In honor of tonight’s Opening Ceremony, I’d love your help declaring gold medalists in the cookbooks for amateurs category. Here’s what I want to know- what book was most helpful when you were just getting started?
For me, it was the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home, which had me hunting down quark (an oddly-named member of the farmer’s cheese family) and stirring curry-laden yogurt into sweet potatoes for an unexpectedly spicy and sweet one-dish dinner. Sounds healthy and hippy-ish, right? It was yummy too and it got the job done. Every recipe was a success (or a near-success. Okra stew? Not so much.) which gave me the confidence to start experimenting.
For easy entertaining, any Ina book will leave its competitors in the dust. Don’t you agree?
What book first made you feel like a kitchen superstar?
For my birthday last winter Sarah and Angus gave me the gift of Italian cooking in the form of a subscription to Canal House Cooking for the year. I have received the first issue and it is beautiful. Now I will gift all of you this video, a peek into the dreamy world of the little kitchen on the canal.
Two more perfectly photographed soft cover books will show up on my doorstep this year, bursting with thoughtful recipes for the home cook on every glossy page. Lucky gal indeed.
Trying to decide which well reviewed cookbooks of last year to actually buy in ink and paper? I suggest you take recommendations from Ina, Nigella and Alice (Waters!!) over at Food52’sThe Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks.
Football fans have their fantasy drafts and basketball fiends have March Madness. But what do the chefs and cookbook nerds have? The Piglet Bracket!
Canal House is a duo of chefs who produce 3 stunning, elegant, rustic chic cookbooks a year. They write, illustrate and photograph their own books. This summer’s version is about Italian Summer cooking (or lack there off.) Perfect ingredients well seasoned with salt, pepper, olive oil and fresh herbs is often all you need for a summer meal.