Saturday, June 1, 2013

The Improvisational Cook




First sign of a good cookbook:  You check it out not once, not twice, but three times from the library.

Second sign of a good cookbook:  You read the introduction and immediately add it to your Amazon wishlist.

Third sign of a good cookbook:  You find yourself wanting to share this book with all the wonderful cooks you know.

Fourth sign of a good cookbook:  You write a blog post about the book.

Fifth sign of a good cookbook:  You discover that all you really need to do to share it is to list the table of contents...How to Use This Book and Begin Improvising...The Creative Mind-Set...Learning What Goes With What...Some Classic Flavor Affinities...Making Flavors Come to Life: Salt and Other Absolutely Essential Seasonings...The Essential Pantry: Long-Keeping Ingredients as Opportunity...Some Strategies for Improvising....

Sixth sign of a good cookbook:  You find that you are so impatient to stop writing about the book and to start trying it out that you abruptly stop right in the middle of your post and hit publish....



I'd really like to read more cookbooks like this. Any recommendations?



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17 comments:

caite said...

so I assume this is a good cookbook? lol
seriously, I think the ability to improvising is a sure sign of a good cook.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I don't think that I really knew how important improvisation is until I got old.

JoAnn said...

Improvisation is definitely an acquired skill. This looks like a great cookbook.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I'm especially interested in thinking about the chapter on learning what goes with what.

lawstudentscookbook said...

This cookbook looks very intriguing!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I hope to find some others like it.

jama said...

Seventh Sign of a Good Book: All your blog commenters immediately rush out to get the book after reading the other six signs. :D

I would say you got your point across :D.

Thanks for the fun, enthusiastic post!

jama said...

Seventh Sign: All your blog commenters immediately rush out to get the book after reading the other six signs. :D

Thanks for the fun post!

Vasilly said...

Love this post, Deb! I'm going to see if my library has this cookbook.

Cecelia said...

I don't know that I've ever seen such a positive recommendation for a cookbook! I'm putting this on hold at the library - I hope I'm as enthusiastic about it as you are!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I didn't realize until I read this book that cooking could be so improvisational!

Janel Gradowski said...

I would recommend any cookbooks by Jeffrey Alford and/or Naomi Duguid. Definitely my favorite foodie writers.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Janel.

Beth F said...

You sold me!!!

feministtexicanreads said...

I was looking at this one at the library the other day. I'll have to check it out!

Esme said...

I love looking at cookbooks-I am trying to think of one to add for you and for as many I have I cannot think of one for you.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

For me, this is a revolutionary cookbook. I like to try things. This book encouraged me to take a chance.