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Culinary inspiration 
10th-Jun-2009 10:58 pm
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Inspiration can come from anywhere and should be from everywhere, especially when it comes to cuisine.

And while a meal out can be an amazing exploration into new flavours and textures, I find so much more comfort in the pages of cookbooks and magazines for my own home cooking.

However I've become increasingly frustrated with the sea of books, riddled with recipes requiring such specific and exotic ingredients that it's impossible to make without either a trip to the gourmet deli or a flight to the Amazonian rainforest - both of which would cost us an arm and a leg... literally.

I exaggerate, but you get the picture.

So along with my sometime-regular buys of Super Food Ideas magazine, I find myself jumping at the opportunity to pick up old cookbooks - the kind where salt was salt, not kosher salt, Fleur de sel or sea salt. Books published at a time when recipes were simple and were more focused on maximising the flavour of what little ingredients were available.

So despite the number of books not worth the paper they're printed on at the Lifeline Bookfest, I was determined not to leave without something to show for the effort of straining my neck at a permanent angle to read the book spines. And I struck lucky with 2 old Chinese cook books, with authors who sport beehives in their book jacket photos - Home Style Chinese Cooking in Pictures and The Cooking of China.

Wish me culinary luck with their recipes!
Comments 
10th-Jun-2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
Loooooove the cookbooks.

You just reminded me that I need to add something new to my collection. One day I'll fill a bookshelf. One day.
12th-Jun-2009 01:40 am (UTC)
Where would we be without cookbooks? What would you like to add your collection? I've been contemplating visiting that 2nd hand book shop on Elizabeth Street and Bent Books in West End to see what they have.

Fill a bookshelf? I hope to fill a wall. XD
14th-Jun-2009 12:03 am (UTC)
A bookshelf is just a starting point ;)

Went to the 2nd hand bookshop yesterday, was okay. Cooking section is quite small and the books weren't as cheap as I expected.

At the moment I'm thinking of getting something classic, like the CWA Baking book or such. That and a book devoted to sauces and one on middle eastern cuisine.

Et toi? :)
16th-Jun-2009 11:43 am (UTC)
Dang, I was hoping for a good selection of books.

Which reminds me, David Jones has a 20-30% on all cookbooks at the moment.

I have a mini book on sauces (all the basics, but that's what I need for reference). Would you like a scan of it?

Any CWA book would be a great addition to any culinary library. I was hoping for a good breads/pastries reference one and another with traditional French recipes. Miss the simple (but oh so good) food from Antibes.
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