These two books may seem to have nothing in common, but in the end, they’re both by guys who truly appreciate great food.
I’ve finally started the Great Food series from Penguin (my publisher). I’m not sure why I’ve put them off since they’re all short reads with gorgeous cover art. I started with From Absinthe to Zest by Alexandre Dumas. Yes, that Alexandre Dumas, the one who wrote The Three Muskateers and The Count of Monte Cristo. A prolific writer, Dumas was also well-known as a gourmand whose cosmopolitan outlook is evident in The Great Dictionary of Cuisine, first published posthumously in 1873. Dumas wrote that it was “to be read by the sophisticated and used by the practitioners of the art.” It’s great stuff, with rhapsodies on humble anchovies to the art of the omelet.
When I opened my mail a week ago and found Sasquatch Publishing had sent me a copy of Skillet: A Street Food Manifesto by Josh Henderson, I literally jumped up and down.
I’m a huge fan of Skillet. I once waited (happily) in a rare Seattle downpour for their big, soft biscuits with sage gravy, so imagine my gratitude to find the recipe included in the book. Other Skillet notables include their classic burgers and folded lasagna. Alas, there is no recipe for the famed bacon jam.
Sarah Jurado’s lovely, intimate photographs offer an intriguing, romantic glimpse in daily life serving up gourmet food in an Airstream. The honest, and intriguing narrative is insightful and demonstrates that while running a food truck sounds like fun, it’s as stressful as running any small business. Mike is after me to make the farro burgers.
So what are you reading this week?