Thursday, June 30, 2005

Mini Book Reviews

Quick comments about the last few cookbooks I've read. (The numbers indicate the order in which these were read out of the total books I've read this year so far.)
  • 54. Becoming a Chef by Andrew Dornenburg - commentary and insights from various famous chefs. Interesting for a while but unless you have personal dreams of becoming a chef it is not that riveting. However the book was very well written and I will be seeking out some of Dornenburg's other books.

  • 53. The Breakfast Book by Marion Cunningham - wonderful book with a wide variety of recipes for breakfast dishes that often range past what one would normally consider for breakfast such as chipped beef. This range also allows one to consider the book past breakfast time for light evening meals or nonmeat meals for Lent. Everything Cunningham writes is reliably good and usually fairly simple and this book seems to follow that pattern.

  • 52. A Continual Feast: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Joys of Family and Faith Throughout the Christian Year by Evelyn Vitz - This is much more than a cookbook as it is organized according to the liturgical calendar with very good explanations of the evolution and meanings of different customs and rites. This includes sections on days of fasting and abstinence and saints days. Aimed primarily at Catholic and Orthodox families there is still a lot of information for exploration by Protestant families interested in tradition.
For comments on the non-food books I've read recently, go to Happy Catholic.

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