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.