I was never really into audiobooks until I started a new job with a long commute. Podcasts can only get you so far, and I am frequently in the car long enough that NPR stories start to repeat themselves. (And seriously, why is Lynne Rossetto Kasper pushing Birchbox on “The Splendid Table“? So odd…) Sometimes there are misses – names that are hard to keep straight and annoying voices from narrators. But sometimes I get so wrapped up in the stories that I can’t put them down. Or hit pause. Or maybe even get out of the car. You know what I mean, right? Those are the days that I love to cook more elaborate recipes. The ones with multiple steps, drawing me to the kitchen to listen to yet another chapter or three.
Now that I’m blogging and recipe testing, I’m starting to associate specific recipes with specific books. “Yes, Chef” by Marcus Samuelsson was during my Dark Chocolate Cherry Pecan cookie recipe testing. “Without You, There is No Us” by Suki Kim was during my Extra Veggie Tortilla Soup recipe testing. I wish I could say something thoughtful about how these books inspired recipes, but they were all satisfying in different ways. I think I should have created a recipe with rose petals, when I re-read “Like Water for Chocolate.” My current book/recipe combinations make no sense at all, but they always inspired ideas for future recipes. But my newest recipe, farro salad with roasted cauliflower was tested while listening “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant” which left me feeling warm as happy, and I hope this dish does the same for you.