The Book: Mollie Katzen, THE ENCHANTED BROCCOLI FOREST and other timeless delicacies. Ten Speed Press, 1982 (20th printing). Trade paperback, good minus condition; cover is grease-stained, some pages are water-damaged, spine is badly creased, front cover has 1.5" triangular tear at bottom edge.
First read: 1984
Owned since: 1984
I haven't made any effort at vegetarianism since about 1987, but this is still one of my favorite cookbooks. It's beautifully designed and organized, with handwritten recipes and charming illustrations. Even a beginning cook can follow its instructions, and it encourages improvisation. At the back of the book are lists of seasonings and ingredients characteristic to regional cuisines. If you ever wanted to know the difference between Spanish flavors and Mexican, the answers are here: Spanish food uses saffron, bay leaf, and butter, while Mexican uses cumin, cilantro, oregano and no butter.
The Quiche Formula on p. 131 is the easiest and most reliable I've found, and I don't even have to look at it any more. I used to make the Challah recipe (p. 97) so often that the book opens automatically to that page. The Curried Apple Soup ... hmm, maybe I'll make the Curried Apple Soup today. It's raining and cold, a perfect day for it.
Five Random Songs
"Theme," The Monkees. I like the Monkees. Poke fun if you will.
"Spanish Geese," Willie Bobo. An electronic version, from the Verve Remixed album, which sets jazz standards to dance beats. I love this record, which I believe was a birthday present from my friend Garth.
"Uniforms (Corp d'Esprit)," Pete Townshend. From All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, which on any given day might be the one album I'd need on a desert island.
"Madman," The Jayhawks. From Rainy Day Music, a record I don't like as much as Smile.
"Anniversary Song," Cowboy Junkies. Possibly my favorite Cowboy Junkies song. In fact, I'm hitting repeat.