A Foodie Christmas

Over the years my family has come to know that I love presents that feed my foodie fire.  So this year, I received the following from my all-knowing loved ones:

A. Cookbooks/Food-Based Books of All Kinds
My husband, let’s call him Mr. Man, bought me three wonderful new books.

First, we have Anthony Bourdain’s “Kitchen Confidential” … a classic and the book that put this brilliant, cynical and charmingly lanky food writer and chef on the mark.  Oh, how I love Anthony Bourdain.  Why couldn’t any of the chefs at the Chili’s I worked in during college have been like Anthony Bourdain? (don’t answer that …)

Second, we have one of Julia Child’s classic books “The French Chef Cookbook”

I have always had the nickname Julia Child (especially after whipping up veal parm, and homemade angel food cake with chocolate rose leaves at age 12 for my parents), but I just recently have come to understand the massive and amazing impact she had on American cooking.  We also share more than a name — I feel a kindred spirit with her, being a tall lady in the kitchen myself.

Third, we have Nigella Lawson’s beautiful new cookbook, “Nigella Kitchen.”

Her approach combines an unbridled love for simple and flavorful cooking that I have enjoyed over the years.  (She is also an amazing writer with a passion for food that is beyond joyful).

B. Cooking Tools

There are two cooking tools that I have been lacking for a while now — a wood cutting board and a large skillet (I have become skilled at sauteing in the bottom of a pasta pot over the past several months).

So Mom really came through when she got me:

A beautiful bamboo wood cutting board.  I have a feeling that this beauty will make quite a few appearances here in the near future.

And, the pièce de résistance …

It may not look like much, but inside that plastic bag is one of the most beautiful and amazing cooking tools possible.

The All Clad 13 inch french skillet … one of the Food God’s best creations.

Oh yeah, you will be seeing this baby a lot in the cooking months.  A lot.

And last but not least ….

C. Simply stated … CHOCOLATE!

Lots and lots of gorgeous chocolate courtesy of Mr. Man.  Oh, how he knows me well.

Hope you all had an amazing Christmas too!

Julia Montgomery Stewart

Nicknamed “Julia Child” at a young age, our own Julia is most at home in the kitchen. Lately, she has combined her culinary talents with a new hobby—fitness and healthy living. As a result, her recipes reflect an intriguing balance between eating well without sacrificing flavor. Outside the home, Julia is a consummate event planner, and spent the first ten years of her career as a publicist before expanding her portfolio of talents with the launch of Live Pretty in 2010. Balancing the busy demands of career and family, Julia lives with her husband and daughter in Orlando, Florida. In addition to her work in marketing, she serves a number of community organizations and initiatives in Central Florida.

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One Response to “A Foodie Christmas”

  1. llc — January 2, 2011 @ 8:50 pm (#

    Thanks for an idea, you sparked at thought from a angle I hadn’t given thoguht to yet. Now lets see if I can do something with it.


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