I go through cooking phases, and it seems like the last couple weeks, I’ve been doing a lot of creative cooking and baking. It must be something about the dreary, rainy weather.
When I talk about books on this blog, I realize that I neglect cook books, a form of book that I frequently read. I have several favorites that I thought I’d share with you on this Friday’s book list.
This week, I’m also starting something new on the blog. Amazon offers bloggers like me the opportunity to earn some money if people buy books through my site. Basically, if you plan on buying any books at Amazon, especially if it’s because I’ve recommended them to you, consider clicking on the Amazon link on the right hand column of my blog that says “Buy Amy Books.” I’ll get a small percentage of your purchase price to help me buy more books to review.
This book saw me through the first years of marriage, as I learned the basics of cooking daily meals for my husband. It has tried and true essentials. My old 3-ring binder copy is splattered with so much batter and gunk that it’s probably time to think about getting a new copy, but it has so much sentimental value that I’ll probably just continue unsticking the pages until I get buried with it some day.
2. The Gourmet Jewish Cook, 1999
For a Gentile wife, wanting to please her Jewish husband’s tastebuds, this book was amazing. It taught me to cook many of my husband’s favorites, and it also helped me to prepare food for the Jewish holidays. It’s largely arranged according to the holidays, and it also describes the significance of each holiday and the dishes to that holiday. Amazing hummus recipe, but lots of other standards that I use all the time.
4. The Frugal Gourmet, 1984
Simple recipes with basic ingredients. But they are often very wholesome and suprisingly sophisticated in taste. This book contains my favorite Greek tzatziki recipe.
5. Crockery Cookery, 1997
I was shocked to learn that this thing was still in print (I mean, look at that garish orange crock pot on the cover!). It’s my old “tried and true” crock pot book, that helps me with the basics. I think that my mom gave it to me when I got married, as one of my kitchen reference staples. Don’t look for anything fancy, but it’ll teach you to make a very basic pot roast and several types of soup. I’ll often use it as a baseline, and I’ll get fancy from there.
Okay, all you cooks, bakers, and grillers out there. I’d love to know what are your favorite cookbooks!
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