Sometimes I find it difficult to get rid of things that others find useless. Does that make me a hoarder?
My move last week opened my eyes up to the amount of junk in my life. In attempt to rectify this, I set guidelines for myself while packing and if something hadn’t been used – or worse, hadn’t been thought of – in the past year, it was gone. So, while my box of Halloween costumes from college and my pile of dresses that might someday fit me were given away, my collection of cookbooks came with me to my new home!
I’ve always loved great photography and great food so collecting cookbooks seemed like a natural fit. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to explore cultural boundaries and get inspired from more advanced chefs.
What are your favorite cookbooks? Here are my thoughts on a couple of mine:
by: Michael Symon
My boyfriend and I don’t agree on much when it comes to television but we discovered years ago that Food Network was more often than not a safe choice. We have our favorites when it comes to Food Network’s club of celebrity chefs and at the top of that list is Michael Symon. I bought this book on a whim because the idea of maximizing a limited number of ingredients is one that immediately appealed to the thrifty shopper in me. Also because there was a giant picture of Michael on the cover.
Perfect for: someone who eats a lot of meat and likes simple but tasty recipes
Favorite dishes: frittata, peanut chicken skewers
by: Mary Rolph Lamontagne
In the realm of all things food and cooking, there is no one I look up to quite as much as my mother. A few years ago, she published her first cookbook and it quickly became one of my favorites. From the colorful photography to the familiar flavors and the personal anecdotes mixed in among the cooking tips, this book reminds me of home. For someone like me who doesn’t make it home as often as I’d like, this is wonderfully comforting.
Perfect for: someone who hates leftovers but can’t seem to get around having them
Favorite dishes: zucchini bread, eggplant curry
by: Ashley Rodriguez
I’m someone who is constantly guilty of buying books for their covers but in this case, I am so glad I did! Ashley is all about cooking with intention and purpose, something I immediately loved when reading through her cookbook. The charming and inviting cover is indicative of the rest of the book, which weaves a story of love and food through recipes and beautiful dishes.
Perfect for: someone who likes cooking for occasions and doesn’t mind putting in a little more time for the right menu
Favorite dishes: spring green salad with creamy shallot vinaigrette, crostini with ricotta prosciutto and peas