I’ve been having that traveling itch again lately, mainly because we’ve been so insanely busy that taking a break sounds lovely at the moment.  But, alas, that insanely busy thing doesn’t really allow for break-taking at the moment.

So I’ve been seeking some "travel by menu" ideas while re-reading some of my favorite cookbooks as a sort of mental diversion program.

I highly recommend the Provencal Light and Mediterranean Light cookbooks from Martha Rose Shulman and the classic Mediterranean Diet Cookbook from Nancy Harmon Jenkins for a little sunshine flavor from the azure waters of Europe.

But I’m at a loss on recommending anything as an Asian cookbook or sharing any recipes that have worked well for me.

Even though I love Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Indian food, I rarely cook them at home because I am hopelessly ignorant of cooking techniques for those cuisines.  Which sucks, because living where I do — finding great Thai food is pretty much impossible.  It requires a day trip, which isn’t always workable these days with our family obligations.

If anyone has recipes or cookbook recommendations to share, I’d love it.

Or whatever else you might be loving at the moment. What’s cooking?

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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