When it comes to food, I am always in search of new ideas, inspiration from fellow peers, reference materials, heck just about anything that will broaden my horizons and knowledge in the forever changing world of food.
That being said, at times I find myself in a struggle trying to avoid the humdrum cycle that can occur as I flip through pages of new monthly food magazines. After awhile they all seem to be the same, each inundated with advertising, overly styled food shots and at times it can be even challenging to find the complete recipe without having to flip between multiple pages.
A recent email from a friend about a new cookbook collection peaked my interest and after a little digging, I came across the recently funded Kickstarter project – SHORT STACK EDITIONS. Their idea was simple, create a series of small format cookbooks focused on a single, inspiring ingredient. Culinary professionals, NOT chefs, but cookbook writers and recipe developers that have home cooks first and foremost on their mind would author each of the cookbooks. There is one exception in this first series, chef Tyler Kord of No. 7 (Brooklyn) and No. 7 SUB delves into and shares his excitement for broccoli.
I most certainly have high hopes after coming across this quote the Short Stack team taken on as a corner stone of their foundation.
‘A cookbook is only as good as its worst recipe” – Julia Child.
The first series released contains ten editions, each focused on specific ingredient such as eggs, tomatoes, strawberries, corn buttermilk, grits, to name a few. The recipes are well written, focused and easily understood. As I was reading through the first few editions, the recipes grabbed my attention and created the urge to get immediately in the kitchen and start cooking.
The series is modeled after recipe pamphlets that were popular during the 1940’s and 50’s. A cross between a cookbook and magazine, they are 50 pages in length with attention to detail in their craftsmanship, simple yet elegant. These are meant to be collectibles, used regularly and shared with friends and family. I already started my list of those who soon will receive a surprise in the mail.
Now it’s your turn!! Cheers.