I collect cookbooks and worked as a cookbook buyer briefly, enjoying every moment. However, if you are wary about investing in them, have you ever tried your local library? My little library in Alameda has a surprising number of old and new cookbooks, including a few food literature books. My last haul included Ruth Riechl's Garlic & Sapphires, Marco Pierre White's The Devil in the Kitchen, and A16: Food & Wine.
I love the idea of a cookbook having a huge section on wine before you even get to the recipes. I like interesting, flavorful, and light recipes even more. Get this cookbook.
I've had two meals at A16 before, both good. The restaurant itself has a crazy controlled madness to it, not too different from Au Pied de Cochon in Montréal. An octopus recipe caught my eye - where can I find a whole octopus that's uncooked? It's proving surprisingly difficult to find here, maybe because they are quite large and I can see fishmongers not really wanting to carry an unpopular product that takes a lot of space. But I'm determined!
Last night, I made Short Ribs alla Genovese, which were a hit. Not only do you get tender meat and sauce, but plenty of sweet braised onions that will go into a French onion soup tonight. I loved the fact that even though the recipe didn't call for stock, it was flavorful and easy, especially served with creamy polenta and broccoli.
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After resisting Myspace and Facebook, I randomly find myself now on Twitter. Let's see where this goes!