5.21.2009

Things I Bought Thursday…



Fanny at Chez Panisse


The Art of Simple Food

So I realize it’s a bit odd to follow a post about having less stuff with one telling you what I just bought, but I warned you it was a complex relationship, so you’ll just have to roll with me.

In matters of spending it’s been a bit a “foodie” week… It started innocently enough -- I swung by the bookstore last week to grab some reading material for the long drive down to the coast and ended up leaving with Alice Waters and Chez Panisse and Best Food Writing 2008. Totally caught up in the story of Waters and itching to cook, a few days later I bought her daughter Fanny’s cookbook/memoir of growing up in the Chez Panisse world and one of Water’s cookbooks, The Art of Simple Food.

Sensing a theme here?

Actually the theme has been brewing for a while, as after getting my subscription to Gourmet, reading A Homemade Life and then tearing through The Tenth Muse during our spring beach trip, I’ve been a bit, well… obsessed with food writing. Which is ironic really, as I’m constantly making fun of my husband for his habit of latching onto a subject, say the history of plastic (I’m not kidding) and then reading every book, article, Wikipedia entry, etc…that exists on the topic until he’s sufficiently satiated.

I get it now Bryan…

Oh and I also bought two new saucepans, as you can’t read loads of food writing without wanting to cook, and you can’t cook without pots…and my husband (sweet thing that he is) burned both of my saucepans while boiling sugar water (don’t ask.) So while the books were a bit of a virtuous luxury, the pans were a necessity…at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

20 comments:

Tracy said...

Try Laurie Colwin's Home Cooking and More Home Cooking! I read them over and over... They're like comfort food!

Themis0307 said...

You might want to read Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. Really fascinating and eye opening. I couldn't put it down.

Sara Christine said...

I just ate at Chez Panisse for the first time over the weekend! It was unbelievably good. Just wow. What a sweet children's book.

Joslyn said...

Sara Christine,
i've never eaten there but am dying too...i'm glad it was as good as i think it will be ;-)

Estelle said...

These look great. Did you see Alice Waters on 60 Minutes a couple months ago? Her home and garden look amazing.

Joslyn said...

Estelle
I saw that. she's pretty amazing, no?

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

Cool, she wrote a children's book. I love that.

Katie said...

If you haven't read it yet, Julia Child's _My Life in France_ will change your life and make you want to move to Paris. She was such a treasure!

amy turn sharp of doobleh-vay said...

love her I use art of simple food every month. I am captivated by alice!

kam said...

There's always the library, which usually has a great crop of food memoirs and cookbooks. Then if you really love it and want it as reference, you can buy it (used, from Amazon perhaps?). And you can place books on hold (reserve) so you know it'll be there waiting for you when you go to the library - they'll send you an email when it's ready for pickup.

Miss Lady Finger said...

Your post made me laugh! I always get obsessed w/ something and have to research it to death.......glad you're in the know now! Ha! x

susannah said...

I *LOVE* the art of simple food. it is my go to cookbook for everyday good food. my favorite most simple recipe in there? carrot soup. you will be amazed at how yummy it is. and so easy.

**WE BLOG ARTISTS** said...

I am going to treat myself to the Art of Simple food...as I am a secret foodie...I could dine in restaurants 24/7 and wish there were another parallel 24/7 to try and cook divine foods from my also fave magazine "Gournmet"...
Char.
Oh, I am having a little giveaway on my blog this week...you must go see and enter:-)

Joanna Goddard said...

love that top cover.

paula said...

I read trail of crumbs in two days flat for this very reason:)

Miss Aimee said...

i have been wanting that alice waters cooking book. is it good? have you read it? see you tonight!

{lovely little things} said...

I LOVE Fanny at Chez Panisse, my aunt bought that for me when I was little and it was my favorite book, I always wanted to open my own garden restaurant where you could pick fresh veggies for your meal like in the book. Totally forgot about it, thanks for the memory!

the haystack needle said...

i loved the alice waters book! read it during my last vacation.

Paper Ice Cream said...

Fanny at Chez Panisse was an amazing part of my childhood. My mom kept it on the shelf with all of her cookbooks. This book was the beginning of my love of cooking. Every child should have a copy.

lillie said...

i have become a bit obsessed with food in the past few months too--and alice waters is at the top of my list! her simple food book is an awesome purchase--it is beautiful and simple and inspiring and straightforward. i would love to purchase the fanny book for myself!