January 25, 2013

This isn't Fiction - Cooking, Carson, and Cuba

Let's get COOKING!

A cookbook is a kitchen reference publication that typically contains a collection of recipes. Modern versions may also include colorful illustrations and advice on purchasing quality ingredients or making substitutions. Cookbooks can also cover a wide variety topics, including cooking techniques for the home, recipes and commentary from famous chefs, institutional kitchen manuals, and cultural commentary.

You might be strongly opposed to reading non fiction, but if you've ever reached for your great-granny's cookbook, which has been handed down generation after generation, well, I hate to break the news to you, but this qualifies as non fiction. See? It's really not so bad to stew something differently in between your usual fiction fare!

Long gone are the days when a cookbook was nothing more than a collection of recipes and pretty pictures. These days authors need to put in something extra to reach not only the cook but also the reader. Thus, you'll find lots of background information on ingredients and the far away places where they grow. Let's call it an holistic approach to cooking. And why not? It makes you want to grab a cookbook just to read, not just to cook.

Still not convinced? Or maybe you can't even boil water? Fear not.
Many non fiction authors approach the stuff that ends up on our plates from a whole different angle. So before hitting the nearest fast food joint you might consider reading Fast Food Nation (Eric Schlosser) and those contemplating converting to vegetarianism might be interested in reading The Omnivore's Dilemma (Michael Pollan).


Who knew?
The Forme of Cury, or ‘the (proper) method of cookery’, is probably the oldest cookbook in the world. It was compiled in the late 14th century by the master cooks in the household of King Richard II.


Rachel Louise CARSON was an American marine biologist and conservationist whose book Silent Spring and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Curious? Find out more about this author on Goodreads.

Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth, are never alone or weary of life.


And now, how about getting outta town for a while? Spending a weekend in Chicago or exploring the Great Wall of China or maybe you're more for smoking cigars in Cuba?

Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (William Cronon)

Behind the Wall: A Journey Through China (Colin Thubron)

Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana (Isadora Tattlin)


Now tell me, what's cooking on your stove? Environmentally friendly Cuban food stuff I would hope!

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