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Saturday Evening Book Review: The Joy of Cooking, 75th Ed.; I Call My Grandpa Papa; I Call My Grandma Nana

September 12th, 2009

Reviewed today:

Papi in French, Opa in Dutch and German, Dadu in Bengali… it all adds up to Grandpa. Or how about Go-Go in Haitian Creole, Lola in Tagalog, Yia-Yia in Greek? It all equals Grandma.

Tomorrow (Sunday, September 13th) is Grandparents Day, which is pretty cool. And along come these two picture books, both by author Ashley Wolff (“Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten,” “Mama’s Milk” and many others; $15.99 apiece, Tricycle Press). They’re rhyming books, and both use collage art. Sweet, and a perfect gift for the grandparents (or adopted grandparent substitutes) in your life.

The Joy of Cooking (Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker, Simon & Schuster, $35, 1,132 big pages). What do you want? Five hundred new recipes? Four thousand of the most beloved Joy classics? Sure, go for it. I’ve been fond of this cookbook since my grandma gave me my first copy (paperback, now tattered and stained) when I was in high school. The hot buttered rum recipe is one of my favorites. I bought this for Steve as an anniversary gift. (A selfish, selfish anniversary gift, hahaha.) He opened it up right to the cocktail section. Man after my own heart. Our daughter loves the coconut cake recipe — Steve turned the recipe into cupcakes for her birthday and we gobbled them up.

As Julia would say (but not of this cookbook, just… in general)…

Bon appetit!



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