But I'm a sucker for one with soul, and a good local cookbook with the kind of recipes that make me remember when my family got along well enough to actually have a reunion, that it was all about the food.
Savoring Silver Lake - Recipes and Reveries, is that kind of cookbook. I went to eat breakfast on Sunday at Michaels am in Merriman Valley (often my weekly treat, the only meal someone else cooks for me), and they had a few copies for sale on the counter.
I thumbed through the sample. Tucked among the potluck standards were a few gems like Pumpkin Mushroom Soup, Finger Beans (steamed green beans with truffle oil submitted by Kikki Widing Brackney), Spice Roasted Asian Pear with a Gorgonzola-Marscarpone Fluff . Ok that last one clearly didn't come from someone's grandmother, it was submitted by a local chef/caterer with whom I am acquainted.
Another that caught my eye: , Blowtorched Honey Baked Ham (instructions for glaze: Light a blowtorch with medium flame; carefully wave it over the sugar to caramelize the sugar mixture. Can't you just picture a lady with a lacy apron and cats eye glasses whipping out Dad's blowtorch at Easter? Maybe it's just me, but I totally went there immediately.
This book makes me want to bake a Blueberry Grunt, Bernita Bishop White's Almond Crescents, Coffee Blonde Brownies, and Oatmeal Shortbread. And not share.
There are some cool old photos of Silver Lake in the days when it was the "Coney Island of Ohio".
Get your copy at Michaels am or directly from the church for $25.