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Cooking books with history, books which teach you something

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Cooking books with history, books which teach you something

Caralien | Feb 9, 2009 06:55 PM

I just received Holy Smoke. which has NC barbeque and the history behind it. Considering that my inlaws are from SC, I would certainly argue that SC and all other barbeque will be argued as much, but from a history stance, it's good.

My recent tome was Pepin's The Apprentice. I loved that his mother minced garlic on fork fronds and made a souffle from idea--perfectly. Even if done in not the correct manner. It worked.

I'm always looking for books which are influential and have a good story. I have a few, including the one from Fried Green Tomatoes.

Truth be told, I can't follow a recipe. It's not disdain, but simply my own being. A cup of this,a smattering of that. Ok. Seriously, my baked goods are desired, even if I do them wrong.

The reason for this post is to find the books which continue to inspire. I'm a lazy cook who knows how to make it pretty but won't always, but am lucky that I have a non-furry taster now (husband) who will help me out.

Inspiring books, with stories--please share. The types you could read even if you never cooked, but which might make you want to eat or explore.

Hemingway was good at that too. As mighty of a man as he was, he was considered a feminine writer because he wrote with feeling. That is what I'm looking for.

Thanks!!

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