Cooking the Books


With Laurie Allmann

A cookbook is an invitation; at it’s most basic, an invitation to try an unfamiliar ingredient, learn a new skill, or a new approach to an old favorite. In the ones I like best—like all books I like best—it is also an invitation to a story, with personal reflections and insights on history, landscape, culture, traditions. In other words, there is life in the pages.

This series, Cooking the Books, is about the experience of accepting that invitation: not as a chef or expert, but as a home cook.


Cooking the Books: In BiBi’s Kitchen & Soo Fariista

The best cookbooks are an invitation to a story, with personal reflections and insights on history, landscape, culture, and traditions.

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Cooking the Books: Hamdi Ahmed of Soo Fariista/Come Sit Down

Audio story, featuring Hamdi Ahmed of "Soo Fariista: Come Sit Down" and a recipe for Somali sweet flatbread. Produced by Laurie Allmann.

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