Sometimes, to get the ball rolling in the morning, all you need is a quickie. This past Saturday I did just that, with a quick pop-in to Cookbook in Echo Park.
Having heard about the place from a friend, I stroll in about 10:30 on a Saturday morning. For such a small space they have much to offer ~ fresh produce, herbs, cookbooks, meats, eggs, cheese, drinks, fresh bread, and even catering.
While I longed for it, flipping through food porn from the cookbook collection beneath the counter was beyond me. No time. Scanning the lamb, duck eggs, cheeses, veggies and more, I took in as much as I could. Then I focused in, with a little sneak peek at the spice offerings. My eyes happened upon the caraway seed that my friend the other mentioned would go well with the pickled radish I was attempting to create back home. Oh, yes, Cookbook. This was just what I needed.
My present quest in eating seasonally is to uncover the blues, blacks and purples of winter. Cookbook, almost psychic in sensing my needs, delivered unabashedly. Amongst the fancy gourmet grains, I spot a bag of heirloom purple barley from Timeless Natural Food. Purple barley. I didn’t even know barley came in purple. Cookbook just opened the door to a new culinary sensation.
Just as I was about to top things off and check out with my purple barley, caraway seeds, and a bottle of ginger brew pulled from the cooler, the clerk asked me if I wanted a loaf of bread later for tonight. I hadn’t even thought of dinner! And there she was, thinking ahead for me. What a doll.
As we all know, the morning quickie is a short-lived experience. But if done right, it will put a smile on your face for the rest of the day. I sat down that evening with my husband sharing a bottle of wine, sliced fresh walnut bread, and goat cheese. A slight grin came across my face when he asked me about the inspiration for tonight’s micro-feast. I attributed it all to my new morning quickie ~ Cookbook.
Cookbook is located at 1549 Echo Park Avenue in Los Angeles, California. Hours and product offerings can be found online at http://www.cookbookla.com/.