Today I received an email from my publisher congratulating Arantxa and me for having our book Party Food for Girls included in the Storylines Notable Books List for 2012, (the only cookbook to be included in the non-fiction category). Beattie's book blog has already reported the news, and you can read about the other books that have been selected directly on the Storyline website, The Storyline Notable Non-fiction is awarded for "authoritative, well-designed informational books accessible to children and young adults".
And if you have young children (0 to 5) check out the current issue of Little Treasures Magazine for my food feature Café at Home, with some yummy restaurant-like vegetarian meals for children.
Meanwhile at home is starting to feel like Autumn, and colder evenings are perfect for polenta. Usually I make soft polenta, I always preferred the soft type that you spoon into a plate and cover with a thick wild mushroom sauce or a stew, but memories are coming back of the type of polenta my Grandmother used to make in the North of Veneto: it was dense and stirred with a thick wooden stick in a gigantic pot over a wood fire, and then she pour the hot golden mass on a big wooden tray where it set hard in no time. She kept the polenta in the drawer of the kitchen table so you could get a slice at any time, and attached to the wooden tray there was a piece of string used to slice the polenta, so you didn't even need a knife.