes place on television, not meant for the kitchen at all."Want the book yet?
I highly recommend it.
Thanks to my husband who first lusted after it and told me of it's glories. :)
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