Thursday, May 20, 2010

Mollie Katzen, What Are You Reading?

James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame author, award-winning illustrator and designer, public speaker, and influential consultant and advisor are some ways to describe Mollie Katzen. She brought us the Moosewood Cookbook, The Enchanted Broccoli Forest, and Vegetable Heaven to name just a few of her books, and through her work, she has highlighted and popularized healthy and delicious vegetarian cooking. Her latest project is Get Cooking which is a very well-received series of books and videos for beginning cooks. Mollie explained that most of her reading time is spent with literature, but there was one food-related book she wanted to mention when I asked her what are you reading?

There is one food book that I just got and am madly in love with! An esteemed colleague, the great Portland chef (and gardener) Greg Higgins recommended this to me: Nigel Slater's Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch, and I bought it and found it enthralling. His love for vegetables and his recipe style are truly inspiring-like being born as a cook all over again.

Thank you for participating, Mollie! I actually received that book as a gift recently and can’t wait to read it. Check back to see who answers the question next time and what other books are recommended.

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  1. How many cookbooks do you have? Have you counted them? :-)

  2. As much as I love cookbooks full of recipes, I'm becoming more interested in books that also explore/explain the author-chef's connection to the foods they choose to cook and eat. 'Tender' sounds wonderful - please let us know what you think of it!

    Thanks to you and Mollie for another great recommendation. 8-)

  3. I had 2 of her cookbooks (vegetable heaven and Moosewood) and never really used any of her recipes. So, I donated the book to my local library.

  4. Hello Lisa; thanks for sharing ideas about food related books; by the way, have you heard of "Sacre Cordon Bleu - What the French know about cooking" ? by Michael Booth - a travel writer who wrote a book about his food adventures in Le Cordon Bleu, the most famous cooking school in France ? Have a good day!

  5. Very cool! Molly Katzen! Yay! I have always been so intrigued by the Moosewood Cookbooks but haven't bought them... yet! Now I must! and this Nigel Slater book is also my kind of book. Oooh so many to put on that to-buy list!

  6. I love mollie katzen and nigel slater so nice to see that there is a connection between some of my heroes!!!

  7. Magdalena: I hadn't heard of that book but it sounds interesting. Thanks for the suggestion!

  8. I didn't even know Nigel Slater had a new book out. So thanks for that. I love his other books. He just has such a way with describing food.

  9. More book ideas from you to add to the growing list. They all sound very intriguing.


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