Friday, May 21, 2010

It's a fine life.

I have recently started cooking from a couple of cookbooks I never thought I'd own, much less use for anything other than a doorstop. I guess you could say the subject matter of these books was not my forte, not my "cup of tea" (or coffee) Now though, I use them and not only that I seem to have found some small measure of success...on occasion.

Last night I attempted to make roast chicken using the recipe in one of the cookbooks above.  I have made this before but only one time did I have success. By success I mean getting the chicken done when everything else is ready too. Last night was not a good night for getting everything on the table at the same time on time.

I'm not sure what my problem is. If I could blame it on my family I would. But I am happy I am not alone in the chicken cooking department. The department that says I am sadly lacking in the skills needed. My friend Mariette Putnam is sitting next to me in that whole department.

Mariette is a chicken cooking klutz too. But unlike me it really isn't her fault. She was born into a life of ease. Her father owned his own company. Her mom was a "society lady"

When I was a child I just told my parents, "There is no need to teach me to cook. I have no interest in it whatsoever. And furthermore, I will marry someone rich and we will have  maid and a cook."

Famous last words.

But you see whereas I grew up and learned to cook, Mariette only tried to cook. And while I've mastered the art of cooking to a small degree she hasn't. I mean let's face it, Food Network will not be beating a path to my door anytime soon...or ever.

Yes, I have stooped to a new all-time low. I'm comparing my cooking skills with a fictional character. Oh surely you didn't think I'd share that about a real friend?! Mariette Putnam is the main character in Eva Marie Everson's book, "This Fine Life". And let me tell you, it is one fine read too.  This book has all the elements I look for in a good book.
Is it believable? 
Do the character seem real?
Is there a wide range of emotions in the story?

Oh my yes!  You will laugh, you will cry and you will be madder than hops at the injustices in our world.  This book will get to you on so many levels. I highly recommend you add this book to your summertime reading. You will not be sorry!

Available May 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
 I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for the purpose of reviewing. The free book did not affect my review.

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