Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Laws of Harmony and Tartest Lemon Pie

Today is an especially, especially special Tuesday. Tuesdays are always especially special, thanks to my weekly baking club, Tuesdays with Dorie. This week we've made tartest lemon pie, which is very much like a lemon bar in pie form with the added economy of using every bit of that lovely citrus fruit. (Except for that little green Sunkist tattoo that I sliced off.)Pucker up for yummy and click over here for the recipe. But what makes today especially, especially special is that I'm reviewing a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and found myself unable to put down. A few weeks ago, I received a copy of The Laws of Harmony by Judith Ryan Hendricks.It's one of those books that when you read the first page, you feel that you've gained access into a fully developed story. I think women authors are particularly adept at this thorough immersion. (Think Anne Tyler and Kate Jacobs.) This is the kind of story that is thoroughly engaging because of its richness of simple truths about perception, reality, self-discovery and acceptance. Thirty-something Sunny Cooper seems like she is on the verge of having the recipe for life come out just perfect: a gorgeous fiance, supportive best friend, success in her career, and a buttery Spanish pie in the oven to boot. But she can't ditch that sinking feeling that everything that seems perfect might actually be out of harmony. The rapid unraveling of Sunny's life creates a mysterious plotline full of suspense and intrigue, but more importantly, an immediate need for Sunny to finally understand what getting it together is really all about. Like all great books, you won't want to put this one down until you see Sunny through her journey. And when you finish, you'll wish you had a sequel right next to you.
Hendricks is one of those authors that has one foot in the library and the other in the bakery; her book is as crammed full of delectable writing as it is with luscious food descriptions, so please don't read hungry or you very soon will be tempted to nibble at the salty pages. Hendricks understands the symbolic nature of food-the preparing, the eating, the sharing, the serving. Sunny's gobbling of "giant, still warm chocolate chip cookies: with "caramelized edges and gooey chunks of chocolate" underscore the importance of cozy belonging, mothering, and home. You'll be ravenous when you're done reading, not just for Judith's food, but also for her other books. I've already ordered her other bestseller Bread Alone. This time I'll arm myself with something extravagently delicious before I dig in and read.
Click on over to learn more about Judith Hendricks or to get your own copy of The Laws of Harmony.

Next Up: Southwestern Tossed Salad

P.S. I still haven't forgotten those jelly donuts, but after scouting recipes that call for 2/3 a cup of butter(!!!) for the dough that is eventually going to be fried, I'm waiting till I have loads of company to split up the indulgence. That should happen next weekend.

18 comments:

Delene said...

Am I blind? I cannot seem to view the recipe on the link...Do you have to have the book?

Amanda said...

That looks fabulous Prudy. I thought the exact same thing, reminded me of lemon bars in a tart shell! :)

Delene, try going to http://www.babettefeasts.com/2009/05/twd-tartest-lemon-tart-thats-right.html for the recipe

Tanji said...

Thanks Prudy! I woke up this morning thinking I needed a good book to read. Maybe I'll even make it to the bookstore today. . . if I can squeeze it in between all the chores . . . oh, I mean cozy mothering. :)

Prudy said...

Delene:
Sorry-it's not you. I'll fix the link as soon as I can find the recipe. If not, I'll send it to you.

jenjen said...

Oh - how yummy! And that books sounds wonderful. I am always on the lookout for a good book. Thanks Prudy!

XOXO
Jen

chocolatechic said...

Beautiful.

Allie said...

Yummy! I love lemon pies!!

Tara said...

Hi! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book! I'm a fan of your blog and recommended you to Lisa from TLC booktours - I hosted at my blog last week. Cheers!

Pam said...

I love lemon tarts and yours looks really great Prudy.

Cristine said...

Your tart looks great!

Maria said...

I love lemon desserts! Perfect for this time of year too!

Catherine said...

The pie looks delicious! Is it in any related to your lemon cupcakes taht Mom has been raving about? That book sounds great and I would love to read it with a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies! And I hope I'm around to share in 2/3 cup butter jelly doughnuts!

Debbie said...

The tart looks wonderful and I love the idea of using the whole lemon!!!

Katrina said...

GREAT tartest tart. I thought they were better than lemon bars, like black tie lemon bars. Looks great!

Debbie said...

I love that you are a food blogger AND a book blogger all in one. The pie looks good. I love lemon bars...in a pie!

Darius T. Williams said...

Looks amazing...and refreshing!

Michal said...

i am sick with the stomach flu and still your recipes look so enticing. i will have to pick up the book and add this to my list of pies to make in the near future.:)

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