Want more confidence in the kitchen? Learn to cook like a troll. Not the snarky internet commenters, but the magical, lumbering creatures of folklore.
Don’t worry — troll cooking goes beyond eating billy goats gruff (and the occasional unwary child). In The Troll Cookbook, local authors Karima Cammell and Clint Marsh show us another side of the troll diet. Here, trolls practice the “old magic” of cooking, transforming raw ingredients into nourishing meals.
Like Mark Bittman, trolls prefer fresh, seasonal, local ingredients, and don’t worry too much about following recipes exactly — they’ll figure out how to work with whatever is in the larder. As the authors explain, “The Troll Cookbook is not for the faint of heart, nor is it for people looking for recipes that guide them carefully through each step. Troll cooking is about experimentation, trusting your gut, and using what you can find.”
Troll convenience is about providing for oneself using what is already present. What the trolls have is exactly what is needed, and they make a meal from whatever is available. Perhaps troll and human convenience are born from the same lazy place, but the difference is that instead of looking elsewhere for a solution, a troll relies on himself and improvises.
The recipes are organized by season — porridge in winter, foraged greens in spring, plum cake in summer — and peppered with bits of folklore and troll wisdom. You’ll learn how to season a cast iron pan, carve your own wooden spoon, find the best produce at the farmer’s market, and forage without depleting an area (pick “one in ten, then come again”).
The Troll Cookbook isn’t a children’s book per se, but youngsters will enjoy the troll stories, original illustrations, and recipes inspired by the troll tales.
Where to get it:
Bookstores who wish to stock The Troll Cookbook should contact Baker & Taylor at baker-taylor.com or 1-800-775-1100.
Just so you know: I received a free review copy of The Troll Cookbook. If you order it from Amazon I’ll get a small referral fee, but I’d rather you buy it from an indie bookstore or from the authors, who are Bay Area locals.