I've been curious about Canal House Cooking for some time now, and the online sneak peek of Volume No. 4 makes me think it's time to take the plunge and buy a copy. Written and photographed by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, Canal House Cooking is self described as, "home cooks writing about home cooking for other home cooks." The handsome soft-back cookbooks can be found at places like Anthropologie and Terrain and are filled with Christopher Hirsheimer's naturally lit, unfussy photographs and delicious recipes grouped into categories like "Avocado Love" and "It’s Always Five O’Clock Somewhere."
One of the reasons Canal House Cooking originally caught my eye is because Christopher was actually once the boss and mentor of my old boss and mentor, Sarah Gray Miller (now editor-in-chief of Country Living). It's rumored Christopher is the source of the phrase "fuck a duck," which many of us picked up in our tenure at Budget Living magazine. She's also Lidia Bastianich's go-to photographer for cookbooks. I've never met her, but from this information alone, I bet I'd like her an awful lot.
Published three times a year (Summer, Fall & Holiday and Winter & Spring) almost like a magazine, the cookbook has a devoted following -- I expect to become one of them myself. I mean, that tomato tart looks yummy, no?