I try a lot of new things. Some of the new things I try blow my mind with awesomeness. In the Best of the Month series, I give you only the best things I’ve found in the past month.
While established cooks might scoff, cooking with recipes is the best way you can learn how to cook. All you have to do is find a recipe and follow the directions. Yes, you will make mistakes, but each time you work your way through a recipe you learn more about cooking. It is a hand-on approach that I personally find fun and the results can be impressive.
Each installment of Cooking with Books will feature a different cookbook from my personal collection. I select several recipes—preferably one from each chapter—to prepare, then feature them here along with my thoughts. The recipes I provide are not necessarily the same as the one you will find in the book. The recipes here reflect how I prepared the recipe in my own words. Think of this as an in-depth review of the featured cookbook.
We live in a consumerist culture where most of us own way too many things. Quite often, we don’t even use most of the things we own. I want to go through my possessions one by one and for each item make a decision to keep it, sell it, donate it, or trash it.
For each item I decide to keep, I need to decide how I would integrate it into my life or re-purpose it. In some cases, an item may still be useful, but should be upgraded or replaced.