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I can't believe my luck.

I can't believe my luck.

In the late 60s, Time-Life books published a series of volumes encompassing the "Foods of the World". I remember we had a set in our house when I was a little kid (bought used then, too) - I'd sit and read these things as though they were novels. My mom gave them away at some point in the last twenty years.

I picked up four of them today for 50 cents each at a used booksale. Coming to them now, I'm all the more appreciative - they're dated, certainly, but they're meticulously researched, written by people with genuine fondness for the region they document, and contain absolutely rock-solid recipes for classics. The Classic French book is written by Craig Claiborne; the Provincial France volume by M. K. Fischer and edited by Julia Child. The prose is warm and gently instructive and the tiniest bit sentimental; the photos appear in lavish oversaturatred color.

Plus, I don't know if I've ever come across a more thorough cassoulet recipe. Combined with Judy Rogers' method for duck confit from her Zuni Cafe book, it might become a juggernaut in my winter kitchen.

I'm loving the baby sweater:

The knitting is much smoother in real life. This thing is just whizzing on US2 dpns - I've set the armhole steeks and am about 2 rows into the armhole shaping:

We'll see how all this works out. I'm just kind of making it up as I go along.

Got a few licks in on Dad's sweater, too:


I'm really late to the party on this post, but I couldn't help commenting. I LOVE the Foods of the World series--my parents had many of them when I was growing up, and they seemed sooooo sophisticated and fascinating. I've been lucky enough to find almost all of the volumes at library sales and thrift stores since then, and they are some of my favorite mealtime reading. (Though the volumes dealing with indigenous American cultures, especially the New England volume, are frequently horribly condescending...) Anyway, I'm glad I'm not the only one who loves them.

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