By Julia Serao-BauerIn a year of food, food, and foodie culture, Julia Seranos latest book, A BIRTH OF FOOD, is one of the best introductions to food I’ve read in a long time.
I’d say this is her most ambitious book yet, a book that offers a deep, nuanced look at food, both in the cultural and culinary senses.
Seranoso is a brilliant writer with a brilliant brain, but what I’ve always loved about this book is her willingness to let her own tastes be shaped by her own life experiences.
Her personal experience and observations make this book as accessible as it is interesting, and I hope it can become the definitive introduction to food.
Seranoso’s food blog is a favorite among foodies and foodies alike, and her recipes are as creative and delicious as her writing.
There’s no question that the food in her books is beautiful, but I’m particularly excited about A BIFURCATED LIFE: A NEW ALBUM OF FOOTNOTES.
The recipe for the soup is based on the “green tomato” version of a Chinese noodle soup that Julia Seranos mother was famous for.
This soup was traditionally made with a tomato sauce made from garlic, ginger, red pepper, and onions.
A simple, flavorful and rich noodle dish that can be used to cook anything, the soup can be served in its entirety for a lunchtime dinner.
I especially loved the way that Julia came up with the name “green tomatoes” and the way she describes them: “They’re sweet, and they’re juicy.
It’s a bit like a salad.”
It’s an allusion to the green, tomato flavor that Seranosi often uses to pair with a flavorful soup.
The soup has all the flavors and textures of a classic Chinese noodled soup, but is a bit more savory and less overwhelming than what most people have come to expect.
Julia says that the soup was inspired by the Green Tomato Soup Cookbook from The Garden of Earthly Delights, which she wrote when she was in her twenties.
Julia Serans father, a renowned Chinese chef, had also written about using garlic to make green tomatoes and also used onions to make their soup.
Serano, a food writer by trade, decided to adapt the recipes to her own kitchen and incorporate some of his techniques into her soup.
For the soup, she adds red pepper to the tomato sauce, garlic to the onion sauce, and red wine vinegar to the ginger sauce.
A tomato soup that’s rich in both flavor and texture can be delicious.
I found that the ginger flavor in the tomato soup complimented the onion and garlic flavors well.
For this soup, I used three cups of fresh basil, three cups fresh sage, and three cups dried oregano.
Julia adds fresh mint, fresh thyme, and dried chives to the basil, sage, oreganos, and mint.
This is a soup that can go with any vegetable and any type of pasta dish, and it’s a great accompaniment to your next meal.
Serano’s soup is also one of my favorite soups to make, and while I’ve found it to be one of her most enjoyable soups, I also love the way this soup is cooked.
For those who prefer a simpler, easier-to-make recipe, I suggest using the Green Tomatoes from The Green Tomato Cookbook (it’s free on Amazon and Amazon.com).
You’ll have a lot more leftovers after you make the soup for dinner, but that will save you some money on the grocery bill.
For more recipes from Julia, check out her cookbook, A BLOG OF LIFE: