Booksellers at my store can check out hardcover books for two weeks for free. Recently, I picked up Summer At Tiffany (a pleasant if feather-light memoir about working at Tiffany’s in 1945) and Chicken With Plums, Marjane Satrapi’s newest book. Plums is about Satrapi’s great-uncle Nasser Ali Khan and the eight days before his death; chicken with plums was the dying man’s favorite meal. Despite the rushed ending, I loved it.
In honor of the book, I made some Chicken with Prunes (above), recipe courtesy the Perfect Pantry. Tweaks: I used chicken breasts with a touch more oil instead of chicken legs, and cooked it in enameled cast iron pot, not a tagine. The end result was tasty, although I’m interested in trying other variations–in the book, the recipe called for tomatoes and turmeric, and I’ve seen a few that call for garlic and leeks. Suggestions welcome!