Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Bookshelf

Today we continue on with a few more recommendations for the home food preserver's bookshelf. For the gardeners among you, Liz Bredo, who tweets as MDPCMLizB, recommends Pruning Simplified by Lewis Hill. This is an oldie, first published in 1979 with two more printings after that. The latest edition I could find is 1986.

Andrea Schulle (tweets as andreaschulle) loves Empty Bottle Moments: Cooking with Clive by Houston chef Clive Berkman.

Amazon's description of Clive and his book: "Award-Winner in the Cookbook/Food category of the 2009 National Indie Excellence Awards. Winner of the 2009 New York Book Festival's award in the Cookbook category

"In his career as a world class chef and restauranteur, Clive Berkman has learned much more than how to prepare mouthwatering five course meals. He finds that what he remembers most after a meal are the empty bottles, reminders of the power food has to strengthen bonds and create memories that last long after the table is cleared.

"In Empty Bottle Moments, Berkman encourages at home chefs to experiment with recipes as he recounts some of his most memorable dishes. The book also includes a compendium of Berkman's handy, foolproof cooking tips. His passion for the culinary arts--and for spending quality time with others--brings each recipe to life.

Clive Berkman, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa, grew up with a love of good food as he watched his mother teach cooking classes in their home. He was trained as a chef at Cassio College in London and became chef, manager, and part owner of one of the finest restaurants in Houston."

One more entry for today is courtesy of Melissa Wood, who tweets under the sobriquet "malicious88" She says "Right now, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison is my favorite."

Friday we'll continue with some great additions for your library.


  1. "In Empty Bottle Moments, Berkman encourages at home chefs to experiment with recipes…”

    This is interesting as my wife, a pretty good cook, doesn’t like to experiment. She follows the directions pretty much to the letter. I tried to get her to live dangerously, but she says it comes out better if you just do as the Chef says. Her results are always terrific, so, she must be on to something. Still, I’ll show her this quotation. Maybe I’ll live to regret it, ending up with something like, smoked ice cream and sauerkraut desert. Yikes!

    Best regards, Galen

  2. I'm an uninspired cook, but I think I'll need to start flipping through some cookbooks soon. Thanks for the tips for my library!

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  3. It's a great idea to tie the books and authors to the authors' Twitter IDs. I've been following mystery author Susan Wittig Albert @AboutThyme who tweets on food, gardening, etc. and has yummy looking recipes in each of her Goldy Bear (caterer) mysteries. Susan is an interesting link between your world and mine, Karen.


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