It’s no secret that I love cooking. I have enjoyed it all my life, and I am lucky I found a guy that loves being my guinea pig when I try new recipes. Most of the time I have a meal in mind and I will just search the internet for something that fits with the ingredients I already have in the house. But on special occasions, or when I am feeling inspired, I will pick a favourite book from the shelf and whip up something special. I finally got around to cleaning out a cupboard in the kitchen, so that I can have easier access to them (they were on a bookcase in the basement, and I say easier access, because it’s the cupboard above the stove vent, and I have to get a step stool out to reach them).
One of my favourite shows is Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag. I love these two, I loved them when they did their original show “The Shopping Bags”, I loved their fashion show “Anna and Kristina’s Beauty Call”, and their newest show “Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag” is my very favourite. All their shows review products, and that is something very dear to my heart. I love hearing people’s reviews of products, but a show that reviews nothing but cookbooks and the occasional kitchen gadget, especially when hosted by these two; it doesn’t get any better than that for me!
And since yesterday had me moving stuff around in my cupboards to make room for my beloved cookbooks, I thought I would write about a few of my favourites:
Joy of Cooking – Everyone needs this cookbook, even if you know how to cook. It is full of really great recipes, for just about any dish you can imagine, plus it is an encyclopedia. It tells you everything you need to know, about anything food related: cuts of beef, how to boil an egg, even high altitude baking. It is our go to book for just about everything.
Cook with Jamie – My love for Jamie Oliver runs deep. I’ve loved him since his naked chef days! The one must on my wedding registry was my set of Jamie Oliver T-fal pots! I have several of his cook books, but my favourite is this one. It has basic recipes, and fancier ones, but all are fairly simple to put together, and very delicious.
Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home by Nigella Lawson – Who doesn’t love Nigella? The lady has a small fridge as a bedside table for midnight snacks! Again, I’ve loved her since her early TV days, and I have several of her books. This one I received last year as a Christmas gift, and I jumped right into it and made two recipes that week for my extended family. They were hits, and have now become regulars in our house. I really enjoy sitting down and reading her cook books. Yup you read that right. Each recipe has a little story, and man can she write. She is funny, and lovely, and isn’t afraid to use full fat ingredients when they are needed (like in desserts!).
The Complete Canadian Living Baking Book – Canadian Living is a staple in our house too. The magazine is wonderful, so is the website, but their cookbooks, they are beautiful. This book’s cover is turquoise, but when you take the sleeve off it’s orange. So unexpected! The pictures of the desserts make you want to bake every single one right that second. I have made several of these recipes, and they are all delicious!
Ok, I realize these reviews aren’t the most explanatory, and I’m sure they aren’t very convincing either. Oh well, it’s not like I’m trying to get you to buy them. I’d love to hear about your favourite cookbooks.