Usually, I buy cookbooks, I don't take them from the library, but this cookbook-having thing is getting a little out of control. I shouldn't have so many, but I love them! It's not the worst vice ever, but still.
The Carnegie Library and I have become BFFs since I moved to Pittsburgh. You can look up and reserve a book online and they'll email you when it's at the library branch where you asked it to come! That's seriously nifty. I mean, you hear about a book on NPR, you reserve a copy, when it's your turn on the reserve list, you get an email that it's waiting for you. And by then, you'd more or less forgotten about the book, but it's such a pleasure to not have to forget--to just get books lent to you to borrow and read. Then you don't have to find some place to store them because you just return it to the folks who lent it to you, just give it back, all civilized and shit. Yes, I know, you all understand about how libraries work. But still, I feel it's important that I encourage others to enjoy our public libraries, because, damn, they've got a lot of books. Pretty much everything you ever wanted to read. They also have DVDs! I hear the kids are into those these days.
Point is, I've been taking cookbooks out of the library to try 'em out, and I reserved Alicia C. Simpson's new book Quick and Easy Low-Cal Vegan Comfort Food. Damn, she crams a lot of info into that title! I would have omitted the "and Easy" part because ease is implied by the quickness, but, really, who am I to lecture anyone else on brevity? I don't remember where I saw it, but I'd found out that there were recipes for making fancy popcorn in the book, and fancy popcorn is my junk food of choice. Even before I started really eating healthy, I didn't keep any processed snack food in my home, opting instead for popcorn kernals (it's better if you have to prepare your junk food, don't you think?) and trail mixes.
I also made the Baked Risotto from this book.
And while I was eating risotto for a few days, I also made myself the split pea soup for which Ms. Simpson has a recipe. I don't remember exactly what it's called, but I know that she says it's, like, the best soup ever or something like that. It's not, it's a little plain. But I liked it, I ate it up. Only, with sriracha in it.