Not having internet at home has forced me to rely on my cookbooks more often. When I can’t spend all day surfing the ‘net looking at recipes I’ll never make anyway, I find myself with a lot of free time and so I’m renewing my love of cooking and preparing food, and browsing cookbooks. One I've been going through a lot recently is Ripe From Around Here, as witnessed by the Pecan-Ginger cookies and that RIDICULOUS cooking show of last week.
Last week, I made this beautiful dish, Spring Sesame Noodles:
Also, the Dragon Bowl:
before. It always rules.
And holy crap, the raw Pad Thai:
A friend asked me what I was gonna eat for lunch and I basically was like THANK YOU FOR ASKING SO I CAN RAVE ABOUT THIS PAD THAI. It was incredible. I always liked traditional pad thai in pregan days (not sure I've had a noodle version post-vegan) but it is a million times better raw because the vegetables abound and it is a fantastic, crunchy counterpoint to the creamy, sweet, sour, salty, DELICIOUS sauce.
Jae is so damn cute. Her cheer pervades the book and that
makes you excited to prepare the recipes, if the beautiful pictures and clear
layout weren’t enough. Definitely a keeper of a book. There’s a great mix of
raw and cooked dishes, both decadent and healthy but always with an eye towards
whole, local foods. So great.
I want to continue working through Jae’s books, and
others. Maybe I’ll try to review a new cookbook each month? That said, there are a
couple in my collection that I’m pretty certain I’ll never use; I
just liked the idea of having them in my personal library. A giveaway should be
in the near future.