It's time for a confession: sometimes cooking stresses me out. Try as I might, I rarely seem to get everything cooked and ready to serve at the same time. I've overcooked lobster, undercooked chicken (yikes) and steamed vegetables beyond recognition.
There was a time in my life when I hated to cook. My husband actually took the reigns for a fairly good portion of our relationship. Over the last few years, however, I've been attempting to work on my skills in the kitchen and I must say, it's paying off. I find myself enjoying it more and more.
Yes, I still worry about burning all the things, but I've realized that almost anything can be either fixed or replaced. Overcooked lobster? Sure, that's a bummer. Lobster isn't exactly a budget meal. Yet, we've always got something else in the fridge or freezer as a back-up.
So for today's edition of What are You Reading?, I want to share a few of my favorite cookbooks and I would LOVE to know if you all have any go-to resources for your favorite dishes.
This one is a favorite because of the way each recipe is presented. I can't tell you how many times I've reached a point in a recipe and wondered, "Is it supposed to look like this?" The recipes in this cookbook have photographs for almost each step, the layout is a visual learner's dream and the meals we've made from the book thus far have been fantastic.
We received this cookbook for Christmas several years ago and it's been in heavy rotation ever since. I love knowing that the recipes have been tested from every angle and come with recommendations for what cookware to use and a list of steps that can be completed ahead of time. Many of our go-to meals come from this gem.
In all honesty, I just received this cookbook for Christmas last year and have yet to try any recipes. However, I have been reading through the delicious-looking recipes and just I love how Perelman, a food blogger-turned cookbook author, added a story behind each recipe. I'm having trouble deciding which meals to attempt first!
To Buy: "The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook"
Now I'd love to hear more about what you're reading!
In the comment section below, tell us:
- The name of a favorite cookbook (or a few, if you're feeling up to it)
- The author's name
- Your favorite recipe from the cookbook
I can't wait to get some recommendations from you all!
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