Finally! We moved, but it’s not all smooth sailing yet. We’re living out of boxes and we don’t have a kitchen yet. While our perfect kitchen is being built (which we will be talking about soon), I’m going to have to get crafty. I do have many plug-in appliances (rice cooker, toaster oven, panini press, waffle maker, microwave, etc.) so we’re still going to have a ball here. I think we’re going to be pleasantly surprised with how much I (or you) can do without a kitchen. (Gulp) Determined to eat well every single day without exceptions, here goes…

I’m often asked to review cookbooks and I only do it once in a while. It’s mostly because I don’t feel like it’s a proper review until I’ve tried a ton of recipes in the book. However, when I was recently invited to a party at the Phaidon Book Store 100 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012, I was charmed by how beautiful the Phaidon books are. Originating as a visual arts publisher, Phaidon Press makes these cookbooks more than just sources of recipes. They are adult picture books.

I really enjoyed flipping through The Book of Tapas (the book that was being promoted at this event) but I knew I wouldn’t be able to try many recipes right now….you know my kitchen nightmare. So, I hope you’ll accept my trial of just one recipe – Octopus with Paprika, and then sign-up for the book give-away. Whoever wins, will you give us a review of the cookbook?

Octopus with Paprika