You all know I adore Martha Stewart, I have since I first discovered her work over fifteen years ago from a university room mate's Mom. Martha and I are a both Polish, and when friends jokingly call me "Martha" I take it as a huge compliment, even when it's meant in jest.
Like me, she also has a boy-pack of three sons and a hubbie. Unlike me, residing in rural Canada, Lucinda lives in New York City. We don't have TV or Sirius radio but I do get all the Martha mags and for several months I have been absolutely smitten with Lucinda's book cover and recipes I keep seeing featured...
I don't care how good the recipes in a book might be...if it doesn't have fantastic graphics and photographs I am not buying it. For instance, I have had many a yummy things from the Looneyspoons series of cookbooks BUT I gave my copy away. The cheesy drawings, recipe names, corny jokes and weak design made it totally unappealing to me. I know this sounds totally snobby and irrational but that's just how I feel about cookbooks, and since it's my blog I do get to have my say.
That being said, I am a huge fan vintage graphics and typography from films and art of the 60's and 70's, I have three boys, and I get the humor or Lucinda's approach...even though it's frankly not so humorous at times when you are actually trying to keep a house of macho eating machines satisfied.
As for anything beyond the cover of this beautiful book, I can't comment, as I haven't seen it. I've tried twice lately at bookstores to peruse a copy and have been out of luck. The best bet is ordering online via Chapters/Indigo, I have a link on my left sidebar. What I have seen are her recipes from the magazine and the food she features on her Mad Hungry blog.
My boys have declared themselves "meat-a-tarians, although we don't eat if very often. The Mad Hungry recipes feature recipes feature photographs of simple, healthy meals that really appeal to our clan of carnivores. Really, I am much more of a baker than a cook, I do love cooking but preparing meat is really not my foray, I find it rather gross. De-boning a chicken a la Julia Childs, or making a beautiful beef wellington will never be something I will attempt; but grilling a simple flank steak or making a batch of Crunchy Sesame Chicken Wings from Mad Hungry is do-able and sure to keep my boys a smiling.
Lucinda also has a new Mad Hungry show starting weekdays September 13th on the Hallmark channel. This is almost enough for me to call the cable company and get our TV activated again, I am so curious...almost but then I remember how horrible YTV was and don't miss TV at all. Hoping I'll be able to stream some sneak peeks off the internet now and then.
So Mad Hungry is officially now added to my wish list. Now I need to prep a picnic for my boys to get them up and out of here in the morning so hubbie can sleep soundly after his night shifts. The plan is to hit the Vernon Farmer's Market for pancakes and a wee shop first thing in the morning then head to the waterslides until they are waterlogged and exhausted.
I need to get home in the afternoon for Ry's nap and to get our abode somewhat tidy before my folks come for dinner. My Mom and I are joining friends to finally see Eat, Pray, Love and I am leaving my Dad at home for a movie with the boys.
Piles of holiday unpacking still litter my bedroom and the hallway begging to be put away. I had grand intentions of getting it dealt with today but instead I joined friends for lunch at my friend Natalie's place. She treated us to homemade gourmet pizzas on spelt and whole wheat crusts. There was a pear, prosciutto, roasted garlic and brie variety with baba ghanoush as the sauce. A perogy pizza with new potatoes, crispy bacon, sour cream and fried onions and a shrimp, goat cheese, olive, tomatoey creation that was equally delish. We drank sangria loaded with fresh fruit, watermelon and mint salad, chicken soup, homemade dips we brought and finished with a fresh sticky toffee pudding. Even the kiddos gobbled it all up. Wow. Well worth leaving a messy house to wait another day for a little TLC.
and thanks to Lucinda Scala Quinn for getting me inspired to try some meaty recipes that will keep the testosterone levels nice and mellow around here,