Musing Monday (22nd June)

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I have quite a few cooking books, mainly vegetarian and baking, and I love flicking through them, especially when I’m looking for something to spark my interest.

A couple of weeks ago I received Fairytale Food by Lucie Cash through an unrelated swap. Essentially it’s just a recipe book, though I very much love how the author has used fairytales as inspiration. The book is divided by fairytale, with each section having around four recipes, as well as a fictional introduction to the author’s meeting with the characters. I am a huge fan of fairytales, and naturally I was flicking through it the moment I received it as it’s also an incredibly beautiful book.

However, after flicking through, I decided to read it cover to cover. I’ve never read a cookery book in this way before, and honestly it’s never occurred to me to do so before. After all, it isn’t like I’m someone who can memorise stuff (recipes or otherwise), so there never seemed any point to just read a book, especially when I’m not looking for a specific kind of recipe.

I am just over halfway, as I’ve found it best to read in fairly short spurts, as otherwise I suffer from information overload and nothing makes sense.  I am enjoying savouring the ingredients and instructions in my mind, and I can’t help feeling that some of the basics of cooking are making their way into my subconscious mind (at least, that’s what I tell myself).

While I’m not planning on reading all my recipe books in this way, I am enjoying the experience of reading Fairytale Food. I expect at least part of that is the luxurious feel of the book itself, and the descriptions of the characters inspiring this book, make a unique and wonderful addition.

Do you/have you read cookery books?

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