Another week, another TGIF post. Busy week around these parts both professionally and personally. Another week of beautiful weather–Seattle hit a high of 89 midweek (no, really) with average daytime highs around 80. But Fall is giving us strong signs it’s ready to sweep in and overtake us for yet another year. It’s a bit incongruous for Seattle to be sweating your face off while sweeping up piles of dead leaves…
With Fall comes spending more time inside (boo). And that also means more time to focus on cooking (yay) and to read new cookbooks (yay x2).
I recently ordered Smoke and Pickles.
Chef Edward Lee has a fascinating story. Born in Brooklyn to Korean parents, he cooked his way through part of college only to realize that was his true calling (sorry, Mom and Dad!). After a number of years at the top of the NYC restaurant game, he decided to take a culinary sabbatical which lead him to Louisville. A fortuitous meeting resulted in him purchasing 610 Magnolia, where he has crafted his unique take on Southern food. I’m excited to start digging into this book–we have a group dinner planned early next month where we will each be making a recipe. We’ve done this previously with the same group cooking recipes from the (exceptional and highly recommended) cookbook Jerusalem. It was spectacularly good (if only I could have houmous that good every day…) so I eagerly anticipate this meal.
The other cookbook I have on pre-order is Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok.
Named for the eponymous restaurant in Portland, OR (and now other locations including Brooklyn). Andy Ricker has spent decades traveling in Thailand, absorbing the culture and gaining a unique depth of understanding of Thai cooking. I expect this book to be both a fascinating read and a phenomenal tutorial on the flavor profiles and techniques unique to Thai cooking. Plus, I can’t wait to get my hands on a legit recipe for his fabled Fish Sauce Wings.
Mmmm. Who’s hungry? I am. Have a great weekend, everyone, and make time to eat something new and tasty.