Scarlett Skillet’s Reading – Men, Beautiful Food, Recipes and Gluten Free

I would like to introduce a bite of historical trivia. The oldest surviving cookbook in English, The Forme of cury, ‘the (proper) method of cookery’, was taken from a roll written by the chefs of King Richard II and was published in London in 1780 with recipes dating back to 1381 from Ancient Cookery (Diversa Servicia). Back then most foods were not heavily sweetened or spiced, contrary to what most people believe.

Of course, since it was one of my main sources for inspiration, I have to suggest Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thomas E. Connolly, Nina Baym. Click image for review! The Scarlet Letter is an 1850 romantic work of fiction in a historical setting. Set in 17th-century it tells the story of Hester Prynne who struggles to create a new life with dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of sin and guilt.

Dear to my and JD’s heart, is Culinary Artistry by Andrew Dornenburg, Karen Page. Click image for review! A kind of stepping-stone for the recipe-dependent culinary showman, this is the first book to examine the creative process of culinary arrangements as it explores the connectivity of food and imagination. This is a must-read for anyone wanting to be a star in a living-kitchen theater.

As my inaugural inspiration for Scarlett Skillet, Wet Men by photographer Francois Rousseau, this book has to come to the top of the list. From the beaches in the South of France, public pools of Paris, and the sparkling waters of Tahiti, this book undeniably eroticizes sexy male art forms. It is a celebration of the beauty of the male form, as well as fulfillment of many fantasies.

Naturally, I must include one that has married food and sex. Find appetizers in this one that will persuade a little “fork-play”.  The Seduction Cookbook, by Diane Brown, is a perfect hint that speaks volumes if found on the kitchen counter. With tantalizing recipes, it offers techniques for heart-throbbing applause in your living-kitchen-theater that will arose sensual appetites.

With Who Moved My Cheese? Dr. Spencer Johnson realizes the need for finding the language and tools to deal with change–an issue that makes all of us nervous and uncomfortable. If it were not for this book my blog would have not been launched. Many people, including myself, are uneasy with our daily routines and thoughts changing. Change happens either with you or without you. What is undeniably more important is the attitude most of us have about change. This is a fundamental book that should be in every household and routinely opened up with our ever-changing world.

This one was recommended to me by a friend. A great addition to my library collection. Bite by Bite by Peter Callahan, Raquel Pelzel, Martha Stewart. Click image for review! Full of creative recipes and vibrant food photography, Callahan recounts stories of how he dreamed up dishes. Small bites are incredible ice-breakers, especially when they are playfully served by your lover. A must have for impressive encores that could last all night.

Chef Adam Perry Lang sincerely understands the true sense of refinement/innovation to improve. Roughing up muscle meat and preparing scruffed garden vegetables with cooking procedures that create an incredible concentrated end note! This book got JD performing in our outdoor kitchen faster than I can say, “What are you doing with a hair dryer?” Pick up a copy of bestselling cookbook author Adam Perry Lang’s “Charred and Scrruffed” to see why JD needed the hair dryer before running out the door! OMG, steaks are AWESOME!

Website Links

Ask Men

Blog Her

Beautiful Food – Foodtography Files

Broke Ass Gourmet


Gluten Free Girl – One Of The Best In The World

Huff Post

Meg’s Recommendation – The Weed Story

No Recipes – Food Photography and Cooking Methods

Punch Bowl – Always A Reason To Celebrate

Seductive Musings

Sprouted Kitchen Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s