I love lists: cookbook collection

When I first started blogging, I had dreams about food & recipes taking up the majority of my content. I love cooking, meal planning, baking, creating, food photography, and – let’s just be honest – I love eating. As things developed here on This Abundant Life, I found that lifestyle posts were a little more natural for me and I decided to roll with that.


But I haven’t given up hope to share more of my cooking and recipes here. In the meantime, today’s list will introduce you to the cookbooks that I own and use most often. If you need to add to your collection, I really recommend these:

  1. Everyone has heard of this classic: Mastering the Art of Frech Cooking Vol.1 by Julia Child. I remember making her boeuf bourguignon, french onion soup, ratatouille, and caramel custard.
  2. Everyone loves this country girl: The Pioneer Woman Cooks – A Year of Holidays by Ree Drummond. I love making her lasagna, sweet tea, homemade salsa (2 kinds), caramel apple cinnamon rolls, caesar salad, burgundy mushrooms, baked french toast, and TURKEY!
  3. This one is a little more obscure, but by far my most used: Silver Palate Cookbook by Rosso & Lukins. It’s my most used because it’s where I found the best chocolate chip cookie and oatmeal raisin cookie recipes ever. And OH the banana bread!
  4. I was given this cookbook by a friend for my birthday and never heard of the author before, but I am sure glad I own it! Super fun recipes with tons of variey: The Recipe Girl Cookbook by Lori Lange. I still remember how enjoyable her insalata romantica was, as well as her pineapple upside down cake, jalapeno poppers, sweet lemon glazed drumsticks, and bacon brown sugar beans.
  5. Here’s one you know you can trust: The Weeknight Cook by Williams Sonoma. This one makes cooking as simple as it can get. This book yielded the recipe for my famous (to me) apple crumble, a delicious greek salad, tomato basil soup, ziti with pesto & potatoes, and baked rigatoni.
  6. Another staple: The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten. Fresh corn salad, roasted vegetable torte, strawberry scones, guacamole, pecan shortbread, and my ABSOLUTE favorite – perfect roast chicken.
  7. This one was a wedding gift and I have loved it ever since: The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook – The Original Classics by Martha Stewart. Let me just say it – best buttermilk biscuits on the planet. Also, I loved her avocado grapefruit salad and blackberry pie.
  8. Ever heard of Bi-Rite in San Francisco? Well, it’s amazing and you should go to there. I recently picked up this one in a used cookbook store in Pasadena: Bi-Rite Market’s Eat Good Food by Mogannam & Gough. The only thing I’ve made so far is the stone fruit galette and OH. MY. WORD. Get on that right now – I’m serious.
  9. One of the reasons I started a blog is because of Joy the Baker. Naturally, my husband got me a signed copy of her cookbook: Homemade Decadence by Joy Wilson. I really enjoyed her recipe for pumpkin cranberry white chocolate cake cookies and hope to make her peanut butter cream pie for Bret soon.
  10. This last one is my newest addition to my collection: The Lemonade Cookbook by Jackson & Cianciulli. I haven’t tried the recipes just yet but I know I’ll whip up one of their homemade lemonade recipes. I also want to try making one of their famous braises and fresh salads.

That’s a bit of my collection. You should get them for yourself!
What are your favorite cookbooks?

Until next time…tomorrow that is! #write31days #31daysofwriting

xo sarah


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