Ok, confession, I don’t have a ton of cookbooks, but the ones I have, I LOVE. For me, cookbooks need to have a lot of requirements before they make my bookshelf. I really can’t stand it when the ingredients list is completely not practical or the process takes up way too many dishes or worst of all, the book is lacking in pictures. Isn’t a lot of the appeal of making a new dish how it looks?
Therefore, I’ve compiled a list of my top 3 favorites:
- Nigella Express – This was my first cookbook. Fast, low-maintenance ingredients and a picture of each dish! What more could a girl ask for? Some of my favorite all time dishes to make have been derived from her recipes: Shrimp and Mango Curry, Blackberry Crisp, and Moonblush Tomatoes.
- Everyday Food – Similar to Nigella, but organized by seasons. Isn’t that spectacular? The photos are bright, ingredients are simple, yet these are recipes that I would cook at a dinner party. One of my favorite recipes is indian-spiced chicken burgers.
- Illustrated Cook’s Book of Ingredients – Not quite a cookbook, but still useful nonethless. This book is organized by food group: Seafood, Meats, Vegetables, Fruits, Condiments, etc. with a picture of all of the varieties, instructional sections, and basic recipes. This is really the encyclopedia of food ingredients. I cannot recommend this enough and would make a great gift for anyone who loves food!
On a side note, I’m really excited to get Joy the Baker’s new cookbook soon. You can preview some of the amazing pictures and recipes via amazon, and just looking at the recipe index is making me salivate.
What are your favorite cookbooks?