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Three Ingredient Recipes

Three Ingredient Recipes

Today we are going to talk about the Culinary Arts. A few days ago I was going through lots of books and I pulled out this book:

I might have looked at it before but I have so many goddamn cookbooks, I didn’t pay any attention to it. However, I started really checking out this book. The title is: “Healthy 1, 2, 3” , and the subtitle is: “Fat – Free Low Calorie: The Ultimate 3 – Ingredient Cookbook”

WOW! Something new under the sun: a cookbook where every recipe in it had only three ingredients, and it is going to be healthy and natural; how cool! I love to cook and I like to cook healthy with lots of whole grains, beans, and tons of fresh vegetables. Silly me though. I thought that since there are only three ingredients, it would be fast and easy. All the recipes have only three ingredients however, this author, this culinary genius, made these recipes extremely complicated. Actually, I was hanging out with my brother and I showed him the book and told him to pick out a recipe and I would cook it. The recipe he chose was: “Stir-fried asparagus with tofu” doesn’t that sound absolutely delicious? Of course this is the springtime and that is when asparagus is in season. 

My dear brother journeyed to “Delicias Beef” in Santa Tere to do the necessary shopping. Of course, this cookbook makes everything so complicated they asked for roasted peanut oil, which I do not have and so I substituted it for olive oil. I like to think that I am literate and I have a large vocabulary but this recipe confused me when it said I should cut the asparagus on the bias and all I could wonder was, what the hell is bias? So I just cut it where it seemed natural to me. The recipe says to cook this in a very hot, non-stick pan. When buying the cooking equipment for my kitchen, price was more important than the quality. I could not afford a nice beautiful state of the art stove so I bought a really funky stove, but boy was it inexpensive. The problem is that it has gas burners, but the flame never gets super hot. If anybody knows how to change that please contact me.

Back to cooking. 

I love to cook with and eat tofu as it is so incredibly delicious, natural, healthy, and wonderful. One thing I love to cook is a stir fry. You just go and get a bunch of fresh vegetables, and then I like to add some chicken or tofu. Whenever I make that stir fry my burner is just not hot enough to make it crusty. That “Stir-fried asparagus with tofu” was delicious. Of course it would have been better if the flame would have been higher then the asparagus would have been caramelised and the tofu would have been crusty. 

As you can tell by the inclosed attachment this recipe for tuna is incredibly complicated, incredibly demanding and way too complicated for this guy. However I love this cookbook and it is going into my cookbook collection.


Browse our Culinary Arts section to see what cookbooks we’ve got for sale in the store

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COOKING UP A STORM

Cooking Up A Storm

Here at La Perla Books we take cooking seriously and our Culinary Arts section is always full of many wonderful books about food, drink and entertaining. This is true about our online store and our physical store at 1530 Pedro Moreno.

Personally I love to cook and these photo show only part of my cookbook collection. I personally touch every book that comes to our book store so of course anything that really catches my eye ends up in my book case.

A few years ago a book showed up that I have never heard of – “The Boston Cooking School CookBook” – and it has become a favourite of mine, as well as to hundreds of thousands of other people. At this moment in time, I have a copy of that book in my hand. It was originally published in 1896 and my copy was printed in 1937. On the copyright page it lists all the times this book was reprinted and between 1896 and 1937, 1’836,000 copies of this book were printed!

The author is Fannie Farmer and they didn’t stop publishing the book until 1937. The copy I am holding in my hand right now is basically the same cookbook that she published in 1896, only it’s been updated. This edition is known as a mass market paperback, which are small and inexpensive. My copy from 1937 is a hard back (very special!). This mass market copy was originally printed in 1979, then it was reprinted 28 more times. The paperback copy is basically the “The Boston Cooking School Cookbook” with updates and a different title.

Whenever I want to cook something different or something new, I always go straight to my cookbook collection. Luckily I have about 20 cookbooks so it gives me a lot of ideas, but the first book I always consult is that Boston’s School cookbook. 


There are thousands and thousands of books about the Culinary Arts and like any other subject, some authors can take something that should be really boring and turn it into something really  interesting. The first author that comes to my mind is Julia Child. Julia was born and raised in Southern California and as a young woman ended up in France. Somehow Julia conquered the world of Culinary Arts and among other things she had a very famous weekly TV show that lasted for many decades. Julia wrote an autobiography named “My Life in France”, and what a masterpiece it was. For some reason I don’t have a copy in my bookcase but my guess is I loaned it to somebody and it did not make its way back to me. If I had a copy of it in front of me I would be rereading it as for me, rereading a book is no problem. Hell, two favourite books of mine are “Of Mice and Men” and “The Heart of Darkness” and I have read each one of them over twenty times!


To see what cookbooks we’ve got stocked on our shelves currently, head to our Culinary Arts section and have a browse!

Cocina Mexicana by Beatriz Cadena

A bilingual cookbook (Spanish and English) to fulfill all your Mexican cooking needs!

The Comfort Food Diaries by Emily Nunn

A journey to find comfort through travel, home-cooked meals, and family and friends.

Turkish Cookery by Inci Kut

A collection of delicious, traditional, and easy to make Turkish recipes at home.