Cooking with GAFCCA, Volume 1

No direct link for this cookbook, folks. Not even a link to a place where you can buy it directly, since I can’t find it. In honesty, part of what stalled me out on posting books was things like this. I want you to be able to see what books I’m using, and buy them yourself if they look good to you. That’s just not doable here. I really had the wrong perspective on it. I should have quietly been pleased that a little bit the work had been removed. There just isn’t a link to give you!

Well, that’s not totally true, and “I’ll give you what I can.”: (Warning: Music on opening that link.)

This cookbook was given to me by my Aunt Mary.… Continue reading →

Everyday Thai by Parragon Publishing House

Cover of Everyday Thai by Parragon Publishing

It will surprise no one to find that this was Bill’s cookbook before we started dating. He’s a man who loves his Thai food. If I could have somehow convinced myself that “Thai Street Food”: was actually a coffee table book and not a cookbook, I would have gotten it for him for Christmas this year. He loves his Thai food.

Oddly, for a couple who likes us some Thai food, and in particular for a man who enjoys it so much, we never attempt to make it at home. This is the third Thai cookbook we’ve listed (fourth if you count “Asian Cook”:, and we’ve yet to use any of them. Even with recipes like “Squid with Bell Peppers”, “Chicken and Peanut Curry” and “Pineapple and Lime Sherbet” waiting for us.… Continue reading →

A comment on numbers.

Occasionally one of us will mention how many recipes we have left to make or how many recipes we’ve made to date. Oddly, both numbers are a bit more fluid than you might expect.

Mostly, that second category is pretty solid. The main thing that keeps it from being a set number, so far, is the two How to Cook Everything books we own. There are several recipes that are duplicated across the books, and we don’t always know we’re making one that’s in both books (such as “Everyday Pancakes”:,-was-it-a-new-recipe-or-not.html) Due to that, I “made a decision.”: As we find recipes that are in both books, we make a note of it. If we’ve already made the recipe once before, our count completed increments by one.… Continue reading →

Happy New Year

It turns out I’m not great with the milestones here on MetaCookbook. I realized awhile back that we had crossed 100 entries (a small, but should be noteworthy milestone) and I hadn’t even noticed. Last night, while talking to Kristi L2, I thought we’d posted more than 150 entries, but looking at it today, we’re not quite there yet. I probably won’t notice when we do1. I didn’t notice that we’re actually 7 months into this challenge, not the 6 I was thinking.

I did notice, though, that we’re coming up on one of the most important milestones for the challenge we’ve given ourselves. In fact, I noticed it enough that I’d hoped to hit it by the end of the year. Alas, we did not manage to even cook, much less post, 100 recipes this year.… Continue reading →