This is not doom-scrolling, but it is a wonderful exploration of…
I know everyone and their cat/dog/bird are baking sourdough bread, but there’s so much more going on in that stack of books you probably have.
For many people, cookbooks are a way to learn about history and culture, or a person. Sometimes they are a path to armchair travel, or a deep dive into a single subject or cuisine. For some, it is simply a teaching manual, while for others a work of art to be admired or aspired to. I have cookbooks that fit into each of these categories and some that refuse to fit into any. A good cookbook is one that engages me; I don’t have to even cook from it. The mark of a great cookbook is one that I enjoy reading and cooking from.
This article is a joy to read, so —dare I say it— savor it over lunch. I’m eying some of my books even now, thinking about Catalan Food in particular, or maybe Coastline.