Do You Still Use Cookbooks? : Daily Art Practice
It has been a few weeks since I posted due to the end of the school year, sickness and vacation. Now that things are starting to return to normal, I am trying to get back to my regular posting schedule. Our family caught a virus that caused ear and sinus infections for 2 months. A few of us are still dealing with ear fluid and pain but for the most part, we are better. I didn’t do a whole lot of anything while I was sick so I don’t have a lot of art or books to share from that time.
Last summer, we started a Tea and Poetry time, once a week. I made a pot of tea, baked a treat and made sandwiches while we took turns reading a book at the table. We spent last week in Virginia on our family vacation, and we visited a few historical sites, including Mount Vernon (photo above), the home of George Washington. Our theme for this weeks Tea and Poetry Time is George Washington.
I did load up with books at our local library this morning so I thought I would share. I browsed all of them and I can’t wait to read more of what I got. I know cookbooks are becoming outdated with the amount of recipes online but I still love a printed cookbook. It gets me excited about cooking.
I thought the The Colonial Cookbook would provide some insight into cooking during George Washington’s time. This books has great illustrations and a little history on each recipe.
I am going to pick various topics for Tea and Poetry time that will include cuisine from around the world. American Girl Around The World Cookbook looks like it has a great variety of foods, countries and colorful pictures for each dish.
Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors and while searching online for cookbooks, I found this one at the library, Cooking With Jane Austen. This book is most interesting because the author gives the original regency recipe with a lot of illustrations. She then translates the original recipe into a modern recipe format, making the recipe less complicated. This book could take a very long time to get through (all 408 pages), but it looks fascinating with much information to learn.
Usborne Round The World Cookbook has recipes from 22 different countries. The recipes are simple and relatively well-known to us so I wouldn’t recommend this book if you are looking for a new way to experience a country but it does have pretty illustrations.
The Kids Around The World Cookbook is my favorite so far! Fun illustrations, many countries to choose from and simple recipes that are not well known in the American diet. I would love to try many of these recipes.
Watercolor Shop Fronts
My first shop from is a Japanese restaurant, Ramen Yoshibe in Tokyo. Their website is in Japanese but they have pictures of their dishes and they look yummy. It looks like they sell mainly Ramen. My favorite part of the shops exterior is that bright red fixture and the dark wood paneling. They make a beautiful contrast against the flags and white notices. Reference photo HERE.
I mentioned before that my husband’s parent traveled to Germany and Italy earlier this year. My FIL knows how much I love painting buildings so he made sure to take pictures. Babingtons Tea Rooms are throughout Italy and this particular building is in Rome. If you go to the About Us on their website you can read about their interesting history. Babingtons was started by two English ladies in 1893 before tea was widely drunk in Italy. So far, this is one of my favorite buildings with the ornate carvings over the door and on the stonework.
I am joining the tea day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Twinings Earl Grey Tea. While visiting family, I tasted this tea for the first time and was surprised at the delicious flavor and fragrance. I rarely drink black tea but this one makes me want to drink it all the time.
Do you have any favorite cookbooks to recommend with your native cuisine?
Happy Tea Day,