Food

Cookbook Dreaming

Our diet has been considerably more limited lately due to the lack of spices and kitchen appliances, and it has been mainly centered around this delicious pure maple syrup we got at our favorite organic store:

It tastes like liquid happiness. Only better. And yes, I realize that I just admitted to following Buddy the Elf’s rule about food groups. I accept that. However, we have stopped short of pouring it on our spaghetti. So we’ve been eating a lot of french toast, waffles, popovers, and Annie’s organic macaroni. And lots of cookie bars. Livin’ large, people.

We’ll blame it a little bit on the lack of kitchen supplies, but it also has a lot to do with my body shutting down completely after finally not being in school after 2 straight years of classes. When we do get the rest of our belongings back, I know that I’ll be nice and ready to cook some awesome meals.

I’m a bit of a food blog junkie, and that’s where I get most of my recipes. I only have one physical cookbook, Our Best Bites, which I’m obsessed with, and I think it’s time to get a few more. It’s like this ever raging battle between physical and electronic books. I guess I’ll take a smattering of both.

I love flipping through truly beautiful cookbooks because they inspire me to try new foods and be more adventurous in my cooking. Here are some candidates for beefing up my cookbook shelf:

Top Row:

Baking by James Peterson. I’ve been looking for a great fundamentals cookbook, one that will teach me about pastries, tarts, and lemon meringue pie. I’m sold on this one.

Home Made by Yvette van Boven. The title says it all, seeing as this is my new mantra in cooking. There are 2 other popular cookbooks by this author, one for summer recipes and another for winter recipes.

Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo. This cook is a huge advocate for eating at home, which sounds great because that’s all we do anyway! She’s got these awesome recipes for homemade butter and parmesan croutons. Oh man.

Homemade: Irresistible Homemade Recipes for Every Occasion by Clodagh McKenna. This beautiful book has recipes ranging from homemade ketchup to lemon curd. I aspire to hosting fancy dinner parties in the future, so maybe this one will inspire me?

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Bottom Row:

Flour Water Salt Yeast by Ken Forkish. Aaron and I are obsessed with this bakery bread we get at Mom’s Organic Grocery in town. It is my aspiration to make equally good bread, and maybe start mastering artisan or sourdough bread.

What Katie Ate by Katie Davies. Beautiful photographs, beautiful food. ‘Nuff said.

My Pizza by Jim Lahey. All I want is to make authentic pizza like I ate in Italy. Seriously, it’s my dream!

Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman. This is one of my favorite blogs! It’s the blog where I found this beauty. I was drooling over it when I saw it in Anthropologie last week!

2 thoughts on “Cookbook Dreaming”

  1. Jenny says:

    I would look into getting things from Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen. They’re not so big into pretty pictures for every recipe, but they provide super detailed instructions for everything. I have a baking one and I love it (possibly because it has like 16 pie recipes, but still).

    1. Rachel Taylor says:

      Great idea! Thanks, Jenny!

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