Favorite Cookbooks: What I’m Loving Now

February 18, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More

favorite cookbooksAren’t we all suckers for good cookbooks? I mean, who actually needs more recipes when you consider there’s more of them passing in front of our eyes than we’ll ever have time to make. Yet, we keep buying cookbooks. My favorite cookbooks contain recipes that inspire me to get in the kitchen, pretty pictures, and good stories. I keep my heavy-rotation cookbooks right on my kitchen counter.

 

These are five of my current favorite cookbooks:

This is a Cookbook: Recipes for Real Life by Max Sussman and Eli Sussman

Why I love it: This book is definitely geared towards dudes which gives me a voyeuristic glimpse of what goes on in the brain of a dude. The Sussman brothers are sticklers about using quality ingredients and they’re irreverent, but not annoyingly so. It’s an informative and entertaining read with wonderful photography, and the recipes I’ve tried have been winners. There’s a lot of recipes that involve grilling, so I’m looking forward to trying those when the weather improves.

The Sprouted Kitchen: A Tastier Take on Whole Foods by Sara Forte

Why I love it: I’ve been trying to lighten up the meals in our home just a little, and this book is just the ticket. There are plenty of super-fresh meal ideas in here that are heavy on seasonal vegetables, fresh herbs, and healthy grains and seeds. The lentil “meatballs” with lemon pesto are to die for.

How can you tell a good cookbook? The pages should be dog-eared, sauce-splattered, and filled with scribbly notes.

The Fish Market by Kathy Hunt

Why I love it: I’ve already reviewed this book, but in a nutshell, I love it because it takes the mystery and intimidation out of buying and preparing seafood. Ms. Hunt also shares my passion for sustainability, and you’ll find out about seafood eco-ratings so you’ll make more informed choices.

Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi

Why I love it: The photography is stunning with the vivid colors of this historic, culturally-rich city. It’s educational – you’ll actually learn about Jerusalem when you read Jerusalem. I enjoyed reading about the hummus wars that hint at something deeper than just food. This book will inspire you to happily try new foods and flavor combinations.

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Why I love it: It’s not new or trendy anymore, but it’s still everywhere and for good reason. Ms. Perelman is the creator of the extremely popular Smitten Kitchen blog and each and every recipe I’ve tried has been a success. She is a fierce tester of her recipes, and she won’t turn anything loose on her readers until she’s confident it’s a winner. In fact, I trust her recipes enough to make them for guests before I’ve tried them myself. She takes her own luscious, drool-worthy photographs.

What are YOUR current favorite cookbooks?

 

 

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