Comments on: Do I Really Need…All These Cookbooks The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 30 Apr 2016 04:14:58 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sonya Sonya Mon, 06 Jan 2014 07:59:47 +0000 What a fun post and comments! I use all of my books regularly because I have so few:

The America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
Cooking for Two 2009
King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking
The Mixer Bible
Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris
Ben & Jerry’s Icecream and Dessert Book

I also love my collection of free “trial” magazines from Cook’s Illustrated and Cook’s Country magazines (15 or so), and I also have a binder with online recipes. I have about 2700 recipes and my goal is to try most of the recipes. It took me five years to get through about half so I figure another five years. I don’t want any new cookbooks because I really want to cook my way through mine. Strange, but I think I can do it because I cook a LOT. :)

By: Chris Chris Tue, 16 Jul 2013 02:28:05 +0000 The Silver Spoon is awesome. Incredibly varied, easy to get (or modify) ingredients, simple cooking, and best of all, delicious!

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By: Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger Justine @ The Lone Home Ranger Fri, 26 Oct 2012 22:31:11 +0000 You and I are kindred spirits! I agree with your selections, and there are a few I just added to my library list thanks to you. A few days ago I wrote my own list of 10 cookbooks I love. If I had to narrow that list down to 5, it would have to be:
The Best Recipes in the World by Mark Bittman
Essential Pepin by Jacques Pepin
Local Flavors by Deborah Madison
The Beekman 1802 Cookbook by The Fabulous Beekman Boys
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten

Thanks for sharing!

By: Karen P. Karen P. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 07:26:03 +0000 I love Ina Garten’s Barefoot in Paris and Martin Yan’s Quick and Easy. Thanks for the recommendations. Can’t wait to check them out.

By: Amy Amy Thu, 25 Oct 2012 03:31:37 +0000 I have a weakness when it comes to cook books. It is really hard to pick just five, but here goes…

The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters
The Silver Spoon
Quick and Easy Indian Cooking by Madhur Jeffrey
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child

By: Amy Amy Thu, 25 Oct 2012 03:23:58 +0000 You really should give The Silver Spoon a try. It’s basically the Italian version of the Joy of Cooking. The recipes are simple, easy to follow and full of flavor. It reminds me of the food my Italian grandmother taught me to make. I know you will love it!

By: Shawna Greenway - Brush Dance Shawna Greenway - Brush Dance Wed, 24 Oct 2012 23:34:31 +0000 My top 5 that I cannot possibly live without:

Joy of Cooking

Art of Mexican Cooking – Diana Kennedy

Mastering the Art of French Cooking – Julia Childs

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking – Marcella Hazan

The Pie and Pastry Bible – Rose Levy Beranbaum

But I’m also addicted to Rick Bayless, Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver. The green curry recipe in Jamie’s Naked Chef book is a family favorite that I probably make about 5 times a month. I have it memorized by now.

By: marilee pittman marilee pittman Wed, 24 Oct 2012 19:14:28 +0000 Great question! my five would be:
The Silver Palate
Joy of Cooking
The Canadian Living Cookbook
Madhur Jeffrey’s Quick and Easy Indian Cooking
The Land O Lakes Cookbook

By: jHill jHill Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:39:31 +0000 i LOVE that your stepmom keeps Bitman’s book in her car.

By: Tricia Tricia Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:37:18 +0000 You will love it! Things you never would have thought of as everyday dishes will become part of your weekly repetoire!

By: Lynn Lynn Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:25:36 +0000 Will all due respect, I could never just have 5 cookbooks. Sure I probably only use 3 or 4 as my go tos for recipes in a pinch but that’s not why I bought them in the first place. I bought them because those gorgeous photographs are every bit as delicious as the actual meals. Because all of those local church groups & women’s auxillary cookbooks tell a story of the time and place those recipes were compiled. Because they create a sense of hominess & comfort. Because they remind me of my favorite aunt and the wonderful things that woman can make on a stove & in an over. Because they make me believe that I really can cook anything if I try….To me cookbooks are worth so much more than the space they take up on my shelf.

By: Emily Emily Wed, 24 Oct 2012 09:34:34 +0000 Donna Hay is a staple here in Australia – everyone I know has at least one of her cookbooks, or her magazines, or even her ipad app! And she puts out a yearly kids issue which has the most gorgeous birthday parties with EASY recipes.
I would also cook from one of Bill Grainger’s cookbooks at least once a week – again with the EASY recipes! But always delish!
I stopped buying food magazines when the website started, which collates a lot of the recipes into one place. Now I have lots of pieces of paper with recipes, as well as lots of books with recipes!

By: Regina Regina Wed, 24 Oct 2012 04:57:33 +0000 I should check out New Food Fast!

I’ve been cooking out of toddler cookbooks at lot lately: Weelicious (she has a website!), and Annabelle Karmel. Adult food is usually inspired by Jamie Oliver, Joy of Cooking, or whatever google turns up.

I’m also guilty of having too many cookbooks that I don’t cook out of. But I enjoy reading cookbooks, I’ve come to consider them as reading material, and not necessarily an instructional book :)

By: julie julie Wed, 24 Oct 2012 03:15:01 +0000 love this post and all the great recommendations in the comments! my family is asian, and we also recently moved to beijing, so i’ve been reading a lot of asian cookbooks. i love everything by andrea nguyen — her latest tofu cookbook is wonderful! also love everything by naomi duguid — her books are big and heavy, full of photos, coffee-table type books, and they are gorgeous. they are both cookbooks and travel photo books. lastly, i adore james oseland’s (of saveur) cradle of flavor.

By: Karina Hotard Karina Hotard Wed, 24 Oct 2012 01:38:37 +0000 I’m a Jacques Pepin kinda girl, can’t get rid of his cookbooks. The great thing about them? I do actually use them. His recipes are surprisingly simple to follow and oh so yummy!

By: dervla @ The Curator dervla @ The Curator Wed, 24 Oct 2012 01:38:17 +0000 Because i read so many cooking blogs, i rarely feel the need to buy a cookbook and if i do, now it’s because I feel connected to that blogger and want to own an extension of the blog. I also work at a cookbook publisher so am surrounded by gorgeous books all day. But of the ones I own, I’m turning to Dinner A Love Story more frequently these days and am also excited about cooking from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook as well as What Katie Ate and The Sprouted Kitchen. I’m also pinning that chicken curry sweet potato recipe, sounds amazing.

By: Wendy Wendy Tue, 23 Oct 2012 22:11:26 +0000 Dinner A Love Story and Time for Dinner are my current faves. Also Real Simple magazine regularly has great, quick, healthy recipes. Thank you for the new books to add to my wish list!!

By: Corinne Corinne Tue, 23 Oct 2012 20:29:10 +0000 I am excited to try your suggestions! I’ve been needing some fast and good. :)

I was a horrible cook when I got married. Then I simultaneously discovered Alton Brown of Good Eats and Cooks Illustrated. I love the science of food, which helped me understand cooking better. I feel like the Cooks Illustrated books (America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook being our go-to) taught me how to cook well. Their instructions are so explicit, well-explained and tested. That said, some of their recipes are a bit too involved for every day!