You know how I love book signings, right? Nothing is more fun than listening to an author who is really excited about his work. That was definitely the case on Thursday night, when I went to hear Michael Ruhlman talk about his latest book, Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking.
The premise of the book is really interesting: you can reduce most foods we prepare to a basic ratio of ingredients. Cookies are 1 part sugar, 2 parts fat and 3 parts flour – vary the ingredients however you want, as long as you keep the ratios the same. I am really looking forward to reading this. I love to cook, and anything that helps me improvise is a great thing.
Anyway, the title of this post: Michael was talking about buying hog belly (to make his own bacon) and making pets de nonne, or “nun’s farts”! It’s a kind of popover and he was talking about how varying the amount of liquid in a dough changes the way it puffs. I want to make them just because I adore the name!
The other signing last week was even more rare. Bob Feller is a Cleveland Indians legend and he has a reputation for not signing autographs. That made it especially exciting to hear that he would be signing copies of his newest book, Bob Feller’s Little Blue Book of Baseball Wisdom. I decided it would make a perfect Father’s Day gift – he even signed it “Happy Father’s Day” – and a special surprise gift for a friend of mine who is a baseball diva.
I bought these books at my favorite bookstore, Joseph-Beth Booksellers. You can buy Bob Feller’s Little Blue Book of Baseball Wisdom or Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking at Amazon.com.