05 April 2010

Written and Illustrated by Mark Crick
Published by Harcourt
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Today seemed like a normal Monday. Monday is my day off and normally I spend it in a coffee shop or running errands. (My life is both fulfilling and thrilling, huh?) Well, today I opted for a morning of coffee shop dwelling and an afternoon of browsing at my favorite new-to-me bookshop. An hour and $8 lighter, I emerged with two very cool titles, the coolest of which is pictured above. 

Kafka's Soup: A Complete History of World Literature in 17 Recipes is an idea so great, so perfectly suited to my tastes, so perfectly produced, that upon discovering it I uttered a "whoa, seriously?" OUT LOUD.

Here's a teaser: 

"Tarragon Eggs 
a la Jane Austen
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Ground pepper
  • Pinch of salt
It is a truth universally acknowledged that eggs, kept for too long, go off. The eggs of Oakly Farm had only recently been settled in the kitchen at Somercote, but already Mrs B--was planning a meal that would introduce them to the neighborhood with what she hoped would be universal acceptance." 

Now, not to get all girlish and predictable, but...I KNOW! RIGHT?! So dreamy.

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