a cookbook stack

November 3, 2015

My friends, it's November. A time, if there ever was, to sit down some evening, (let's say about 10:30), and go online to your local library's site, and then decide to check out a dozen or so cookbooks....all at the same time. To me, that's my idea of a GOOD TIME. I had a couple more that aren't pictured here, but I didn't like them so they went back to the library pretty instantly.

I'm having a little problem with the library hold shelf right now. Especially when books come in, and I get a notification that goes to my spam email folder and I forget to check for it and then I miss the hold notification and then the books get taken OFF the hold shelf and I have to resume the process all over again! #libraryproblems

So let's peek at a few of these books. I'd like you to know, (those of you who are familiar with my history of not-actually-making-anything-from-the-cookbook I'm reading), that I actually MADE some thing from one of them! And what I made is lovely and seasonal (a pie) and I'll share it in a post of its own. I made the pie from the bottom cookbook in the stack - 'Canal House Cooks Everyday' and this has been on my to-read list for ages. The Canal House peeps have a fun website where you can see what they eat for lunch everyday. It's all seasonally based food by MONTH, which is always fun, and this is one of the best cookbooks I got from the library, I'm really enjoying this one! I'm planning on making buttermilk love cakes, chocolate sponge cake, meatballs with dill sauce, and the ragu bolognese sauce. I'm thinking of buying this one.

'Buvette' was fun, a little too fancy for everyday cooking (not gonna make chicken liver mousse), but fun to look at. Beautifully photographed! 'The Kinfolk Table' (yes, I know all about the Kinfolk-mocking websites, I love Kinfolk anyway. Bless those hipsters!) is a book I've checked out now several times from the library, I should just buy it. It's really fun to read, this one, I love it! Haven't made a darn thing from it but not because the recipes aren't worth it, I'm just lazy. There are several things I'd really love to make, like the scones and the Scandinavian sandwich and the sweet potato-apple salad. The photos are GORGEOUS, and it's really a photo book/cookbook/coffee-table book all in one.

I'm super loving 'Brown Eggs and Jam Jars' from the lady behind the Simple Bites website. This one is CUTE. Very family-friendly, whole food type recipes. I REALLY am loving this cookbook! The recipes have that 'warm hug', cozy feeling, which I love when I find that vibe in a cookbook. Aimee takes you through the year with her family recipes. Out of all the books, this is the one with the most things I actually want to make - chocolate croissant bread pudding, coconut cream baked oatmeal, maple cider baked beans (I bought the beans! I'm really making this one!), tender baked meatballs, chocolate beet sheet cake - this is a darling book.

I don't understand who exactly 'A Boat, A Whale, and A Walrus' is marketed to, but it wins for having one of the coolest front covers I've ever seen on a cookbook. The items mentioned in the title refer to three Seattle area eateries created by Renee Erickson. It's gorgeously put together and takes one through the seasons with creations for gatherings and events like A Holiday Supper, A Fourth of July Crab Feast, a Wood Oven Dinner and a Wild Foods Dinner, to name a few. The Boast Street Bread Pudding (I LOVE BREAD PUDDING) sounds amazing, but as lovely as everything looks, for me this is a read-only type cookbook, because I know I'll never make grilled mackerel or chilled melon soup.

Likewise with Diana Henry's 'A Change of Appetite' - who is this book for? I ADORE DIANA HENRY and have two of her other books, and I really want to see her new chicken book, but this one, while intriguing and cool and SO PRETTY - the recipes are just too far away from things I would cook on a regular basis. I'm just not going to be making roasted sea bass with spiced eggplant, lemon, and honey relish anytime soon. A lot of the recipes are in this same vein. But the recipes are waaaaaaay cool - if I could get my hands on some gooseberries, I'd totally make the gooseberry, almond, and spelt cake. There are things I'll try and make before I have to return it to the library, like the Japanese Family Chicken, Egg, and Rice Bowl. I will say that Diana's other books are among the most creative and cool books I own. She's truly gifted in inventing unique and special recipes.

OMG this is getting long, I have to wrap up. 'Best Lunch Box Ever' - LOVE IT. Great snack suggestions as well. Darling and so many great ideas! Probably buying. 'Thanksgiving - How to Cook it Well' by Sam Sifton - fab. Everything you need to know to tackle T-day in one small, charming book. SEE? I can be brief and to the point when I have to be.

Any cook books you're loving lately? TELL ME if you have some hot tips I should know about.




13 comments:

  1. Oh, I just love reading cookbooks! Have you done a post on your favorites? I would love to read that! I love pretty much any of Ina Garten's cookbooks. I feel like she can almost never steer me wrong. Just made the snickerdoodles from Cookie Love by Mindy Segal and they were very yummy! I hadn't made anything from there yet, so now I am looking for a few other gems in there for holiday baking!

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    1. I have NOT done a post on my favorites, and I've been meaning to for at least 2 or 3 years! I will get it done! My mom has all of Ina's books and I'm always meaning to steal them from her. I really see so many things in the Ina books that sound like real things I would actually make. I wonder if I have any holiday baking books I really like, I have to go see.....

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  2. A couple of other go-tos for me:
    Seriously Delish by Jessica Merchant:
    I am a HUGE fan of hers. She knows how to put flavors together in a way that just works. I have made several things from there with great success including: Bacon, Egg, and Avocado Corn Cakes (without the bacon), Macaroon Lemon Almond Tilapia with Coconut Rice, Brown Butter Banana Bread, and Not So Boring Bran Muffins.

    Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka:
    She does a great job keeping things tasty and lighter at the same time. I've made Banana Nut Oat Muffins, Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Glazed Salmon (have made many many times and a big favorite in my house), and Shrimp and Grits.

    Too much info???

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    1. no such thing as too much info in my book, ha ha ha! Those sound AWESOME. I'm off to see if my library has those for me to look at as well!!

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  4. I love your cookbook suggestions! I bought a few thanks to your list (^_^)

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  5. I need some new cookbooks - the old standbys (Betty Crocker, etc.) that I got as wedding gifts are beginning to fall apart and I'm bored with them. I have a few others (Rachel Ray, for instance), but I just haven't taken to them. I'm thinking I might try this tactic of library binging on a whole stack so I can find a few to put on my Christmas lists.

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    1. It's not a happy holiday for me if a new cookbook isn't waiting for me under the tree, ha ha :) I highly endorse the library binging!!

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  6. Melissa, I am loving the Danielle Walker series. She cooks Paleo but her recipes are so accessible, especially if you're okay swapping olive oil for coconut oil and peanut butter for cashew butter, et al. I have made lots of her recipes over the last 6 months and they're all solid. Naturally, I pair them with bread and desserts and all sorts of non-Paleo deliciousness!

    xox,

    A.

    imastabile.com

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    1. Oh COOL. I will totally check her stuff out! if you say it, i believe it!

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  7. I haven't checked out any cookbooks in a long time, but I love PBS Create. I made roasted butternut squash with browned butter and hazelnuts, because America's Test Kitchen told me to.

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    1. i'm making some roasted acorn squash right now, D!!! but sadly no browned butter and hazelnuts. that sounds AMAZING!

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