Friday, March 11, 2011

Cookin' Up Inspiration

Receiving new inspiration often happens while I do something creative unrelated to the area I am trying to be creative in. Lately cooking has been a new way for me to create something I can share with others. While I cook, I tune out every thing else and this has led to me thinking of new solutions to graphic design problems. The lesson here is that if you expose yourself to new ideas it helps keep up your creativity. You can't take out creative ideas from your brain if you aren't actively putting something in it.

With that said I just received the Bouchon cook book, as a gift so I now have new info to put in the ole noggin. I bet it will lead to more ideas in and out of my kitchen. For those unfamiliar with Bouchon Bistro, it is based on french bistros that serve a sort of family style meal in a home like atmospheres. 

The owner of French Laundry, Thomas Keller decided to open Bouchon as a more casual cozy culinary where one can be social and relax.

I'll share what I learn from my new cook book in future blog entries. In the meantime please share you favorite cook book titles in your comments. I am always looking to grow my collection.


  1. I also think that what you put in is directly connected to what you get out. As they say "garbage in garbage out".

    As to favorite cook book it's a tie between the go-to standard of "Betty Crocker's new cookbook" from 1996 and "Barefoot Contessa At Home" by Ina Garten

  2. I really like the Moosewood Cookbooks. I have Daily Specials and the low-fat one. Moosewood is a restaurant in upstate NY my friend Ami took my to when she lived there. It has DELICIOUS soups and salads. Fun and creative.
    Another good one is Soup and Bread by Crescent Dragonwagon. How's that for a name?! The book is full of her recipes she makes at her inn in the Ozarks. Very very good. Can you tell I like soup?

  3. Hi Friends, I looked up the cookbook reccomends, and they sound great. I love Ina, and have thought I needed one of hers, just didn't know which one, so thanks Robin. Emily, I know your family loves soup, including Robbie so I for sure need to get the soup one, thanks.