I mentioned earlier this month that our July cookbook of the month would be from yet another member of the Bon Appetit staff. This time, we’re checking out the brand new Where Cooking Begins by Carla Lalli Music. If you spend much time watching cooking videos on youtube, you’re probably familiar with the author. She does a ton of videos for Bon Appetit’s youtube channel, and she often makes appearances on their podcast.
It just so happens that on the day I started writing this article, I discovered that Carla had starred in a video covering a recipe from her new cookbook which also appeared in a long ago issue of Bon Appetit, pork steaks with snap pea and scallion salsa. The recipe she did on the youtube video does not include this salsa, but it is an adaptation of the same techniques. As with any time we discuss a Bon Appetit book, it’s a good starting point to decide if you’re interested in this cookbook. Check it out here.
June saw us take to a new frontier: Indian food. I’ve always had a great love for east Asian cuisines, although I’ve long lived the bastardized American versions of a lot of iconic dishes like pad thai and fried rice. I’ve dabbled in curries, usually from a canned jar. Indian-ish brought me to the world of Indian food by knocking the canned sauces out of my hand, and I’ll be forever thankful for it.
I’ve never thought of Indian food as much more than X, Y, Z curry. America does not have a deep Indian history compared to countries like Britain with a large Indian immigrant population, so I have never so much as walked into a dedicated Indian restaurant in my whole life. Opening up Priya Krishna’s ode to her childhood changed my thoughts on Indian food in America, and I will long be thankful for this cookbook.
Hey, everyone. Long time, no post. I know. It's been a rough June.
I had surgery on the 17th (Don’t worry, it was very minor and outpatient!), and I feel like I spent the whole month waiting to get in until it finally happened. I neglected a lot of things, namely this blog, while getting ready for surgery. Today is the best day of my recovery so far, so I’m taking some time to let you all know what is going on.
For starters, I have still been cooking out of our June cookbook of the month. You’ll get a review for Indian-ish before the end of the month. I wish I could have done more with it, but I can barely stand being on my feet for much more than ten minutes or so at a time. Cooking hasn’t been a high priority during my recovery. I must have asked my husband to pick up food every day this week, poor man.
I’ve also got our July cookbook of the month picked out. There will be more on that before the end of the month. Hint: it’s another Bon Appetit personality’s cookbook. After getting Alison Roman’s Dining In at the recommendation of the Bon Appetit foodcast, I have definitely been shilling it out to some of their people this year.
I’m also planning a very nerdy outing for next month. July sees the release of Final Fantasy XIV’s new expansion, Shadowbringers. I am very excited, and to commemorate this nerdy part of my life, I’ll be doing a recipe based on one new culinarian recipe every week to two weeks. We’re going to have a lot of fun. I don’t know how long this project will go on. Depends on what Shadowbringers has in store for us culinarians.
The next few weeks for me are all about recovery: physically and in my writing. Thanks as always for hanging in there with me during these rough patches.
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