I received this breathtaking book from a dear friend for my birthday, Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard, by Nigel Slater and can't stop looking at it. It's a tome. Organized by type of fruit, it has both savory and sweet dishes and the photography is stunning. I haven't made anything from it yet, but intend to. It's just so nice to look at and read I almost forget I can cook from it.
So, in that funny way of things converging at the same time, a friend of mine last night at dinner was talking about her love of toast as a food group (I concur!) and then asked if I had seen the movie Toast, made from a memoir. No, I have not, but it sounds good, I said. And then she mentioned that it's a biography of Nigel Slater and I said I didn't know who that was because see, my brain is a sieve, and now I see that I do know who he is—he wrote this amazing book I have been poring over. Ha! And now I plan to read Toast and see the movie and check out all his other books, too. Perfect summer research.