Friday, February 28, 2014

One Spice, Two Spice

A fire, a blanket, a snowy day, a cup of tea and a new cookbook. What could be better? Especially when the cookbook’s title is a surprise, arriving in the mail just in time to curl up for a cozy weekend of reading with a furry friend.

My new cookbook came compliments of Joanne, of the lovely blog Eats Well With Others. We are participating in the Food Blogger Cookbook Swap, a terrific event being hosted by Alyssa of Everyday Maven and Faith of An Edible Mosaic. The idea behind the swap is to share books from our collection with other food bloggers. I sent a book to someone and received one in return. So much fun!

Joanne chose well for me. She noticed from my blog that I revel in spices (so true!) and thoughtfully selected one called One Spice, Two Spice by Floyd Cardoz.  The author grew up in Mumbai and Goa and now cooks in New York City. He shares some personal bits throughout the book and gives a little history of each recipe.

Right away the title intrigued me and I knew I’d enjoy diving in ... I was right. The book brings together two cultures, American food cooked with Indian spices. I traveled in India seven years ago and really appreciate Indian flavors. The first section I flipped to was the condiment chapter. Chutneys, pickles, raitas and dressings – yes, please! I began marking recipes to try and Boodie’s Ketchup, named for the author’s mother, is top of the list. This tomato-based condiment is flavored with cinnamon, cloves, ginger, shallots, garlic, cayenne and vinegar. Need I say more? And as I perused other chapters in the book many other recipes leaped out.  Come summer, this pretty Chilled Cucumber Soup with Mint and Basil is sure to refresh.

I’m always happy to add fresh inspiration to my cookbook shelf and appreciate this chance to meet fellow food bloggers. Thank you for your delicious choice, Joanne! And thank you to Alyssa and Faith for hosting. Now back to my menu planning!

A lovely group of bloggers joined together for this fun cookbook swap. Please feel free to stop by for a visit and check out some of the new inspirations they received:

A Baker's House
An Edible Mosaic
avocado bravado
Blueberries And Blessings
Cheap Recipe Blog
Confessions of a Culinary Diva
Create Amazing Meals
Cucina Kristina
Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Cupcake Project
Dinner is Served 1972
Done With Corn
Eats Well With Others
Everyday Maven
Flour Me With Love 
From My Sweet Heart 
Great Food 360° 
Healthy. Delicious. 
I'm Gonna Cook That! 
Je Mange la Ville 
Karen's Kitchen Stories 
Kitchen Treaty 
Olive and Herb 
OnTheMove-In The Galley 
Our Best Bites 
Paleo Gone Sassy 
poet in the pantry 
Rhubarb and Honey 
Rocky Mountain Cooking
Shikha la mode 
Shockingly Delicious 
Sifting Focus 
Spoonful of Flavor 
Tara's Multicultural Table 
The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler 
The Suburban Soapbox 
The Whole Family's Food 


  1. Hannah, thank you so much for The Buttercup Bake Shop cookbook! So many treats to make, so little time! :-) I already healthed up their coffee cake a little bit and posted it this morning. Thanks again! I look forward to digging deeper into you blog, it looks fantastic!

  2. Aww, your dog looks like such a sweetheart.

    Looks like you received a great book! Brodie's Ketchup sounds a bit like tomato jam, which I made over the summer and is great with toast.

  3. Oh what a lovely book. I am sure you will enjoy it.

  4. This cookbook has been on my "To Buy" list for awhile. I think it's time to pull the trigger, just to get that ketchup recipe!

  5. I've seen a couple of other of the swaps and it sounds like such fun. I would REALLY struggle with what to get rid of though; they become such friends (friends that are piled on a shelf...maybe not?). This is perfect for you; can't want to see what you make for us from it.

  6. This was really fun & I have enjoyed browsing all the new (to me) blogs!

    Seattle is such a great foodie town!

  7. Oh what fun, I would love to do a cookbook swap. I can't help myself, always buying one. Love that photo of the extra cute pup. Looks like a great book. I need help in the spice dept, my daughter calls me the Anti Spice.

  8. A new cookbook in the mail is a treat indeed! One Spice, Two Spice is new to me and a gem to explore with your vibrant review!

  9. Such a great looking book! I had never heard of it. Love the photo of your dog!

  10. This looks like a beautiful book, what a treat to receive these cookbook surprises in the mail. I really enjoyed participating too. Glad to have found your blog through this swap.

  11. One Spice, Two Spice sounds like another "must have" treasure; can hardly wait to see what you post from its pages. This book swap has been such a fun event!

  12. Oh Hannah...what a fabulous book you got! Especially for one so fond of spice! You sound like me. There is nothing I love more than curling up with a brand new cookbook! The ketchup you've bookmarked sounds wonderful! : )

  13. This ketchup and all of the spicy foods sound so good. I love spicy foods, and I love cookbooks. Lucky you!

  14. Thank you so much for participating in the swap and helping to make it a success! The book you received is really lovely and I enjoyed really enjoyed your post - it has such a warm, cozy feel! :)

  15. What a great choice! I love any book that puts a twist on recipes we know and love. That ketchup recipe sounds like it would give my fridge mainstay chipotle version a run for its money.

  16. I really hope you enjoy the book!! "Meeting" through the swap was so much fun and I'll definitely be continuing to read and see what deliciousness you cook up next!

  17. What a great book! The photos look amazing - I may have to add this one to my collection.

    Glad to have found your blog and looking forward to reading more!

  18. That looks like a great book Hannah! I may have to borrow it ;). Thanks for participating!! :)

  19. What a fun recipe! And wonderful looking cookbook. It's always nice to get a new cookbook, isn't it? Particularly when you're not exactly sure what it'll be!

  20. Oh my gosh, this is my weekend, but with my cat, food magazines and the cookbook my husband gave me for Valentine's Day. This book looks so interesting...I'd love to work more Indian flavors into my cooking.

  21. What a terrific idea to have a cookbook swap. It sounds like you got a good one.

  22. Sounds like a terrific book Hannah. I've made good friends with a local woman from India; she is also an amazing cook. My experiences with Indian spices are growing as a result and I'm taking some chances with a cuisine I'm not really familiar with. Eating maybe but not cooking! The notion of integrating them with American foods sounds perfect to me...Ansh always has to Americanize what she makes for me and it's STILL hot! :)

  23. What an excellent book! The images look awesome - I may have to add this one to my selection.
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