One of the most popular resolutions people seem to make at the start of every new year has something to do with diet. Whether that be to lose those last five pounds or to make a conscious effort to eat better, it never fails that a healthier lifestyle becomes the ultimate goal of that year. Of course, a very small number of people actually follow through with this and before they know it, they're downing double bacon cheeseburgers with a gigantic soda...on a weekly basis. Don't get me wrong. I love a good burger every now and then. But the older I get, the more I realize that I actually like eating healthfully. There's something to be said about starting the morning off with a bowl of fresh fruit, Greek yogurt, and some tea. And then continuing the rest of the day with foods like kale salads, granola bars, and fish. But I digress.
This past Christmas, I was gifted a wonderful cookbook called 365 Good Reasons To Sit Down And Eat. For obvious reasons, I don't want to place an unrealistic expectation on myself to cook from this book every. single. night. However, I am cooking from it with the corresponding date. That's right--this book maps out every single month with a recipe for every single day. And they are fabulous. Some dishes are as simple as fried eggs with bacon, others are as wonderfully complex as salmon carpaccio with chervil. And then there are the desserts. The desserts! Pears in wine, French apple tart, Grand Marnier soufflé...need I say more? I think that every kitchen needs this book on its shelf, even if just to be inspired. I already know what I'm making for the 14th of this month: mussels in white wine. Yum!