Are you there, Santa? It’s me, Ashlee.
If you are willing to overlook a couple of things (like the times I gave my dog, Roscoe, people food) I hope you can find it in that big heart of yours to give me a few books about food for Christmas. I know you’re too busy to guess what I want, so I took the liberty of making a list of the books I would like so your day will run a little easier.
- America the Edible: A Hungry History, From Sea to Dining Sea by Adam Richman. The author is the host of one of my favorite shows, Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. Richman travels around the country visiting homegrown restaurants and undertaking epic eating challenges. In his book, Richman explores the history of some of America’s favorite dishes. If the book is half as interesting as Richman, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it. I also have a bit of a crush on this chubby Yale grad, but I digress.
- Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South by Marcie Cohen Ferris. I mentioned this book in a previous post, and now I’m really interested in learning more about how Jewish people have adapted Southern cuisine to fit their culinary culture.
- The Pot and How to Use It: The Mystery and Romance of the Rice Cooker by Roger Ebert. I love me some Roger Ebert. For ages, I have wanted this book filled with recipes for a rice cooker. Now if only I can get Mama Eats to let me borrow her rice cooker …
- SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions by Rainn Wilson. OK, so this one isn’t about food. But who can resist a best-selling book written by the actor who plays Dwight Schrute on The Office?
I think that’s it for now, Santa. Thanks for listening. I’ll ask my roommates to leave a baked good out for you on Dec. 24.
Hugs and kisses,