Find of the Day: Williams Sonoma “Essentials of Roasting” (On Sale for $13.95 at Books Inc.)

Another thing self picked up in Mountain View (aside from the interesting fact that son was deeply, deeply disappointed that he did not grow up in a traditional American family), was a hardcover Williams Sonoma cookbook on the Essentials of Roasting, which self stumbled upon in Books, Inc., where self and son were browsing earlier this afternoon (Ah, at least self can pat herself on the back for having raised a kid who likes to hang out in bookstores — last summer, in Manhattan, son insisted on going to The Strand almost every day!)

The Williams Sonomoa cookbook, originally $34.95, had been reduced to $13.95. Which made it even cheaper than Rachael Ray’s 30-Minute Meals ($19.95)! And, what’s more, it had lots and lots of grrreat pictures, on almost every page! (As self has said so many times before, what’s a cookbook without pictures???)

OK, book has an absolutely yummy picture of golden baked chicken on the cover. And inside there are recipes for “Monkfish with Red Pepper Sauce” (Self has no idea what a monkfish is, and is pretty sure she’s never ordered one at a restaurant); “Lemon-Thyme Capon” (capon, for those blog readers who are deficient in food knowledge, is “a male chicken that has been castrated to produce a particularly plump bird with a generous amount of flavorful meat.” See, self learns something new every day! This definition came from self-same cookbook, what a find! Then, self starts to wondering if this effect would also apply to humans, but thought is too horrible to pursue. Once again I digress); and “Beef Tenderloin with Madeira Sauce.”

Must look up turkey roasting instructions.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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