If there was ever a doubt that the holidays are fast approaching, the evidence is piling up on my desk. Now is the season when all wise cook book authors get theirs into print, just in time for holiday gift-giving.
And seriously, what cook doesn't want another book? For most of us, cook book collecting is a favorite hobby, if not an obsession. I've tried to keep my collection down to a reasonable number, at home, but my desk at work is a very different story. They are piled everywhere. I know it's crazy, but I love being surrounded by all of these cookbooks. It's like being surrounded by love all day long. Each page holds the promise of culinary inspiration.
Oh, there are plenty of clunkers in the mix. Books that make me ask, "Was this self- published?" or "Who agreed to print that?"
But there are others that make me swoon. Currently, I'm swooning over Essential Pepin, a new tome by Jacques Pepin, which includes more than 700 of his favorite recipes, many taken from his public television shows.
I've only just begun working my way through its 600+ pages, and already, I'm feeling weak in the knees. There is no arguing that Pepin is the authority. Now, if I can only convince him to come to Akron and cook for me. OK, cook with me. I promise to do all of the shopping and chopping. He can just stand there, and show me how to cook something perfectly, instructing me with his French accent. And I promise to do all of the hard work.
Wouldn't that be cool? Seriously, cool.