Sigh. My four day weekend is rapidly coming to a close, but it's been an awesome few days. Basically its consisted of a lot of hanging out with Hubs, blogging, watching mucho television and reading - sooooo wonderful. I've been really trying to make an effort to get back to reading...ever since I was a little kid, I've always loved to read. Every weekend my dad would drop me off at the local library and I'd spend all day there, rummaging through all the books. I actually taught myself how to crochet from books I borrowed from the library! Not that I can remember how now, but that's OK - that was over 30 years ago so whatev. Anyways, with all the busyness that comes with building a career and going through the CGA program, I stopped reading...I'd would mayyybe read one book a year if I was lucky, hence one of my goals for 2010 was to read a book a month. So happy to report I've hit my dozen, and might even make 15 if I'm lucky. Go me!
Anyways, along with my love of "regular" books, I loooooovvvee cookbooks. LOVE.THEM. I actually read them like books, flipping through page by page poring over the recipes and imagining what the recipes taste like. Through the years I've collected close to a hundred...and the collection is growing bigger and bigger each year. Hee hee. Some women collect shoes, I collect cookbooks! I thought I'd share a few of my favourites that are my go-tos, where pretty much everything I've made from them has been a success:
Eat Shrink and Be Merry (Janet and Greta Podleski):
I'd read a lot about this cookbook through one of my favourite internet sites so decided to pick it up - and sooo glad I did....it's awesome. The recipes are easy, use commonly found ingredients and focus on tasting good while being healthy. I would say I've made about half the recipes out of this book and they've all been winners. The second cookbook in the series called Crazyplates has the best manicotta recipe - whenever I've made it, people go crazy.
The Joy of Cooking:
If anyone were to ask the one cookbook that every person should own, this would be it. Lots of how-tos, and the recipes are great. I would imagine they've been tested over and over again to make sure they're good. I made the pasta e fagioli and oxtail soup recently and they were both delish.
The Best of Bridge/The Rest of the Best of Bridge/basically any of the "Bridge" Series:
My go-tos for good, homey stuff that's really tasty...everthing I've made has turned out and the desserts and baked goods are to die for. There is a killer carmelized onion dip that will make you pass out from happiness. Fo' real.
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking (Marcella Hazan):
Definitely a must have if you like Italian cooking - there's lots of instructions and valuable information - it's kind of like the Joy of Cooking for Italian food.
The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook:
I'm a HUGE fan of the America's Test Kitchen/Cooks Illustrated folks...they're all about things tasting good, but a lot of the recipes are kinda high in fat. Liberal use of bacon fat used - and while I love bacon, I don't love the artery clogging effect! I picked up this cookbook recently at Costco and the stuff I've made so far has been really good...without the bacon fat!
Joy of Wokking/Yan Can Cook (Martin Yan):
So who does a little Asian lady turn to when she wants to cook Chinese? My man, Martin Yan. I bought these two cookbooks at a used bookstore and they have pretty much every Cantonese dish known to man in them. I love scouring used bookstores for cookbooks - I always look for really old, out of print cookbooks and have found a few real gems along the way. Ssshhhh...it's our secret now...
Vij's at Home (Vikram Vij):
I've waxed poetic about this already, so I won't go on and on and on again. Buy it. Now.
UPDATE: I just bought the Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? cookbook tonight and I can't decide what to make first. It may make my list of faves soon! Costco always gets the new cookbook releases and the prices are fantastic. Just sayin'.
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