I'm officially a charter member of a new book club here in Austin! :) It's called "Mystery Books and Interesting People, Too"...our first meeting is August 31st, and I'm thrilled to share my love of literature and mysteries with other people in the area! I was part of one in the past, but found that rather than discuss the books, it turned into a social event and airing grievances....I loved books too much to continue and ended up leaving!
Currently, I'm reading Remedies ( http://www.amazon.com/Remedies-Kate-Ledger/dp/B003156B6S/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281552110&sr=1-1 ) and Girl in Translation ( http://www.amazon.com/Girl-Translation-Jean-Kwok/dp/1594487561/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281552149&sr=1-1 ) . I just finished reading Mixed Blood ( http://www.amazon.com/Mixed-Blood-Thriller-Roger-Smith/dp/0312429509/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1281552180&sr=1-1 ) and I positively LOVED it. It was really fast paced, and I found myself not wanting to do anything but plow through to the end. I had to look up a few words, due to the fact that the author is from South Africa and used slang words with which I wasn't familiar. In any case, it was a great read....a bit graphic, but not without reason.
Cookbooks I'm coveting:
-The Craft of Baking
-The Perfect Finish (written by the executive pastry chef for the White House!!!)
We're going to need another room at the house just for cookbooks! My collection has already taken over the pantry....
I can't forget this one:
For now, I'll have to settle for checking them out at the library....that's usually how I figure out whether or not I want to own them. Pictures....the more the better!
Last weekend's culinary experiments:
-Pistachio Lemon Drops
-Langues des Chats
Both from Martha's Cookie Cookbook....the langues des chats have a great, vanilla scent to them. They're more of a wafer that's meant to accompany ice cream or something like that. The pistachio lemon drops looked to have a more chewy texture, as the majority of the cookie is made up of brown sugar and ground pistachios.
I think this next weekend.....these are the recipes I'm considering:
-Oatmeal Bars with Dates and Walnuts (I've never cooked with dates before, so that should be interesting....)
-Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Side note: Martha's looking a little worse for wear....pages 170-178 have made a break for it. Maybe it's a sign I should be baking Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies? White Chocolate Chunk? Double Chocolate Coconut? Or the Macadamia Maple Sticky Bars? (mmmm....those sound yummy! Anything with a description like: "Layers of texture---crumbly shortbread and a chewy toffee-like topping---balance these indulgent nut bars" sounds like it's alright to me.