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ben parzybok made me buy a cookbook

Here's how:

I hope you’re well and that you’re busy depression-proofing yourself too.

If not? Buy a bottle of red wine, turn on the music loud and cook the New Brunswick Stew from this book.

Make sure to drink at least 5/8th of the bottle of wine while cooking.

That’s the best cure for the blues I know.

I mean depression-proofing in the emotional sense - but we do a lot of wealth building/depression-proofing here in the financial sense by making massive batches of soups and freezing them. Having stores of your own canned goods and frozen soups is one of the wealthiest feelings I think you can have. All that nourishment is stored away at your own home - not subject to bank runs or abstract financial instruments. It’s harvest time! Put away some of that summer for deep in the winter.

Doesn't that sound good?  It sounded so appealing to me that within hours of reading his blog post, I found myself in a bookstore picking up one of them Moosewood cookbooks, under the dazed misconception that I am the sort of person who will cook, and what's more, who will throw together a hearty stew with the type of jaunty, Bacchanalian flair Ben describes. I have never found even the word "stew" appealing until now, but thanks to Mr. Parzybok, suddenly stew has become the magic potion that will not only sustain my kith and kin through the cold mean months, but very possibly set my entire life firmly on the path of truth and beauty, and fix... well, probably everything?

Ben Parzybok also wrote Couch, an amazing debut novel about three roommates who get evicted and take their couch with them on a journey that becomes a epic quest that becomes one of the most truly weird and original books I've read in ages. I can't guarantee it will depression-proof you as surely as a magical stew, but it's a good bet to cure what ails you. Put out by -- who else? Small Beer Press, purveyors of fine nourishing literature.




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Oct. 16th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
ah shucks thanks
I can definitely vouch for the recipe - though there are a few ingredients to which one might say 'ummm?' ie: Worcestershire sauce. In a soup. But that's ok, because it's mellowed out by the brown sugar. And make sure to get the smoked cheddar. And then throw just about everything else from the garden in there.
The Hopping John recipe is great for New Year's, too, when we burn the boats, but that's for another post.
Oct. 17th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Re: ah shucks thanks
I've put Worcestershire in soups before, but mainly because my idea of making soup is to toss in everything within reach that is edible.
Oct. 20th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
Re: ah shucks thanks
Hey! Thanks so much for supporting Ben's book. It really is a a great read with a refreshing voice. I didn't even know you knew each other!
Oct. 20th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)
Re: ah shucks thanks
Damn you read fast Karen. Was the ink wet when you turned the pages? It seems like last week ben was showing us the sketch for the cover picture...-ez
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