Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Chez Panisse Vegetables
I recently bought a book (another Ironman book - I'm up to four now) on Amazon.com. And you know that little trick they do - where they say something like - "You put these in your cart the last time and didn't buy them - do you want to buy them now?" I always ignore that - but for some reason, I was like - okay, okay, I'll finally order them. One of those books I have been holding back on buying was Alice Waters' Chez Panisse Vegetables. Oh my goodness. If there is one cookbook that I want to have forever - it's this one. First of all, the book is gorgeous - in function & in presentation & in practice. It flops open nicely - unlike some cookbooks that you have to pry & crease to stay open. And the illustrations are beyond words. Yes, they are vegetables - but they are beautiful. They were all originally letterpress pieces done by Patricia Curtan. I could cut out & frame a whole bunch of them if I didn't want to hold on to this book so badly. And the recipes are made up of all very simple & fresh ingredients. Thank you amazon.com for reminding me to purchase. This is such a little gem. Go see for yourself here.