I love cookbooks- they are mini vacations. In fact, while traveling I try to buy a regional cookbook as my trip souvenir. I love to read about how someone discovered the joy of food, different ways to cook and new ingredients or twists on old standards. Here are some of my favorite cookbooks.
The Irish Seaweed Kitchen is my all time favorite cookbook. I began my seaweed journey because I was looking for a natural solution to a chronically itchy scalp and seaweed gives me lasting relief. But then I wanted to know all about seaweed. Prannie Rhatigan’s book really opened my eyes and the photos are stunning. She covers everything seaweed from starters, to main dishes but for me the revelation of using seaweeds in baked goods, especially paired with chocolates really changed my baking. My book is well loved now and as familiar as an old friend.
A newer book I really like is The CSA Cookbook- “No-waste recipes for cooking your way through a community supported agriculture box, farmer’s market or backyard bounty.” There are so many recipes that tell you to “save the stems for another use” and you have no idea what the other use is. Well, author Linda Ly has recipes for “other uses”. How about kale stem pesto? Or chard stalk humus? The most interesting use of ingredients has to be using tomato leaves in pesto and sauce. According to Linda, the leaves, “add another dimension, making it richer, more fragrant and more tomato-y” I can’t wait to start experimenting.
A great book for busy cooks is Food That Works. Author Malia Dell has put together a comprehensive guide for busy people who want to eat good food and cut down on take out meals. “Food That Works is a cookbook-guidebook hybrid that eases you into eating more meals from home and fewer meals out. It provides you with weekly meal plans to fill your calendar with wholesome, fresh dishes you already know and love (burgers, tacos, chili, BBQ chicken, and so on). “ Have you ever seen the meals in jars with beautiful layers? Well, this cookbook will explain the method and before you know it you will be eating good food and feeling better.
My old favorite is The Settlement Cookbook- it has lasted longer than my marriage. My sister gave it to me over 30 years ago. It is so loved and my favorite page- brownies is covered with chocolate smears.
Do you have a favorite cookbook?