I acquired quite a number of food magazines and cookbooks this weekend of various languages--some I understand, some I don't. Interestingly enough, I did not buy any of the books in my usual haunts for books.
While I was waiting for my dad at the airport, I stopped by the newstand out of boredom. I bought Fine Cooking's Weekend Cooking and Feb/Mar 2006 Fine Cooking magazine. There is a master muffin recipe in the magazine that allows for many fresh fruit combination. I would very much like to give it a try this week. The weekend cooking special issue is intriguing because it contains many menus with corresponding preparation schedules. Since I like to entertain, this would be rather helpful for casual get-togethers.
On Saturday, I went shopping at J-Town for japanese groceries. I stopped by the bookstore out of curiosity (and I can't even read japanese!) and I couldn't help but be attracted to the lifestyle magazine Orange Page. With enticing photography and special features on make-at-home izakaya dishes and osechi ryori, I just had to get it. There was an interesting article that features a cook-off between two single guys on instant curry dishes. None of the recipes take over an hour to prepare and over half of them make use of instant curry cubes. I think even with my minimal understanding of the language, I manage to figure out a few of these recipes. I'm hoping to give the bacon and egg curry fried rice a try soon. In addition to the magazines, I found some interesting books in the consignment section of the store. At the bargain price of $3.80, I bought "Tetsujin Chen Kenchi no Chuka Ryori" (Ironchef Chen Kenchi's Chinese Cuisine). I probably wouldn't make anything from this book but it would be a hoot to share it with SN. I also bought a cake & pastry book aimed for beginners. It contains a hodge-podge of desserts from european, japanese, and chinese origin. I doubt that I would cook from it either but it offers great inspiration in terms of flavour combination and presentation.
My last acquisition came from T&T Supermarket when I was (again) making my weekly grocery run. They had a table set up near the fish department with a bunch of cookbooks written in chinese. I bought "Japanesque Delicious Meals" authored by a Taiwan chef trained in japanese cooking. This book focuses on homestyle dishes which would be useful for my weeknight meals.