Thursday, February 23, 2006

Of cookbooks, and a kind soul

Williams-Sonoma Cookbooks

I have a total of 9 Williams-Sonoma cookbooks sitting on my shelves right now.

And I paid for none of them.

No, I certainly didn't steal them!

How then did I become the proud owner of that many cookbooks without forking out a cent?

It pays to have kind friends I guess.... friends who happen to work in a publishing company.

Haha.... he didn't only give me Williams-Sonoma cookbooks! He gave me this:

David Lebovitz’s Great Book of Chocolate

YEA! the book i've been eyeing for the longest time...

I mean, every chocoholic must own it. David Lebovitz rocks and I read his blog too. But now, I have this book and I await the day I can make a trip down to Paris and savour all the chocolatey places he has mentioned!

But wait, that's not it!

This dear friend also knows how much I love baking brownies and eating them. So he passed me this 'BROWNIES to die for!' recipe book. By the way, it's not out in stores yet (so I had to remove the picture... sorry!)

Brownies to die for indeed! There's like sooo many variations of brownies in there. It'll take me quite a while to try all the recipes though.

But you'll be the first to know, when I do!

Anyway, it's time to acknowledge this kind and sweet soul!

Mike is his name and he's been such a great friend; what with the moral support and all. He's been the one who's egging me on with my online bakery business! We've been bouncing off ideas and business plans for this dream of mine. He's a great friend I tell you. I'm sure you all would agree! I mean, who in the world would sneak out copies of cookbooks just for you? Mike! I know you're reading this... let me just say a BIG thank you once again! You're an amazing friend.... and a talented one at that. He customises sneakers ya know... So people, if you're thinking of having a special pair of your own sneakers, go look for him! I can vouch for his talent...

From my humble count of 12 cookbooks, I now have more than 25 sitting on my lil old shelf. Wow... thanks Mike once again! :)

7 comments:

Nic said...

You are so lucky! I've never seen that brownie book before, but it certainly seems like a must-have for brownie lovers.

Dennis said...

Happen to chance upon your foodblog when i googled Island Creamery.
I was pretty glad that my friend decided not to tell me where that place was. If not i wouldn't have come across your wonderful blog full of wonderful wonderful food!
Never really tried baking or makin desserts and seeing your brownie book actually reminds me of my failed attempt at instant brownie mix from betty crocker. :/ After looking at your blog, i'm so inspired to go try again.
Keep up the passion. =)

p.s. I'm Hainanese too. :P

novice baker said...

Hi! I love cookbooks too! And there are tons here in US, not to mention the super cheap Gourmet magazines I get to subscribe since coming to US!
Hope to see you trying on some recipes from your new collection soon!

Ivonne said...

Tell Mike he's a great guy!

I know that feeling of elation when you get a new cookbook ... especially one that you've really wanted.

Thanks for the tip about the "Brownies to Die For" book ... I'd never heard of that one before!

Gabrielle said...

Wow! Bake something chocolate soon! :)

Precious Moments said...

You are definitely a very very lucky lady to have such a fantastic friend, Mike!!!

So expect to see more baking on Chocolate. Yum yum, thanks Mike!

the baker said...

Nic: yea i know! that's because it's not out on the shelves yet. hehe. my friend works at a printing company that publishes books including loads of recipe books!

Dennis: haha, yes, do try again - this time, without any premixes! that's cheating =p

novice baker: I wished I had Gourmet mag here! it's a bit expensive if i subscribe it from there.... oh yes, I will def. be trying out some new recipes sooN!

Ivonne: yea, what a kind soul eh? exactly! elated is the word! haha... yea the brownies book is new... not yet out commercially.

Gabrielle: I sure wilL! :)

Precious Moments: oh yes... and i've already baked my signature brownies for him and his girlfriend for V-day recently. haha they certainly enjoyed it!

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