June 6, 2012

Very Fond of Food

I don't know what it is about the British food writers...Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Tamasin Day Lewis, Nigel Slater...and Sophie Dahl. They are just so FUN TO READ. And their recipes are so fun to cook!

Sophie Dahl has won my heart completely. Her writing is just enchanting. Her voice is so witty, so warm, so sweet. She's written a lot about the way food has impacted her life, her body, and her memories, and her writing voice is something you won't soon forget when you read her work. Her first book, 'Miss Dahls's Voluptuous Delights', is incredibly detailed in the way she discusses how eating issues affected her body image and her career as a plus-size model. The way she was able to make peace with her figure, and the manner in which she fed her body, while learning how to have a positive, meaningful and healthy relationship with food is inspiring.

Strong writing genes in Miss Sophie's family! Her grandfather was the genius Roald Dahl, and she served as her grandfather's inspiration for the Sophie character in his book, 'The BFG'. Imagine having one of the true children's storytelling greats OF ALL TIME as your grandfather.

All of Sophie's recipes are seasonally based and I was thrilled as punch that Andrew gave me her newest book, 'Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes' for Mother's Day. Did I mention that the food photography in her books is divinely gorgeous as well?

If you love food, love pretty pictures, love fun and engaging conversations about food AND want some clever recipes, you gotta check out Sophie. (I was going to say: "If you're very fond of food, you must read 'Very Fond of Food', but there are some depths of lame to which I refuse to sink. Not many though.)

10 comments:

  1. Roald Dahl was her grandfather??? That is seriously awesome! The recipe photographs are gorgeous... I just wish I could get my little family to try things like that. Haha! :)

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    1. Well I must confess that I've looked at the pictures more than I've cooked from the book, but I'm like that with all of my cookbooks. I'm going to try out that muffin recipe and the soup and the risotto-looking thingy for sure though.

      YEAH imagine -- 'tell me a story g-pa!' 'Ok alright, how about CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY? No? Ok, I've got another little ditty I've been working on, I'm thinking of calling it JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.' aaaaaaaagh!

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  2. mmmmm, I'm very fond of people making me food........:)

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  3. Sounds wonderful! Two of my favorite things--books and food! Can't wait to check it out.

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    1. hey those are two of my favorite things as well! :)

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  4. Her writing IS very sweet! Reading her cookbooks completely changed the impression I had of her when I just vaguely knew that she was a model and Roald's granddaughter. Glad you got the latest book! That lemony lentil soup is on my list to try.

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    1. I'm really excited to try that one too :)

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  5. I adore her books - she uses spelt flour a lot and now that a friend has brought me some from Italy (can't find it here in Brazil) I'll be able to try Dahl's recipes, yay!

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    1. you know, a few yrs back, I tried going wheat-free and only ate spelt bread for about a month -- my under eye shadows vanished -- that tells me that maybe I have the teensiest bit of wheat allergy (but I have not given up wheat by any means) -- but lately I'm feeling quite inspired to bake much more with spelt than I have been doing.

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