Friday, December 30, 2005

Back from the depths and a Xmas present...

silverspoon

I have been on a hellish "Jacob's Ladder" style journey to the depths. I have paid the piper for my Christmas gluttony. A stomach bug. A bad boy of a stomach bug that slapped me around nicked my wallet and installed a perpetual motion machine deep into my cranium, making me feel like I was permanently at sea in a gale. I have only really just got my appetite back and even then I have to avoid anything too daring. The soft, the warm and the bland are as far as I can take it right now. I was doing some shopping today and the smell of various fast food emporia hit me like a freight train as I passed them making me gag and making my vision swim.

Anyway, despite my lack of enthusiasm for cooking generally I had my very own Italian Mama to hand in book form. When feeling low and liverish, incapable of even considering cooking a meal, you need The Silver Spoon, every Italian mama's secret arsenal for the last 50 years and now translated into English. I love it, from its very encyclopaedic nature to the short, staccato instructions; no flowery writing here, just to the point and with a level of expectation regarding the cooks abilities that most English cookbooks blushing. Not that this is sophisticated stuff, it beautifully simple, a depository for every familiar Italian dish to others you have never heard of and would never consider trying. This may well become my favourite cookbook.

7 comments:

cookiecrumb said...

Have you cooked from the book yet? In the US, it's been described as the Italian "Joy of Cooking."
Hope you feel better. You need a bowl of cheesy polenta!

Rose said...

or a good bowl of chicken soup...

anna said...

Hi MG,

Hope you're feeling much better now. Look forward to seeing the results from The Silver Spoon...

Ivonne said...

Love your site!

Your writing is exceptional.

I too succumbed to the effects of Christmas gluttony. And while I did sugger, it was well worth it.

All the best in 2006!

Sam said...

CC - you mean as in Joy of Sex?

cookiecrumb said...

Disregard Sam's remark. She's just trying to play agent provocateur. ;D

Christina said...

Definitely on my list of books to buy this year!