I’m on a countdown to a trip to the US next week. I will be within striking distance of New York City, which I’ve regularly said is my favourite city in the world. I’m hoping to grab at least a few hours there, even just to take a stroll down the High Line, but I’m primarily there for a wedding.
Maybe if I don’t get into the city then I could indulge in a bit of cookbook shopping and then some cooking, as some sort of compensation. These are on my list today:
New York Cult Recipes – I saw this in Waterstones a few weeks ago and thought it really had my name on it. This is really the comfort food of the city, so things like cheesecake, cheeseburgers, pork buns, byalis…all things I love when I’m there. I’ve done really high end eating and I’ve done comfort eating like this and love them all. I think this one might be a keeper.
How to Eataly – what can you say? Eataly is like the Disneyland of Italian food. It’s massive, it’s noisy, it’s a total assault on your senses, and makes Dean & DeLuca look like a corner shop. I like that this is not just about cooking but about the shopping stage too, not to mention the all important eating stage. Not that I think I need any instruction on how to do that bit!
the potato cakes, the apple butter…
I could go on. I’ve cooked lots from this, and like to imagine myself back there. It was so good we went twice within the five day trip. This time I might have to settle for cooking from it when I get home.
Better from Scratch – ok, this one is for later in the year, as it’s a new book from Williams-Sonoma. I love Williams-Sonoma, it’s an expensive habit. Their books are always good, and the next batch look great. I like this one, and the slow cooker one that’s coming. I have an earlier version of this which I’ve already cooked from quite a bit. Failing that, I just hope to pick up some Star Wars pancake moulds in the sale to go with my cookie cutters.
I ? New York – on a thousand tshirts, and now this is the book of the tshirt sentiment. Almost. Because this is about the local food movement really, and the many ingredients that are grown around the city, and therefore can make great seasonal food. It tells the story of the producers, as well as great recipes. I think this one will go in my wishlist, it’s definitely a different view on New York eating.
It’s a trip I’m really looking forward to, as there will be lots of joy and happiness for all the days I’m there. I’m just hoping for a sneaky NYC fix as well, just to really top things off. Besides which my regular housesitters will be back in residence and I’ve promised him those pancake moulds!