I thought it might be fun to share some of the cookbooks I’m currently loving. I actually had this post on my “to do” list for a couple of weeks, but was inspired by this post about favorite cookbooks at Inchmark and decided to share my favorites with you without delay!
I should say, that I think these cookbooks are a reflection of where we are right now as a family. We won’t be making baby food forever and it’s likely that we’ll move past the Star Wars cook book for inspiration. I’ve also gotten interested in canning recently, so depending on whether or not that infatuation continues my favorite cookbooks will likely change.
Super Baby Food : Ruth Yaron
This is my go to book for making baby food. It also has recipes for toddlers and even includes ideas for homemade gifts, arts and crafts and toys.
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving : Judi Kingry & Lauren Devine
This book appears to be the end all and be all of home canning recipes. Its got everything from your basic jam to chili sauces and even pear pickles. There isn’t a picture for each recipe, but the pictures included are beautiful and the instructions are plain and easy to follow.
Wookie Cookies: A Star Wars Cookbook : Robin Davis
I got this cookbook for my husband one Christmas and much to my surprise we’ve actually used it! Perhaps it’s obvious, but the recipes are all Star Wars themed — so far we’ve made the Yoda Soda and the Oola-la French Toast. This really is a great cookbook to use with kids as instructions are given with an eye toward what a child is able to do. I’m excited to try the R2-D2 treats (made with kit kat bars and a banana to look like R2-D2)!
How Easy is That?: Fabulous Recipes & Easy Tips : Ina Garten
This book and the next are simply eye candy. The book and pictures are just beautiful. I really like Ina Garten’s TV show and received this cook book as a Christmas present. The book is sprinkled throughout with her tips. For the most part the recipes seem very accessible. I’m going to try her spaghetti aglio e olio this weekend (just basically spaghetti tossed with olive oil, herbs, and Parmesan cheese!)
If you’re like me and sit around and read cook books like they are novels — this is one you won’t want to miss. The book is divided up into 22 sections from rustic breads to pies and pastries. There is even a special section for wedding cakes. A really nice feature is that the book is sprinkled with “Test Kitchen Tips” which offer helpful tidbits for completing the recipe.
Chewy, Gooey, Crispy, Crunchy: Melt-In-Your Mouth Cookies by : Alice Medrich
One word — yummy! This book is all about cookies. It was a stroke of real genius to divide up the book into sections based on cookie texture. The recipes here range from simple to more involved. I highly recommend the fruit and nut bars. Not all the recipes are photographed, but the ones that are are just beautiful.
So that’s my list.
What are some of your favorite cookbooks?