The Basque Book: A Love Letter in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito

The newest cookbook to join my beloved kitchen collection is The Basque Book: A Love Letter in Recipes from the Kitchen of Txikito. There was really no way I wasn't going to love this new cookbook. I've been enamored and in love with the Basque culture since I visited that area between Spain and France back in my teens. Their country is absolutely beautiful, their culture is rich, their history is tragic and fascinating, and their food is simple but amazing. 

When I discovered Mark Kurlansky's The Basque History of the World: The Story of a Nation I knew I would forever be in love with this group of people, as well as have a lifelong dream to travel the entirety of the Camino de Santiago. I had the pleasure of hiking a section of it when I visited that corner of the world and it was some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen. Someday I'll be back...

Needless to say, when I saw that the owners of one of Anthony Bourdain's favorite New York restaurants - the Basque-inspired Txikito -were publishing a cookbook, I had to check it out. 

The cookbook has definitely not disappointed. I would treasure it if only for the pictures of this beautiful country and food! The recipes take simple ingredients, and bring out more flavor than ever imaginable. It's definitely a welcome addition to my cookbook collection!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. This post may contain affiliate links. 

Blessings from God

Sometimes the endless possibilities, the million different ways things could have turned out, knock the breath from my body as I pause, shaken, before a floodgate.

Love is insane. Loving is insane.

Love, in all its forms, all its idiosyncrasies, makes no sense. How can we love someone so much that it physically hurts where our soul presses on our bodies?

How is it possible to love someone so small? Someone we've never met? How is it possible to cry over our abated fears, the possibilities, while rejoicing in life?

Working with life means we are also working with its mirrored twin. 

Surgery is a serious thing. No matter how many white walls, how many sets of stairs, how many machines buzzing, drugs pumping... we are still flesh being opened with sharp instruments. And sometimes we don't make it out. 

Dust to dust. 

No matter how much metal, plastic, or fabric they place between us and the earth. Eventually, the earth will win. 

Dust to dust. 

We cannot escape the earth no matter how tall our buildings, how far into space we reach, we always have to come down, down, back into the earth. For that is where every one of us will rest.

If we knew what would come of loving? If we knew what would come of living? Would we start on this path? Would we love knowing how much it would hurt? Would we love knowing how scared, how completely and utterly helpless we would feel when we come face to face with lifes mirrored twin?

I think we would.

They say every day is a blessing. They say every day is a gift. But what is the gift for? The questions too big to try and answer. What is the answer?

Blessing from God, do you know the answer? In your beautiful eyes I see promise. I see purpose. I see family. I see so much love for the new dawn.  I see love.

Love is insane. Loving is insane.

Blessing from God, I will strive to be grateful for this new day with you. For every day is a gift. For ever day is a blessing from God.

For Corban Ray Stollar, 5/24/16

The Big Book of Kombucha (Book Review)

If you've been following this blog for any amount of time, you know how much I love fermenting. It's been something I've been really passionate about for a very long time. I love fermenting everything from the basic carrot stick or cucumber pickles... to tomato salsaapple chutney... even eggplant. And, of course... kombucha!

That's why I was so excited when I saw that this book was going to be published!

The Big Book of Kombucha

I've never met a book more aptly named. The title says it all, really. This is THE one and only Big Book all about kombucha.

Written by Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory of Kombucha Kamp, (grab your Free DIY recipe and guide!) This book is a magnum opus. So much thought, dedication, years of experience and research have gone into this book they've created. And it's absolutely beautiful, too! 

Anyone who has ever tasted kombucha, made their own or tasted someone else's home brew has questions about what they've just experienced. Kombucha is far from new, but it's definitely a bit of an exciting trend right now. This book covers everything you could ever possibly need or want to know about this healthful elixir.

This book covers the basics, as well as going in-depth into the history, art and science of kombucha. Plus, it has over 200 recipes. But it doesn't overwhelm! It's a pretty spectacular accomplishment. I'm still digesting all the information and will be for quite a while. 

It's already been a helpful reference in my Fermentation Friends Facebook group where people have questions all the time about kombucha. If you like kombucha, make your own, or simply want to round out your fermentation library, you've gotta get this book!

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