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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My 13 Favorite Cookbooks

Hi, my name is Kate and I am a certified cookbook junkie! I have never met a cookbook I did not like.

Although I rarely follow a cookbook for my actual cooking, I read them like novels. Need ideas of what to get me for my birthday or Christmas? A cookbook would be perfect! I use cookbooks for inspiration and new ideas. I use them to study what flavor combinations are repeated over and over again so that I know what to try in my kitchen. And now, I use them to examine the pictures - the angle, the lighting, the plating. (Hopefully some day I'll actually know what I'm doing when photographing food. It's kind of important when you write a food blog.)

Anyhow, here are 13 of my favorite cookbooks, the ones I go back to time and time again.
  1. Rachel Ray 365: No Repeats
  2. The Taste of Home Cookbook
  3. Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home
  4. Emeril's TV Dinners
  5. The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
  6. Joy of Cooking
  7. Silver Palate Cookbook
  8. The New Basics Cookbook
  9. More With Less
  10. Mom and Me Cookbook
  11. Southern Living
  12. The Whole Food's Market Cookbook
  13. Quick Fix Meals
Don't forget to stop by Happy to Be At Home for more Thursday {Thirteen}.


JessieLeigh said...

I do the same thing with my cookbooks! I get general ideas, but then I pretty much always fly solo when actually cooking.

I love Rachael Ray's cookbooks. I remember I received the 365: No
Repeats for Christmas the year my daughter was born and I used to pore over the recipes while pumping. Ah, memories... :)

Sonshine said...

going to have to see about getting a few of these from the library to check out! :)

My favorites are the Taste of Home Quick Cooking Annual Recipes books! :)

Sherry said...

LOL! You freely admit that, huh?! I'm one, too. Is there a recovery program for that? :D

I'm going to have to check out some of those cookbooks. I love TOH and Southern Living ones.

Melissa said...

I'm like you I like cookbooks to. It's fun to hear the one's that other people go back to also. Your recipes always make my hungry they look and sound so good!

Bevy said...

You sound like you read my post titled, "DUMP", from the other day...about "Reading cookbooks but not using them". haha

I enjoy reading and learning from your blog. Thanks!

Amy @ Finer Things said...

I don't have ANY of those! In fact, all but one of mine are church or other local fundraiser cookbooks. Maybe that's why I'm always cookin' Kansas food!

The Mangerchine's said...

I'm an avid cookbook reader, but now follower as well and have quite a collection! I have a few of those, but will have to check out the rest. I've heard good things about the More with Less but can't find it at any local stores, it's a little more pricey than the average cookbook to order from Amazon when I've looked at it there. Is it worth the purchase? I'm currently reading her Living More with Less book now and really enjoying that!


Michelle said...


"How to Cook Everything!" Mark Bittman. Amazing.

Better Homes and Gardens was my first cookbook and is very worn and loved.

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