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Back To School Book Week {Cookbook}


The second day in the Back to School Book Week is cookbooks. Our beloved cookbook is the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. I'm pretty sure everyone receives this book at some point in their life. I have yet to hear of anyone buying it for themselves unless it's a 1970's edition they found at a thrift store because their newer one has lost it's spine during use. This cookbook is definitely not the prettiest, nor is there a picture on everypage (cookbook snob alert, ahem!) BUT it's got tips, tricks, and every single type of legume and cut of meat you can imagine. It's our go-to and it is worn thin, loosing pages, and grabbed and slammed back into the shelf again. It has worked as our 'most-used' cookbook for a bit over 5 years now.

Honorable Mention goes to
The Prettiest Cookbook: Apples for Jam by Tessa Kiros. I like a number of the recipes in this book, but I'm not gonna' lie, I totally bought it for the fantastic ethereal-vintage photography. There are pictures in there that have absolutely nothing to do with food, but are lovely nonetheless. Even the cover is cute!
Best Vegan Cookbook: Veganomicon rules. I found the 'pantry' section very interesting, and also there is an explanation about every main food throughout. So many of these grains/legumes/etc. I had never even heard of before! From this review, "...absolutely no 'soy cheese' this or store bought veggie burgers' that", this book is jam packed with healthy, homemade recipes, including a section on quick dinners.
Simple, Real Food Cookbook: No question about it, I've yet to find one I like better for simple + nutritious meals more than the fantastic Vintage Remedies Guide to Real Food! Not only are the recipes usually 5 ingredients or less, but the awesome history and scientific information on all the foods is a great bonus for you foodies out there! Read my full review HERE and try their green salsa HERE.
Best Gluten-Free Cookbook: I'm still waitin' for it! Gluten Free Girl & The Chef comes out soon, and yes, I will be buying it! I have yet to find another website/book/food company that has as good of gluten-free food as Shauna does. Yummy!
Best Seasonal Cookbook: YES! There are pictures on every page. YES! The recipes are somewhat simple and not super time-consuming. And, YES! It is organized as seasonal, so not only will you be buying cheaper produce for the recipes, more than likely, it's closer to home. Of course, yes, it is Martha Stewart's Great Food Fast. I actually really need this cookbook. I check it out at the library all the time and have made probably 20 meals from it. I need to just suck it up and buy it already. Sheesh!

What is your go-to cookbook?

Tomorrow we'll talk fiction...bring your recommendations!


cb said…
martha stewarts book has some pretty great recipes. i am a fan of fast and easy recipes as i cook every night and don't want to spend hours in the kitchen after an 8 hour work day! the gluten free cook book sounds really intersting. not sure if you have a trader joes by you but most of their product is gluten free which i think is pretty awesome :D


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