A few weeks ago when I was baking pies with Joy the Baker, saying that will probably never ever get old, I realized that I have a mild obsession with cookbooks... this came when we were discussing what books we were currently reading. I was stopped in my tracks, um, none? Then it hit me. I wasn't NOT reading. I was just reading cookbooks as opposed to literature.
I have briefly touched on this before, about how I read cookbooks like real books. Then I realized it is largely because a lot of great bloggers have become cookbook authors, and that lends to their books reading like a story. That theory was reinforced when I received Molly Yeh's new cookbook "Molly on the Range" for Christmas. Her book is true literature. It is so much more than a cookbook. It is a memoire, a living memoire!
When I was telling my mom about Molly's cookbook she said, "That's what you want to do, isn't it?" Yes. Yes, it is. I would love to take my love of food and drinks and life and coffee and travel and translate it to this blog so seamlessly that it could become a story worthy of reading between a hard cover. With all of this love of cooking and cook books and stories in mind, I would like to share with you a few of my favorites!
"Homemade Decadence" by Joy Wilson. No surprise that this one is on the list. It is Joy's most recent cookbook and covers brunch dishes and cookies and ice cream and cakes... from basics all the way to the most intricate of yummies! One of my favorite recipes would be the brown butter, lemon, and honey cupcakes. Yes, they are as amazing as they sound. I have made them a few times now, and these tiny heavenly cakes do NOT disappoint. Find a neighbor with a meyer lemon tree and go ham on those bad boys.
"Molly on the Range" by Molly Yeh. Now, this cookbook has been in my library for all of 17 days BUT it's already life changing. I haven't made any of the recipes from the book cause I've been recovering from pneumonia... but I have made the tahini buttercream oreos from her blog no less than half a dozen times. Each time slightly better than the last. In her book she explains her love for tahini and why is pops up throughout all of her recipes. Read it. Bake from it. Cook from it. You won't regret it.
"One Pot" by Martha Stewart. Every mom needs this book. It is awesome. I make the sausage and sweet potato soup just about every other week in the winter time. Plus the turkey biscuit bake is divine! This could revive weeknight dinner. Trust me.
"EveryDayCook" by Alton Brown. This book is just fun. I bought it during KidneyStoneGate of 2016, and it's so intriguing. I'll be honest, I haven't cooked out of it yet, but that has more to do with being a busy season of work and life and holidays and less to do with the approachability of this book. I even have a pressure cooker now cause it is on his tools for the kitchen list... Pho will happen in my kitchen and SOON!
I have 4-5 other go to cookbooks, but I can't give all my tricks away at once! What are your favorite cookbooks to read and cook from?! What books am I missing from my short list?!