Friday, July 24, 2009

Comfortably Yum

Food for Body and Spirit
By Luisa M. Perkins

In a world of drive-thru meals designed to be consumed on the go, home-cooked food is even more an expression of love than it was a generation ago. This collection of 95 tried-and-true, "real food" recipes will delight both cook and eater. Your grandmother would be so proud.

A few months ago I won a give away on Annette's blog. And to tell you the truth, I forgot about it. Until the package arrived in the mail a couple of weeks ago. Then I was excited all over again. And today I hate that it is 100+* and I only have a swamp cooler to pretend to cool the house, because I want to do some serious cooking with Luisa. She is a woman after my own heart/stomach. You take a good recipe and mess with it and make it even better. Reading through the book made me want to through a dinner party. Or breakfast party. Or lunch. And maybe even start eating sugar again (well not really the eating sugar part, except for the doughnuts, but I will mess with her recipes so I can eat them).
Luisa has written this book in an easy to read format. Yes, it is a cookbook, but it is a cookbook written by a friend with notes about each section and each recipe- what works, where she got it, why she adapted it etc. it is like that special recipe lovingly handed to you by your grandmother with all of her hand written notes on it that you then tuck into your book and use over and over again. But Luisa has lovingly typed out her notes and put them into an easy to use format.
I love the quote that she has on the introduction to the Desserts section. It is an Eastern philosophy quote by Maha Chohan:
"If a woman could see the sparks of light going forth from her fingertips when she is cooking and the substance of light that goes into the food she handles, she would be amazed to see how much of herself she charges into the meals she prepares for her family and friends."
You know what I just realized? I could so easily make her Confetti Salad for dinner tonight. I have all the ingredients and it does not involve warming up the kitchen with a stove. Oh yes. Oh yum.

Publication Date:May 20 2009
ISBN/EAN13:1442145056 / 9781442145054
Page Count:158
Binding Type:US Trade Paper
Trim Size:8.25" x 8.25"
Color:Black and White

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