Just before Christmas, I treated myself to a new cookbook after reading a post on Design Sponge about The Yellow Table. Not only was I intrigued about Anna Watson Carl's foray into self-publishing, her words made me feel like I was sitting down to dinner with an old friend. Then comes the food. Her book is filled with delicious, easy-to-prepare recipes. The Spicy Seafood Stew and Roasted Vegetable Ratatouille are two of my favorites. She has many more recipes on her blog, including one for the Roasted Multi-Colored Carrots you see below.
The infamous yellow table, for which the blog and book are named, was purchased by her mother in the mid 70s, and her family has enjoyed countless meals together gathered around its wooden surface. The table was passed on to Anna as a college graduation gift and it's traveled with her since then. It now sits in her NYC walk-up where she hosts many dinner parties and where she created her cookbook with the help of her friend and photographer, Signe Birck. The hardcover book even offers advice on wine pairings by James Beard award-winning sommelier, Jean-Luc Le De. I encourage you to read her story, The Cookbook Diaries, on how it all happened. (Read the entire series on her blog.)
Anna is a writer and food enthusiast. I connect with her on many levels simply because she combines her two passions and proves that you can wear more than one hat (or several) in your lifetime. Take a look at how she funded her project with KickStarter; it's inspiring. Anna believes that food brings people together and I couldn't agree more.
You may also like Comfort Food, Do You Read About Food, and the story of two sommelier's traveling the world in Cork and Capsule.
And try some of Anna's delicious recipes featured on her blog...
Coq au Vin
Spaghetti Carbonara with Garlicky Greens
Cranberry Orange Scones with Toasted Pecans