I have a Romanian friend who explained to me recently that in Romania, sometimes mothers dress up as Santa Clause because fathers are too exhausted by their drinking and eating binges, to wriggle into a costume and assume the role of a sober gift giver.
Honestly, I want to be that Romanian father, collapsed on the couch. I want to consume way too much, groan about my distended abdomen, fall asleep early and wake up with a headache. Go big or go home? No, I want to go home and go big!
Now, I don’t operate with this mentality every day, of course, but on special occasions I like to let loose.
So with that spirit in mind, here’s a booklist for those who choose to go big!
Celebrating Chocolate: Cakes, Brownies & Bars by Avner Laskin
Seduced by Bacon: Recipes & Lore about America’s Favourite Indulgence by Joanna Pruess
Cheese: Exploring Taste and Tradition by Patricia Michelson
The Ultimate Wine Companion: The Complete Guide to Understanding Wine by the World’s Foremost Wine Authorities by Kevin Zraly