I read cookbooks like they are a work of great literary fiction. I can't get enough of them; especially the author's who weave their life stories into the recipes. It makes me feel warm and cozy inside. As fate would have it, one day I rushed through the library shelves eager to find a particular cookbook that was said to be checked-in, but I wasn't seeing it. Frustrated, I did that bit where you keep going over and over the books, sliding your finger across each spine hoping you're missing it. Turns out I wasn't, the book wasn't on the shelf, but my finger did land on a different book that piqued my interest.
It is called, Flour.
The cookbook was well used and included splatters of food across its pages. This is always a good sign. As I read through the first pages, and then flipping through each recipe, the book began to stir something inside me. I could tell that this book had a collection of recipes that could take my ho-hum baking skills to the next level while still appealing to the the bakery style baked goods I love.
I was in.
I tried making one of her recipes that very day and failed miserably. Twice. At 11:00 at night, the third time trying, I was successful and it was worth every error to get it right.
I learned that weighing ingredients really is important. Because of Joanne, I have a scale and oven thermometer stored in my kitchen and use them regularly.
Enough of that though. I'm really just building you up to tell you that I have decided to cook my way through this cookbook. Every recipe. As best as I can. I look at it as a challenge that can only improve my knowledge and skills in my baking.
Much like Julie Powell did. I'll document each recipe here and hopefully inspire you along the way; So stay tuned.