My Summer Cookbook Stack

July 28, 2014

I've got another book stack for you all. This time I thought you'd like a peek at some of the cookbooks I've been reading this summer. One of them I own, can you guess which one? But here's the kicker with this lot.....I plan on owning them ALL. They are all THAT good.

Let's start with the color pink, because pink is the best. (it IS.) 'Apples for Jam' by Tessa Kiros is a book that I've had out twice now from the library and I've been looking at it here and there seriously for years and the time has come. For me to own this book. Especially because Alicia Paulson also has been cooking from it and highly endorses it and that's enough endorsement for anyone, if you ask me. I own another Tessa cookbook, 'Falling Cloudberries', and I love that one, but this one is her family oriented, kid friendly cookbook. I just made banana bread from it.  She groups the recipes according to color, and the photographs are DELIGHTFUL. LOOOOOOOOVE this book and I'm buying it as soon as I do the next Amazon order.

So this is the one that I own! I just recently got 'Three Sisters Bake' and it is the cutest. Apparently three adorable Scottish sisters opened up their own eatery somewhere in Scotland and then also came out with a cookbook of their more popular offerings. I just made the shrimp and rice salad recipe and it was FAB. Again, beauteous photos and fun and interesting recipes that would also appeal to kids. (Julia loved the shrimp salad!)

I threw in the towel and checked out 'The Kinfolk Table' which should alternatively be titled 'How to Eat (and Dress) like a Proper Hipster'. I've been reading about this book for two years now everywhere on the internets. Now, me being snarky aside, don't let that deter you from the book, I fully intend to own it come Christmas time. The photos are dreamy, and the recipes are REALLY cool and I pretty much have the whole thing bookmarked. And I love that apparently a lot of people devote this much time to their food, and the food they make when getting together with friends. The book gorgeously photographs a much cooler lifestyle that I will never ever have, but that's ok, because reading about it is fun, and the recipes are really all things I want to make. Scones! Real British shortbread! Beautiful veggie salads! Tea infused goodies! Made by interesting artisans, artists, and financiers-who-are-also-fishermen! (apparently that's a thing)

I've never seen cookbook quite like this, it's really really beautiful.

(a super easy and yummy looking lasagna recipe from 'Apples for Jam')

And last but NOT LEAST, I have also checked out AGAIN, the original 'Kitchen Diaries' by Nigel Slater. Last year I kept it out from the library for nearly 6 months. I need to own the silly durn thing already. I have his 2nd Kitchen Diaries book, 'Notes from the Larder'. Nigel writes about food in a way that will change the way you think about food. Amazing pictures. He will make you appreciate sauteed maushrooms on toast. He will make you appreciate every seasonal fruit. He's the master of simplicity and I just can never get enough Nigel!

(not sure which book this is from, ha ha ha)

There you have it, my lovelies. Are any of you as ridiculously obsessed with cookbooks as I am? I almost made this a cookbook blog, when I started out, did you know? I truly, madly, deeply love and adore a good cookbook. I might not make a single thing out of it, but I will read it and re-read it until it's falling apart. I read more cookbooks than I do regular books! It's my secret dream to photograph one someday.

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  2. Ooooh, 'Three Sisters Bake' looks interesting! I like the idea of a shrimp and rice salad. What did they use to season it?

    Oh, and I should mention I got my little paws on a library copy of 'The Pursuit of Mary Bennet' and I loved it!!! I think I read the whole thing in just two or three nights. Really, can one ever get enough of the Bennet sisters?

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    1. the dressing is a combo of dry mustard powder, olive oil and white balsamic vinegar and I also added a lot of lemon juice! really very good :)

      I'm so glad you liked that book, I loved it too ~ Read the whole thing in just a couple days, just like you!

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  3. I should not read blogs about cookbooks early in the morning. I am considering chucking my carefully planned menu out the window and rushing to the library to see if they have one of these books in and then using it to make dinner. Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. I read cookbooks as I eat my breakfast :) and I want to make that summer squash salad that's pictured up above!!!!

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  4. I want to read them all. Thanks for this list. There are so many cookbooks out there that it is truly difficult to know which one is worthy! I have also wondered about The Kinfolk Table and your description makes me laugh so much. I am sure my husband would say Nooooo! if I get it because he is so anti-hipster but I will probably end up buying it out of curiosity :)

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    1. I was showing pictures to Andrew and showing him photos and he laughed and laughed....but I really like it!

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    2. doh. meant to say that I was showing him photos and reading him parts of the book :)

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  5. LOVE cookbooks. And I love hearing what other people think of them. Thanks for this!

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    1. you should see my collection Allison. it's obscene. but i looooooooove every book!

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  6. I love collecting cookbooks, but I admit, there are only a couple I pull out on a regular basis. I'm notorious for rushing online to find recipes. I did check out the Kinfolk cookbook. It was beautiful - lovely photography, just like all the Kinfolk-loving blogs. I turned it back in a week lager. I'm lazy....

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    1. i think i use my Silver Palate Good Times book the most strangely -- love that book! And Marion Cunningham's Breakfast book, I've made more things from that book than from any other.

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  7. I should be a better cook what with all the freakin' cookbooks in the house. At least I think that's what my hubby is thinking at 4:55 when I tell him I have no idea what we are having for dinner. HA

    I have Apples for Jam too! Checked it out and then bought it a few years ago for the chocolate bread recipe. I recommend it.

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    1. I'm gonna buy this one first. I'm really super delighted with it!

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  8. What is that gorgeous thing with the blueberries?

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    1. I think it's some kind of coffee cake and I think it's from the Apples for Jam book!

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