Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Eat your salad no dessert, get that man you deserve

Someone from Random House has put me on the cookbook publicity list and now these gorgeous cookbooks keep turning up in the mail.

I'm trying something new: Just for a month or so, I'm going to actually review new (ish) cookbooks in a brisk and timely fashion. I will cook ten recipes, assess, and move on. You can tell a lot from ten recipes. This last wallow through Barabara Lynch was fun, but I need to pick up the pace, at least for a while.

I'm starting with Mixt Salads by Andrew Swallow, which I received last spring. It's not "brand new" but it contains nothing but salad recipes. This appeals to me right now because

a. late summer/early fall produce
b. one-dish meals
c. slimming

After Mixt the lineup is:

Ethan Stowell's New Italian Kitchen
Thai Street Food by David Thompson
My Sweet Mexico by Fany Gerson

Ten recipes per book, brisk pace. Hold me to it, guys.


  1. Awesome. Please thank Random House for me. Looking forward to vicarious learning through you. Bring 'em on!

  2. Yeay Ethan Stowell! I can't wait to find out if his book is worth having. His restaurant Tavolata is so so so delicious. Actually so is Union - I haven't tried the other two.

  3. Looking forward to it. My copy of "My Sweet Mexico" just shipped.

  4. Can I just say that today was like Tipsy Christmas or something? Three posts in one day?!?! The first of which had me giggling just reading the title, and remembering when Loretta Lynn sang the song on The Muppet Show with The Babies. It was in 1978. I was five. That was 32 years ago. I've stopped giggling now.

    But I can't wait for the salads...

  5. I too can not wait for My Sweet Mexico. Mine is at the post office, but I worked too late to pick it up tonight.

  6. You can do it! Hopefully, these recipes won't involve $60 dollar lumps of foie gras, right? :P

  7. Thai Street Food is superb; got an Australian copy few months back and is as good as his previous book on Thai cooking.


  8. I am so excited that people know these cookbooks and are interested!
    I have been leafing through them rather compulsively, they are all VERY beautiful.
    Oz, I was just now going through Thai Street Food and I can tell already I'm going to love that book and I can tell already I'm going to be driving all over the place looking for ingredients.