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La Tartine Gourmande cookbook & Carrot and zucchini tartlets La Tartine Gourmande cookbook & Carrot and zucchini tartlets

“How many cookbooks do you have anyway?” my boy asked me the other day, followed by, “And how many (food) magazines?” I never counted, but there are 2 full bookcases. “Don’t worry”, I told him. “Son, one day all this will be yours and your sister’s. 50-50” I bought my first cookbook at 10. The second one […]

Seastar cookbook Seastar cookbook

Finally. “Finally” was the first word that came to my mind when I got an email from Norma announcing a “celebration in honor of Chef John Howie’s new cookbook:  Passion & Palate:  Recipes for a Generous Table.” Chef John Howie is the owner of Seastar restaurant and raw bar (as well as Sports and Steak) […]

Food Lovers' Guide to Seattle by Keren Brown Food Lovers' Guide to Seattle by Keren Brown

Sorry for not being around much lately. With summer and all, you know, I’ve been away doing other stuff. Well, summer only lasts here about 2 months! Only! When I moved here 10 years ago people would say “Let’s meet for coffee” and when I’d say “OK, when?” and open my calendar (It was in […]

Kids cookbooks: Part 2 Kids cookbooks: Part 2

So… I ended up buying this book… (Because I had a store credit at Williams-Sonoma and I really don’t need anything from the store right now.) My son’s reaction as he unwrapped the gift and saw the book cover picking through the paper wrap was “Is this a gift for me or for my sister?” […]

Kids cookbooks, only for girls? Kids cookbooks, only for girls?

There’s so much I have to say about this: In short, it makes me a little angry. And somewhat frustrated, as a person, as a woman, and as a mother to a boy and a girl. I was merely looking for a cookbook for my boy, you know, so he will have one of his […]

“Will Write For Food” by Dianne Jacob: Book review “Will Write For Food” by Dianne Jacob: Book review

If I had to summarize my review of this book, “Will Write For Food”, to one sentence, I’d say: Dianne Jacob has done a very thorough job researching and sharing all the information her readers need to succeed in the world of food writing. And if I had only two sentences, I’d add: This is […]

Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef cookbook, interview with Shauna James Ahern Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef cookbook, interview with Shauna James Ahern

  Shauna James Ahern, a.k.a Gluten-free girl, inspires me. When I read her blog posts (She is also on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr), I get a feeling as if life is one big, ongoing, happy celebration. There’s beautiful food, and fun with friends, parties, and picnics, and potlucks, living on a dreamy island with her […]

The Newlywed Kitchen cookbook, interview with Lorna Yee The Newlywed Kitchen cookbook, interview with Lorna Yee

When I first heard about the The Newlywed Kitchen cookbook, I joked that “If I had to write a newlywed cookbook, it would have ended with divorce, or murder.” This week, H. (a.k.a, The Husband) and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. While we make a pretty good team in most areas of life (we […]

Inspiration: Mireille Guiliano, “French Women Don’t Get Fat” author Inspiration: Mireille Guiliano, “French Women Don’t Get Fat” author

Sometimes I get stuck. Plain stuck in a rut. When everything seems to be the same old routine, dull and boring. When nothing much is happening. I’m sure it happens to everyone, right?! Does it ever happen to you? When it happens to me, I find my posts are dreary, my photos are terrible, the […]

Naked who? Naked who?

Remember the Naked Chef? You know, the guy with the cool hair, very energetic, talks fast, cooks even faster, Jamie Oliver? About 10 years ago when he became famous, he was referred to as the Naked Chef. These days he is simply Jamie. I did not understand what the nakedness was all about back then. […]

Food books I love Food books I love

I really did not plan to post a gift guide. But, as I was finalizing my own gift list, the who, the what, the when, and the why, I started thinking about books. How could I not? I love books. I’m always happy to receive a book as a gift. (Or something for the kitchen, […]

Steamy sweet and sour pork meatballs Steamy sweet and sour pork meatballs

I have told you before about my 130+ cookbooks, haven’t I?! There are quite a few Italian cookbooks,  a few Mediterranean ones (my favorite food), Mexican, American, French cooking…. baking cookbooks… but not even one about Asian food. Well, Jaden from Steamy kitchen has changed that with her new cookbook. I love Asian food but […]

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: 5 Stars Dinner at Home… But Will the Kids Eat It? Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: 5 Stars Dinner at Home… But Will the Kids Eat It?

 Are you a foodie? Are you a foodie and a parent? Do your kids share your passion for food? Or do they give you a hard time? Watch the video: I am a foodie and a picky eater in a choosy finicky, or conscious eating way. Since we got married, I got my husband all […]

Very Happy Very Happy

I love buying books. Especially cookbooks. It makes me very happy.So this week I am very happy.7 times happy! I already have 112 cookbooks (after giving away 5 cookbooks this week) and don’t get me started on the food magazines. Dozens of those. I’m an addict, I know. So I bought 5 new cookbooks for […]

Thanksgiving-y Chicken Dinner Thanksgiving-y Chicken Dinner

Our friends, the M. family, cook chicken every Friday. What a great idea! I used to drive myself crazy thinking what to cook for dinner every Friday. We like to have a nice dinner to celebrate the end of the week and beginning of the weekend. So, I embraced their idea and was looking for […]

jamie’s dinners by Jamie Oliver jamie’s dinners by Jamie Oliver

(The photo is copied from Jamie Oliver’s web site and apears in his cookbook, Jamie’s dinners). My friend T. brought me this cookbook for my birthday. I cooked Oliver’s recipes in the past and didn’t go crazy for them because of their simplicity – they don’t call him The Naked Chef for nothing (In case […]

Jewish Cooking For Dummies cookbook Jewish Cooking For Dummies cookbook

In the spirit of the Jewish holidays, here is a cookbook where I, and you can too, find wonderful recipes which are easy to make, of course. Some of the recipes I have tried and liked are: Latkes, Oznei Haman/Hamantaschen, Haroset, Sufganiot, Blintz, Cheesecake, Noodle kugel with pears, Cholent, Tzimmes, Yemenite soup, the list goes on […]

Beef Goulash Beef Goulash

Here is a winner recipe for beef goulash by one of my favorite top chefs, Wolfgang Puck (you will find more recipes on his web site if you click the link). I make this Goulash very often. The recipe is adapted from the one in his cookbook, one of my favorite cookbooks: Other recipes I […]