Last summer it seemed that there was some type of structure and food value to our meals, without me making too much of a fuss, but this summer the teenagers seem to eat anytime, anywhere and anything other than what I’m cooking. OK — they’ll eat some of it, but they prefer chips and fast toaster oven stuff to my marinated pork tenderloin or garden fresh spinach salad or even barnyard fresh frittata . . . what’s wrong with them!!!
So The Blue Bistro by Elin Hilderbrand (St. Martin’s Press, 2005) is somewhat saving me right now. It’s a fast paced novel about GOOD FOOD!!!!! cooked in an amazing restaurant called the Blue Bistro on Nantucket.
It’s got all of my favorite summertime elements — beaches, summer, food, & romance — set in the world behind the scenes in a very hot restaurant on an island. I’ve already mentioned how much I like islands . . .
It’s also dense and deep and enticing, like a dessert made with eggs. And chocolate. I love the chef because at the heart of all her elegant food, is the tendency towards simplicity.
Hope you like it. Just popped up at Costco . . .