Sunday, April 29, 2007

It's all about taste

The latest Boldtype theme is Food. Many books on the theme are reviewed. For example, consider the one that caught my eye instantly: How I Learned to Cook: Culinary Educations from the World's Greatest Chefs. Had someone asked me that question, I'd have needed just a couple of words to answer, sheer necessity!

Talking about food, the rather recent book review that stayed in my head was the one Lotus did on Madhur Jaffrey's Climbing the Mango Trees. I am not much of a food books reader, yet I wanted to read this memoir because Lotus made it sound so inviting.

A few days ago, during one of my conversations with MIL, she asked me if I'd tried Vasantha Mami's recipes (the Mami here is the actual relationship of MIL to Mrs.Vasantha Moorthy). I mentioned that Mrs.VM had gifted us with her The Complete Vegetable Cookbook on our wedding and that I treated the book like my bible, not failing to refer to it everyday (do you ever wonder, looking at all your vegetables, now how do I make it differently today?). Indeed, it is one of the few cookbooks that I am aware of other than trademarks like Meenakshi Ammal, Tarla Dalal and Sanjeev Kapoor. Of course, over the course of many years, MIL had asked me the same question several times and I had offered the same answer. Yet, it has become one of our fillers when the conversation veers towards cooking.

Like every summer, the trivia in conversation has started to turn in the mango direction. Did you find good ones yet? Which is the best tasting one this season? On and on. I haven't found very many inviting ones in the market yet. But May appears promising.

My neighbour offered me a tip to make sambhar the way Rathna Cafe makes it. So I am going to try it on the unsuspecting husband in a day or two. Psst...sometimes it is good that Lord L doesn't read this blog!


Biby Cletus said...

Nice post, its a really cool blog that you have here, keep up the good work, will be back.

Warm Regards

Biby Cletus - Blog

Chillpilgrim - Chennai's Own Thrill Seeker said...

So intha ponnunga yaarume samayal kathukarathu illa. Yellaam cookbooks thaana? Ayyayyo. I was thinking of getting married in a few months.. well start looking actually, but your post has changed all that. I am better off with the cooking skills I acquired in london, out of necessity. Lol. Just Joking.

But honestly to all women/ladies/ girls who use the cookbook strategy after marriage - Hats off to you and your efforts are appreciated.

Manohar said...

Lord L?

Echo/Lavanya said...

Biby, Chillpilgrim - thanks.

Manohar - indeed Lord L. Are you unhappy with it? Or do you think he deserves a better name? I wasn't sarky enough? Or was I awfully sarky? Or, horrors, are you wondering who it is?!

Manohar said...

I'm just wondering why the letter 'L'....