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. 

To Buy: "What to Cook and How to Cook It"

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.

To Buy: "The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook"

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:

  1. The name of a favorite cookbook (or a few, if you're feeling up to it)
  2. The author's name
  3. Your favorite recipe from the cookbook 

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I can't wait to get some recommendations from you all! 


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