My love for food and cooking is no secret, therefore it’s not a huge stretch for anyone to see why I love cookbooks so much. I used to love to get just about any cookbook, but now I’m a little more picky. I love a cookbook with PICTURES. I know that may seem silly to some, but I eat with my eyes first – don’t you? I want to see the recipe I’m making. I love a cookbook that has pictures for each recipe. This is why The Pioneer Woman’s cookbook is one of my favorites – many pictures for each recipe! (Plus, every recipe I have tried is awesome.) I also love a cookbook that’s different from others I have. And I can’t even talk about my weakness for region specific books. (On my last trip to New Orleans, I bought three cookbooks, and ordered a fourth when we got home.)
Below are a few cookbooks I would love to add to my shelf (in no particular order):
1. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier
My love for Ree Drummond knows no bounds. I love her pictures. I love her food. I love her blog. I love her sense of humor, and her fun look at life. If you don’t read her blog, you must!
2. Barefoot Contessa: How Easy Is That?
I can’t imagine living life up in The Hamptons – I’m way too unsophisticated (and poor) for that! But I love watching this lady cook.
3. 5 Ingredient Fix: Easy, Elegant, and Irresistible Recipes
I love Claire Robinson’s show! I can only imagine how many great recipes there will be in this book.
4. Mr. B’s Bistro Cookbook: Simply Legendary Recipes from New Orleans Favorite French Quarter Restaurant
On my last visit to New Orleans, we were supposed to go to Acme Oyster House, but wait was out the door and down the street. We ducked into Mr. B.’s Bistro instead, simply because of our proximity to the door! I believe this was an act of divine intervention, because this meal was HEAVENLY. I ate the BBQ shrimp pictured on the front of this cookbook, and LOVED IT. LOVE. I should have bought this cookbook when we were there. It’s one of my biggest regrets from that trip (don’t ask me how we skipped a Van Morrison concert just because of some tornadoes).
5. Authentic Mexican 20th Anniversary Edition: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico
Oh I love Rick Bayless. I want to eat his food every day. EVERY DAY.