Gorgeous Spring Cookbooks, Part I

favorite cookbooks spring 2011

You many not realize it (I didn’t know it until I started writing about food), but the arrival of new cookbooks is a seasonal event. They tend to come out in large clusters in the early spring (in time for the peak summer season) and in the fall (so that you have new ones to choose from for holiday giving). So far, this season’s crop of books is just gorgeous. In fact, so many lovely ones have crossed my path recently that I’m splitting them up into two posts, so that this doesn’t turn into an epic.

The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches

Having grown up in Southern California and Portland, OR, I partial to that variety of sandwich that is hard to find off the west coast. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about. It is made on either sourdough or whole grain bread and includes very thinly sliced red onion, sprouts, cucumbers, avocado, lettuce, shredded carrots, a smear of mustard, a bit of cheese and, if you’re me, a few slices of turkey breast.

Though we don’t lack for sandwiches in Philadelphia (it’s the homeland of the cheesesteak, after all), it’s hard to find ones made in that hippie, crunchy west coast style. However, with the help of The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches I’m working to broaden my sandwich horizons. Written by Susan Russo and photographed by Matt Armendariz, this book is gorgeous and is sure to induce hunger pangs. I think someone should do a cook-through blog of this book (and invite me to share in some of the sandwich bounty. *I do realize that sandwiches don’t have a whole lot to do with canning, but the book is just so pretty that I couldn’t resist including it in this stack.

How to Cook Indian

A few weeks ago, someone asked a question on the Food in Jars Facebook page, wondering if there was a good source for ethnic canning recipes. At the time, I didn’t have a good answer for her. That was before How to Cook Indian showed up on my doorstep. If you’re in search of recipes that can guide you through a world of Indian recipes, including wide assortment of chutneys and pickles, this is a fantastic book. I will warn you that not many of these recipes can be water bath canned, but many will keep in the fridge for a nice, long time. For more on Indian pickles, I also recommend checking out some of the posts that the Tigress has written on the subject.

Tart and Sweet

Hooray! A new canning book! Tart and Sweet is a lovely book written by Kelly Geary and Jessie Knadler and I’m so delighted to add it to my preserving library. I think one of the things that you guys are going to love about this book is that when a recipe needs pectin, it calls for Pomona’s Pectin. I don’t know of any other book that references that particular pectin and so will be a great confidence boost for those of you who are just starting out using it (oops, I’m hearing in the comments that Put ’em Up also includes instructions for Pomona’s Pectin. I had forgotten that). But don’t think that this is just a jam book, it also includes a variety of pickles, preserved fruits and other amazing sounding compotes. I’m really looking forward to making a few of the recipes from this volume.


Have you ever found yourself tempted to buy a jug of goat milk in a natural foods store? If the thing holding you back is a fear that you wouldn’t know how to best use it, then Goat: Meat, Milk, Cheese is for you. Written by prolific cookbook duo Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, this is a beautifully photographed and appealingly penned volume. It has me itching to leap up from my chair and make the cajeta on page 148.

Super Natural Every Day

I have been reading Heidi Swanson’s 101 Cookbooks for more than six years now. It was one of the first blogs I followed and has always been a source of great inspiration for me. When Super Natural Cooking came out, I wasted no time in ordering a copy. It has been a beloved volume in my kitchen and when I heard she was she was working on a new book, I had no doubt that it wouldn’t be similarly wonderful. Having now had my hands on a copy for a couple of weeks, my hunch has been born out. Super Natural Every Day, is a fantastic book. It is bursting with bright, healthy, accessible food that I can’t wait to eat. With Easter coming up, I’m definitely going to make the Hard-Cooked Eggs with Dukkah on page 106 very, very soon.

One-Block Feast

As a native west coaster, I am ordained by birth to love Sunset Magazine. My mom subscribed to it when I was a kid and over the years, I’ve build up quite an archive of vintage cookbooks published by the Sunset empire (Cooking Bold and Fearless, for instances). The One-Block Feast is the latest volume to issue forth from Sunset and is dedicated to food editor Margo True’s project – to produce delicious meals only using the foods grown in the yard at Sunset HQ. I followed much of the project last year via their blog and loved both the concept and the execution.

What makes this book so fabulous is that it isn’t just documenting the process. It gets into the nitty gritty and gives readers the tools to tackle all the same projects as the One-Block team took on. And while I don’t have the space for chickens, I plan on using the guidelines offered here to finally turn some of the crappy wine I have squirreled away into useful vinegar.

River Cottage Every Day

There are some cookbooks that are clearly designed to be used regularly and there are some that are more aspirational in natural. While I am totally smitten by River Cottage Every Day, I’m a bit afraid that it falls more into the aspirational category than the regular utility one for me (remember, this is just my opinion. Cooking styles vary widely, so it might work differently in your life). That’s not to say that there aren’t a few recipes I will try (hello Cauliflower Cheese on page 322), but many of the recipes are too far outside of my culinary dialect for daily use.

All that said, I don’t actually think there’s anything wrong with an aspirational book. This volume has rapidly become my go-to escapist fare, the thing I turn to when the pressures of my regular life get a bit intense and I just want to imagine a life lived in the English countryside, where gooseberries grow like weeds and there’s always time for a four hour braise. But it’s not going to be as useful as the Every Day title implies.


You don’t have to be a country girl (or boy) to want to crawl right inside the pages of Heartland. Written by Judith Fertig, this huge book is appropriate for both coffee table displaying and trips to the kitchen. It offers good reminders that the artisanal food revolution isn’t just happening along the coasts. I am desperate to make the Popcorn with Smoked Gouda on page 120.

The Complete Kitchen Garden

The Complete Kitchen Garden is a book that does just what it says it’s going to do. It walks you through the steps necessary to plant and maintain a thriving garden and then shows you what to do with your bounty. However, if you’re like me and don’t have any outdoor space, don’t write this one off. It also contains 100 recipes that are the perfect thing for those heady days of mid-summer and early fall. I am already looking forward to making the Roasted Fall Vegetable Tart on page 118.

Now, because no cookbook post would be complete without a giveaway, here’s the deal. I have one copy of the The Complete Kitchen Garden to give away to a lucky reader. Leave a comment and tell me what your current favorite cookbook is by Monday, April 11 at 11:59 p.m. I’ll close the comments at that time and use random.org to select a winner.

And now, the disclaimers. All books included in this post were sent to me as free review copies. However, I chose which books to include in this round-up and all opinions expressed herein are mine. The links embedded in this post are Amazon affiliate links. I earn a few pennies each time you click, which occasionally adds up to enough money to buy a few new jars. If you click through and buy something, I earn a tiny bit more, which gets invested in produce, vinegar and sugar (we’re living high around here!) If clicking these links makes you feel squidgy, feel free to skip ’em and find the books another way. Thanks!

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295 responses to “Gorgeous Spring Cookbooks, Part I”

  1. What a great giveaway! This was the book I was most interested to hear about! Hmm…my favorite cookbook…I’m going to say America’s Test Kitchen Family cookbook. It is great for reference…and almost always has what I’m looking for. Soon enough it will be replaced with one of my canning books though…I plan on doing much more canning this summer. Starting with good ol’ strawberry jam!

  2. Wow! This looks amazing! The closest thing I have is the Ball book, which has been a great start for me canning and preserving. I just planted peppers, eggplant, cults and cilantro today in out community garden!

  3. alice water’s the art of simple food is probably one of my favorite cookbooks and the one i go back to over and over. yay cookbooks!

  4. Currently, How Easy Is That? by Ina Garten is my favorite, but I love all cookbooks equally – they’re all about food aren’t they?? 🙂

  5. Loving all these! I need to get my hands on How to Cook Indian for my brother, he’d flip for it. My current favorite book is Canning for a New Generation which I got as a late Christmas present and am still reading. Lovely pictures and recipes that make me drool. <3

  6. I didn’t grow up on the west coast, (Louisiana was home most of my life) but I do have a love for vintage Sunset cookbooks and how-to books. They are the one thing I can never say no to at Garage sales and thrift stores!

  7. I too love Heidi’s 101, she inspires me to eat healthier and her photos are gorgeous. My favorite cookbook right now is The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet Preserves because I have had a plethora of Meyer’s lemons this winter. Between you and Linda I have been motivated…and getting 4 cases of pint jars for xmas from my bro’ helped too!

  8. So far this month I have canned Strawberry jelly and today chicken I got on sale. I don’t have a favorite cook book. I look through all the ones I have on a regular basis. If I had to pick one though it would be a local church one. Put out by the ladies of the church. Its old and ragged. But when I look through it I see names of people that have passed on years ago. Sad but comforting to.

  9. I am all over that goat book! We have a pair of does that we’ll breed in the fall and hopefully we’ll have loads of lovely milk the following spring. I don’t really have a current favorite cookbook (all of mine are so old), the past few days I’ve been trying recipes on blogs! Mighty Cheese crackers and blood orange marmalade!!

  10. Currently I prefer to find recipes on the internet, through blogs just like this one. Dinner tonight, for example, was my version of breakfast pizza from smitten kitchen.

  11. I have added the Kitchen Garden and Super Natural cookbooks to my wish list! My staple cookbook is currently America’s Test Kitchen Family — but one of my favorites for more local/specialized cooking is The New California Cook by Diane Rossen Worthington.

  12. I love and adore my Jamie Oliver 30 minute meals book, it’s the only one out permanently on the counter. Though I do often turn to the massive blue Australian womens weekly book when I fancy something new 🙂

  13. Hands down, I’m loving Flour. Everything I’ve baked from its pages is a whole mouthful of yumminess.

  14. My most recent favorite cookbook, The SoNo Baking Book. My gosh, beautiful desserts, breads, savories. So far, everything I’ve tried has been A-1 perfect. Yum! Yum!
    Have a great summer and keep on cookin’

  15. lately I’ve been trying new recipes from favorite blogs, I’ve also started looking for new canning books so thanks for the recommendation!

  16. I got my copy of super natural every day in the mail last week and I’m SO EXCITED to cook out of it! everything looks so delicious!

  17. I would say the good old ball blue book is my favorite food book at the moment. The beet and dilly beans are so great out of that book. Although, I tried the dill pickle and we decided we like a spicier, less sweet version…maybe something with more garlic? :)Last summer was my first year canning…and I’m SO hooked.

  18. “Bones: Recipes, History & Lore” by Jennifer McLagan. There’s a lot to love about this book. All of the recipes involve cooking meat/game/poultry/fish on the bone. There are little stories and anecdotes about bones throughout, making it a fun read. Also, this book is the perfect size with both toothy paper and glossy photos.

  19. I’m currently working my way through Dorie Greenspan’s cookbook. Brings me back to my student days in France!

  20. Delia’s Vegetarian Collection by Delusion Smith has been a favourite of mine for sometime now. Full of inspirational everyday recipes Xx

  21. I am a Kim O’Donnel devotee; my favorite cookbook at the moment is “The Meat Lover’s Meatless Cookbook.” That being said, our CSA is not running this year and the husband wants us to try our hands at a garden…

  22. I love reading cookbooks and learning new ideas! I think my favorite cookbook is one that my town made back in 1976 A Bicentennial cookbook which is 2-3 inches thick and is becoming a ‘loose leaf’ edition! 🙂 After that I really like “More With Less”, “Stocking UP III”, The “Artisan Bread” cookbooks…. Oh my how do you pick just one?!!! Thanks for sharing you new cookbooks… I enjoy reading your blog!

    • Melanie, I can’t believe the favorites we share! How many folks even have seen More with Less (unless there has been a new addition – mine dates from 1979) Happy cookbook reading to you!

  23. “Wood-fired Cooking” is on my bedside table. Can’t wait for the weather to improve so I can try some of the recipes.

  24. This cookbook would be a great addition to my collection as I moved to rural Vermont this year with the hopes of producing and preserving much more of my food. My current favorite cookbook is Deborah Madison’s Vwgetarian Suppers – although I am not a vegetarian…I see chickens in my future!

  25. mmm. cookbooks. my favorite cookbooks of all are not exactly cookbooks, they are John Thorne’s books of essays, but there are plenty of (excellent recipes).

  26. Lately my favorite has been Charcuterie. Wonder why?? The Canadian bacon turned out GREAT!

    But…Tart and Sweet looks like a “contendah”.

    Put ’em Up by Sherri Brooks Vinton also references Pomona pectin.

  27. I think my favorite cookbook is my worn out copy of Joy of cooking. My husband gave it to me years ago and it is still my go to book for many recipes. BTW, LOVE your blog!

  28. My favorite–and most-used–cookbook is definitely Joy of Cooking, because I’m a boring quotidian cook. But I’m also partial to books that combine gardening and recipes, like The Moosewood Restaurant and Kitchen Garden, so I’m interested to hear about The Complete Kitchen Garden!

  29. My favorite cookbook right now is Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. I love bread and having enough to last all week during hectic work and school schedules is wonderful!

    Definitely looking to get a few of the books you mentioned. Wish my birthday were sooner!

  30. My favorite cookbook seems to change every few weeks, but my current favorite is Cooking at home with Pedatha. I hope to win the Kitchen Garden book, especially if it has info about cardoon. It is one of the many seedlings I have under the gro lights in preparation for planting in the garden, and this is the first time Ive tried growing it.

  31. why, why, why did you just show me another indian cookbook? they are an obsession of mine..yikes! i am really digging heidi’s supernatural everyday, and tart and sweet at the moment. but of course, the complete kitchen garden looks great too! 😉

  32. oooh — i’d love to win the complete kitchen garden — i’m moving to a place with outdoor space next month! hmmm, my favorite cookbook right now? Plenty, by Diana Henry, might be the prettiest/most inspirational book on the shelf at the moment, though I still haven’t cooked directly from it!

  33. right now we’re a little obsessed with dumpling making in my house and Asian Dumplings by Andrea Nguyen is getting a lot of play in my house.

  34. I’ve checked this book out at the library and loved it! I would really like to have it at hand all the time!

  35. I’ve been going through Hugh’s River Cottage Cookbook the most this winter. It’s very much an ‘everyday’ type of book, so I’m surprised RC Everyday isn’t.

  36. I’m just getting in to a copy of Paul Bertolli’s “Cooking by Hand” which came highly recommended by a friend who was a line cook at Blue Hill in New York for a time.

  37. My go to cookbook is the King Arthur’s Cookbook but …
    I use the cookbook my grandfather wrote for all of the grandkids and great grandkids quite frequently.

  38. With spring canning upon me, I’ve been leafing through The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It like I’m going to be tested on taste, color and content. It’s an obsession! We just moved into a new house last Fall (yay, broad countertops!), and little by little, we are working on our garden. It’s my dream to make it all edible! Tea, fruit, herb hedges…So fun to plan.

  39. right now I am obsessed with my King Arthur Whole Wheat Baking cookbook, would love to win the complete kitchen garden!

  40. What a wonderful giveaway! We run a CSA on our farm, and lots of our folks have no idea what to do with all the veggies and fruits we give them. I’m always looking for cookbooks like this one that go beyond the recipes, to great tips. My favorite Cookbook at the moment is Urban Pantry by Amy Pennington. Lots of great ideas for a well stocked pantry w/o a lot of space.

  41. For all of the cookbooks I own, I think my first one tends to be the one I fall back on. The Silver Palate Cookbook was the first cookbook I bought with my own money and it’s been well used and loved over the years.

  42. My favorites change all the time, and right now I’m revisiting an old favorite which was actually my first cook book (and the one that helped me move beyond my upbringing of campbell’s soup casseroles) Molly Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbook. Oddly I just ordered the Supernatural Everday yesterday after reading it at a friends house!

  43. My go to cookbooks when I need a basic recipe are the Joy of Cooking and Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything. However for more inspirational recipes I enjoy “The Way We Cook” and the Moosewood Daily Special Cookbook.

  44. I have A LOT of cookbooks, but the one I use on a regular basis and can almost always find a recipe in is our local church cookbook….something about church ladies….they really know how to cook. I also have my second favorite, which is a cookbook from an Amish friend…those are usually the first two I reach for. But I sure can’t pass up ANY cookbook :0)

  45. I’ve been feeling the need for some new cookbooks — mainly for inspiration, if nothing else. Time to splurge on amazon.com…..

  46. I love these posts! Whenever you do one, I always end up buying a new
    cookbook 🙂
    My old stand-by, go-to cookbook is Mark Bittman’s “How To Cook Everything”. My next favorite is “Canning for a New Generation” by Liana Krissoff.

  47. I cook so much from online sources these days, it’s kind of embarrassing. I do always come back, however, to my tattered copy of Crescent Dragonwagon’s “Passionate Vegetarian.” It’s definitely my most-used cookbook, and the one that taught me to cook, at that.

  48. I like David Lebovitz’s books for when the sweet tooth hits–just wish it would warm up enough to start making ice cream again!

  49. My new favorite cookbook is The Essential New York Times Cookbook. It is both a wonderful cookbook and a book on the history of food in America.

  50. My favorite cookbook is the one my Grandma put together for me — handwritten in a spiral notebook, with commentary about where she obtained the recipe. It’s priceless.

  51. Thanks for the book reports, I love reviews like this as I often throw new titles on to my library hold list.

    Lately I’ve been going back and forth between Julia’s (Mastering the art of French Cooking) and Bittman’s app for How to Cook Everything on my ipod! It’s kind of a hilarious juxtaposition but works–you know the “real” way to do something, and also the shortcut or substitution if you don’t have quite the time or the ingredient Julia is calling for!

  52. My favorite cookbook these days is America’s Test Kitchen’s SLOW COOKER REVOLUTION. It may not seem like a springlike title, but it’s getting us through this season of work/school/play rehearsals/baseball/softball, etc.

    Thanks for the chance!

  53. The cookbooks I turn to most are my growing collection of books by Cooks Illustrated. I’m not a confident cook, and I appreciate how they walk me through every step and explain why things should be done a certain way. This year I’m excited to plant my kitchen garden.

  54. Unfortunately, my go-to cookbook is Southern Living’s tome, which offers hearty, if not healthy, fare…really need to hit my local used bookstore for some healthier cookbooks. Thanks for the op!

  55. I am currently packing to move in two weeks and the two cookbooks I have left out are Love Soup and Rustic Fruit Desserts (to use up fruit left in the freezer).

  56. Beautiful books – thank you for sharing these titles.

    My current favorite (and it has been for a long time) is Helen Nearing’s Simple Food for the Good Life. I love the simple, vegetarian recipes, and the funny and pithy quotations she includes.

  57. I obsessively checkout cookbooks from the library. I am very anxiously awaiting Tart and Sweet and River Cottage Everyday. I try to involve my 3.5 year old in the kitchen as much as I can, so Pretend Soup and Honest Pretzels are in heavy rotation around here!

  58. I have many cookbooks I absolutely love, but time and time again I keep coming back to the aptly named “How to Cook Everything”. It’s great when I’m looking for a new technique to try, or just need a refresher on how long a certain veg takes to bake in the oven.

  59. My favorites are the Ina Garten cookbooks. When I had cable I watched her show every weekday. I love the way the books can be used together to create full meals and never has one turned out poorly. Using her recipes I turned my pizza and chicken patty loving husband into someone who loves lentils.

  60. If our favorite is defined by the one we actually open most often, then the Ball Blue Book must be my fave! Still working through it, and finding new things to try, variations on a theme and such.

    This one looks like a MUST have! Thanks so much for using it as a gift for us, even if I don;t win it!!

  61. At the moment, I’m enjoying the recipes in “From Seed to Table” by Janette Haase. Though it’s not exactly a cookbook, it’s helping me plan my garden with foods I can use throughout the year. This will be our second year of vegetable gardening using (mostly) the Square Foot Gardening plan in raised beds and I’m looking forward to learning about new ideas every day.

  62. My current favorite is The Essential Baker by Carole Bloom. My coworkers have been more then happy being guinea pigs 🙂

  63. My favorite cookbook isn’t actually a cookbook. It’s called the Flavor Bible, and I use it constantly to support my “sort of cooking from a recipe/cookbook but winging it too” method of cooking. It’s a brilliant and thorough cross-referenced “what flavors go together”.

  64. Most used lately has got to be Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions. But, I’m also really enjoying reading about the history of cake in Krystina Castella’s A World of Cake. You’re right, I never noticed cookbook season before – just one more reason to love Spring!

  65. This cookbook is not particularly new, but I really like Jamie at home : cook your way to the good life. I like Jamie Oliver a lot and this book incorporates vegetable gardening with his fantastic recipes.

  66. My current favorite is Tartine’s be-yoo-tiful bread cookbook. Rose Beranbaum’s has much more depth, but Tartine is simply a beautiful object, not to mention beautifully and accessibly written. But my current second-favorite is Sky High Cakes, because I’m baking my aunt’s wedding cake next month, and it’s nice to be able to flip through that and fantasize about the lavender-rose tier as I take my PhD candidacy exams!

  67. The Complete Kitchen Garden – this is perfect timing for that book. I’m planning my garden and starting seeds indoors so I can put the whole thing in Memorial Day weekend. Yes, we’re far enough North that our gardening season is limited, so I do my best with what we get. Having a good guidebook will help!

  68. Just when I swore I wouldn’t buy any new cookbooks in April! (It’s getting a little out of control…they’re stacked everywhere!) Hard to pick a favorite, but for baking these days I find myself turning to Baked (best granola recipe ever) and Good to the Grain.

  69. My favourite cookbook right now is definitely still Bitman’s “How to Cook Everything”, although I’ve had my eye on some Donna Hay books, particularly “Seasons”. As a poor student, indulging in cookbooks is, unfortunately, pretty low on my priority list, though.

  70. I’m loving my Julia Child’s The Way to Cook. Even though a lot of those recipes are definitely more for big events (like holiday family dinners), it’s been good to learn about basic techniques.

  71. Good to know about the River Cottage Every Day Cookbook – I have the River Cottage MEAT book and it is also a great read with ambitious recipes.

    I am about to start cooking (and blogging) my way through Fast, Fresh, & Green by Susie Middleton, and the two recipes I’ve made so far have been absolutely delicious (roasted brussels sprouts with orange butter sauce, and roasted sweet potato fries with a limey dipping sauce).

    My husband and I are planning a little cooking school time with Cook’s Illustrated’s book Steaks, Chops, Roasts and Ribs. Maybe at the end of that we’ll be ready to tackle the River Cottage MEAT cookbooks snipe, offal, and head cheese recipes?

  72. Can’t wait to get a hold of some of these new ones. Hard to pick favorites, but right now,I’m pretty intrigued with Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain. I’ve been cooking through that lately.

  73. I have a few bread books by Nitty Gritty that I just love, I start at the beginning & just work my way through to the end & then start the next one. I love home made bread & with these books it’s never boring or dull

  74. My cookbook collection is quite small, I have just started collecting(my new obsession) The one I keep going back to is is David Lebovitz the perfect scoop. I have made Gelato out of so many different fruits and we have yet to find any we dislike, but our favorite is Blackberry where I added some Lavender! YOU HAVE TO TRY IT, I am not kidding it is AMAZING!!!

  75. The book I keep reaching for is D.I.Y. Delicious. We have been trying to make many of our own staples and it is a good reference. I have ordered Tart and Sweet and it is on its way.

  76. My favorite cookbook right now is Grocery Gardening by Jean Ann Van Krevelen. I think this Kitchen Garden one would go perfectly with it! I’m in the middle of planning out my garden at my new house!

  77. I love cookbooks in general but my all time favorite is probably The Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen. Natural ingredients that make simply delicious meals.

  78. I am a collector of cookbooks. I got my first when I was 9 and started 4-H and I am now 57…I have 100’s and love them all. I cook from scratch every single day. I bake every Wednesday and Sunday. I make cheese, butter, yogurt and Ice Cream. The cookbook I use at least once a week and usually everyday is:
    Amish Cooking…no author, instead: Compiled by a Committee of Amish Women…Herald Press…Scottdale, Pennsylvania and Waterloo, Ontario. I bought this cookbook over 10 years ago on a trip to Amish Country in Pennsylvania…it is the BEST!

  79. Lovely round up! I love Bittman’s newest cookbook. It is a wonderful resource. I can’t wait to get Heidi’s new book. Quick question, how do you get your hands on so many books to review? Any advice for someone looking to do the same?

  80. Although not an official cookbook, I am reading On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee. I’m suspecting its where Alton Brown gets a lot of his info! A delightful tome on the science & lore behind every bite!

  81. Thanks so much for the round up–I’m looking forward to getting my hands on several of these!

    I’ve been cooking up a storm from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table recently. Everything I try is fantastic, and I’m craving some of her pasta risotto right about now.

  82. Boy I don’t think I have a favorite cookbook either… My favorite eating books are MFK Fisher’s books though… And I do love my Joy of Cooking…

  83. The America’s Test Kitchen books are my go-to books, but I also really like How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. I’m just now planting my garden, so this book sounds perfect for me. I may have to buy it if I don’t win it. Thanks for telling us about it.

  84. My favorite one continues to be Super Natural Cooking…..so I’m going to have to go out an purchase her second book!

  85. Madjur Jafrey’s Vegetarian cookbook, Claudia Rodin’s cookbooks on Middle Eastern Cooking, Dianna Kennedy’s Mexican Cooking – more for reading than practical use. I’m not sure I spelled the names right and I don’t have the titles handy. I love love love cookbooks.

  86. A recent move gave me a good reason to sort through my cookbooks and figure out which ones I really loved. So I’m going back through Alton Brown’s “I’m Just Here for the Food” and being charmed by the quirk.

  87. My current favorite, as in “out all the time”, is America’s Test Kitchen’s Healthy Favorites. I saw one of the cast speak recently and I’ve been reading and working with recipes in the book since. I’m thinking it might end up replacing my Better Homes & Garden’s Plaid book as the all-purpose go-to book for “wait, how do I do that part again?”

  88. My sister in law gave me The Sunset Cookbook for Christmas this year, and there are so many yummy things in it! It is huge and a little unwieldy though.

    Honestly, the cookbook I probably use the most is the one I put together for our personal use of collected recipes from various sources and my improvisation. So many recipes I put in there and then by the time the season rolls back around, I had forgotten them and how delicious they are. It’s handy to have, since I know all the things in it are things that we’ve tried and loved.

  89. I am also a cookbook collector…in the early years. I have quite a few meatless ones, so I am excited to get the Super Natural Cooking on my own. The kitchen garden one looks so neat…cause I am a big time gardener…I am always looking for books that have recipes to use up stuff from the garden. And by the way, everytime you do one of these posts I end up buying 2 or 3 cookbooks. Good for my cooking, bad on my budget. LOL. Thanks.

  90. It’s hard to pick a favorite because I have a problem (or my husband thinks I do) I LOVE cookbooks! But right now my favorite is The Urban Italian. I love the way he writes, so down to earth and the recipes are fabulous! His Mom’s Biscotti is really good!

  91. Great post! and I know you said a fave…but I’ve got 3 stacked right in front of me that I’ve been pouring over the last week so it’s hard to pick one, so here goes…Joy of Cooking, Southern Living’s 1001 Way to Cook Southern, and (this might be the fave), Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian! BTW, I’ve enjoyed reading all the other comments!!

  92. My favorite cookbook right now is Artisan Breads Everyday by Peter Reinhart. There is nothing like the smell of homemade bread filling up your kitchen!

  93. My favourite general cookbook is Canadian Living’s “The Vegetarian Collection”, and my favourite canning one would have to be “Canning for a New Generation”. So good!

  94. My current go-to book is America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook because I am looking for no-fail recipes at my fingertips!

  95. I don’t have a favorite cookbook right now. But I just went through 20 feet of food magazines and took out any recipe that interested me. They are filled away in 3 binders and I think it’s my favorite “cookbook” because ever recipe sounds good to me! 🙂

  96. We’ve been stuck on Tasty by Roy Finamore for a long time now. It was our go to book for summer last year with all of our homegrown produce and I love just about everything in it. Anything that has pointers on new ways to use veggies is something I’m interested in.

  97. My current favorite is less of a cookbook and more of an idea book – I’ve been using the Flavor Bible, by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, a lot lately. I’ve been doing a lot of improv cooking, and so it helps me pick some good flavor combinations without needing a distinct recipe.

  98. I love Simply in Season. This time of year I look at the spring and summer recipes and just drool! Can’t wait for the warmer weather 🙂


  99. I’m still loving the basic “Bride and Groom Cookbook” that we got for our wedding. I think it’s published through Crate and Barrel but we love it.

  100. Some of my fave cookbooks of all times are just the Southern Living compilations. They are fabulous collections!

  101. With a new baby in the house, Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything” has become a quick go-to-for-everything … I’d consulted it in the past, but now we’re turning to it on a very regular basis! 🙂

  102. My favorite go-to cookbook is the 1976 edition of More-with-Less Cookbook by Doris Longacre. Doris is all about cooking real food and I have always loved her recipes and outlook on life. Now I am starting to grow more of our food, so I’d really appreciate the Kitchen Garden cookbook!

  103. My husband’s on a diet, so my cooking is limited lately. However, he is down 28# in 9 weeks, so it is worth it. I love the Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon, love her style and stories!

  104. Lately my favorite cookbook is the internet, just google any veggie I have lying around I want to use, and I find scores of fantastic recipes. Though I will admit, I would much rather follow a recipe from a book than from the lap top.

  105. My go to book for canning is the Ball book of course. I have an old Fannie Farmer cookbook that I reference often for baked goods. I spend a lot of time visiting links posted by FiJ and collecting great recipes that I paste in Word. Right now I am on a Mexican soup kick. Love working with a variety of dried chiles! I love great food reads! So inspiring and somewhere down the road all that info gets used when shopping at the market or Farmers markets. I would love to win any of the books you mentioned!

  106. Favorite for cooking: America’s Test Kitchen. Current favorite for reading: Local Flavors.
    We are in the midst of putting in our first garden and looking ahead to canning, so I am off to buy kitchen garden one if I don’t win it–but I’m feeling lucky!

  107. My favorite cookbook as of lately is “Cooking with Wild Berries and Fruits of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan”. I am so excited about the coming spring and the delicious wild edibles it holds!

  108. My favorite cookbook lately is “Fix it and forget it” crockpot cookbook. I also use “Dining during the Depression” and “The Black family Reunion Cookbook” All classics in my opinion!

  109. My heart will always belong to Laurel’s Kitchen. My parents received it as a wedding gift and when I tried to sneak it into my luggage when going off to college, they bought me a newer edition.

  110. My current most-used cookbook right now is Nourishing Traditions — good to know I’m not the only one! It’s the book that started me on the path to pickling and really encouraged the make-it-myself streak I already had. Ad Hoc at Home is getting more use these days — thankfully, by my husband, who has been making me some lovely dinners after the unusually long work days I’ve been slogging through.
    The kitchen garden book is especially exciting to me, as we’re in the process of planting herbs & veggies in our tiny rented back yard.

  111. These cookbooks look great, I’m such a cookbook fiend!

    My favorite one at the moment is Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian. Every recipe I’ve made so far these past couple weeks have been delicious and very flavorful. In fact, I’m eating some leftover Nigerian Kidney Bean Stew right now, and it is wonderful.

  112. I have a vast assortment of cookbooks so it’s hard to choose a favorite, but Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day has been getting a lot of use recently!

  113. I was so amused when I read your description of that sandwich. That is the sandwich I grew up with and adore (luckily I found a couple versions in the midwest but mostly made them at home). Lately I’ve been grabbing Simple Vegetarian Pleasures when I’m looking for dinner ideas. But seriously, every one of these books you mentioned sounds great and is going on my library-try-it list.

  114. Oh! I would love a copy of The Complete Kitchen Garden. My favorite cookbook at the moment is Olive Trees and Honey–i can’t open it without finding something to bookmark for later.

  115. My current favorite is probably Mad Hungry: Feeding Men and Boys. I agree, the River Cottage Cookbooks are more aspirational, but I absolutely love them for that!
    Smitten Kitchen is my go-to online source for recipes.
    Looking forward to part 2 of this round up!

  116. My current favorite is San Francisco’s’ A16. It’s not brand new but I just got it and it is a great read that I plan to pull a lot of future inspiration from.

  117. I’ve just been in love with Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table the past few months. It’s just gorgeous and every recipe is delicious. I also made several of Russo’s sandwiches from the Encyclopedia of Sandwiches for my blog. They were delic! I’ve got to get my hands on the Tart and Sweet cookbook!

  118. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win The Complete Kitchen Garden. Hubby and I are starting one this year and plan to start canning come harvest time. I can’t wait!

  119. My current favorite is the Tartine cookbook from the bakery of the same name in San Francisco. Yummmmmm, such deliciousness!

    Put Em Up is the favorite preserving cookbook I own–it’s simply gorgeous and I love the creativity and variety of the recipes!

  120. I’ve been loving on Lazy Days and Beach Blankets: Simple Alfresco Dining with Family and Friends. It’s got so many lovely, summery meals to take advantage of SoCal’s great weather.

  121. My current favorite cookbook? I love ALL cookbooks and have way too many to really choose, but lately I’m back onto freezer/bulk cooking and the best of those is Dream Dinners.

  122. I find that I consistently go back to Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. My family will eat the veggies I cook when they are prepared well. Her recipes take me beyond my saute in olive oil or steam and drizzle with lemon juice safe zone. And her veggie soup recipes are so, so good.

    Thanks for the heads up on some good-looking books. Tart and sweet and Super Natural Every Day look great.

  123. My current favorite is Fast, Fresh & Green by Susie Middleton. I love that she breaks it into basic techniques that can be used for whatever is on hand. This has really improved my overall cooking.

  124. That cookbooks looks awesome! My fiance and I are looking at houses and a kitchen garden is on my list of priorities if we get the one we’re interested in. Okay, the cookbook I’m into right now may not be considered an actual cookbook… It’s “Homemade Living: Canning & Preserving with Ashley English: All You Need to Know to Make Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Chutneys & More” by Ashley English (of course). I absolutely love her Homemade Living series and they’ve been incredibly inspiring.

  125. Currently, I’m loving the Food and Wine Best of the Year for 2009. It has the best recipes from 25 different cookbooks so you get a fabulous cross-section. And, they are all beyond delicious!

  126. What a great roundup of books! I would live the kitchen garden one, since I’m in the process RIGHT NOW of prepping my garden soil for planting. My current favorite cookbook is anything by Mark Bittman, though I refer to Kitchen Express most often. Thank you!

  127. Without doubt, my favorite cookbook is the Settlement Cookbook my mom gave me when I first moved to NY. When I just moved out of the house, (but not out of state), I would always call her to look in “the yellow cookbook” to tell me something from it. When I finally decided to leave PA with my then-boyfriend now-husband, she gave me my own copy. It was a tearjerker moment for sure!

  128. My favorite cookbook is the one with handwritten recipes from family and friends. The garden book is the one I’m most interested in! Thanks for reviewing the books.

  129. My favorite cookbook this moment in time is Cooking Light Comfort Food but my long time favorite cookbooks are The Silver Palate cookbook and a cookbook of my grandmothers The Lopez Island Cookbook that is filled with lots of old family favorite recipes. In fact this cookbook has a recipe for Cherry Olives that I’ve always wanted to try…maybe this year!

  130. I buy cookbooks. I love cookbooks. But I usually go to Americas Test Kitchen online for recipes. And my own.

  131. I love love love Curried Favors by Maya Kaimal Macmillan–every recipe is very easy but yields delicious, and complex, flavored southern Indian dishes. Highly recommend it to anyone!!

  132. It’s probably a little cliche but i still find myself reaching for my grandmother’s copy of the betty crocker red and white cookbook. i think that i find the familarity comforting and the recipes are easily modified.

  133. what a question. Do i have to choose one! my favorite inspirational is the enchanted broccoli forest – i have a gifted first edition that i could read like a novel. and all-time useful? joy of cooking. fom my mama to me.

  134. New Basic Cookbook. I don’t actually cook from it very often but I turn to it constantly for inspiration and ideas.

  135. The cookbook on my shelf that I use the most is the 12 volume Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery. It has everything!

  136. I’m LOVING Amy Pennington’s ‘Urban Pantry’. Amy and Marisa have inspired me to dive into the wonderful world of winter citrus. Also in heavy rotation are Sandor Katz’ ‘Wild Fermentation’, James Peterson’s ‘What’s A Cook To Do?”, Christina Arokiasamy’s ‘The Spice Merchant’s Daughter’, and Mark Reinfeld & Bo Rinaldi’s ‘Vegan World Fusion Cuisine’.

  137. Hard to narrow down, but I’ll go with Clinton Street Baking Company Cookbook, with Around My French Table coming in as a close second.

  138. current escapist reading? Mes Confitures (not sure I want to fuss with the green apple pectin). Reality? Just lately the WeightWatchers online collection… sigh…

  139. My current go to cookbook is an oldy. It is “The Saturday Evening Post Fiber & Bran Better health Cookbook”. Lots of great recipes that we are putting our own personal twist on.

  140. Ooh, I’d love the garden cookbook! My favorite at the moment is “Appetite for Reduction,” by Issa Chandra Moskowitz.

  141. I’ve been thumbing through Forever Summer by Nigella Lawson and looking forward to delicious summer veggies.

  142. I recently picked up Super Natural Cooking and since have found my self smitten with Heidi’s photography, writing, and especially her recipes.

  143. I just received Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen. Lovely.But a go-to book right now is Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Soloman.
    Like you, I’m a West Coast gal (Washington)so I too am bound to love Sunset magazine. For as long as I can remember, my family had a subscription. I am looking forward to checking out the new book.

  144. Still, my favorite cookbook is my mom’s 1950’s Betty Crocker Cookbook. The recipes are so easy and yummy, but I’ve been updating lately also.

  145. This book sounds delightful; thank you for sharing it with readers. My current favorite cookbook is Miss Vickie’s Big Book of Pressure Cooker Recipes — anyone with a pressure cooker should definitely check it out.

  146. Wow, wonderful post and great chance to get a preview of some fantastic looking new cookbooks. Favorite cookbook? Wowzer, how on earth to choose among the volumes and volumes gracing my kitchen? 😉 I guess I’ll say the Taste of Home compilations (I have three) because they are home-tested by real cooks with real families, therefore almost everything in them is doable, practical, not too expensive, and typically a family favorite. Equals a winner. Thanks for your blog; it is a joy to read all about canning and food here.

  147. I really enjoyed reading this post and now several of these cookbooks have made it to my ever growing wish list. What a great giveaway. I’m sure who ever wins will have some great meals in their future. It’s always hard for me to pick a favorite cookbook but at the moment I’ve been cooking and reading quiet a bit from The Clinton St. Baking Cookbook

  148. Oh I would die to have that cookbook! I’m planting my first garden this summer and can’t wait to eat what I grow. My favorite cookbook is one I don’t have because it still belongs to my mom. It’s an old Betty Crocker cookbook.

  149. I’m a fan of the New Best Recipe Cookbook that Cook’s Illustrated puts out. It has fun informative diagrams, and some handy recipes; I love it.

  150. My current favourite book is Appetite for Reduction (it’s full of low-fat vegan recipes) because it’s teaching me so many quick recipes that I have been able to experiment with. 🙂

  151. OMG, do I have to pick just *one* favorite??? I *love* all my cookbooks!!! But, I must admit, I *really love* my canning books. My wish list always has more than (uh hum) a few on it. Oh and I agree 100% on Pomona Pectin. I bought ummm, 16 boxes the while I was in Austin, TX (February 2011) visiting my unofficially adopted daughter–it was a bargain buy at $1 a box. I’d never used it before (I was a Pomona’s Universal Pectin virgin) and now I am sold on it. Made seedless dewberry jam last weekend and wild mustang grape jelly this weekend with it–very pleased with the results.

  152. Guess where I found Weck canning jars? At an amish store called Lehman.s in Ohio. Love your blog. Mary in cincinnati

  153. Oh! I’m just getting started with my first vegetable garden and I was admiring that book at the bookstore today! Its hard for me to pick one favorite cookbook, but lately I’ve been cooking from The Food Matters Cookbook a lot.

  154. My favorites are Molly Katzen’s Moosewood Cookbooks — but I would love to win the kitchen garden book — that sounds amazing! I’m just planning my garden for the summer, and have some seeds starting already . . .can’t wait for warmer weather!

  155. Can’t wait to get ahold of that Goat cookbook, sounds delish and a new frontier.

    Picking a cookbook is like picking a child I suppose, but Forgotten Skills of Cooking is probably one of the most informative, practical, and inspiring books in our kitchen.

  156. For years my favorite cookbook has been Entertaining for a Veggie Planet by Didi Emmons. Even though I am not longer a strict vegetarian, this is still my go-to cookbook for having people over, or even when my partner and I are just cooking for ourselves. We’re thinking about starting our first garden this year and The Complete Kitchen Garden would be just the thing to help us figure out how to do it!

  157. I think I will be picking up this book even if I don’t win it… I am planning my first garden this summer and this will help a lot with everything! However, I live up in Zone 3/4 and a lot of books don’t really cover my area. Does this book have anything to say about the colder zones (where we still have snow on the ground)?

  158. My current favorite cookbook is one by Marion Harland — I can’t remember off the top of my head if it’s “Common Sense in the Household: A Manual of Practical Housewifery (1871)” or “Marion Harland’s Complete Cookbook: A Practical and Exhaustive Manual of Cookery and Housekeeping (1903)”. It’s an amazing cookbook in that it also has instructions for cleaning lace, old sinks and how to deal with the help. 😛

    The cooking is not stupendous, but hearty, wholesome, and down-to-earth. Whenever I go “I really have no idea how to make (fill-in your choice of basic food)” I pull out this book.

  159. I’ve been working my way through The Essential New York Times Cookbook for the last few weeks. I love that it is as much a history book as a cookbook.

  160. Currently, my favorite cookbook is the Ithaca Farmer’s Market cookbook. I got it for Christmas and promptly read it cover to cover, but have only made a few recipes out of it so far. I love seeing the familiar faces inside and I’m looking forward to recreating some of my favorite purchases.

  161. I have a soft spot for all things river cottage, but now I’m enjoying Darina Allen’s Forgotten Skills of Cooking. I have to say, I love the Farm House Cookbooks by Susan Hermann Loomis. For everyday cooking, those are my go-to books….

  162. Right now my favorite cookbook is Canning for a New Generation. Liana Krissoff keeps it simple and delicious. The food I’ve canned using her recipes are everyone’s favorites.

  163. My current favorite is At Home With Madhur Jaffrey. Simple Indian dishes w/ few ingredients that pack a real punch! Love the fish curries she has in there.

  164. My favorite cookbook currently is from the Bloodroot Vegetarian Restaurant in Bridgeport, CT. My boyfriend went to Bridgeport to visit his grandmother, stopped at the restaurant for a meal, and left with both of their cookbooks. They are delightful, simple, accessible, and deliciously vegetarian.

  165. My favorite for the moment is Seven Fires by Francis Mallman. It is not just a cookbook but a journey through Argentine cooking. Absolutely the best!

  166. For cooking, for drooling over, or for sitting down and reading? 🙂 It’s so hard to say; lately I’ve just been winging it, but I think the last one I used was one of my older editions of Joy of Cooking. Good old Irma!

  167. Old, old Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I hack a little bit, but several old favorites are in this book.

  168. I’m having a great time and getting great results with the Grand Central Bakery Book. From kick-ass chocolate chip oatmeal cookies to their unmatched jammers, this book as inspired me to fire up the ovens and fatten up my family and friends. All the more reason to consider planting plenty of greens for salads this spring and summer.

  169. This whole stack you reviewed looks fabulous! I can’t wait until my library gets copies so I can browse through them. I think my current favorite cookbook is “Those wonderful grains II” by chef Brad Petersen. So many yummy yummy recipes!

  170. The one I use most often right now is the Moosewood Cookbook by Molie Katzen, though I have a special place in my heart for Jamie Oliver too.

  171. What a great giveaway! I’m so excited – we just moved into our first apartment that has a yard, and I’ve been researching what I’ll need for my first kitchen garden.

    In a similar vein, my very favorite cookbook is Simply in Season. I just sit down and read it sometimes. I also use the inspiring stories inside to lead a discussion or even devotion from time to time!

  172. I was lucky enough to see an advance copy of Saveur’s New American Comfort Food cookbook! The photos are gorgeous (as expected) and the range of difficulty of the recipes has a lot of variety. I think it will be an instant classic.

  173. Of all these cookbooks, the gardening one is the one I’m most likely to actually use. Yay for cookbooks! I absolutely adore Deborah Madison’s “Vegetarian Suppers.” We’re not actually vegetarian (which is probably for the best, as many of these recipes use eggs), but everything I’ve made out of it has been over-the-top delicious.

  174. I’m interested in checking out the goat book because my mom is planning on getting goats soon on her farm.

    As for my favorite, I don’t have one, but I do like my Student’s Vegetarian Cookbook, since it has some simple tasty recipes I fall back on. There are many more I could list, I think you need a bunch to have a well rounded resource base. I also have a fat 3-ring binder where I store all of the loose recipes I come across or get from my grandmother!

  175. I am enjoying the Blue Chair Jam cookbook… mainly for inspiration, since a lot of the recipes aren’t very Midwest-friendly… but the photography and overall idea are fantastic!

  176. I’m a newbie at collecting cookbooks, due to a minimalistic streak (which doesn’t apply to my jar fetish, unfortunately!), but have a few favorite standbys. At the moment, my go-to cookbook is Cybelle Pascal’s Whole Foods Allergy Cookbook. Healthy, and already tailored for feeding my dairy-allergic kids, not to mention a very attainable level of gourmet. I’m looking forward to delving into my new Ball Home Preserving book too though- I’d never seen so many canning recipes in one place! Can’t wait to dig in this summer (the seedlings are started on the windowsill)!

  177. I have a ton of cookbooks but rarely use any. The one that gets the biggest workout is my written recipe book (aka the keeper pile!). Second place goes to a little booklet I received as a gift called “Tapas.” And, third? lots of contenders but maybe a slight nod to Molly Katzen’s Vegetable Heaven. Cookbooks are so seductive — I always love them and promise to use them, then let things slide but can’t bear to get rid of them…

  178. My favorite cookbook right now is Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. A year ago I would have thought the idea of fresh home baked bread a few times each week was completely ludicrous, but it’s not!

  179. I am so jealous of your wonderful collection of cookbooks! I have only a measly few, but my favorite (always has, probably always will be) is my checkered Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I got it as a gift from my aunt when I moved out on my own, and so many of the recipes in there are my comfort food. I can’t help but turn to it every time I need to know how to cook anything.

  180. I wonder if cookbook storage in your house is as complicated as it is in mine? I’m seriously running out of room– but it’s a lovely problem to have!

  181. My go-to cookbook is a reprint of the 1957 Betty Crocker cookbook. Some of the recipes I’ll probably never try (aspics *cough* *cough*), but it’s got all the basics that I can use as jumping-off points to experiment.

  182. It’s really not a cookbook, but I’m getting fat with Foodgawker.com food blog. Another staple on my counter is The Baby Bistro, but mainly because I’ve got 3 kiddos under 4 1/2!

    So excited to follow this!

  183. Very cool give away. And it looks like a great cook book.

    My current favorite cook book is “Bakin’ Without Eggs” By Rosemarie Emro. My son has a sever egg allergy. I also found out I have a mild egg allergy that has become worse since removing all eggs and egg products from our house to make it safe for our son. This cook book has given us back many recipes that we love but has to do without because they contained eggs. I have yet to try recipe we did not like. I have made about 1/2 the recipes in the book.

  184. I know it’s a strange time to be really into soup, but I’ve been paging through Recipes From the Night Kitchen a lot lately.

    I’ve also been waiting and waiting for a few dry, warm, days in a row so I can get some planting done!

  185. Wow! Thank you so much for the chance to win this book. I am a new gardener and can use all the help I can get.

    My current favorite cookbook is Put ‘Em Up, and I’m pretty sure I got the recommendation from you!

  186. We worked in our garden getting it prepped this weekend, and have baby plants under the lights. I would love this cookbook! My favorite currently is You Won’t Believe It’s Gluten-Free! since I’m starting the gluten free cooking and baking journey.

  187. Ooohhh, The Complete Kitchen Garden sounds wonderful. Thomas Keller’s Ad hoc at Home is always on my counter but I’ve been going through Put ‘Em Up getting myself pumped up.

  188. My favorite cookbook at the moment is most likely the Zuni Cafe Cookbook; we’ve been cooking their roast chicken recipe for a couple years now, but since we got the book at Christmas we’ve tried a lot of new things that have all been fantastic, from brined pork chops to a grapefruit risotto (who’d’ve thunk it?)

    Now that we’re starting our own gardening adventure – with our first spinach babies poking their heads up outside and lots of things under lights inside getting ready to go out in the next month – that last book sounds fantastic! Fingers crossed!

  189. I’m still in love with my Ball Complete Guide to Home Preserving… my canning buddy and I refer to it at “The Bible”.

  190. I still love my “How To Cook Everything Vegetarian” by Mark Bittman. It’s such a wonderful resource with seemingly limitless ways to prepare beans and veggies.

  191. Yummy! They all look lovely. My favorite cookbook is probably “Cooking in Provence” by Antoine Bouterin. All the recipes are so delicious, and full of creative ways of highlighting vegetables (although the book isn’t even close to vegetarian).

  192. I still love “How to Cook Everything”, and lately I’ve been trying some dishes from “The Art of French Cooking”. Maybe not the most exciting, but the food is wonderful!

  193. The Moosewood Collective Daily Special is my year-round go to favorite, but as we head into wramer weather, I tend to pick up the Santa Fe School of Cooking book a little more frequently. The white sangria is a.w.e.s.o.m.e.

  194. currently, it’s How to Cook Meat by Christopher Schlesinger and John Willoughby. because i can cook chicken like nobody’s business, but don’t have enough practice with other meat (usually because i always feel it’s too expensive to waste by me cooking it dry… haha)

    AND, i JUST started my first garden, in a tiny space!

  195. I’ve loved Jack Bishop’s “A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen” for some time now — it’s seasonal (as the title implies) and full of inspiring and easy to assemble delicious ideas.

  196. Oooh, that’s a toughie…I guess I’ll say the cookbook I’ve been gravitating toward the most lately is Nigella Lawson’s ‘How to be a Domestic Goddess: Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking.’ We recently did a complete kitchen purge and deep clean, so all I want to do is be in there cooking and canning and baking!

  197. This book looks great. I’m excited to get a look at it. We are getting ready to start our garden and I would be so interested in tips and recipes to use everything that we want to grow. Thanks.

  198. How about the cookbook I bought yesterday, The Good Heart Cookbook, Recipes from our Retreat Center – Land of Medicine Buddha.

  199. Although I won’t get as much use out of it now that the weather is warming up, I’ve enjoyed Cooks Illustrated’s Soups & Stews this past winter.

  200. Right now I’m enjoying trying recipes from my first edition Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook. Especially the desserts!

  201. Last year I traveled to France and stayed at the Hotel Diderot in Chinon, in the Loire Valley. They are famous for their rainbow of homemade jams on the breakfast table, and I bought the lovely cookbook for sale in the lobby! It reminds me of a magical trip and my favorite French meal – a breakfast of fresh baguette, goat cheese with honey and walnuts, and JAM!!

  202. My current favorite cookbook is Quick and Easy Thai by Nancie McDermott. It was a wedding gift, and I use it every week, at least once!

  203. My current favorite is a cookbook that my mother in law put together for my husband and his sisters that has all their favorite meals from when the grew up and his grandma’s bagel and cookies recipes which are wonderful!

  204. Thanks for the great reviews! My current favorite cookbook is Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen who runs a cookery school in Ireland. It’s packed with recipes but is also instructional in the way she talks about foraging, preserving, and using unusual vegetables or parts of meat. Extremely useful and fascinating to learn from.

  205. Great site you have here. Favorite go to book – Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook. Used for everything from canning pickles to fritattas. By the way – calling it a Hakuna Frittata (in a Lion King voice) made the little kids gobble it up.

  206. lately I’ve been breaking out the “Bibles” by Rose Beranbaum, bread, cake, and pie! Getting my bake on 😉

  207. Since I am trying to teach myself to bake from scratch more I turn to the Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book frequently these days. But for shere sit around and lust at beautiful pics and amazing food I am very enamoured of Thailand the Beautiful these days.

  208. Great review of these new books! RIght now, my favorite book at the moment has to be Jamie Oliver’s “Jamie at Home”. I love the unique earthy and home feeling recipes.

  209. Fave: Art Smith Back to the Table. LOVE IT. Best pot roast recipe I’ve had to date. Best Hummingbird Cake recipe. Best salad/dressing ideas, need I continue?

  210. I’m pretty much in love with the Blue Chair Jam cookbook right now. I would love to get a little more creative with my non-canning projects, so this would be a great start!

  211. That sounds like the perfect book to take into retirement – we want to live way our and grow most of our food. For years now my favorite cookbook has been Uncommon Gourmet by Ellen Helman – lots of easy good recipes.

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