I really love browsing through cookbooks and recipes and all that other good house stuff, but the options are endless sometimes – how do you know which ones you’ll want to keep for years? Here’s just a handful that I’ve been loving!
Baking Illustrated – From Cooks Illustrated
I LOVE this book. I use it all the time, for pie, cookies, bread, anything. I haven’t tried a recipe that didn’t turn out well, and I love that it has picture instructions for the different techniques. There’s even a section that helps explain common mistakes people make and how to fix them, like making fluffy banana bread instead of dense!
The Food Lab – J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
This was actually a choice by my husband – he doesn’t enjoy using recipes very much and more just relies on taste and smell to cook something (which luckily for him works out most of the time), but this book dives into the science behind the cooking process and uses that to explain how you can make the best food, no matter what your taste. Don’t be scared of the “science” though, Kenji writes in such a relatable and funny way that you’ll be cracking up and hungry!
The Curious Bartender – Tristan Stephenson
We received this as a wedding present, and although we don’t pull it out all the time, it came in handy for our create-your-own cocktail party! It gives the recipes but also explains techniques so you can try your own cocktails.
Dinner: A Love Story – Jenny Rosenstarch
This one not only has some delicious recipes in it, it’s a great one to keep for years and years. Each section centers around a different stage of the author’s life, when she was making dinner with just her and her husband, entertaining friends, to when their kids were young and she had to figure out healthy meals for picky eaters! It will be fun to revisit new sections of the cookbook.
Household Skills and Tips – From Expert Companions
This isn’t a cookbook, but it does include tips for storing types of food and some basic pantry needs. It also is just a very handy tool. I learned how to fold a fitted sheet from it!
What are some of your favorite cookbooks or helpful books in your kitchen?
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