Kate’s post about her cook books mentioned the Moosewood Cookbook, the original of which was a staple in Carlton and Fitzroy share houses when I was a student. Strangely, I don’t have that one but we do have four Moosewood books so I took them out to have a look.
We mostly have the later ones including a couple which reflect the more health conscious times of the past few years: Moosewood restaurant low-fat favorites and Moosewood Restaurant cooking for health.
Moosewood Restaurant new classics is an updated version of the earlier cookbooks featuring lots of simple dinner and lunch ideas, and I was curious about a book I saw a while back Moosewood Restaurant simple suppers but it was only available in hardback and a little pricey so I’m waiting for the paperback edition. I do like a simple supper.
Moosewood cookbooks really do feel like they should be in paperback anyway, there’s something about them that always takes me back to student days when I had no money but lots of time for slow cooked meals of beans and lentils.
The book we use most is the first one I bought, Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant.
Each Sunday at Moosewood Restaurant, diners experience a new ethnic or regional cuisine, sometimes exotic, sometimes familiar.
Each of the 18 chapters is written by a different chef and begins with an essay describing the food of the region followed by a menu for a multi-course feast, although we mostly just choose one or two recipes. We probably have only cooked our way through half a dozen of the countries so I’m going to read it again for inspiration. I’ve also been inspired to look out again for some of the earlier Moosewood books.