With all the books passing through my hot little hands, a few of you have wondered how I review a book and how I decide on the rating I give it. I thought I would explain the method behind my madness in hopes that you can better understand my reviews and use them to determine if you think a book I've reviewed would be a good fit for you.
About halfway through living in Europe last year, I started a list in one of my mini Moleskine notebooks: Things to Learn to Cook. After we went on our August Euro-tour, that list grew exponentially. In addition to mushy peas and sticky toffee pudding, we added quite a lot of Greek food to that list, including stuffed grape leaves.
...okay, well, for a week, anyway. Team Stevenson is heading to Spain.
We'll be in Reus, on the coast near Barcelona, and I'm excited for the chance to explore a new place, try new food and wine, and stock up on all the Caudalie, Longchamp, and Desigual products I can get my hot little hands on.
And here comes recipe #3 from My Paris Kitchen. I told you we were serious about this, right? Right. I learned a lot while making this dish - for starters, lentils are extremely high in calories. One and a half cups of dried green lentils is a whopping 1,050 calories.
But don't let that scare you off! Lentils are extremely inexpensive and packed with nutrients. They're complex carbohydrates that are full of soluble fiber and protein and iron. They are good for you.
We've had a lot of watermelon en maison de Stevenson lately. And while it's good to eat - fresh OR frozen - it's also really fun to drink. After all, what's more refreshing than watermelon?
Proscuitto e melone (basically, ham and cantaloupe) is one of my favorite Italian dishes. It is, of course, on the appetizer section of Edi House's menu, and we indulged in it several times over the summer. It's simple, refreshing, and tasty, the perfect accompaniment to a liter of slightly frizzante white wine after a long day of traipsing around the city in the heat.
But you can also take it to the next level.