This is a serious question since I want to write another cookbook and I am racking my brain to figure out a topic that hasn’t been considered. I went to Barnes and Noble tonight to look for a new and exciting cookbook. I found tomes exclusively devoted to macaroni and cheese, bacon and cookies. I found books all about casseroles that included recipes for paella, which really isn’t a casserole in my mind, but I guess the author ran out of good recipes for chicken divan casserole or hash brown casserole. I found a gazillion Rachel Ray books with really stomach-turning recipes. I found the really good cookbooks that I’ll never have enough knowledge to attempt: books by Mario Batalli, Thomas Keller, Rick Bayless, Marcella Hazan and Julia Child, just to name a few. I found novelty books like One Hundred Ways to Cook Hamburger and 365 Days of Vegetables (actually, I made those up – maybe I should consider one of those as my new title).
But I can’t figure out anything truly new. My inclination is toward Southern cooking. There are a boatload of books already out there. Can I beat Edna Lewis? No way. John T. Edge, John Edgerton (could they be long lost brothers?), James Villas – all giants. And those great community cookbooks published by Southern Junior Leagues are better than anything I can imagine. If you haven’t picked up your copy of Notably Nashville by the Nashville Junior League, do yourself a favor and click here to get your copy.
So I’m in limbo. What’s the next great thing? Actually, tonight I made up something that’s not a book, but it was good eats. I made quesadillas from leftover cabernet marinated pot roast, Cheddar cheese and caramalized onions. My son and his study partner gobbled them down. Maybe that’s enough for now.