I woke up late and had figs and maple syrup for breakfast. Subsequently spent the morning perusing the christmas food magazines, and flicking through a wonderful new book called Snowflakes and Schnapps by Jane Lawson. Lawson’s book is indulgent, a glossy hard cover with beautifully styled whole page photographs. It is the only recipe book I have read this year that genuinely contains new flavors and cooking methods. Part of what makes the tome so unique is the inspiration; the recipes draw on northern, central and eastern european flavors. It contains a brilliant mix of everyday dishes and special occasion fare. Though one of the book’s four chapters is dedicated to Christmas, all of the recipes be perfect to lift your mood on a cold day in February. Unlike other winter cookbooks which are an ode to the holiday season, Lawson’s book captures the delights of a place that is magically icy all year round. This is the sort of food one imagines they eat in Narnia.
Snowflakes and SchnappsNovember 10, 2009