Fill-up your kitchen’s bookshelves with these key titles in recipe books. (Literature is even better when it tastes good).
I have always been fond of working hard in the kitchen. Before I started developing my own recipes, I often depended on recipe books to get me through my culinary creations. With practice, experimentation and long hours of observation (cooking with friends is always a joyful learning experience), I have become comfortable enough to make things from scratch, free of pre-written recipes.
I’m not saying that I’ve abandoned the idea of recipes entirely. A large part of recipe development involves research, comparing and contrasting, and learning from past mistakes. As a lover of literature, I believe there are recipe books that are key for any home-chef to own.
Here are the recipe books that currently fill my kitchen’s shelves:
Butter Celebrates by Rosie Daykin – If you’re one to go all out for holidays and parties, then Butter Celebrates will be your number one go-to. Full of airy, feminine, pastel-colored photographs, Rosie Daykin’s book has just about every celebration and season covered.
Love and Lemons by Jeanine Donofrio – I’ve been a long-time fan of Jeanine’s delicious blog, so it was only appropriate that I grab her book the moment it hit store shelves. Full of good-for-you meals, The Love and Lemons Cookbook will have you visiting your local farmer’s market on the regular.
A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorisson – This book hits close to home for Joe because he spent a good chunk of his life in France. Our favorite recipe is Mimi’s Parisian Sole. I often turn to this book when I’m stuck on dinner ideas and want a little change for our meals.
I’m looking to grow my collection because there are an endless amount of books that I see as must-haves in the kitchen. One that I am eager to buy is Mastering the Art of French Cooking. In fact, I purchased a beautiful edition for my mother but have yet to purchase one for myself! Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes is also one that I have my eye on, mainly because I love cupcakes just as much as I love Ms. Stewart.
What are your favorite recipe books?