Tuesday, December 11, 2007


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.

1 comment:

Di said...

I pulled out my recipe binder last night and apparently years ago, I had torn out her recipe for Rainbow Salad from Cooking Light Magazine, but all I had left was the picture! (M' binder needs major organizing). Anyway, I did a google search and your entry popped up. Thanks for posting. I can't wait to try it. :) I wonder what took me so long. :)