Okay, so I am not the only one that has not been inspired to cook lately. I have been hearing from lots of you.
My first tip for inspiration, was to watch some foodie movies. Did you watch any of my favorites?
My second tip, before you start shopping and chopping ... read some foodie books. Here are two that I recently finished and just loved.
Christy introduced me to graphic novels and this is the first one I read. (think cartoons) Relish is a food-themed memoir ... that makes you want to fix some great food for your family.
Lucy grew up in a home that loved food. Her mom was a chef and a caterer. So she wraps the stories of her life around what she was eating. Fun.
There is also a page of her favorite foodie spots in Chicago ... a few are right in my neighborhood.
This is another book that Christy shared with me, after she attended the book launch. I loved this book, both the stories and the recipes.
Bread and Wine, by Shauna Niequist, inspired me to make my own salad dressings. I have several cute jars on my counter for this purpose. Homemade dressings are so fresh and delicious and not full of sugar. Perfect.
Reading Bread and Wine makes me want to cook and to invite friends to share a meal around our table.
I made Shauna's lasagna recipe and can't wait to try the bacon wrapped dates.
Do you have any favorite foodie books?