Ten on Tuesday - Cookbooks I swoon over!

March 15, 2011

It's time for Ten on Tuesday! I missed last week but we are back on track!

Cookbooks are so inspiring to me...I love reading the stories of how recipes are created, the steps on how to make something extra delicious (deglazing the pan is one of my favorite tips!), and being inspired to actually COOK my food and not heat up a packaged something or other.

My favorite cookbooks have lots of photos, little vignettes on the recipe's creation, easy step by step directions, and substitutions for hard to find or expensive ingredients...

Without further ado...here are my favorite cookbooks (or soon to be favorite in some cases...)

1. Baked: Explorations and Baked: New Frontiers in Baking - I recently checked out Baked: Explorations from the library and I already love it simply because it has a monkey bread recipe. And it looks delicious.Can't wait to pick up New Frontiers!

2. Pioneer Woman Cooks - No explanation needed. Much love to Ree Drummond.

3. Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day/Healthy Bred in 5 Minutes a Day - I talk about these books all the time. Love it. Life changing. The end.

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And now a few that I love from afar...They are lingering on my wish list and I adore the blogs that inspired them.

4. Urban Pantry - I've heard great things about this cookbook and love its focus on "tips and recipes for a thrifty, sustainable, and seasonal kitchen."

5. Steamy Kitchen Cookbook - Jaden's blog is inspiring and I just discovered that she has a cookbook! I adore Asian food and this looks amazing. Her recipes take all the intimidation out of Asian food and the photos are good enough to eat!

6. Canning & Preserving with Ashley English: All you need to know to make jams, jellies, pickles, chutneys & more - I've already made pickles. Easy and delicious. I'm ready for more! (She also has a whole series of fantastic books!)

7. Jeni's Ice Cream at Home - I swoon and squeal over this ice cream every time I'm in Columbus. And now I will be able to make it at home with my KitchenAid stand mixer ice cream attachment. I can't wait. seriously.

8. Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - Read this blog. Cook her food. You will love it. And then you will be itching for Spring 2012 when the cookbook actually comes out.

9. The Kind Diet - Alicia Silverstone (who I will always love from Clueless) wrote a vegan cookbook. And has done all sorts of other eco-chic stuff. I just picked this up from the library and can't wait to start reading it. Yes, I read cookbooks. Paul thinks it's weird. I know it is.

10. Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution - Jamie Oliver is passionate about teaching people how to eat and cook easy, delicious, healthy food all from scratch.  Our reliance on processed and fast food has made us unhealthy as can be but his passion is inspiring change. A man after my own heart.



Amanda Joy Petersen said...

Popping over from it's a crafty life. I have the artisan bread books and need to give them a try. I want to check out the Food Revolution book. I rely too much on processed foods, plus I need to start making things other than sweets:)

P.S. I read cookbooks and baking books as well

Eco-Chic Katie said...

Amanda - YES! I love sitting down with a hot mug of tea and reading a cookbook. Start to finish. Drooling over recipes...Thanks for sharing! You made me much less strange :)

I have seen quite a few reviews of Artisan Bread books where people are surprised at how easy they are...myself included. The concept is genius. And the smell of freshly baked bread drifting through your home is priceless.

I've tried to stop by "pre-packaged meals" and frozen products but it's a process. The frozen stir fry has saved dinner many a time.

And thanks for stopping by!

Kim said...

I just recently found Smitten Kitchen too, and I am amazed by her blog. Just the pictures alone. Jeesh, talk about inspiring. :-) I watched Jamie Oliver's show when he was trying to reform the meals in public schools, and it was pretty interesting. He got so frustrated by the people though, which made me laugh. Like changing public policy is an easy thing to do, even when it makes sense?? :-) Somehow I never really thought of checking out cookbooks from the library? Silly me! Thanks for linking up.

Ashley Knecht said...

We're thrilled to hear that you loved Urban Pantry! That homemade ice cream book looks delicious too, and maybe a little dangerous to the wasteline! :)

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