Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year all! I hope you enjoyed your holidays with family, friends and, of course, good food. One of my favorite gifts this year is this book: Encyclopedia of Cooking. It is 768-pages of everything cooking - not just recipes. It gives information on all the different types of food (i.e. oils, butter, vinegars, salt, pasta, fish, fruit, meat and grains) and the best to use for a particular recipe, how to select fresh food and the best techniques for preparation. The recipes range from simple to imaginative and there are tons of pictures, which I love in a cookbook. This book also lists staples you should have on hand such as baking items, rice, spices and extracts, for example, that can be used in a number of recipes. There is also a section that lists basic equipment that is useful to have on hand. It's like having your own culinary instructor in one book!

Needless to say I'm excited to dive into this book and am sure it will inspire many new posts this year! I'll leave you with a quote for the New Year that a colleague at work emailed me.

"We will open the book. It's pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and the first chapter is New Years Day."
-Edith Lovejoy Pierce

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