3.28.2008

A Couple Recommendations

A little while back I did a post about my addiction to Cookbooks. In the comments of that post Jen asked for a suggestion of a good cookbook. Well, it has been awhile but I'm finally getting around to posting my list. I do this with some trepidation as I am in no way a professional cook--in no way. With that in mind, here is my list of suggestions:

I consider Joy of Cooking and The New Basics Cookbook the bibles of cookbooks. Neither one has pretty pictures but I consider both important cookbooks that cover the basics to the fancy. If you get just one I would get The New Basics Cookbook--it is especially good at giving the basics about different kinds of fruits, veggies, meats, fish, etc. and how to prepare, cook, and store them.

Simply Salads is a great starter book for beginning cooks because its premise is to start with a pre-packaged salad (does it get easier than that) then you add a few ingredients to make really great salads (both side salads and main-dish salads). Plus this one has some really great pictures.

For desserts I'd have to go with Rosie's All-Butter, Fresh Cream, Sugar Packed, No-Holds-Barred Baking Book. Really the title says it all. This is another one without pretty pictures but it isn't hard to imagine what the recipes look like. Also, everything I have tried is delicious.

Another new one that I will recommend is Light Cooking. It has pretty pictures and the recipes contain pretty basic ingredients (I love Martha Stewart and Williams Sonoma but their recipes tend to have really long ingredient lists and some of those ingredients can be rather unique and not stocked in my kitchen).

So there is my brief list of suggestions. What books would you add to my list?

6 comments:

MBC said...

Moosewood Cookbook
12 Best Foods Cookbook
Anything by Art Smith
Anything from Cook's Illustrated
I LOVE college, ward, community cookbooks. They always have wacky stuff in them like special holiday decoration ideas and lists of communicable diseases.

Jen said...

Thanks! I'll have to get one of these. Wish I would have looked yesterday, I just ordered some other books from amazon. I rely on our ward cookbook and magazines. I like the Kraft magazine although not very much of it is healthy food.

Yankee Girl said...

I love the ward/community cookbooks as well although oddly none of mine have a list of communicable diseases--I'll have to check again because really that could be quite handy.

Denise Hollinger said...

One of my favorite cookbooks lately is Top secret restaurant recipes volume 2 by Todd Wilbur. The first addition is okay but the 2nd is way better. I LOVE to eat out but can not always afford it. He has a website too. Some recipes are free and others cost $0.99. He does a really good job at making them taste like the real deal!

I also love the ward or family cookbooks.

Jen said...

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Yankee Girl said...

Jen I love it. I never even thought about having a bathtub with built-in-shelves but now I think it is a must.