The Secrets of Baking
by Sherry Yard
The Amazon reviews of this one were excellent. Sherry Yard breaks down desserts into "master recipes," which can then be tweaked to get very different results. The book also goes into the scientific side of baking, why certain ingredients behave in certain ways. I bought this one as much for the theoretical information as for the recipes.
by Michael Booth
This is an amusing inside look at what it's like to be a student at the Cordon Bleu, most famous cooking school in the world, interspersed with tales of life in Paris. The kind of cooking that he's learning (traditional French) isn't really my taste (quenelles of pig ear, anyone?), but it was an entertaining read nonetheless. In particular, the portrayals of the chefs at the Cordon Bleu are priceless. I bought this one a few weeks ago from Orell Füssli to tide me over until the rest of these books arrived.
Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?
By Philip Yancey
I've read most of Yancey's books - he was one of the first authors I picked up as a new Christian and never turned back. His honesty about his struggles and questions is what keeps me coming back to his writing - he has no fear of putting down on paper many things I've wondered about. He's also amazingly good at holding the paradoxes of faith in perfect tension with "both sides fierce." Not to mention, he loves C.S. Lewis too and quotes him abundantly. I'm only a few chapters into this one; best to take it in digestible chunks.
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook
Yeah... another baking book. This one also had great reviews on Amazon. And I have a weird fascination with Martha Stewart stuff. Ok ok... it's the last one! (For a while.)
Color: A Natural History of the Palette
by Victoria Finlay
This one I bought on recommendation from my art teacher friend, who is giving it to all her students as summer reading. The author has some background in anthropology and combines many different disciplines (as well as lots of travel) into this fascinating look at the ingredients, history, culture and people behind colors. I'm in the middle of the first chapter, called "Ochre," and am already totally engrossed.
Williams Sonoma: Breakfast
We're big weekend-breakfast eaters (in contrast to weekdays when all I have before lunch is a cup of tea) and I was sold as soon as I saw eggs Benedict on the cover. The plan is, with the help of this book, to branch out from pancakes, scones, and bagels to something a little more creative - although whether I can actually get my butt out of bed and go right into making a
I've been feeling a little bored lately with our veggies - it seems like we just eat the same ones over and over: corn, carrots, peppers, zucchini, salad, tomatoes, blah. I bought this for inspiration! Mom, I'm sure you're glad to see it on the list to make up for all the sugary books above. :)