June 16, 2007

Bookworm in the country

One of the original Ninecooks nine cooks, and the best salad dressing maker I know, Jessica lives in the town next to mine in northwest Rhode Island, and she's this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. An avid reader, Jessica, who works for a nonprofit organization, and her husband, a university librarian, bought their old farmhouse in part because it's directly across the road from the town library! Her improvisational cooking style spans all cuisines, including a recent interest in Korean cooking, and her vegetable and herb garden provides ample inspiration.

UPDATE. Jessica recommended:

  • A History of the World in Six Glasses
  • Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasues and Politics of Local Foods
  • Spice: The History of a Temptation
  • Sweets: A History of Candy
  • The Mammoth Cheese

Browse through the eclectic library of some previous Bookworm recommendations here.

NOTE: Since February, we've had a Bookworm in the Pantry every Saturday. As there are no more Bookworms waiting for a first turn at stardom, I'm going to publish a master list of all of the Bookworm recommendations next Saturday.

If your favorite reads are not on the list (and there are some surprising omissions), and if you've enjoyed this feature on The Perfect Pantry, why not be a Bookworm? If you've already had a turn as a Bookworm and would like to recommend five more of your favorite food-related non-cookbooks, I'd love to share your list.

Want to be a Bookworm in the Pantry? Start here.

June 9, 2007

Bookworm in the Lone Star State

Cooking by the Seat of My Pants is not just a state of mind; it's a wonderful, funny, free-range blog by Jerry, a professional web designer from Wichita Falls, Texas, who's this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. A 30-something father of six, married to an active-duty Air Force staff sergeant, Jerry loves to write, cook, and play the guitar. He learned to cook by reading The Joy of Cooking and Betty Crocker; then, he put down the books and began to wing it!

UPDATE. Jerry recommended:

  • American Diner Then and Now
  • Are You Really Going to Eat That?
  • The Day Everything Tasted Like Broccoli (Maximum Boy)
  • Food in History
  • Paula Deen: It Ain't All About the Cookin'

Browse through the eclectic library of previous Bookworm recommendations here.

*As almost every Bookworm has had a hard time limiting the list to five books, I invite any past Bookworm to share another reading list of five books. Please send your list to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.

Want to be a Bookworm in the Pantry? Start here.

June 2, 2007

A Capitol Bookworm

One half of the creative team behind Cookthink, a terrifically smart blog that focuses on basic ingredients, equipment and techniques, Brys Stephens is this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. After law school and a brief stint as a law clerk, Brys worked in sales and marketing for American Premium Beverage (a major wine distributor in the Southeast) and later in PR and viticultural management for Joseph Phelps Vineyards. A native of Alabama, he now blogs and cooks in Washington, DC.

UPDATE. Brys recommended:

  • Second Nature
  • A Moveable Feast
  • Salt
  • Adventures on the Wine Route
  • The Food of France (Waverly Root)

Browse through the eclectic library of previous Bookworm recommendations here.

We'll have a new Bookworm every Saturday, at least through mid-June.

*As almost every Bookworm has had a hard time limiting the list to five books, I invite any past Bookworm to share another reading list of five books. Please send your list to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.

Want to be a Bookworm in the Pantry? Start here.

May 26, 2007

Another great Bookworm

Cooking is easy and oh-so-democratic, as in anyone can do it, according to Shannon of Simply Cooking, this week's Bookworm in the Pantry. Shannon writes her fun-loving, recipe-oriented blog in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina. She's an enthusiastic home cook by night, and an information systems development manager for a nonprofit organization by day. And, like all Bookworms, she's an avid reader!

UPDATE. Shannon recommended:

  • Blue Jelly: Love Lost and the Lessons of Canning
  • The Soul of a Chef
  • Pot on the Fire
  • The Botany of Desire
  • The Tummy Trilogy

Browse through the eclectic library of previous Bookworm recommendations here.

We'll have a new Bookworm every Saturday, at least through mid-June. If you've already been a Bookworm but would like to share another reading list of five books, please do!

Want to be a Bookworm in the Pantry? Start here.

May 19, 2007

A Big Apple Bookworm

Born in my home town of New York City, Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook is this week's Bookworm in the Pantry . On her wonderful, relatively young blog, you're as likely to find recipes for Ethiopian doro wat as for Mexican salsa verde. Susan and her husband, Scott, who also cooks from time to time, can be found at their dinner table in the metro New York area, discussing everything from politics to Pop Tarts!

UPDATE. Susan recommended:

  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
  • Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring
  • The Van
  • The Dead

Browse through the eclectic library of previous Bookworm recommendations here.

We'll have a new Bookworm every Saturday, at least through mid-June.

Want to be a Bookworm in the Pantry? Start here.

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