I have always loved to bake for as long as I can remember.  As a kid, my favorite thing to do was make chocolate covered pretzels with my dad.  Only lately have I enjoyed cooking as well.  To be honest, I had a secret fear of raw meat and a not so secret fear of burning myself.

Well, after moving away for college, I could only eat so many salads and sandwiches, so the raw meat fear had to go.  And after burning myself quite a few times anyway, I figured, “well I guess it’s time to really learn to cook”!

I use Foodgawker for most of my recipes, but I still love looking through cookbooks and bookmarking fun recipes.  Here are a few of my absolute favorites!  I hope you enjoy!

 

1.  Williams-Sonoma Family Meals: Creating Traditions in the Kitchen

I love this book because it isn’t pretentious or “gourmet” by any means.  It actually has really great recipes like puffy apple oven pancakes, extra cheesy lasagna, and braised beef stew.  However, the reason i’m a fan is for the handy tips.  For example, what to put in your herb garden, making your own marshmallows, and *ready*…curing your own bacon!  I don’t really like pork, but can you image how awesome it would be to make your own bacon?  Seriously?!  You’d be everyone’s best friend!

 

2. The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook

I got this cookbook on super sale at Barnes and Nobel, and I absolutely love it.   From the moment I opened it, I knew it was for me.  The recipes are divided by season, which is so perfect if you like to cook seasonally, which I do.  With recipes like strawberry-rhubarb crumble, tomato and goat cheese crostini, and cheese toast topped onion soup, how could you not adore it?  Another bonus is the notes section on each page so you can customize the recipe for generations to make and enjoy!

 

3. Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home

 

I don’t watch much cable TV (we only have the basic channels plus Netflix and Hulu), so I have never seen Nigella’s FoodNetwork show.  However, I find her book to be absolutely wonderful.  The recipes are fairly easy, and she gives you so much information about kitchen tools, etc.    I actually tried her chicken with Greek herb sauce this week, and it was delicious! I can’t wait to try the chicken teriyaki and her homemade blue cheese dressing.  This book also has plenty of dessert recipes, which is a huge bonus!

 

4.  I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

 

Ok, so I’m not sure if this is considered a “cookbook”, since it is so entertaining to read, but who cares?  I am obsessed with all things Sedaris, and this book is no different.  Amy is hilarious, and her cupcake recipe is my go-to.  It’s pretty amazing.  Plus, the book is visually fantastic, and super cheap on Amazon right now!

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed my little list, and now that I have made myself extremely hungry, I have some goat cheese calling my name!

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One Response to My Favorite Cookbooks!

  1. Jenny says:

    Cooking for Dummies is one of my faves. I also subscribe to Cook’s Country Magazine. They have a lot of hulefpl tips, and they describe *why* things in the recipes work so you can learn to create dishes on your own.

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