I thought I’d show you a few corners of our house in the airplane hangar. It’s been a while since we’ve looked around up here. This corner of the kitchen is popular with both Niklas and me. I like it because it’s home to all my favorite cookbooks. He likes it because – well – probably because he’s not supposed to be there! He’s torn a few pages out of my favorite cookbooks. I think he’s amassing a collection of recipes to surprise us with. “Look Mom and Dad! I made dinner!”
1. Joy of Cooking – Hands down, this is my go-to cookbook these days. If we get a new vegetable, I turn to this book. If we want some ideas for how to eat the chicken breast in the fridge, this cookbook knows.
2. Wine Bible – Like a couple of geeks, we love what we’ve learned from this book. It’s a fabulous reference for any bottle of wine or wine region of the world. If you’re interested in knowing a bit about wine, this book has done wonders for us.
3. The New York Times Cook Book – I snagged this cookbook at the library book sale for $1. Is it good? I think it will be. I honestly haven’t tried anything yet. Niklas thinks the book itself tastes pretty good, though.
4. Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone – I learned how to cook with this book, so it’ll always be dear to my heart. Awesome vegetable recipes. Brilliant bread ideas. The foods in this book often take a little longer to make, but they’ve always been well worth it.
5. Food to Live By – This cookbook taught me how to make my own macaroni and cheese. It focuses a lot on fresh, local food. It’s a go-to for us each summer, especially when we have fresh berries.
6. Primal Cravings – And this is where I learned how to make grape gelatin and awesome meatloaf. Isn’t it funny how cookbooks carry memories with them? If you’re trying to avoid wheat but don’t really know how to make it happen, this cookbook is a great tool. Again, that meatloaf!
7. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian – I lugged this cookbook to Germany and back. It’s by Mark Bitman. His kitchen is tiny. He’s awesome. You just know his cookbooks are going to be, too.
8. A Baker’s Odyssey – If you want to make amazing international desserts, croissants, and dinners that include a crust, this cookbook is for you. Fabulous instructions, cultural history about food, and a classic recipe from my hometown are all inside.
9. Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book – My mom gave me this cookbook for my first Christmas as a new wife. I still remember fondly how hers had bits of powdered sugar and tomato paste stains on various pages. What a classic.
10. The New Moosewood Cookbook – This vegetarian cookbook is excellent. The recipes are plentiful and realistic. The carrot cake is amazing. And this cookbook taught me that lentils can taste good… really good.