As an avid reader I spend many late-night and early-morning hours perusing a certain website that sells all manner of books...I'm sure you know the one I mean. More often than I not, and I'm sure my husband can attest to this, I place an order and a few days later I'm happily cozied up on the sofa holding my latest tome while joyously flipping through the pages. Not surprisingly, the books often come from the food and drink section of said online store and over the past few years I've noticed that some of the best cookbooks have come out in the Fall. This year is no exception and here are two that have recently caught my eye:
~ Love Soup, by Anna Thomas
Filled with delicious, vegetarian soup recipes which are thoughtfully organized by season, these recipes are tasty enough to satisfy the hungriest carnivore. With suggested menus which feature soup as the main course and accompanying recipes (think oatmeal molasses bread) for the other components of the meal, every cook can use a collection of soup-making recipes and this would be a welcome addition to your kitchen and your family meals.
~ The Best of Chef at Home, Michael Smith
For those of you who aren't Canadian, I'm not sure if you know who Michael Smith is, but you really should. My favourite known chef, his recipes are true gems. Known for his lovingly-prepared family meals, he often has his young son by his side while he's in the kitchen. The secret to his cooking is that he uses no exact recipe. He lists the ingredients that you need along with recommended quantities (ie, a handful, a splash, a sprinkle) and then provides you with instructions on how to put it all together. I adore most of his recipes, and I'm sure your kids will love his Southwestern Popcorn Salad.
Aside from cookbook reading I also love to read fiction, non-fiction, parenting, craft and lifestyle books. What are you reading these days? If you've come across some worth recommending please, please let me know...I'm always looking for new suggestions.