I’ve been on a self-help book kick lately. For the record, that should read a “buying self-help book kick lately,” as I’ve never actually read a self-help book…yet. But over the weekend, thanks to Labor Day and modern America needing to have a sale for every single holiday, Half Price Books had their entire store(s) 20% off. Which meant Meg came home with books. Now before you go “what the hell you said you were downsizing and Logan got rid of all of his books,” he didn’t get rid of all of his books so calm down. And we came to some terms of books that can come home with us.
So naturally ALL COOKBOOKS fall into these commandments so no worries there. Funny though, I don’t have a very large cookbook collection at all. I have a hard time finding cookbooks where I would make more than 1/3 of what’s in the book so I like to check them out from the library, and if I find that I’m flagging every page I consider buying it. Every now in a great while I will buy a cookbook before borrowing it and dare, I say perhaps even pre-order it. SHOCKING! There are only two cookbooks which I can recall ever pre-ordering and they were/are:
- The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon: Simple and Inspired Whole Foods Recipes to Savor and Share – by Sarah Forte. If I could ever crawl inside a cookbook and live it would have to be by Sarah and her husband Hugh, who does all the photography for their cookbooks and site. He’s my aspiration for (food) photography. The feel of the book itself, the photography and recipes – it’s just calming, yet inviting and comfortable.
- The Rawsome Vegan Cookbook: A Balance of Raw and Lightly-Cooked, Gluten-Free Plant-Based Meals for Healthy Living – by Emily Von Euw. Emily is such a tell it as it is chica, which is one my favorite types of people. In the kitchen she takes the scary out of a raw diet as she makes typical dishes like burgers or ravioli, but puts a raw spin on it without the all the fancy equipment (that can be a major deterrent). She makes truly healthy living approachable. She also sports her own blog over at This Rawsome Vegan Life.
But to be honest the only reason these guys were pre-ordered was because I already have one of their previous books and was in love, so I felt slightly less anxious about hitting that pre-order button. PLUS did you know if you pre-order anything off Amazon, they guarantee that the lowest price the book sold for between the time you committed, and it gets released, is the price you’ll actually pay. So, if you pre-order it a month in advance for $15 but at some point between you buying and it being released it drops to $12… you guessed it – you are only going to pay $12. I have never actually paid the initial price on anything I’ve pre-ordered off Amazon. I’ve ALWAYS ended up with a lower price and it’s friggin fantastic.
Okay so back to what we were actually talking about…
Self-help books. What do you think of them, are they too nutty for you, or do you have some favorites?
What I picked up this past weekend…
and I’m going to count these in as well…
I was also on the hunt for a couple memoirs (which is not normally my thing, but as you might be able to tell, I am trying to expand my horizons). In particular, I was looking for Rich Roll’s Finding Ultra and Dr. Wayne Dryer’s I Can See Clearly Now. P.S. I could write an entire blog series on my mad love for Rich Roll… so I’ll leave you with Google for now and that I highly highly highly recommend checking out his Podcast – it’s life changing.
So why did I enact the commandments in order to purchase these titles? Well I have this thing where I like to annotate (highlight, make notes in the margins, etc) which dates back to high school. It helps me absorb more of the book and allows me to flip back and cite something with ease. I also love quotes so it’s an easy way to go quote happy. Plus, I like to think that these books will be beneficial and titles I will go back to when the time strikes. Logan has his shelf of engineering textbooks and I have my cookbooks and self-help’s I guess. I think we can get away with two shelves.
Should we talk about these potatoes for a hot second?
Ode to potatoes: Potatoes you complete me and fill up my little Irish heart with pure goldeny potato joy.
I’ve actually had this recipe around for awhile, and I love making it. Most of the time, I make it for lunch and just nom down a bowl with fervor as I continuously say “yep, this is good.” You could probably eat it as a side too though… if that’s your thing.
They have a very slight acidity to them from the lemon and vinegar, a small nod of bitter from the greens and then the creamy starchy love of the potatoes pulls it all together and you find yourself shoveling without remorse.
Go for Gold: Time is not what you are looking for with these spuds. You are looking for a nice golden crust on both sides and however long that takes is exactly the length of time you want.
Them Greens: You aren’t looking to pure your greens, you simply want them nicely pulsed. I have used oil and broth before to give my food processor a little help in getting to a nice finely chopped green. Depending on your food processor or blender will depend on the amount of liquid you will need to get those greens nice and fine. Keep in mind though, more oil = greasier/oiler and more broth = more cooking time and time to turn those greens dark and less vibrant.
Warm is Better: I am all for shoveling as soon as these guys are done. But giving them just a few minutes too cool allows you to really taste the developed flavors. So give them a minute or two, you’ll be happy you did.
I feel like every time I share a recipe with you and I get to this point, where I begin to wrap things up and all that comes to mind EVERY SINGLE TIME is… man I should go make this (again).
I also sort of have a thing for naming things Mean Green when there are multiple green produces in them. Such as Mean Green Pesto Pasta, and now these potatoes. I’m sure there will be more mean greening coming your way at some point.
Okay…well… let me know your thoughts on any memoirs, self help or anything with pages that you think I should know about. I’d love to hear what’s on your shelf/shelves. Please share what’cha got!
Peace. Love. And Potatoes!
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- For the potatoes:
- 1 1/2 lbs baby or fingerling potatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
- 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
- 2 garlic cloves, pressed
- 1 cup Not-Chick’n broth
- For the greens:
- 3 large lacinato (dinosaur) kale leaves, tough stems removed
- 3/4 ounce fresh parsley
- 1/2 ounce fresh cilantro
- 1/2 lemon, juiced (approx. 2 tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1 garlic clove, pressed
- sea salt & fresh cracked pepper
- drizzle or more of grape seed oil or Not-Chick’n broth
- In a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat melt coconut oil. Add sliced potatoes and stir to coat with oil. Cook potatoes until they are nicely golden on both sides, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds. Carefully pour in chicken broth and reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook potatoes until liquid has been absorbed, stirring occasionally. When liquid is gone, remove pan from heat and let set for 2 minutes.
- While potatoes sit, place all greens ingredients into a food process or blender and pulse until finely chopped, adding additional oil or broth as needed. Add greens to potatoes and toss to coat. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as desired.
- Serve warm.