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December 31, 2013


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Alicia (foodycat)

I haven't read the book yet, but I like your interpretation of it!


The book sounds nice and this curry sounds and looks like it could be Indian!

Happy new year!

Simona Carini

Thanks Alicia. Looking forward to reading your take on it. Happy New Year!

Thank you Sra. The spice mix certainly sound like it could have come out of an Indian kitchen.

Deb in Hawaii

Such a beautiful and thoughtful post Simona. I love the connection of the baskets which are gorgeous and very special knowing where they came from and the story behind them. Lastly your curry dish looks delicious and satisfying. Mahalo for joining in. ;-)

Simona Carini

Thanks to you, Deb, for choosing a thought-inspiring novel for this edition of Cook the Book. I admit I am quite happy with the result of my first curry.

Che Foodzeit

Very delicious and intriguing. I make a similar recipe with chicken and I grind the nuts to a fine powder, nearly like flour. I never thought of making a veggie version of it, but you gave me some idea here.

Simona Carini

I hope you give the vegetarian version a try and hope you'll like it.


That was a very good quote to highlight. This book is a very thought-provoking one. Great photos and recipe, as always!


A very thoughtful review of the book Simona and I want to try that recipe. It sounds very much like what Angel and her African friends might make for a special supper.

Do you know what the next selections are for CTBC? Couldn't find them on the site.

Simona Carini

Thank you so much, Claudia. I am glad you liked the post and the recipe.
We have one more book to go in the current slate of four: Twain's Feast. We have not yet talked about the next set. I assume we will do it soon.


A great recipe and not a cake.
I've been quite touched by the piece on surviving. It was among my favourite passage in the book.

Simona Carini

Thank you, Rossella. It was a powerful reminder of the drama of the aftermath of events like that.


A very personal and very thoughtful post Simona. An excess of sugar is not my cup of tea either so I too struggled with what to make. One thing that defies my sense of logic is that life can go on after a genoside... but we have seen that it does, a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit and the triumph of good over evil. Still, I don't know how many more chances our civilization will get for redemtion and regeneration.
All best for 2014, Ana.


Forgot to say that I love the combination of spices that you used. Must have been a delectable dish!

Simona Carini

Hi Ana. The human spirit can indeed come back from the brink, but it is certainly dispiriting to see that what happened in Rwanda has happened elsewhere and is happening as we write. I watch videos of the people who are rescued from the Mediterranean Sea and the horror they are fleeing from is in their eyes.
The dish is indeed delicious and it is well established in my repertoire now.
All the bet to you as well :)

Delaware Girl Eats

Hi Simona -- I like the non-sweet approach you took to the dish inspired by this book and the easy to understand way you explained how to make it. It is a truly lovely looking presentation and the idea of pairing cashews and curry with the beans and vegetables takes this beyond what someone would expect. I also like adding the roasted tomato sauce -- I am compelled to Italianize my dishes too - cathy

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures

I love that you went savory with this book and will definitely be giving this a try soon. In fact...I have some dried beans soaking right now! Maybe for dinner. Thanks for cooking.


I love your view of the book. And, those baskets and cookbook---how appropriate. Glad you picked a savory dish. I think this will be added to my favorite recipes.

Simona Carini

Thanks Cathy. I recommend this dish wholeheartedly. I think even people who don't particularly like beans would be won over by it. Having some strained roasted tomatoes in the freezer is a blessing: it is a versatile ingredient. I like the idea of mixing taste palettes in the kitchen: the results are often surprisingly good.

Thank you, Camilla. I hope you'll give the dish a try.

Thank you, Debra. It is certainly nice how all worked together serendipitously.

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