The Book: Nina Simonds, A SPOONFUL OF GINGER: Irresistible, health-giving recipes from Asian kitchens. Knopf, 1999. Very good condition, some water damage and food stains; book opens automatically to "Dad's Chinese Chicken Wings" (p. 105) and "Rainbow Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing" (p. 199).
First read: 2000
Owned since: 2000
I like cookbooks, and I own quite a few of them. This is one of my favorites, and the recipe for Spicy Peanut Dressing is one of the best things I make (it's a favorite of Moira's and Matt's, too).
This cookbook is macrobiotic in theory -- the idea that you can improve your health by balancing the hot and cold properties of food -- but the recipes are just plain good. Even people who don't think they like Asian food will find something they like here. I'm looking at the curried pumpkin recipe right now, and thinking that might be something good for tonight's dinner. But where am I going to find black mustard seeds in central Maine?
This morning's temperature, when I got up, was 5F. Five, as in five, as in the number between four and six. I decided to wait a little while before taking Dizzy out. My dashboard widget says it's now 9F, but it feels warmer. It feels at least 15.