There is more to a delightful cookbook than recipes. It should be enjoyable to read, inspire new things and always feel like positive results are obtainable. My favorites incorporate family stories, history of the recipes, and just read like a good book. So here are a few that I will pick up and read over and over.
Jerusalem a Cookbook
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Why I like it- the history lesson that went with it, the explanation of how the flavors became so diverse horseradish and beet relish and traditions behind foods like falafel.
Favorite Recipe – Spiced Chickpeas and Fresh Vegetable salad
Barefoot Contessa Family Style
by Ina Garten
Why I like it- Any of her cookbooks make me feel fancy, like every meal is a little dinner party, even if it is just for two. Also, I have yet to fouled up when following her instructions and tips.
Favorite Recipe – Hands down her Chicken Parmesan, it can be found in her Family Style Cookbook and pretty much all over the internet.
by Gabriele Corcos and Debbie Debi Mazar
Why I like it – Much like the show, the cookbook has his family history and their relationship interwoven through every recipe. The recipes are simple and reliable with out sacrificing flavor.
Favorite Recipe – Red Sauce
Around my French Table
by Dorie Greenspan
Why I like it – I honestly couldn’t put it down. It’s enormous and filled with stories, history and recipes. The recipes are everything from rustic potato gratin to elegant honey spiced madeleines, all while maintaining the story.
Favorite Recipe – okay so this is more like one I want to try that I just haven’t gotten to recipe, Salted Butter Break-ups!
by Thug Kitchen
Why I like it – It’s new healthy ways to use things I already love, which is inspiring. Truth be told, I was half way through it before I realized it was vegan. Be warned not a cookbook for family time, they cuss profusely, but another truth be told – it cracks me up!
Favorite Recipe – Basic Maple Granola