Hott Links: Summer School
As much as I’d like to become more of a “reader,” I’m a pretty slow reader and therefore, I don’t finish the hott books until at least 2 years post their prime. Which, actually can suck: I finished The Da Vinci Code mere weeks before the movie hit theaters, resulting in my hating the film even more than the average viewer who finished the book, idontknow, four years before.
Anyway, I just finished My Life In France, Julia Child’s own tale of how she moved to Paris and started being really fucking anal about measuring. I mean, whole months of her life were dedicated to figuring out exact amounts of different ingredients. Of course, Julia’s my girl, and I’m in awe of her humility, but boy would she hate our nonchalant paradigm of cooking at ES.
This summer, though, I have a few books on my list as I plan to spend time out of the kitchen <gasp> and out on the Jersey Shore.
The Apprentice: My Life In The Kitchen [Jacques Pepin]
If you only watch one cooking show for the rest of your life, make it Jacques’ current show, Fast Food My Way. Jacuqes is an adorable, older, Frenchman. He is so funny, so talented and so entertaining to watch. And, he is a remnant of a soon to be gone generation, not just in the food world, but of a population that grew up during World War II. In a very selfish way, Jacques reminds me of my grandmother. I find comfort in him, his warmth and his excitement for food and life. I’m currently reading his memoir.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma [Michael Pollan]
I know, there’s so much hype about this book—like two years ago— but I still hear about it all of the time and how it changed a lot of my friends’ view of food and life and what they eat and what they cook and, um, everything else. I think my friend JakeSG even said it could be a food bible. I may be exaggerating here. Nonetheless, it’s on my list so don’t be alarmed if I suddenly sound more informed in my blog posts. And yes, my purchase of a Sigg seriously excites me.
And while I’m not sure if this is the typical beach book I want to be lugging around everywhere I go this summer, this massive tome is on my to-do. 80’sMom totally read my mind when she bought this for me for my birthday. As I pretend that my food writing has any real relevance, I have a feeling that the essays, narratives and recipes in this book will teach me a lesson about what is actually considered important in the world of food writing.
Leave it in the comments if you have any books on your list, or books I should add on mine. I’m also thinking about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, for next summer, of course.