I love Terri Windling's blog Myth and Moor. On Friday, December 5 she blogged about food blogs that have to do with books. You have to scroll down to Dec 5's post. She has put up photos of the most amazing foods recreated from novels, photos of dishes that several bloggers have been recreating from various literary sources, or from poets and author's diaries and journals. They are fascinating to look through. I have listed all of the blogs she mentions under a new setting on my sidebar, Food and Book Blogs. I will be going to peruse each one in depth. Some have the most delightful stories and anecdotes about authors. Glorious pictures about food. I am so delighted to discover these blogs. I love the idea of eating the food that characters did, or authors loved. Especially older books. Who can resist trying to recreate Jane Austen's Brown Butter Bread Pudding Tarts?
Or Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell's Black Forest Raven Cake?
I also love Terri's blog because she talks about the creative process, what it's like to be an artist in today's world, the struggles to be creative. She discusses nature, and fairy tales, and so many other interesting topics. The post on Dec 4 is about the folklore of food. In this post she talks about books that feature food, like Joanna Harris' Chocolat. Her blog is interesting, creative, soul-nurturing. And now I have all these lovely new-to-me food and book blogs to go visit! This has been like a Christmas present for me, so this was my advent calendar opening for the day.
For your treat, I thought I would show a few photos of the cookbooks I currently have. Cath at Read-Warbler did a post last week on Show Your Bookstash, from Carolyn at Riedel Fascination who come up with this idea. Margaret at Books Please and Pat at Here, There and Everywhere blog did a post on Dec 7. So here are my cookbooks stash, on their bookshelf in the dining room:
I'm interested in the history of food, how we eat, how the way we cook and serve food has evolved over the centuries. A book that I just realized you can't see on my shelves because it was hidden by some papers is Kate Colquhoun's Taste: The Story of Britain through its Cooking. That's a book I've dipped into on occasion and loved. The magazines on one of the shelves are all food magazines, which I love to look through and cut out recipes from.
An idea I am forming is that I think in 2015, one of my goals is to start using my cookbooks more. I like the idea of cooking my way through a book, like Julie Powell did with Julia Child in her book and the movie, Julie and Julia.
Of course I confess I haven't read Julie & Julia, I've only seen the movie. And I haven't read Chocolat or Like Water For Chocolate yet, though I have seen those movies as well. *hangs head in shame*
Here is something soul-comforting and immensely nurturing that I baked yesterday:
The taste of homemade chocolate cookies is sublime. Yum.
So what are some of your favourite books that feature food? Have you discovered a favourite recipe/dish/food because of a novel?