Y'all know by know that I adore books just about as much as I love food and party planning. In fact, if I didn't do what I do for a living, I feel fairly confident that I would work in the literary industry. I have nine bookshelves in my tiny house, and each one is jam packed with an assortment of tomes. From cookbooks (more than 125 and counting) to food memoirs, and parenting books to crafting guides, my space is surround by knowledge and inspiration, and I couldn't imagine it any other way, although I'm sure there are times that Rob could. Ha!
Summer is the best time of year for me to read, and right now I've got a few different books on the go. I almost never read just one at a time, and my tastes lean more towards non-fiction then fiction, although I've enjoyed a few of those this summer.
Here are the newest food-inspired books that I'm devouring:
1. An Everlasting Meal, By Tamar Adler
In this reflection on cooking and eating, you'll find instructions and lessons on how to feed ourselves well. The book shares tips on frugal cooking, how to sharpen forgotten skills like boiling water, and how to prepare, store and transform ingredients into a week's worth of meals. The book is well-written and is also a reminder to enjoy the practical pleasures of eating. If you like food, and food writing, I'm certain you will love this.
2. A Year of Pies: A Seasonal Tour of Home Baked Pies, By Ashley English
This compilation of pie and tart recipes from cooking maven, Ashley English, is a collection of mouth-watering treats. Contributors to the book include some top food bloggers, and the tome is packed with troubleshooting tips, plenty of piecrust recipes and advice on selecting seasonal ingredients for your pies. I've already dog-eared a few recipes that I can't wait to dive into.
3. Dinner: A Love Story, By Jenny Rosenstrach
If you're familiar with Jenny's blog, you know how much she loves family dinner. Her book is an ode to all that is involved in getting a meal on the table for your family, without being judge-y or preachy. Packed with charming stories, family-friendly recipes and practical tips, it's a book that should be on every family bookshelf.
4. The Blueberry Years, By Jim Minick
This is another memoir that I've just started. It's a mouth-watering tale of a husband and wife who leave the city behind, in order to purchase and run a blueberry farm in rural Virginia. I'll keep you posted on what I think, but I'm only a few pages into the book and already love it.
5. The Homemade Pantry, By Alana Chernila
I've been crushing on this book for the past two months. It inspires me to make the pantry items that I might otherwise buy, and contains the best piecrust recipe I have ever made. In fact, I've made the crust over and over again (and just freeze it!) to ensure that it really is as good as I think it is. And it is. I've scanned and emailed the recipe, and sent it to Tess to try, because I'm in awe of how simple and perfect it is.
What are you currently reading? Anything worth checking out?