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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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