Can I just take a minute and say how much I love my husband?

Well, I do. And not just because he buys me presents. But this post is about presents. 🙂

I’ve been traveling a lot lately for work, so getting a call from him when I landed in Denver, telling me he’d ordered two presents for me was really fun. As was the anticipation of waiting for them to come in the mail. (For him, probably the most fun was me needling and whining to get him to tell me what they were. I figured one out, but his lips were sealed on the other).

I don’t want to say too much about them, because they both deserve full reviews here, but he ordered two fantastic books for me.

The first (the one I had figured out) is called The Cook’s Guide to Chicago. The blurb on the back says “This is not a cookbook, it’s a cook’s book!” and that seems about right. Though there are recipes sprinkled throughout, the book sets out to uncover the best specialty food stores and specialty equipment shops in the city. I’m excited to work my way through it.


The second book is a naturally fit for me, and one I’ve had my eye on for a while: Tom Colicchio’s ‘Wichcraft: Craft a sandwich into a meal–and a meal into a sandwich. I haven’t had a chance to look through it fully, but it’s a beautifully constructed book with a wide range of sandwiches. It makes me sad to think that I’ve missed my chance to stop into a ‘wichcraft shop twice now (once in NYC, once in San Francisco). Next time the opportunity arises, I’m going to take it for sure.


I’ve got one more book burning a hole in my bookshelf, and this one was actually a birthday present from Leah: it’s called Jam It, Pickle  It, Cure It and Other Cooking Projects. Another beautiful book full of pictures (I don’t know why that matters to me, but it does!) and a lot of cool “projects,” like making Oreos from scratch. Or bacon. It looks really fun, and definitely the kind of thing I’ve been into lately.


I’m really excited about all of these and I can’t wait until things slow down at work a little more so I can really get in the kitchen and use them!

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