Monday, March 09, 2015

And with a few keystrokes, the day is shot

Pretty flowers I saw the other day. What are they?
I have a new rule about not going on the internet until noon so that I can focus on my non-blog projects without distraction. It’s been stunningly effective because once I take even a tiny peek at the internet, including email, all is lost. It’s as if my brain is hijacked, polluted, fill in your negative word of choice. I can’t stop going back, like an addict. If you have similar problems, try this some time. Very liberating. And then at the stroke of noon. . . .

Obviously, I just broke my rule so I might as well write off March 9, 2015. But I had to check the Piglet, where Kate Christensen chose David Lebovitz’s My Paris Kitchen over Maria Elia’s Smashing Plates.

Oh well! There went all my hopes for Smashing Plates.

I can’t but agree with Christensen’s superb review, though. She cooked the hell out of Lebovitz and persuaded me that his is the better book. It’s hard to argue with this:

"I choose the one that feels more substantial, more truly literary and classic, the one that welcomed me more thoroughly into its world, if only because the author has lived there for ten years rather than a summer with childhood memories. I choose the one that feels like a future long-treasured friend."

Good for Lebovitz. He’s a pro and I can’t begrudge him anything. The book is terrific.

Honestly, of all the cookbooks in the Piglet cohort, Prune interested me most going in, and still does. I like it best for a host of reasons, which is funny given how much I loathed it when I first got my hands on it.

22 comments:

  1. My Facebook peeps say it is a flowering maple. http://www.flowerspictures.org/flower-pictures_4/flowering-maple_1.html

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  2. Yes! Thank you! I want to plant one.

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  3. I read that it's not really a maple tree; the leaves just resemble maple tree leaves. It's Abutilon striatum and is related to okra! That color in the photo is really gorgeous. Go to some good garden nurseries to find it.

    http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/flowering-maple/growing-flowering-maple.htm

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    1. It's growing outdoors in the courtyard of the San Francisco Art Institute -- so I guess those are almost houseplant conditions.

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  4. I am solidly with you on Prune. I loathed it, then found it companionable. Last night I made the avocado ricotta sandwich; it was easy, tasty, and intriguing. Hamilton's omelet technique has taught me how to make a truly tender creamy one. I keep going back and learning more.

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  5. I am in a rage about the Piglet result. I need your thoughts!

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