Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cookbook Love

Cookbooks, cookbooks, cookbooks!  Don't you just love cookbooks?  Cookbooks have come a long way over the years.  Today's cookbooks are a feast for the eyes.  Don't you just love flipping through the pages of a beautiful cookbook?  Recently, I got three new cookbooks.

A Look At My Favorite Cookbooks

Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? is the third Ina Garten cookbook I have.  I also have Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics and Barefoot Contessa at Home.  The Barefoot Contessa cookbooks are beautifully photographed and have easy to follow recipes.  I also follow the Barefoot Contessa show on the Food Network to better understand how the recipes are prepared.

Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes will take you on a culinary trip through Italy while sitting in your favorite chair.  Oh, how I dream of traveling through Italy and sampling the regional favorites.  That is one trip that is on my bucket list.  Do you have a bucket list?

Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe will make your mouth water.  It is also chock full of tips for successful baking.  I can't wait to get started on replicating the recipes.  I'll share the results here, so I hope you'll stay tuned.

These new cookbooks join other favorites. 

Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook  has helpful pictures and carefully written recipes. 
Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics has a delicious recipe at every page turn, and Baked has a killer brownie recipe that was voted the best brownie in the United States.  I made the brownies and they were delicious.  I'll tell you more about them another day.

I like to use Post-It note paper to mark the pages of my favorite recipes.  It makes it easy to find the pages.  I also like to make comments on the Post-It to remind me of any tweaks I might make to the recipe.

I've been tweaking the Barefoot Contessa's shrimp scampi recipe as you can see by my notes in the picture.  I'll share that dish with you in a future post.

Do you love cookbooks, too?  Do you have a favorite cookbook I should add to my collection?  Please leave a comment if you have a favorite cookbook suggestion.  I'd love you hear from you.

Happy cookbook reading!  And cooking...and baking...and eating!


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