I’ve been fascinated with reading cookbooks (recipes in general for that matter) for about as long as I can remember. I love diving deep into the cookbook pages, even if I don’t make a single recipe from it, they’re LOADED with food inspiration. Obviously. And I feel weird admitting that – that I like to read cookbooks – although I KNOW I’m not the only one who loves it. I’ve recently discovered a dear friends wife has the same passion. We had a good conversation about “America’s Test Kitchen”; geeking out over the ingredients. That might be my next read…
Here are a few that I am into at the moment:
- Thug Kitchen – Eat Like You Give a Fu*k: this book is hilarious. I literally laugh out loud while reading each recipe! Thanks, Amy Ellis, for introducing me to their blog so long ago. They. Are. So. Funny. But, if you don’t enjoy an occasional cuss word or two, this aint for you! I enjoy Thug Kitchen because they are real and to the point. Real food is made a priority and their passion for eating healthier shines through the text. The recipes are easy to follow made with easy ingredients. However, you might need to make a “staple stock up” grocery run, as they use a lot of lentils, couscous, grains, etc. Some of our go-to’s are the Pumpkin Chili (even made with sweet potatoes), Five Spice Fried Rice, Lentil Tacos, and the Butternut Squash Soup. Easily a top pick.
- Simple by Diana Henry: LOVE THIS BOOK! I love it for it’s simplistic recipes and food photography. If nothing else it makes a great coffee table book. I love it. Diana has sprinkled so many cooking/food tips and tricks in each of her recipe intros. Reading those alone is worth it. Her flavor combinations are on point and she effortlessly guides you with simple instructions. I am dying to try the “Bitter Flourless Chocolate Cake with Coffee Cream”. The title lives up to it’s name.
- Vegetables by Martha Stewart: Martha does it again. This book is beautifully laid out with SO much information on seasonal vegetables. I have made it a mission of mine to truly understand where, how, why our food is the way it is (seasonality, varieties, common ways to prepare, etc, etc) and I’ve learned a lot while reading this book. Martha’s recipes are straight forward and really allow the start ingredient to shine. I would love to try “Rainbow Carrots and Chard” amongst every other recipe in the cookbook.
I recommend reading cookbooks even if you aren’t an avid cook, and especially if you dream of being one. Often times authors will provide you with tips and tricks, food history, technique, and personal accounts with the food they are writing about. I have learned SO much from reading cookbooks. My hope is that you do, too. Read them for INSPIRATION! They offer it all on every page.
Happy Reading . . . and hopefully happy cooking.