A Taste of the Far East (1993)

I first encountered Madhur Jaffrey’s “A Taste of the Far East” at my local library in the early 2000s.   The book is divided into eight sections, each covering a country or locale.  This was my first exposure to Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisine, and a treasure chest filled with strange ingredients and exotic flavors.  The library’s…

Lentil Soup (adapted from Home Cookin’ with Dave’s Mom, 1996)

My favorite recipe from Home Cookin’ with Dave’s Mom is the lentil soup, which comes courtesy of David Letterman’s sister Jan.  This recipe was a winter favorite back in our college days, and is one of the few “starving student” recipes that still finds its way onto our table twenty years later.  Like any good……

Home Cookin’ with Dave’s Mom (1996)

Home Cookin’ with Dave’s Mom was a gift from my own mom, by way of the clearance shelf at the discount bookstore where she worked.   And my mom may have had a passing thought that a cookbook might be practical for a young, newly married man setting up housekeeping, but she also knew that I…