Friday, December 19, 2008

Reading & Food #1

One of the most interesting cookbooks I've come across is this one by Henry Hill (watch the film Goodfellas to see Henry as played by Ray Liotta.) Henry loves to cook, and while in the government's witness protection program, there were times when he was limited to buying groceries at the 7/11. As he moves around the USA he adapts his favorite recipes, and still manages to have wonderful Italian meals.

The main thing here is that the recipes all work and are crowd pleasers. When he can, Henry prefers to use the best ingredients and he certainly knows what he's talking about when it comes to food.

Also Cooking for Blokes by Duncan Anderson and Marian Walls is fun and useful. A great gift for any bloke.

Craig Claiborne's Kitchen Primer is a must for someone just starting out, but also useful for the more experienced as well.

When you move to the suburbs, whaddya get as gifts? books on cooking and books on gardening. After a few years, you start clearing some of them out. At one time we had hundreds of cookbooks, and I sold an ancient copy of "The Joy of Cooking" at a yard sale. My significant otter noticed the lack and purchased a new copy. Why? Because it tells you how to cook a squirrel.

(Index from The All-Purpose Cookbook Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker.)

As well as instructions on how to skin said squirrel.

(Illustrations in The... Joy of Cooking were done by Ginnie Hofmann and Beverly Warner.)

note: Gray squirrels are best, those little red ones are gamey and not very plump.


Squirrel said...

! ?! ??

Avid Reader said...

Squirrel can be substituted in most recipes that call for chicken.

Deborah Godin said...

Thanks for your visit and comment. I do remember the description of the snow in the Clement Moore poem, "the lustre of mid-day" - wonderful!

R.L. Bourges said...

Basically, the same technique as skinning frogs' legs, I see. (the boot is a nifty addition.)

tut-tut said...

Some I have not heard of nor seen! A mighty stack. I do love Darina Allen; have you been there? I'd love to go; the daughter of the local CSA farmers went and took a course there.

Music Monday is having a Holiday theme.

Avid Reader said...

I bought the Ballymaloe cookbook in Galway (as a gift for Sig. Otter) Most of my travels in Ireland have been in the north. I tend to go to the same places visiting the same people.

I did drive all the way around the island ONCE by myself , it took 3 wks. and was cold and wet
(November) On the plus side I was seen as a traveller rather than tourist and welcomed and given free food and tea by pub owners that didn't usually serve food (they'd go in the back and ask their mam to make me a sandwich) on the minus side I was in the car way too much-- or freezing while walking on some deserted beach. Could have used a thermos on that trip.

I always wanted to sign up for a course there, like basketry or cookery.

Anonymous said...

I would advise carrying an insulated food bag as well as a thermos if travelling around by car. Also a bag of books.


My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List

  • Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
  • Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
  • Best Russian Short Stories
  • Boyle, TC: Short Works
  • Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
  • Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
  • Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
  • Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
  • Chekov: Short Works
  • David Copperfield (Dickens)
  • Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
  • Dickens:Great Expectations
  • Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
  • Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
  • Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
  • Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
  • Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
  • Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
  • Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
  • Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
  • Hemingway, Short stories
  • Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
  • Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
  • Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
  • James, Henry: Daisy Miller
  • James, Henry: In The Cage
  • James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
  • James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
  • James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
  • James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
  • James, Henry:The Ambassadors
  • James, Henry; The Bostonians
  • Kerouac: Dharma Bums
  • Kerouac: On The Road
  • Kerouac: The Subterraneans
  • Kerouac: Tristessa
  • Lardner,Ring:Short Works
  • Larsen: Quicksand
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
  • Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
  • Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
  • MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
  • Mackin, Walter (novels)
  • Maupassant: Short Works, novels
  • McGahern, John (novels of)
  • McNulty, John (Short Works)
  • Norris, Frank: McTeague
  • O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
  • O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
  • O. Henry
  • Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
  • Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
  • Salinger: Franny & Zooey
  • Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
  • Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
  • Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
  • Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
  • Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
  • Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
  • Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
  • Steinbeck: Cannery Row
  • Steinbeck: East of Eden
  • Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
  • Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
  • Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
  • Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
  • Tolstoy: Short Works
  • Turgenev (2 novels)
  • Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
  • Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
  • Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
  • Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
  • Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)