Tuesday, March 23, 2010

oops I did it again...

Remember my foodie book binge?  The one that lead to many-a deep thought regarding the traditional roles of women versus the modern, corporate career roles and what happens when the two blend??

Well bring on the extraneous existential pondering!  'Cause mama's got a brand new bag of tricks!


Anyone read Julie Powell's newest - Cleaving?  I picked it up on a whim today... (hardback on a whim... oops... but the cover is so pop-art-y and fun!).  I know lots-o-peeps don't jive with Ms. Powell's "voice," but as a huge Julie & Julia fan (book and movie), I felt this was a somewhat well intentioned investment.



And, let's be serious... Can I really go wrong with either of these?  I think the answer be Nay.  I mean, the pretty pictures alone make me happy.  


A somewhat ridiculous totally de minimis amount of money well-spent, if you ask me.   Any new foodie lit / cookbooks on your horizon?  

29 comments:

  1. I've debated buying the pioneer woman cookbook, but I have to tell you if you haven't purchased Ad Hoc At Home, then you absolutely have to get it.. right now! It is my new favorite foodie lit!

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  2. Sorry to disappoint but Cleaving is miserable. I loved Julie & Julia, and I'm not a hater of Julie Powell... at least I wasn't until I read this book.

    Here is my review from goodreads.com http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/85181741

    We must have had a mind meld - I just picked up the new everyday food cookbook too! I haven't made anything from it yet, but lots of yummy looking things in there.

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  3. You know how I loathe LOATHE LOATHE (LOATHE!)Julie Powell. So I may borrow this so that I can wallow in my distaste. It's one of my fave hobbies!

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  4. I concur with Elle above-- Ad Hoc at Home is my current foodie lit obsession.
    I can't properly convey the utter delight I have while sipping a glass of red wine and just flipping through that book. Dear lord, it's food porn at its finest.

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  5. The Kitchen Bible was one of my recent purchases for a friend. It included an array of dishes, as well as pictures of the finished product (because lets be honest here, I'm more willing to prepare a dish after I lust over it in the glossy pages.) :)

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  6. If you were told you could buy only one more cook book your whole life, what would it be?

    Here's my answer to said question:

    Miss Dahl's Voluptuous Delights

    If you're into the Brit style of writing (like my girl Nigella), and love healthy food, with a touch of luxury, this is the book for you. It was just released in the US a few weeks ago, so no importing required!

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  7. Yes! Currently coveting The Butcher & The Vegetarian by Tara Austen Weaver. Sadly I'm banning myself from buying any more food-related books (cookbooks or lit) until I actually get through my current pile. Buying them seems to be just as fun as actually reading them. Hmm. http://www.amazon.com/Butcher-Vegetarian-Womans-Through-Crisis/dp/1605299960

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  8. I just added My Homemade Life from the author of the blog Orangette to my list of books to read. I've heard good things about it.

    And The Pioneer Woman is definitely money well spent. My husband is constantly requesting I cook something from it. But I do feel like the order in which the directions are written on the page is a little wonky. But then again, it might just be me...

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  9. You will never go wrong with P-dub. All recipes are crowd pleasers!

    come see me at secretwifelife.blogspot.com

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  10. When you finish Julie Powell's book, please share your thoughts. I am very interested!

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  11. You would love ' Best Food Writing of (year)', edited by Holly Hughes. It's a collection of articles from different writers throughout the year. Right now I've read the 2004 version and am on the 2007. The cover art is also gorgeous!

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  12. Do tell your thoughts on Cleaving, when you get there... I'm curious.

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  13. I am currently trying not to buy anymore cookbooks, as my kitchen is about to explode with them. So I bought a Ruth Reichl and 3 cookbooks at the used bookstore, because that doesn't count, right?

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  14. Just added to my Amazon wish list: Eat, Memory: Great Writers at the Table (a collection of essays from the New York Times); The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz; Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen; Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. Of course, I have to read the ones I already own before I add to my collection.

    Let us know what you think about Cleaving. I've heard mixed reviews.

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  15. I can't wait to hear how Cleaving is. I loved Julie & Julia so I'm very curious!

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  16. I just bought the Pioneer Woman cookbook and am in love. BTW - did you hear about how she got a movie deal?? Reese Witherspoon is going to play her. AMAZING. My friend who went to Wake with you gave me your blog - it rocks! Check mine out if you have chance... http://jackiefo.blogspot.com/

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  17. I'll have to check these all out. I love Julie Powell. My husband is obsessed with Thomas Keller, so we've been collecting his cookbooks lately. We only have Ad Hoc at Home left to buy, and I just got him Larousse Gastronomique (which is supposed to be "the ultimate culinary encyclopedia"). I mostly just make casseroles and leave the heavy lifting to him.

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  18. I too loved Julie and Julia but HATED Cleaving. I actually abandoned it half-way through and finally went back to read it just to get it off my Kindle.

    I just got the Pioneer Woman Cookbook as a gift! Aren't the pictures amazing? I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but I could look at the food pictures for hours!

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  19. I am dying for PW! I've been so good with the budget this month that I keep thinking "next month," which unfortunately is a no-go since I'm in a wedding in April that is costing my first born AND my left leg. Maybe May??

    But I'm hungry NOW :(

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  20. I, too, LOVED Julie and Julia, but I wasn't a huge fan of Cleaving. She wasn't like the Julie Powell I saw in the movie and had in my head...which made it a bit hard to finish. Okay book, but not the best ever.

    The other cookbooks look great, though :)

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  21. I HATED Cleaving. In J & J, I really felt for Julie and related to her but with Cleaving, I just wanted to smack her and tell her to grow up. She completly changes and it's not for the best.

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  22. I just went back to your "Foodie Lit" post and feel driven to comment because you expressed so eloquently what so many of us feel.

    I, too, am a big Julie and Julia fan, so I'll be very interested to see how you like Cleaving. Happy Reading!

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  23. My husband bought me PW's cookbook for Christmas and he said that he has never bought my something where he has reaped such amazing rewards!

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  24. I found Julie & Julia bearable but the movie was much better. Have you read Julie Powell's actual blog? I linked it to my J+J book review post on my blog but haven't had a chance to read it yet.. it's on my to do list!

    I love the Williams & Sonoma cookbook series, especially the Essentials of Baking. My local Costco also had several Thomas Keller cookbooks (I prefer the Bouchon over French Laundry - more practical). Neiman Marcus Taste is also very good!

    I'm on a Julia Child kick and right now I'm reading Backstage with Julia by Nancy Barr. I also want to read My Life in Paris as well as Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard (see a pattern?)

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  25. The Pioneer Woman will not steer you wrong. I haven't made a single recipe from her site or book that I haven't enjoyed immensely!

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  26. Oh god, you bought Cleaving? Is there a well-intentioned but firm way to say set the book down and slowly back away?

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  27. I have been debating buying The Pioneer Woman Cooks. We've really enjoyed every recipe I have tried from the website. Perhaps this is snobby, but can't stand the cover of her cook book. It just looks so messy and obnoxious. I opened it once in a book store hoping the inside would be filled with beauty and redeem the cover but it was not. I don't understand what went wrong. She has such good taste in food and the photography on her website is great. I think that makes the ugly book even more depressing.

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  28. I wasn't a big Julie & Julia fan so I think I'm skipping this one...I think Ruth Reichl has a new one out next week though! Love her books.

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