Cookbooks, while also being directional, are some of my favourite books to read. I love hearing people’s different food stories because I think that food is so personal. You can really learn so much about someone through the food that they love or their style of cooking. Plus, you can never have too many ideas! One of my favourite things to do on the weekend is go through a cookbook and mark all the recipes I want to try. Going through the list is kind of like therapy. So today I’m sharing with you guys the cookbooks that are currently in my cart. What are your favourite cookbooks? Leave me your recommendations!
- The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
With the holidays right around the corner I am constantly searching for good vegetarian recipes to make because if I don’t then my Christmas dinner would most likely consist of a heaping plate of mashed potatoes. Which sounds great. Until the third party of the season when, quite frankly, I don’t even want to look at them anymore. This collection of vegan recipes actually look really delicious and don’t contain a ton of crazy, hard-to-find ingredients to act as substitutes for traditional ingredients. I am much more interested in a recipe that has ingredients I recognize, you know? Plus, there is a recipe for vegan jelly donuts. Do I really need to say more?
- Home Baked by Yvette van Boven
I flipped through a copy of this book a couple weeks ago and was instantly drawn in by the quirky illustrations. Who doesn’t love doodles and baked goods? I also love that she includes a lot of different substitution suggestions in case you need to exclude certain things. Add in really comprehensive directions, and this takes all the tough guess work out of baking. And that just leaves a good time and tasty treats.
- Saveur Easy Italian: 30 Classic Recipes by Saveur Magazine
Saveur magazine once ran an article about Italian immigrants in New York City and how food tied together generations and I legitemately almost started crying. It’s been my favourite magazine ever since so I would love any cookbook by them, regardless of the content. But Italian recipes? I mean, it’s pretty much a no brainer. I am in.
- The Forest Feast by Erin Gleeson
I’ll be honest: I don’t know for sure that I would make these recipes. But I sure love flipping through this book. Food styling is one of my favourite things and I love the whimsical style of this cookbook. It reminds me of fairy tales and children’s books and there is something so comforting about that, which is only supplemented by the fact that it’s all about food. What’s more comforting than that?
- Hand Made Baking: Recipes to Warm the Heart by Kamran Siddiqi
Another baking pick! You guys should be able to tell by now how much I love baking. I also really love a great blogger success story. Kamran runs The Sophisticated Gourmet blog which is full of innovative recipes and is so, so aesthetically beautiful. I love that he incorporates all of that in to the book, as well. It really is like a physical continuation of the blog and, as a reader, that’s something that I really enjoy.
- Chelsea Market Cookbook by Michael Phillips
This is another book that, based on a lot of the reviews I read, seems to be catered more towards foodies and/or more experienced cooks. I don’t know that I consider myself to be either of those things but this is the type of compilation that I think would be interesting to read through. I have a similar book and flipping through it always gives me ideas even if I don’t follow the recipes exactly. I think this one would be a great well of inspiration, too.