I've just come from Pinterest. Can you tell? I braided my hair special and crocheted a baby blanket and made some homemade ranch dressing while I was there, so you should totally be able to tell.
No, seriously, I've been reminding myself of the Acorn Squash Soup recipe I pinned a few days ago when I pulled the acorn squash puree out of the freezer and decided it was time. Time to find a use for that goodness. Hopefully, it hasn't been sitting in there so long as to have had a religious experience and changed its name (to badness. see what I did there?).
Another cookbook I recently purchased definitely follows the high-gloss, super-visual formula, and I've been anticipating it for months. I've mentioned before how much I love the blog smitten kitchen. It is serious genius at work, folks. The author/cook is Deb Perelman, a down-to-earth and witty artisan in all senses of the word. From the food she creates to the photos she captures, she is the real deal, so when I heard she'd gotten a book deal, I knew I wanted to support her. Whenever we can translate blog love into real dollars, we should, right? Yes.
So, when I didn't receive the smitten kitchen cookbook for Christmas, I just bought it for myself. Not uncommon, I'm sure. And then.
Don't get me wrong - it's gorgeous. It's smart. It has good tips and Deb's distinct and approachable voice. It's all there. But. BUT. The food doesn't feel as approachable as what she creates for her blog. I'm not even sure why. It is true that the book itself is bigger than I expected. But shouldn't that be a good thing? More smitten kitchen bang for your buck? And though I want to say the recipes are fancier than her traditional blog fare, another glance through proves they aren't. For instance, right now on her blog is lentil soup with sausage, chard, and garlic. This is week-night glory, y'all. In fact, if my son weren't possibly allergic to lentils (who's allergic to lentils????), we'd be having it instead of the acorn squash tonight. But one of the book's recipes is a slow-cooker black bean ragout, which looks to be the answer to my prayers, so why am I convinced it's somehow less accessible than her blog? I think my gut reaction is wrong. I think I need to sit down with this book and a beer tonight and read it cover-to-cover. And then, I need to plan next week's menus because I'm certain Deb's cookbook is going to be involved.
Phew. I'm glad I got that worked out.
Now, I have to go make some soup.