On Vegetables by California chef Jeremy Fox is a highly appealing book even without the content. It was featured on the shelf at Anythink and I was drawn to it like I’m drawn to a beautiful art book. Published by Phaidon Press, it shares company with many such books, and indeed the creative arts publisher produces more books about cooking than I had assumed. It is gorgeously designed, with well-balanced images and text, typeset nicely on large, spare pages.
This past winter my family had the chance to visit Mexico. We all tried our best to brush up on our Spanish language skills before we left. We did OK, but I think we'll need more work if we plan to return. Spanish skills aren't just helpful when traveling; they're useful here at home, too. To make it fun for everyone I came up with a plan: we have bi-lingual snack time. My son's favorite part of the trip wasn't the beach or the theme park we visited, but the food! And it's no wonder. Mexico has some of the best dishes of any place on the map.