Tucson Meet Yourself (TMY) is one of my favorite weekends of the year. So much food, dancing, food, music, fried bread products, crafts and, did I mention food? I've been inspired this year to continue to enjoy some of the fantastic food by cooking it myself. To that end I found some fantastic cookbooks and one other foodie type book to keep me going.
Susan Feniger's Street Food. Essentially everything at TMY is street food - you're eating it out on the street, licking your fingers and generally making a goopy mess of yourself. It's not a good TMY year if I don't come home with food stains on my clothing. The photo of the Ukrainian Spinach Dumplings looks very much like my favorite pirogis. And I just might learn how to make homemade cheese with the Indian Saag and Homemade Paneer recipe. Looking at Indonesian Tek-Tek Noodles with Chopped Peanut Sauce makes me hungry right this second.
Now let's go for some small plates - again a great feature at TMY so you can try lots of different food from different cultures. Kate Heyhoe was inspired by bars around the world and put together Great Bar Food at Home for our pleasure. She had me at Salmon Sliders with Lime-Sesame Mayonnaise.
The next book I picked out only for the use of one piece of kitchen equipment - the Dutch Oven. Mark Hansen takes us Around the World in a Dutch Oven. I usually don't like to read cookbooks without pictures, but I'm so happy to have a Dutch Oven that I couldn't resist this one. I think I'll start with the Jerk Chicken and Seasoned Baked Potatoes.
And finally, I'll end my tour of the world with a travelogue - Around the World in 80 Dinners by Cheryl and Bill Jamison. They are both award winning cookbook writers and I can't wait to read about their dining adventures in Bali, Thailand and Brazil among other exotic locales.