I am on my third check out of Seasonal Fruit Desserts by Deborah Madison. No, not renewal, actual go to the library and check out the book again.
Do you do the same? Do you review, thumb through, try a recipe or two and start to decide on how many stars you will be giving a book?
I happen to have a tendency to collect, buy, wish for, way, way too many cookbooks. Getting in the habit of checking them out first, before I buy has been a delightful option. So, last night, I dashed to the library and checked this beauty out once again. Third time’s a charm. I am buying this book of hers for my own. Side note, I love it when I see that box from Amazon on my doorstep. A little shiver goes up my spine.
Deborah Madison is a tremendous author and founding chef of Greens Restaurant in San Francisco. We had the insight and good fortune of planning for and indulging in one of the most memorable meals of our lives at that glorious restaurant. May I gently suggest you jot it down on your bucket list? That meal, that view, that moment in time was honestly, one of the best of our lives.
So today, I have some raspberries calling my name. My crystal balls tells me there is a tart in the dreaming stage. By tonight it will grace our table.
In the summer months, most days, I forgo the hour study on health and wellness in the morning and spend my morning, afternoon sitting in the sunshine and evening reading times with glorious summer reads. Steamy, action packed, romance, mystery, cookbooks, travel, adventure, can’t put down kind of books.
As I have previously written about, I have only (so far) lost one book in the bubbling, swirling, frothy bath. (yes, you can laugh). I try to be much more careful. Somehow magically, time flies and my cares & worries take a back seat, while I indulge in an excellent summer read. Before the water turned cold for the third time, I managed to zip through 145 pages of the latest Stuart Woods book, Indecent Exposure.
Summer time reading is where I get to indulge like a school girl free to read what she stumbles upon. Pure entertainment to allow my mind skip and tumble and dance for fun.
Come Sundown by Nora Roberts is a 466-page turner that you will finish on a long weekend. Horses, high-end resort, intrigue, mystery,, sadness and romance……all rolled together easily transport you to a family in Montana and that beautiful big sky country.
Bread baking has tickled my fancy yet again. I love to bake bread. I go through phases where it is not on my “to-do” list all the time. That yeasty smell has drawn me in again and I have purchased a few new books.
We had the insight and good fortune to visit Ken Forkish’s bakery while visiting Portland, Oregon. I have had his books on my wish list since the very moment I bit into the most heavenly piece of bread I have tasted in ages. Before I even swallowed that first bite, I knew in my heart, I had to learn everything I could from this genius baker. He has some quick videos on YouTube to help with the techniques which has made the baking so smooth. Money well spent on these two beauties.
Not a book, however, one of the best documentaries we have watched in a long time was “What the Health” free on Netflix. I would love, love, love to discuss this with anyone. However, I am fully aware that it is not everyone’s cup of tea. I just needed to share it, in case you were looking to improve your or your loved one’s health. There. Now, I shared, so I don’t have to worry and fret that I forgot to tell you. Well worth your time to watch.
As the middle of July is knocking on the door, there is still plenty time to indulge in summer reads.
I know it is not a passion of some folks. Just thought I would share some suggestions in the hopes that you will share what you are reading.
In this together, friends.