At The Table With...Stephanie Le of I am a Food Blog [+ Giveaway!]
Today we're kicking it with Stephanie Le, the 32-year-old Vancouver-based author of I am a Food Blog and the just-released Easy Gourmet cookbook. Congratulations, Stephanie! You can learn more about the cookbook here and order it here (or you can scroll down to enter our giveaway). Stephanie says she loves food and photography, and I think there's no better way to sum up her blog. There's something very rock star about her photos, and the recipes are craveable and doable — the best combination.
Read on to get to know Stephanie!
What is your all-time favorite book?
I don't know if I can choose just ONE favourite book, but if I had to choose, it would probably be something by illustrator-author Oliver Jeffers, maybe even The Hueys in The New Sweater. It's a charming illustrated children's book about being different in a crowd.
Aside from children's books, I like reading most genres, but I have a soft spot for post-apocalyptic books. Recently I finished The Girl with All the Gifts and I absolutely loved it. I was pretty engrossed in the Silo Saga by Hugh Howey as well.
What meal do you love to cook?
That's a question that I just can't answer — I love cooking everything! I guess the cop out answer would be: the meal I just cooked. Right now I'm in the middle of making two things, a big pot of Japanese curry as well as the broth for a Vietnamese noodle dish, Bún bò Huế.
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
My favourite food scene from a book has got to be from Dodie Smith's The One Hundred and One Dalmatians. I read it when I was 8 or so, even before seeing the Disney version. There's a chapter in it called "Hot Buttered Toast" where the two main Dalmatians, Pongo and Missus are out in the cold, searching for their stolen puppies. A kind dog sneaks them into his house and they hide in the shadows by the fire. The friendly dog slips them piece after piece of fire-toasted buttered toast and saucers of sweet milky tea. It's one of those passages that makes you feel all warm and cozy.
Coffee or tea?
Ooh, that's a tough one. I guess I'll say coffee because I drink it every day, but hot sweet milk tea is one of my favourite indulgences.
What is the last book you abandoned?
I just started The Good Girl by Mary Kubica and I wanted to like it so much, but after the first two chapters, I put it down. I am going to get back to it though because I'm a sucker for book hype and I've heard so many good things. I set it aside because I thought the writing was stilted and a bit abrupt, but that could be the fact that I'm not the hugest fan of POV shifts.
Author you'd most like to meet for dinner, and your order?
I'd love to meet J.K. Rowling just because I love Harry Potter so much. And I've liked her books under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, as well. I'd order something quintessentially British, like a Sunday roast with all the fixings and extra Yorkshire puddings.
Where do you go to find new recipes?
Everywhere! Cookbooks, magazines and blogs inspire me daily.
Where do you go to find new reads?
I like to browse on Goodreads, but I have to confess — I don't actually have an account. I'll just go through and read all the reviews and make a note of the books that sound absolutely readable.
Tell us about your blog — the inspiration for it, why you blog, and your favorite aspects.
I am a Food Blog started up as a place to keep all of my cooking experiments in once space. I'm obsessed with food and photography so blogging was the perfect outlet for my craziness. My favorite aspect has got to be the blogging community. There are so many wonderfully happy bloggers out there that I've met in real life and am happy to consider my real life friends.
What are your favorite blogs, and why?
That would be like me picking my favorite dish to cook, which I obviously can't do!
STEPHANIE IS GIVING AWAY A FREE COPY OF HER BRAND NEW COOKBOOK, EASY GOURMET, TO ONE LUCKY PAPER/PLATES READER. HOORAY!
In Stephanie's own words:
Some of my absolute favourites are: the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles, the lemony bone marrow pasta, the maple glazed duck with sriracha honeyed carrots, the shrimp salad rolls, the miso glazed eggplant, the banh mi pulled pork sliders and the deep-fried calamari and bacon. But really, everything is delicious and fun because that’s what cooking is about, right?
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