Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
I am jumping on the bandwagon!! Sharing of favorite cookbooks has been going around. First Chef Mimi Blog and then A Pug In The Kitchen and then it was Fae’s Twist and Tango! So, I thought I’d better get in on this action!
I like so many cookbooks for so many different reasons. Cookbooks to me are beautiful pages of inspiration. I have a hard time following recipes to the letter. I pour through stacks of books, find something I like, and then make it my own. It is all part of my creative cooking process.
So here are my five favorite inspirations (in no particular order):
1. Good Eats, The Early Years, Alton Brown
I am a huge, huge Alton Brown fan. I have learned so much from watching Good Eats episodes and pouring through “The Early Years”. The idea of pairing a cooking show with a “Bill Nye The Science Guy” type attitude is right up my alley! And I’m sure that once I own “The Middle Years” and “The Later Years”, those will be added to this favorites list as well! For more information on the book: Amazon
2. The World Encyclopedia of Bread and Bread Making, Christine Ingram
This is a really great resource for not only making breads, but history of different breads from different cultures all over the world. It’s perfect for when you are doing a theme party and want to stay true to a particular culture’s food. Plus you can expose yourself to wide variety of breads that go beyond your own region! For more information on the book: Amazon
3. Cooking Light Annual Recipes, Cooking Light Magazine
As you may have been able to tell from the blog, I am hooked on Cooking Light Magazine! It has such a plethora of recipes to choose from. Each year the magazine comes out with a hardcover cookbook of annual recipes from that year. I’ve been slowly collecting them at Half Priced Books. There is so much inspiration to be had and as many good ideas as they have, there are so many brilliant ways to tweak them! For more information on the book: Amazon
4. Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 1, Julia Child, Simone Beck, and Louisette Bertholle
Amazing recipes aside, Julia Child is SUCH an inspiration as a person. She is proof that you are never too old to learn how to cook, and never too old to pursue a dream. As for the cookbook, I do in fact love both volumes but volume 1 has offered just a bit more to me. Her sauces alone are incredible. I also find that when I open up this book, I am opening up the idea of exploring different types of recipes and experiences. And then of course after the meal I settle down on the couch and watch Julie and Julia! For more information on the book: Amazon
5. Complete Entertaining Cookbook, Williams-Sonoma
My sister gave me this cookbook as a Christmas gift about 13 years ago. Who knows, perhaps it was what put me on the path of loving to entertain! This book offers not only great recipes but some wonderful tips on prepping for parties, napkin folding, table setting, floral arrangements, etc. It is a wonderful inspiration for your own home entertaining. For more information on the book: Amazon