I like cookbooks that inspire me, I have a few trusted ones that I go to repeatedly, including one that a close family friend made me when I got married. It is perfect, a collection of all her favorite recipes, that she compiled for me knowing I was new to the kitchen. I love that cookbook and go to it for many of my regular recipes, but often I want to venture off the path of comfortable. Here are three cookbooks that I have recently used. These cookbooks have inspired me to be and do more for my family in the kitchen
Earthbound Cook, by Myra Goodman
This book is full of whole food recipes for families. I love how it inspires me to use more vegetables and educates me on how to create full-protiens out of not-meat sources. Unfortunately, my kids like comfortable food (you know the recipe you make 2-3 times a month) so we haven’t made too many of the recipes. When I think that we are in a repetitive dietary rut or that the kids aren’t eating the right balance of foods I browse through this cookbook for ideas.
Gifts Cooks Love, by Diane Morgan
Can I say yummy! This book is full of some brilliant gift ideas from your kitchen to others! It has inspired me to make my very own vanilla extract – I only have to wait another month or two for the extract to age and me to test it before you get to read a post about our experiences. I also have all the ingredients waiting for me to try making toasted coconut marshmallows – they sound absolutely scrumptious. If you are a cook and a friend, get this book and make me something!
This book doens’t really inspire me… but boy you should have been here when the kids unwrapped the package. Their eyes were saucers! They have been drooling over the more than 70 different cookie recipes, not including variations of each recipe. There are probably 200 different cookies in here, if not more! I definitely see some cookie making in my future.
What cookbooks have inspired you? Tell me about them.
Many thanks to Andrews McMeel Publishing and Media Masters for sending me copies of these cookbooks.