Saturday, December 8, 2007

Cookbook Cravings

Lately I've been trying to figure out how to combine literature and food into a master's program. American cookbooks as literature? There must be someone as crazy as me who has done this. Anyone know of something? If I was a filmmaker I could make a movie about food, and no one would think I was crazy. "Waitress" was perfect. If you haven't seen it, do. I've never been a huge pie fan (I've only recently gotten a better handle on baking), but I'm dreaming of pies from that movie. I hope there is a real recipe for Lonely Chicago pie.
I bought Harumi's "Japanese Home Cooking" this last week and have looked at the whole book three times already. I keep planning meals, but when I went to Shirokiya today to get some ingredients, I seriously blanked out because I was so frazzled from spending 45 minutes trying to find a parking space, and the length of the lines in the store. I bought 3 packages of shiso leaves, natto and red miso, some food for lunch and got (insert appropriate expletive) out of there. Now that I'm home I wish I'd picked up about 10 more things. Including rice. And when I got home I realized I accidentally bought shiitake natto, and I hate shiitake. Oy.
I also came across a blog called "Kitchen Wench" ( when looking for a bi bim bap (my new food obsession-- but I need to get a stone bowl somehow) recipe. I made a pretty good version last week, and even Jake liked it. This blog is by a Japanese vegetarian woman. It's quite awesome, even if her pictures aren't as delectable as kitchen wench's.
When I was in Shirokiya, wandering past all of the specialty made items for convenience eating, I really wanted to jump on a plane and go to Japan. Can you have homesickness for food?
And is there really any question why I have not lost a single pound in the last 18 months? Sheesh.


Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

I just came back from trade joes and costco. I spend 3 hours walking around and looking at every single item. I really miss you. I still haven't made any friends as obsessed with GOOD food as you. I made ribs in a crock pot with butternut squash. I think you would of appreciated it.

Melinda said...

ephraim raved about your bi bim bap. i think he was disappointed to come home to hot dogs and saimin. oh well.
maybe you could be a food critic.

Mariko said...

I actually found a way to make it without buying the weird vegetables (true, it's different than usual) from the Korean grocery. I'll send you the recipe, 'cause it's VERY easy.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

Melinda is right you SHOULD be a fo critic

sienna said...

i am a huge bibimbap fan also. i have yet to attempt it at home, but some korean girls that went to the english school i worked at showed me how and it looked pretty easy. but we have two good korean places within walking distance from us, so that makes me not as motivated. that picture is really pretty also.