Chefs, What's on Your Summer Reading List?
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For most chefs, summer in the Valley means a chance to take a much-needed break before the busy season returns. And like us, many enjoying whittling away the hot summer days with a good read.
So what books made this summer's must-read list for Valley chefs? Lots of food and cooking-related ones to be sure, but also a few you might not expect. Perhaps you'll find a recommendation or two that inspires. Enjoy.
I have a book that my wife got me not long ago called, The Art of Fermentation [by Sandor Ellix Katz]. It's about tofus, vinegars, and misos. I'm excited to read it. Need more culture in my life -- pun intended.
Call me Ishmael, but right now I'm re-reading Moby Dick. Definitely not casual reading, but really cool. After that, I have some Ray Bradbury and a pile of Bukowski waiting for me.
Vegetable Literacy by Deborah Madison, American Wine by Jancis Robinson, and a couple of hobby farming books. We're still moving in the direction of establishing the ﬁrst trufﬁere in the desert Southwest. Gardening, viniculture, and hobby farming are an integral part of that plan.
I've been meaning to read The Flavor Bible [by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg] for sometime now and I finally picked up a copy. A great reference book to have around. You can form a better understanding of the compatibility between ingredients.