Tara Austen Weaver’s recently published book The Butcher and the Vegetarian grabbed my attention because I too have meat issues. My issues are more of the picky-eater sort, but I was still intrigued by her journey into meat land after living as a vegetarian for her entire life. The book is full of great information about responsible, sustainable farming, ranching, and meat production, in addition to entertaining stories about what she was cooking and eating throughout this adventure. Tara has also been published in several anthologies, written for Edible San Francisco and other print publications, and her blog, Tea and Cookies, was selected as one of the top 50 food blogs in the world by the Times of London. I asked Tara, what are you reading?
I just finished reading Kim Severson’s new memoir, Spoon Fed: How Eight Cooks Saved My Life, which I loved. She profiles a series of women whose work in food has inspired her, but it is Kim’s own story of finding her way back from alcoholism that is perhaps most inspiring.
On the cookbook front, I am mesmerized by David Lebovitz’s gorgeous new book Ready for Dessert. The recipes and photos are so enticing I can hardly stand it.
Other current inspirations are Andrea Nguyen’s Asian Dumplings (dumpling party, anyone?), Monica Bhide’s Modern Spice (I’m fixated on Indian food lately), and Lorna Yee’s just released The Newlywed Kitchen (Lorna’s an amazing cook).
The book on my bedside table is Auberge of the Flowering Hearth, by Roy Andreis de Groot. It’s the story and recipes of a small inn high in the French Alps. The book had been highly recommended but I’m finding it slow (Twitter has ruined my attention span, I’m afraid). It’s lovely and lyrical, but old fashioned (published in 1973). I pick it up from time to time and read a bit. It’s like a very rich dessert.
Gaia's Garden (dreadful hippie name), by Toby Hemenway. It’s a book on Permaculture, which is a more sustainable way of living and growing food. It’s incredibly inspiring.
Thank you for participating, Tara! Check back to see who answers the question next time and what other books are recommended.
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