Thursday, April 21, 2011

Some Very Potentially Tasty Birthday Treats

This weekend was the thirtieth anniversary of me. Though it didn't go quiet as planned, and it wasn't quite the celebration I had hoped for, I did get some truly exciting birthday gifts.

It all started last Monday when I got a huge package in the mail from Alex's mom. I was intrigued, but not sure if I had to wait to open it till Saturday. Once I got the okay from Alex, I ripped open the box and discovered the cookbook for all things sweet and wonderful, Bon Appetit Desserts by Barbara Fairchild.

A few days later, I came home to a birthday bag on the couch with my name on it. I opened it up and was thrilled to find that Alex had gotten me The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser. I spent the entire evening leafing through it marking pages upon pages of recipes I have to try.

Then last night, I went to visit my friend Chantal in the suburbs. One of the first nights I hung out with Chantal we had dinner at Art and Soul, Chef Art Smith's DC eatery. I feel madly in love with their cornbread and immediately put Back to the Table: The Reunion of Food and Family by Art Smith in my Amazon shopping cart. I never buy anything, so it is still sitting there today. But now I'll have to delete it because Chantal surprised me with it for my birthday! Not to mention, she emailed the restaurant to get me their cornbread recipe, which doesn't happen to be in the book. She is an amazing girl and such a good friend!

Such great birthday gifts. I'm so excited to add each to my collection of cookbooks!

What are your favorite cookbooks? Do you have any favorite recipes from Bon Appetit Desserts, The Essential New York Times Cookbook, or Back to the Table?


  1. Happy Birthday! I just Got Larousse Gastronomique for my birthday, now I leaf through it and swoon about all I DON'T know about french cooking!

  2. Happy 30th anniversary of YOU! I know it didn't work out as planned but we still love you in Boston. I'm glad you got the NYTimes Cookbook. It's one of my faves :)

  3. happy birthday! for my 30th i received the art of french cooking and have yet to even attempt anything in it. but definitely like the idea of it.