There is something incredibly admirable about creating an entire book of recipes which have been carefully curated and diligently tested. A cookbook is a tremendous accomplishment for a chef or baker. I can’t imagine creating my own, so I leave it up to the experts to cultivate fantastic recipes and share them with us commonfolk.
Here are a few of my favorites over the past couple of years. They’ve challenged me in my own cooking and helped me to become more confident in the kitchen. My brother-in-law bought me “The Food Lab” for Christmas a couple years back, and it’s been a great resource for understanding the science behind cooking. Some of the newest additions to my collection have been the “Newlywed Cookbook,” “Magnolia Table: Volume 2,” and “Baking with Mary Berry.” “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is a great intro into gourmet cooking. The Pioneer Woman’s “Come and Get It” is full of family favorite recipes that are sure to please any crowd. Not to mention her step-by-step instructions with pictures make each recipe almost fool-proof. If you’re looking for healthy, nutritious recipes, “Eat Beautiful,” “Skinnytaste,” and “The Clean Plate” are two great options.
Let it be known, I’m still very much a novice chef. I’m constantly learning and honing my craft in the kitchen. I learned a lot from my grandmother and mother about the basics of cooking growing up, but there are still many recipes and foods that overwhelm me. I know, I know, and I call myself a food and lifestyle blogger. However, these cookbooks have been safe places for me to explore the art of cooking. And I hope you find them to be just as valuable and insightful in your own cooking journey.
row one: ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR
row two: FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT
row three: NINE | TEN | ELEVEN | TWELVE
row four: THIRTEEN | FOURTEEN | FIFTEEN
Here are a few cookbooks that are on my wishlist!
With time, I hope to make these a part of my cookbook collection.