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1.05.2009

What it's about

It recently occurred to me that I don’t often mention books here, which is kind of weird, since I am pretty fond of them. I’m almost as fond of them, in fact, as I am of food, which is saying quite a bit. Then again, I have an almost pathologically bad memory for plot, so I’m not sure what I would say about books anyway. The other day, I was talking with a friend about Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, which I read a few weeks ago and loved dearly, and I realized that, aside from a scene about the main character’s grandmother removing her bra and flower petals falling from its cups, I could hardly remember a thing about it. It’s sad.

So before I forget the details of my most recent read, the lovely memoir The Tenth Muse, by renowned editor Judith Jones, I wanted to be sure to tell you about it. Not only because it was lovely, and lovely really is the word for it, but because it gives a glimpse into a seminal time in cookbook publishing. (Jones helped launch the careers of Julia Child, Madhur Jaffrey, Marcella Hazan, and lots of other people whose names, go figure, I now can’t remember.) Also, it inspired me to make céleri rémoulade, which I hope I don’t forget about anytime soon. Or ever.


If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember that I have a thing for celery root. It’s sort of the Philip Seymour Hoffman of vegetables: pale and a little scruffy, not exactly handsome by common definitions, but rippling, rippling, with integrity and talent. Vegetables can have integrity, right? And talent? I hope so, or else I’m going to have to find a new analogy, and that could take a while.

Most of the time, when I buy celery root, I use it only for soup. But for a while now, I’ve been thinking about céleri rémoulade, a salad composed of julienned celery root tossed in a mayonnaise-based dressing. It’s a fairly common, old fashioned thing in France, where it can be purchased ready-made at almost any grocery store and is often served as a starter in very traditional restaurants, alongside salads of grated carrot or cubed beets. I never felt particularly excited about it when I lived there, to tell you the truth. It always seemed sort of lifeless and fusty, like the smell of the canned green beans that my childhood babysitter Virginia used to boil into oblivion. But in recent years, ever since I started using celery root in my own kitchen, I’ve wondered often about old céleri rémoulade, and about how delicious it might be, especially if made with homemade mayonnaise. So when Judith Jones mentioned it in her memoir, even going so far as to include her recipe, I decided that it was time to try.


I apologize for not having a prettier photograph to show you, but Brandon and I made the céleri rémoulade for a New Year’s Eve dinner party at our friend Olaiya’s house, and when I took this picture, it was long past dark and I was wearing my new party dress and had had two small crab cakes and two glasses of champagne, which, in my person, is not enough food to counter the powerful effects of champagne, one of which is to make me turn on the flash and take awkward pictures of everything, including the old pair of black heels I was wearing.


Also, céleri rémoulade is not an attractive dish, so I’m not even sure that a prettier photograph was possible. Prettiness is not what it’s about. It’s about the clean, fragrant crunch of celery root, and the alchemy of mayonnaise and Dijon mustard. It is wonderfully creamy, yes, and somewhat rich, but its flavor is light, bright, even hungry-making, a perfect start to a meal. We all had second helpings, even though there was more food coming, and I cursed myself for having waited so long to try it in the first place. Don’t make the same mistake. We served ours as part of a trio of salads, along with a carrot one and a lentil one with fennel. We then moved on to a cream of scallop soup that, despite its total snore of a name, is one of the most delicious things I ate in 2008. I’ll tell you about that next week. (And no, for the record, I am not pregnant in the photograph above. Or in real life. It’s just a poof in my dress.)

And while we’re on the topic of books, I’m so happy today to show you the cover of mine! I’ve been wanting to share it with you, but I had to wait until it was 100% finalized, and that took a little while.


If you recognize the image, it’s because it appeared in this long-ago post about our honeymoon. I took it in Brentwood Bay, BC, at a sweet little spot called the Boathouse, where we stared at giant purple starfish under the dock and I tried to wrap my head around the fact that I was somehow a married woman. At the time, the book was still deep in gestation, and I had no idea that those mugs, and those glasses, and that dreamy greenish cabinet would ever go anywhere but into my camera and, possibly, onto this site. This life of mine has been very surprising.

The book comes out in less than two months now, on March 3. You can read more about it here, and you can order it, if you feel so moved, at any number of places, like this one or this one or one of these. I’m thrilled to say that I will be doing a tour, visiting a handful of cities for readings and signings and whatnot, and hopefully, I’ll get to meet(!) many of you. When the time gets a little closer and I have more details to share, I’ll let you know. I can’t wait.



Céleri Rémoulade
Adapted from The Tenth Muse, by Judith Jones

Some recipes call for grating the celery root here, but I find that grating makes for strands of celery root that aren’t quite substantial enough, or crunchy enough. I prefer to julienne mine.

1 small to medium celery root, about 10 ounces
6 Tbsp. mayonnaise, preferably homemade
1 Tbsp. plus ½ tsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. whole-milk plain yogurt
Salt, to taste
Lemon juice, to taste
Sugar, to taste (optional)

First, prepare the celery root. To peel it, use a sharp vegetable peeler or chef’s knife to trim away the dirty outer “skin.” One end may be especially hairy-looking: you’ll want to use the knife to trim it clean.

Next, julienne the celery root. If you have a food processor with a julienne attachment – not a shredding attachment; that’s not quite right – try using that. That’s the easiest way to julienne. Or, if you have a mandoline with a julienne attachment, you can try doing it that way. However, keep in mind that celery roots are very dense and hard, which could make using the mandoline a bit dangerous. Instead, you might want to julienne by hand, with a sharp knife. To do so, cut the celery root in half. Position one half on its flat side, so that it is steady, and cut it into very thin slices. Then lay those slices flat on the cutting board, stacking them if you like, and cut them into matchsticks. Repeat with the remaining half. It’s a tedious process, to say the very least, but it’s worth it.

In a medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, mustard, yogurt, and a pinch of salt. Taste, and adjust seasoning as necessary. Add the julienned celery root, and toss to mix. Taste, and adjust seasoning again as necessary. We found that ours needed a little bit of lemon juice (about ¼ teaspoon) and a pinch of sugar, as well as more salt.

Chill until serving. Judith Jones recommends making this salad a few hours ahead of serving, so that the flavors can develop, but we liked it best shortly after it was made, when the celery root was at its most crisp and crunchy.

Yield: 4 servings

129 Comments:

Blogger Erin @ The Skinny Gourmet said...

I have a fantastic love of celery root. I adore your 'talent and integrity' imagery, so the likeness certainly works as far as I'm concerned. I can't even remember when I fell in love with it exactly, or how I first decided to take the plunge and expose myself to that odd nubby root, but it has been a fast and furious affair.

Only now they are crazy expensive. which makes me very sad. because they are delicious and healthy for you. And now I want to try this new recipe, but first I want the celery root at my local grocer to cost less than the steak.

8:42 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger Sarah Yost said...

1. ok, sounds good, especially with O's fennel salad 2. a book tour? how very grown up. (and congratulations!) 3. every time you post about eating with Olaiya, especially with pictures, I get a little heartsick. I wish I had been there.

8:46 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger maggie said...

A lovely book cover. I design the insides of books, and it really hurts when the covers don't work. So glad you got a nice one. Would love to meet you if there is a New York leg of the tour.

Just requested the book from the library, thanks!

9:01 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger Jeannie said...

My most heart-felt congratulations on accomplishing something most of us only dream of doing. And you get a book tour, as well? Bonus!

Your book cover makes me want to curl up with a nice cup of Pike's Market Spice tea.

Celery root sounds like the perfect escape from my holiday chocolate binges.

9:03 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger Amanda Nicole said...

Ooh, the boathouse! I live in Vancouver BC, and Boathouse restaurants are my absolute favourite place to go for brunch on a grey, drizzly day.

9:03 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger Simon said...

O' beauteous! The silver spoon complements the simplicity of the celery root. Love your timely reference to P.S.H.--so sublime a player. Speaking of falling in love: your cooking and writing have truly been inspirational. Congratulations on your cookbook--lovely and meaningful cover--will "wish list" for sure. Luck and happiness to you in 2009.

9:06 PM, January 05, 2009  
Anonymous Melinda said...

I was just at Powell's with Judith's 'Tenth Muse' in my hand. On the way to the counter something pulled me back from it, and I ended up opting for M.F.K. Fisher's 'The Alphabet for Gourmets.' But The Muse is now second on my to-read list! Excited to meet you Sunday :)

9:17 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger A Day That Is Dessert said...

Beautiful, beautiful cover!! And congrats! This is clearly your year - the book, the restaurant...

9:34 PM, January 05, 2009  
Anonymous kr said...

Wow wonderful.My most heart-felt congratulations and happy new year

travel package

10:00 PM, January 05, 2009  
Anonymous KatyBelle said...

Molly, that's wonderful! The release date is also the day right before my birthday, so maybe I'll order myself a copy as a present to myself!

As for the celery root, I recently got to try it for the first time at the Rain City Grill in Vancouver BC, braised(!), with pork belly(!), and it pretty much blew my mind. I really want to try this rémoulade!

10:15 PM, January 05, 2009  
Anonymous Shelley (Pink House) said...

You almost make we want to try celery root. Almost. I will read the Judith Jones book though. I'm assuming you've read Amanda Hesser's "Cooking for Mr. Latte"? One of my favorite memoirs based around food.

10:17 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger Jesse said...

I was just a few hours ago wondering why the Tenth Muse has been sitting on my bookshelf unread for so very long. I suppose that this may be the sign that it's now time to finally pick it up?
Congratulations on the book - it's a lovely cover!

10:38 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger cindy* said...

i read persepolis recently and loved it a lot...i can't say much about celery root as i have never-ever tried it. but, i am thinking now that i have admitted that, i will try it.

11:04 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger The Fabulous One said...

Okay, if you like reading, and especially reading about chefs or cookbook writers... You need to go pick up Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie & Bob Mayer. You'll love it!

11:26 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger Gemma said...

Your book looks beautiful and is in my Amazon basket awaiting purchase in 2 months! I love remoulade but have never made it, I usually soup or mash celeriac instead. I love its musky scent.

11:33 PM, January 05, 2009  
Blogger Eunice said...

Am I the only one who's going to say what everyone thinks? CUTE SHOES!!!

And now, as for the book tour and the wonderful book itself, I do hope it will come to Malaysia! And you too. Will you? Pretty please? :)

As for celery, I'm not quite convinced yet. You see, I have a thing against celery.....i know, childhood issues!

1:28 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger lottie said...

oh molly, the cover is beautiful.
i can't, can't wait to receive it. a very happy new year to you.

2:33 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Victoria said...

Céleri rémoulade is so perfect this time of year when the lettuce - at least here in NY - is so dreary and limp.

My copy of your book has been on order forever, and I am looking forward to the March day when it arrives. It hadn't even occurred to me you would be doing a tour, so now I have something else to look forward to.

Happy New Year!

2:48 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Maya said...

Molly, I adore the cover of your book! Good luck with the book tour and the restaurant, hope i can make it when you stop by in N.York.

3:55 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous suebette said...

I'm a big time celery root fan as well and the remoulade is one of my go to winter salads.
I love the book cover - it looks lovely! Congratulations and thanks for the tips on other reads - I've been wanting to pick up the tenth muse.

4:14 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Laura said...

I have the same problem with plots! And I loved Persepolis--thanks for reminding me of the bra flowers.
Congrats on the beautiful book!

4:44 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger e said...

Beautiful looking book! I hope your tour brings you to Philadelphia.

5:26 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Zephyr said...

i think this is my favorite photo of yours yet...the table with the candles

i am smitten (only recently) by celery root so this is cause for me to brave the market today

eager to get both books...particularly yours. yes...very lovely cover.

5:34 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger jill elise said...

How funny, I was just flipping through cookbooks and came upon a recipe for this, and thought 'hm, interesting, I wonder if this is any good' and here you are confirming that!

5:47 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Dana McCauley said...

Nice cover - very fresh!

I love your description of celery root being like Phillip Seymour Hoffman - bang on!

6:06 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Courtney said...

Gorgeous! Lucky girl...

6:10 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Adrienne said...

That's so funny, I have the opposite problem with books - I can't remember titles or authors but the plots stick with me. Hm. YOUR book, by the way, looks wonderful! I can't wait to read it, and I hope you make it to Boston on your tour, you lucky girl!

6:19 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Alison said...

Now I am officially not a lurker anymore.

I think the salad sounds delicious.

Congratulations on the book. I am looking forward to reading it. :) Any chance you will be stopping in Eastern Pennsylvania on your book tour?

Best of luck to you and your husband with "Delancey". LOVE the name. :)

6:20 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Phoo-D said...

I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the Tenth Muse. Mr. B gave it to me for Christmas and it is one the top of my pile to read next! Now I'll have to start searching for celery root...
Phoo-D

6:32 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Jen H said...

Love your book cover! It's so perfect. Congrats!

I've always enjoyed celery root when I have had it but have yet to cook with it, must add it to the list!

6:43 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Maria said...

Judith Jones got me into the kitchen too -- I made that frenchified meat loaf thing -- a cross between country pate and meat loaf from that wonderful chapter when she's a wild young thing in Paris (oh to run a private supper club!). It's great, especially with pickles. And I bet with celeri remoulade as well.

6:45 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Kristin said...

I'm excited about the book and I love the cover. Can't wait to get one!

6:56 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Koren said...

I also loved The Tenth Muse. My grandmother gave me a copy for Christmas last year and I read it immediately. It made me want to make croquettes (which I haven't gotten around to yet). I will also have to try the celery remoulade.

Congrats on the book! - can't wait to read it.

7:01 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger nk said...

wow, its only you, that will make me want to try something like celery root! honestly, i dont think i would give it a second look if it werent for this post.

Congrats on the book and tour! Im planning to order your book very soon :)

7:07 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Andrea [bella eats] said...

Oh Molly, how I love your site. This is my first time commenting but I just had to come out and say it...you're such an inspiration! I added your book to my wishlist on amazon just 2 days ago, and can't wait to read it cover to cover.

On celery root...divine. We mash it together with potatoes for a different take on a classic favorite. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I can't wait to expand my celery root horizons!

7:08 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Molly said...

Good morning, everyone! You are so good to me. I hope this first week of 2009 is off to a good start for you.

I just wanted to add one more thing that I forgot to mention in the recipe: Judith Jones's remoulade is somewhat unconventional, in that it uses a bit of plain yogurt. That's part of what drew me to it, the thought of that yogurty tang. And sure enough, it's a wonderful addition: just a little tanginess to wake up and lighten up the mayonnaise and the mustard. I think it's a crucial part of what makes this particular recipe such a keeper.

7:19 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Giff said...

Marvelous cover, can't wait to read it and hopefully hear you read it if your tour swings you into NYC.

7:29 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous hanne said...

i can't wait to read your book, molly!
the cover is beautiful.

7:34 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Erin said...

Celery root is one of my top five veggies. Your recipe sounds wonderful. I have taken to adding dill to mine. mmm.

Congratulations on your book! I can't wait to read and cook from it.

7:40 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous erin said...

"This life of mine has been very surprising." inspiration for a day..

congratulations. looking forward to the book.

7:50 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Angela said...

I love celery root, as well. One of my proudest culinary accomplishments was getting my friend's 9 year old son to eat some. I didn't even try to trick him into thinking it was mashed potatoes. It warmed my heart!

7:57 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Helen said...

Happy New Year, Molly, and congratulations on your book! I can't wait to receive my copy. Any chance, your book tour will send you to the UK?

8:16 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Astrid said...

this little dish sounds delicious. and i must say, i'm so excited about your book!

8:22 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous fitforfree said...

sounds wonderful! I have quite a collection of photos of my shoes :-)

9:30 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Heather said...

Oh I’m excited to try this recipe. I love to include celery root in my mashed potatoes—all mashed together. And I’ve made a wonderful soup (Caldo Gallego, from the book Twelve Months of Monastery Soups, by Victor D'Avila-Latourrette) which includes cubed celery root and is fantastic. Another note: a friend who regularly began reading your blog on my recommendation showed up to our New Year’s Eve party with your Boozy Cake. It was great!

Happy New Year, Molly!

9:49 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Kerry said...

OK, that celery/Phillip Seymour Hoffman analogy was so good. I'm with you.

9:57 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Sara said...

I love the cover of your book! Congratulations!

10:00 AM, January 06, 2009  
OpenID Megs said...

How I love Celery Root! But I think it so often gets over looked, like parsnips and sunchokes. It's rough and rugged appearance gives it a bad rap. Poor Celery Root!

I read your blog regularly and enjoy so so much! Thanks for all your great thoughts!

10:12 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger jbeach said...

Wonderful post, thanks!
I love how the food blogging community and food world in general seems to be so attuned to one another...The Tenth Muse is my bedside table as my next book to read, but I'm not even surprised by the coincidences anymore! Instead I've begun to think coincidences are a way of letting you know you're going down the right path...I'm supposed to be reading your blog and this book and immersing myself in foodstuff as I so love to do!
Thanks for the sign! ;)
Now I will have to try celery root one of these days very soon!

10:29 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger jbeach said...

Oh - almost forgot! Your book cover is gorgeous and I am so excited for the day it's in my hands!!
I work at a pub. co. and it's not often the author gets to use one of her own photographs for the cover! Congratulations!!

10:29 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Slow said...

Persepolis is a great book, but the movie is also very worthwhile, and the images may stick with you longer. I watched it in the theatre with several Persians who all agreed it was very true. They all seem to have a large number of shared memories.

10:50 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous mdvlist said...

Although I cook from your site regularly, I probably only comment once a year, so maybe it's a bit early for me to post but . . . whatever.

I always thought you were a kindred spirit-- a western Washingtonian with an abandoned grad degree, a keen interest in cute footwear and a fondness for humble root crops-- but now I KNOW you are. I studied English lit., but I've never been able to keep track of piddling things like plot. I'm the worst with character names. Even as I'm reading a book, I realize that I can't talk about it because I *recognize* the characters but don't really remember what they're called.

As usual with my yearly posts, I want to tell you how nice it is to read your prose, in which you give mundane minutia a literary twist without falling into the nauseating self-aggrandizement that has long made blogs a cultural laughing stock. Way to talk about your life in an attractive and engaging way without descending into flagrant narcissism!

10:52 AM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Sara said...

I love your book cover. I can't wait until it comes out.

Until then I will have to settle for making celery root remoulade.

10:54 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Margaux said...

That's a beautiful book cover, and one of your own photos, no less! I'm very impressed, because a good cover isn't always easy to achieve. Congrats, and I hope you can make it up to Ottawa/Toronto/Montreal on your book tour for some of your central-Canadian fans!

11:10 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger kittymama said...

Celery root remoulade is one of those foods that instantly brings me back to France in one bite. Just reading about it makes me long for a picnic lunch of charcuterie treats and a baguette. Looking forward to the book!

11:52 AM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger trupeach said...

your philip seymour hoffman comparison is a keeper.

and that book jacket! so lovely, and oh, so special that the image is from your honeymoon.

12:15 PM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous lisaiscooking said...

I loved The Tenth Muse, and since then I've read books by Irene Kuo and Edna Lewis. I want to read all the other titles Judith Jones edited too.

12:15 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Sarah Beam said...

Mm. I read that book, too, a while back and loved it. Of course, I too tend to forget what I have read between the time I close the back flap and slide the book onto a shelf.

But I am very excited about YOUR book, and thrilled to see the cover because it IS so dreamy and lovely to look at. And I should mention that when I received a bookstore gift card for Christmas, I said (and I quote), "I will hold this until springtime when Orangette's book is released."

As for celery root, well, whatever...

12:25 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Brooke said...

How very exciting. If I were to judge your book just by it's cover, I would say that it looks absolutely lovely and inspiring!

I can't wait to read what's inside! Congratulations! All of your hard work has paid off!

2:27 PM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Hillary said...

Aaah can't believe it's only 2 months until your book comes out - so exciting! I read Persepolis too and actually don't remember the grandmother bra scene...Haha :)

2:31 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Anna said...

Hi Molly, I work in Author Events and just found out that we are hosting you over at the University Book Store in Seattle. I got very excited!

See you in March!

p.s. I love books too :)

2:37 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger shari said...

i love when you talk about books, molly and i'm glad i'm not the only one who forgets the plot. i tend to remember how the book made me feel or what season it was when i read it or if it had beautiful language. oh persepolis. such a good book. tenth muse looks great, too. she's a vermonter i believe.

counting down the days til march. xo

3:02 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Northwest Cheapsleeps said...

The bookcover is nice. Can't wait to buy it. We honeymooned on Vancouver Island, also... starting in Victoria and making our way the east coast, eventually to Quadra Island. I could spend weeks more doing just that.

3:08 PM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Emily said...

My husband makes a celery-root and radicchio salad that is just lovely as well. This reminded me of it, so now I will have to beg for him to make it again. Any chance in the tour coming to the oh-so-distant north of Vancouver, BC?

3:11 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Anne Zimmerman said...

Dear Melinda -- You will love Alphabet for Gourmets by M.F.K. Fisher. But after you are done read The Tenth Muse, Judith Jones worked with Fisher too. Enjoy!

3:56 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Michelle said...

The cover of your book looks so inviting. I do hope you are able to do a signing here in OKC, it would be a shame to miss your hometown, and I would love to meet you. I was browsing your Flicker pages and noticed your pics of Crescent Market. I do love that store, too. I was there twice myself last week.

6:52 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Carol said...

molly! the book cover is lovely. perfect, really. and! my book club recently read persepolis and that was the exact image that stuck with us all. just so vivid and memorable.

8:18 PM, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous laura said...

The Philip Seymour Hoffman line is the gem of all gems and so true.

Congrats on the book-the cover is perfect.

8:37 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Hannah said...

ooh i liked persepolis too!
i was INSPIRED by your previous post on celeriac, except...alas, it is not in any supermarket near me. :'(
but maybe i can get a totally amazingly awesome book on march 3rd instead! one can hope...

9:23 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Rita said...

haha, loved the philip seymour hoffman and celery comparison. I also love Victoria, there is a great Mexican across the bridge from Spinnakers.

11:05 PM, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Rebecca Reid said...

We just make celery root soup the other day and it was great. I have to admit it was the first time I'd ever eating celery root. But it was so great. This sounds very tasty too.

Congrats on the book! That is so awesome!

4:51 AM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Melanie said...

Love the cover of you book. I have already preordered it from Amazon:)

5:56 AM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Vincci said...

Molly! Every post makes your life sound so exciting, what with the restaurant and your book! I hope to have the chance to meet you on your book tour some day :)

7:30 AM, January 07, 2009  
Anonymous Anne @ Pink Galoshes said...

Thanks for the recipe. Sounds divine and I can't wait to try it.

9:11 AM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Warm Bunny said...

You mention three things either near or dear to me here (ah, I'm rhyming. Sort of.) PSH is a cherished gem in my neck of the woods, as he grew up here in Fairport, NY, right up yonder from my little nook. Mayo is something I only eat if I've made it myself!--and I almost posted the recipe today along with my tuna salad recipe, but I wound up posting neither, so I'm glad you did. And lastly, but in no certain order, I NEVER remember the plots of the books I've read. I often forget the characters names, too, so much so that I've made it a point to repeat them to mself over and over again and hold on to some remnant of their story even if only for the sake of me feeling like I'm not losing my mind. But a good read IS such an escape, and I'm certain all of those stories are in there, nestled in the deep recesses of your relaxed brain, which may or may not be at the forefront of your life. Thus the forgetting!

9:30 AM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Clear Pink said...

LOVE, love, love the cover. I can't wait to read it!

9:55 AM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

Have you read Julia Child's My Life in France? I imagine so, but if you haven't, I highly recommend it. It's a really, really warm, conversational book with pictures taken by her husband. I was able to find an inexpensive used copy in hardback from Amazon.

11:20 AM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Ann said...

The cookbook looks great! I hope you'll be having a signing here in town. Maybe even at Secret Garden, or even better, the Ballard Farmer's Market! But I really wanted to extend an additional congragulations on Brandon's mention by restaurant reviewer Leslie Kelly in the Seattle PI. http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/394942_dining07.html
I almost posted a response asking "Hey Leslie, do you KNOW who his wife is?" but I figured if she doesn't, she'll know soon enough!

11:24 AM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Jenifer@SeattleSoupLine said...

The Tenth Muse sounds fascinating. I'm thinking about getting "Hometown Appetites" by Kelly Alexander and Cynthia Harris. I heard about it on NPR over the Christmas holidays and it is about one of America's first food riders - Clementine Paddleford. She worked for the New York Herald Tribune from 1936 to 1966 and contributed widely to other publications. She traveled all over America learning and explaining how we eat. Her book published in 1960 "How America Eats" is one of the most requested Out of Print books even after all these years. She seems to me to be an interesting character and well worth learning more about. I'll write about it on SeattleRainydaybookblog.

12:56 PM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Sarah McColl said...

loved this book, love celery root, love your book cover, and love you! can you stand it?!?

1:16 PM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger indigo said...

ok, i now realize just how attached i am to this blog... when i saw the book cover i actually teared up a little bit. big congratulations!!!

4:19 PM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Amy said...

Love the book cover! Congratulations on your new book, I love your blog!

4:49 PM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Liz said...

congrats on the fantastic publishers weekly review this week! it made me smile on an otherwise dreary monday morning.

4:55 PM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger UNIFORM Studio said...

so so exciting!
The book is beautiful Molly. I hope you come to Minneapolis!
xo

7:06 PM, January 07, 2009  
Blogger Vicki said...

I've had the book ordered for months now. I can't wait to own it. I love your recipes and try almost every one, and intend to try the others sometime and think it is so awesome that you even used one of your photos on the cover. Make sure Portland, OR is on your list or I will track you down and get you to sign my book in Seattle!

9:54 PM, January 07, 2009  
Anonymous kosenrufu mama said...

congratulations for the book!!!! the cover is perfect!

1:52 AM, January 08, 2009  
Blogger Kelsey said...

Hi! I pre-ordered your book and can't wait to get it. I loved the 10th Muse by Judith, it was so good. I also enjoyed "The Sharper Your Knife, The Less you Cry" by Kathleen Flinn, I recommend it if you haven't read it yet. I hope your tour brings you to NYC! Happy New Year!

6:07 AM, January 08, 2009  
Blogger Juree said...

Hooray! I cannot wait for your book to come out, and I love the cover. I live in Portland, and ever since I read your honeymoon post, have been determined to visit the boathouse someday.

The analogy of celery root to Phillip Seymour Hoffman is priceless and dead on!

--Juree

10:03 AM, January 08, 2009  
Anonymous Gracia Fraile said...

Grated celery root, grated carrot, pieces of some very crunchy apple, raisins and edam cheese. Olive oil, sal and go a little crazy with the vinegar... a must for celery root lovers!

2:19 PM, January 08, 2009  
Blogger jora said...

Can you please, please, please come to San Diego for a book signing? I promise to get all the foodies together!

8:15 PM, January 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your book! I've just started reading your blog, and I feel there's so much I need to catch up on. I love it so far, though! I just wanted to let you know that I saw a review for your book in Publisher's Weekly, and it was glowingly positive. In fact, it was a starred review. Great job! I can't wait to see the book!

8:20 PM, January 08, 2009  
Blogger Emily said...

Just tried raw celery root for the first time, mixed with apple and an apple cider viniagrette. Absolutely delicious.

I was just going to let you know that the cover was up on amazon a few days ago, and you beat me to it. Congratulations!!

9:59 PM, January 08, 2009  
Blogger Allison said...

Molly! I can't wait to meet you when you come to San Francisco (which, I'm assuming, is on your list of stops...). So exciting!

11:25 PM, January 08, 2009  
Blogger Andy said...

the book cover looks great!

hopefully you'll come to Wisconsin (Madison, specifically) so you can sign mine!

will you have any signed copies available otherwise?

keep up the great work on the site!

9:52 AM, January 09, 2009  
Blogger Toby said...

Molly -- please have your publisher schedule a visit to Schwartz's bookstores in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! I will bring throngs of people who desire food enlightenment but have no clue where to find it! Congratulations on the birth of your book and your restaurant. Thanks for inspiring so many of us! Best -- Toby

6:31 PM, January 09, 2009  
Blogger greta said...

I think you would also really like the book GARLIC AND SAPPHIRES, another very good read by a renowned foot critic.

7:16 PM, January 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooooh, celery root.

you can make fantastic mashed potatoes by substituting one third on up to one half half of the potatoes for mashed boiled celery root with of course lots of butter. if you love the taste of celery root (clearly you do) you won't ever make mashed potatoes the same way ever again. hope you try it! love the book cover and looking forward to the book. (~a new friend of Ivy's)

1:41 AM, January 10, 2009  
Anonymous iddaa said...

Your book cover makes me want to curl up with a nice cup of Pike's Market Spice tea.

4:13 AM, January 10, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the cover- reminds me of my precious fire king jadeite dishes...Congrats!

4:44 AM, January 10, 2009  
Blogger Marlow said...

The cover is gorgeous!! It's always amazing to me how much I love photos of the simplest things! Glass bowls, decanters, tea cups in a row...

5:37 AM, January 10, 2009  
Blogger Jenn said...

Congratulations on your book! I can't wait to read it.

6:43 AM, January 10, 2009  
Anonymous Foodista said...

Congratulations on your book! That cover is beautiful!

9:46 AM, January 10, 2009  
Blogger Half Baked said...

I love celery root and will definitely make this recipe! Your book cover is fantastic! I can't wait to read it:)

5:50 PM, January 10, 2009  
Anonymous A Foggy Day in Oregon said...

I have a childhood memory of my mother making a celery root salad. I must sadly confess that, in all my adult life, I have never prepared this.

Thank you for the reminder. I will prepare your recipe with sweet thoughts of mom.

8:56 AM, January 11, 2009  
Anonymous Joy the Baker said...

LOVE the book cover! It feels like you have a lot of beauty in your life! Cheers to that!

10:23 AM, January 11, 2009  
Blogger Lael said...

I am so excited about your book, Molly! I am requesting it for my birthday (if I can wait that long...it's on April 14). Also, I love how you can take the most unassuming foods and remind us of the quality of something pure and natural.

2:51 PM, January 11, 2009  
Blogger tstar said...

Congratulations Molly on your book. It's a lovely image for the cover. I can't wait to order and read it.

Your post made me think about going to a local coffee shop every morning to get coffee and a bagel. My boss always asked for a bagel with cream cheese and celery seasoning. I thought this an odd request, but the local shop went out and bought it just so my boss could get what he asked for.

Other than celery w/ peanut butter I hadn't thought of a dish like this. I can't wait to try to make it.

4:18 PM, January 11, 2009  
Blogger tannaz said...

this is a clear example of the cream rising to the top. yours was one of the first food blogs i read, and is still one of my very favorites. i can't wait for your book!

ps my grandmother, mamanini as we used to call her, used to put jasmine petals in her bra. i adore that image in persepolis!

4:33 PM, January 11, 2009  
Blogger Elyse said...

Love your blog, and your column in Bon Apetite (I subscribed to it after my gift subscription ran out just so I could read your column).

Regarding celery root - I've been hearing it mentioned (and praised) a lot lately. Must be the new "in" vegetable. Anyway, does it taste like the stalks? I really HATE celery, so if it does, I don't have to bother trying it.

5:59 PM, January 11, 2009  
Anonymous lynda said...

Molly,

I couldn't agree more with your description of celeri root remoulade. It is so, so simple and one would think by the looks of it, so, so pedestrian. Au contraire! I remember eating many a small plate during visits to Paris and wishing for seconds, and thirds.... It is one of the most delicious salads I have ever, ever eaten. Thanks for reminding me!Congratulations on your book deal. I love reading your column in Bon Appetit as well!

6:37 PM, January 11, 2009  
Blogger Caroline said...

My husband, who is from Poland, makes a similar salad. In addition to celery, his salad includes other root vegetables such as carrots, beets, and potatoes.

I also love a little bit (or a lot) of celery root in mashed potatoes.

Congratulations on your book! I can't wait to read it.

6:41 PM, January 11, 2009  
Blogger AdventuresInSF said...

I can't wait to check out your book!! Great piece in this month's Gourmet by the way, can't wait to make those cookies!! :)

9:50 PM, January 11, 2009  
Anonymous David said...

It was a pleasure to belatedly read of your honeymoon in my neck of the woods. The next time you're in Victoria, come by for a pan of my wife's Nanaimo Bars (the best in the world).

It's the least we can do - you introduced us to Aunt Bill's. We'll be making it a Christmas tradition from now on.

Congratulations on the book!

10:01 PM, January 11, 2009  
Anonymous EB said...

Molly, I am so excited for your book. I truly am.

8:46 AM, January 12, 2009  
Blogger Leah said...

hello my lovely, lovely friend.

It just now hit me that I didn't comment here on your book cover, because my head was full of... stuff last Monday. Which is not an excuse.

It looks wonderful. It really does. I love it. I remember the way it looked last summer, and what we talked about, and some of the possible alterations with the cover. This? This is just right. I am so utterly thrilled for you. And I can't wait to hug you and laugh and have another picnic. xoxo

1:05 PM, January 13, 2009  
Anonymous j said...

Congratulations on the book and the forward progress with The Restaurant! A delightful 2009, indeed. Also, thanks for including the indie bookstore search on your site.

4:32 PM, January 13, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a sweet cover of your book. This summer I gave up my electric food processor and found a used Mouli on eBay. I've made lots of grated vegetable salads. J'adore celeri remoulade.
-Lisa

5:28 PM, January 13, 2009  
Blogger amisha said...

your book looks fantastic, molly! it is so wonderful to see one of your photos on the cover, too... that makes it all the more special. i can't wait to read it.
and i hope that your book tour brings you through new york!! :)
xo

5:10 PM, January 16, 2009  
Anonymous Tamami said...

Wow! Congrats on the book! I'll look forward to purchasing a copy come march! t xx

1:43 PM, January 20, 2009  
Anonymous Sylvie, Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener said...

ah yes, dear old celeri-remoulade, with a slice of home-made pate and some crusty homemade country bread and some homemade wine... oops? cross out homemade wine. But yeah, so many of the table pleasures are the simple things made with care!

I grew celeriac for the first time this year and learned that (1)it must be watered (unlike, say, tomatoes!) (2) it must be harvested before hard frost (unlike say, carrots!). Live and learn.

Sylvie
http://www.LaughingDuckGardens.com/ldblog.php/

PS: I often put finely chopped cornichons in my celeri-remoulade.

5:23 PM, January 31, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When at a boarding school run by French nuns, we, the pupils, used to be served celeriac remoulade for lunch! The food overall was fantastic. Must try this for old times sake.

3:24 AM, February 13, 2009  
Blogger gloriousday said...

hey molly,
the tasting table, a fantastic nyc-based food blog, sent out this email with another unconventional recipe employing celery root. thought you might enjoy! congrats on the book, you're an inspiration to us young, passionate home cooks.

cheers,
jess

http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/nyc/113/Make_Michael_Anthonys_ode_to_an_overlooked_root_at_home.htm

8:19 AM, February 16, 2009  
Blogger michaela said...

I made a similar recipe to serve with crab salad on Valentine's day. First time I tried remoulade at home.

12:57 PM, February 18, 2009  
Blogger Lale said...

I'm adding some nuts into my celery salads, and yoghurt with garlic.I think you should try my recipe, if you like celery...

9:00 AM, February 19, 2009  
Anonymous dodanlı said...

My most heart-felt congratulations on accomplishing something most of us only dream of doing. And you get a book tour, as well? Bonus!

Your book cover makes me want to curl up with a nice cup of Pike's Market Spice tea.

Celery root sounds like the perfect escape from my holiday chocolate binges.

4:27 AM, March 12, 2009  
Blogger Sarah said...

Okay, so I read your blog religiously, on Tuesdays, saving it until I come home from a long day of begging high school kids to care about the beauty of the French language. I never comment, but couldn't resist today as I was reading back through old posts (looking for butterscotch cookies). I managed to overlook that you referenced my favorite scene from Persepolis in this post! I just had to tell you that it made my day. Thanks!

6:50 AM, April 15, 2009  
Blogger simona said...

Hi Molly, I love your site and your book and I happen to leave a comment under the auspices of celery root which I find kind of funny cause I'm not particularly fond of the gnarly veggie. I just stashed the salad in the fridge. I took the liberty of adding some grated apple, despite loud protests from the mayo and the mustard and the yoghurt... I'm writing to test the waters further, should I expect your protests too:)

1:34 PM, June 26, 2009  
Blogger sarah said...

oh goody! i am so glad to have found your blog..i own a small bookstore and bought your book SIMPLY for the cover, which i adore beyond measure!!
suffice it to say that i have boon a cooking madwoman, which my children mind NOT AT ALL! but i JUST this morning got to the page in your book which is all about the maple syrup....and guess what?
would you and your lovely spouse like some MORE SYRUP FROM Putney Vermont? I just so happen to live here, I own Putney Books and know every sugarhouse around...I would be more than happy to send you a care package from time to time!
and please know, i love your book. it might even be possible that my whole family loves you!
just let me....Putney syrup is just the post office away!

11:41 AM, January 31, 2010  
Blogger Molly said...

Sarah, that is so kind of you! How can I say no? Feel free to drop me a line at cheeseandchocolate (at) gmail (dot) com. (And thank you!)

1:42 PM, February 04, 2010  

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