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Cooking The Books

Cooking The Books

By Vanessa Baca
A podcast about food in literature, the inspiration behind the stories, and how the recipes come to life in my kitchen!
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Bless Me, Última and the Spiritual Bliss of Blue Corn Cakes

Cooking The Books

Bless Me, Última and the Spiritual Bliss of Blue Corn Cakes

Cooking The Books

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Bless Me, Última and the Spiritual Bliss of Blue Corn Cakes
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, and to memorialize a wonderful author who was also a dear friend and mentor, I'm discussing the pivotal book Bless Me, Última by the late, great Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya and sharing my method for making a savory New Mexico treat that incorporates our favorite seasonal green chile!  Like what you hear? Check out my blog at www.foodinbooks.com Like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks Follow me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/foodinbooks
14:22
September 15, 2020
The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires and the Bloody Thrill of Cheese Straws
We're talking some Southern-fried vampirism today, along with a tasty appetizer that no self-respecting Southern housewife would be caught dead without, so check it out and leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts! If you like this podcast, you'll love my blog so take a gander over at: www.foodinbooks.com Like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks Follow me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com.foodinbooks
15:41
August 24, 2020
The Silence of the Lambs and the Cannibalistic Joy of Chicken Liver and Fava Bean Crostini
Join me as we talk cannibalism, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and I share my method for making a tasty chicken-liver and fava bean crostini! Check out my blog at: www.foodinbooks.com Like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks Follow me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/foodinbooks
17:20
July 14, 2020
Kitchen Confidential and the F*cking Brilliance of Yellowfin Tuna
We're honoring the foul-mouthed legacy and cooking genius of my idol, Anthony Bourdain, talking about his seminal work Kitchen Confidential, and I'm trying my hand at one of his more fanciful food references in that book, so listen and enjoy! Check out my blog at: www.foodinbooks.com Like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks Follow me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/foodinbooks
16:02
June 19, 2020
The Name of the Rose and the Ungodly Goodness of Fried Cheese in Batter
We're going back to 14th century Italy with a medieval monk and his Watson-like sidekick to an abbey where murder, mayhem and a massive library take center stage, and frying up some tasty cheesy goodness in the latest episode of Cooking the Books, so give us a listen!   Check out my blog at: www.foodinbooks.com Like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks Follow me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/foodinbooks
16:11
June 2, 2020
Dune and the Otherwordly Joys of Cooking Rabbit
Today's episode talks about the unearthly joys of science-fiction, including my favorite sci-fi book of all time, and a delicious and unusual dish featuring - you guessed it - rabbit! Like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks Follow me on Instagram at: instagram.com/foodinbooks Check out my blog at: www.foodinbooks.com
13:34
May 15, 2020
Like Water for Chocolate and the Magic of Chiles en Nogada (Stuffed Poblano Peppers)
This week, we are talking magical realism and food, discussing one of my favorite foodie books of all time and how it presents food as both magical and as a reflection of emotions and feelings, and I'll share my method for making a classic Mexican dish! Visit my blog at: www.foodinbooks.com Like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks Follow me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/foodinbooks
14:19
April 29, 2020
Fairy Tale Food and the Comfort of Cooking Risotto
In this week's episode, I talk about the magical and transformative qualities of food in fairy tales, discuss one recent retelling of my favorite fairy tale of all time, and share my method for making squid-ink risotto. Like me on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/foodinbooks Follow me on Instagram at: www.instagram.com/foodinbooks
13:55
April 22, 2020
La Cucina and the Art of Homemade Ragú Sauce
The culinary delights of Southern Italy are richly described in the wonderful book "La Cucina" by Lily Prior and I discuss the comforts of making homemade ragú sauce during COVID-19 social distancing.
13:57
April 14, 2020