Feb 13th, 2011
This Thursday, I'm pleased as hot punch to announce a special get-together in the back room at Jimmy's No. 43. I'm throwing a party for the paperback release of The Art of Eating In
, and want to share a whole lot of other books as well. See, I recently moved, and upon packing up boxes of cookbooks, foodie lit books, and books of all sorts, it dawned on me that instead of keeping all the ones I've read and enjoyed several times over, I'd rather give them to those who might do the same, too.
Come Out To a Paperback Book Launch & Book Swap Party (with Cookies)!
Mar 13th, 2010
You know the saying. If everyone else was jumping off a cliff, would you?
It's a small reminder to use your own head, and not follow the masses mindlessly. So no, of course not. But if you did, or had to -- jump off a cliff, take a leap of faith -- and all those masses were at your side, it would sure make you feel a little better about it. And that's what's gradually happening with not eating out.
Reason For Not Eating Out #40: Strength in Numbers
Mar 5th, 2010
There are so many things you can do with fennel, that I don't know where to begin. Slivered and sauteed just like onions creates a caramelized, anise-tasting substitute in a savory beef stew. You can lop off the stalks, which most people sadly don't use, and chop them up like celery to use instead of that, in soup and stock. The fronds are mild-tasting, but they make a distinct, sweet garnish that makes me wonder why I haven't steeped them in milk for ice cream, or dried some of the stuff up for tea. But before we get to those things, here's the most basic, popular way to enjoy fennel: slicing the bulb for a crunchy, refreshing salad.
Spiced Fennel Salad with Creme Fraiche and Meyer Lemon
Feb 26th, 2010
photo courtesy of Goldilocks Finds Manhattan
I just love peeking into other people's kitchens, see how they chop and dice and scurry about. This time my voyeurism has a very particular angle: to see how they cope with a Week of Eating In. And what I've seen from other folks doing that, at the blogs The Eaten Path, No Recipes, Relish Austin, Goldilocks Finds Manhattan and eating-sf, makes me want to come pounding at their door.
What Else Is Cooking This Week Of Eating In?
Feb 11th, 2010
So, you think you can eat in for a week? Let me tell you, after two years of doing so, you can! Plus, you'll have the support of many others doing so at the same time. The Week of Eating In challenge, hosted by Huffington Post Green, will take place from February 22-28. If you sign up to join, it'll be a test of your will and home cooking know-how, but most importantly, it should be an interesting way of discovering what resources you might save besides your own money from cooking instead of taking out, and to become a lot more aware of your food.
Essential Arsenal for Eating In: Cookware
Feb 3rd, 2010
Guys, I'm almost due. On February 18th, this blog will give birth to numerous identical hardcover books, each named The Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove
. Published by Gotham/Penguin, it's my first book, a memoir of the two years I spent eating in, solely, all the while trying to keep a somewhat normal life, a paying, nine-to-five job, a boyfriend, social engagements, etc. It didn't turn out being so normal in the end, but what I ended up losing (jobs, boyfriends) over those years was miniscule compared to what I gained from learning to appreciate everything about making meals from scratch, on a daily basis. It's my requiem to an unconventional urban lifestyle, and all the characters and experiences I encountered while not eating out and blogging about it. The book has nothing rehashed from this blog, but let's just say that it shares the same genes.
Compete with Crostini at my Book Launch Party! (and everyone wins books)