Recent Cookbook Acquisitions

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After another successful trip to the Indianapolis Public Library book sale, I acquired these masterpieces for less than $15 total.

I’m a sucker for a book on sale. Books are great for so many reasons. I have a Kindle Fire (and I LOVE it for novels), but cookbooks on a Kindle are not the same as holding one in your hands.

Cookbooks need pictures. I like being able to see what the recipe is supposed to look like. Yes, there is some mysticism in reading a text-only recipe, creating it and getting a feeling of accomplishment as if you took a calculus equation and solved it without a calculator.

For me, I need the visuals. I’m a visual learner and I appreciate when I can see a picture that corresponds to the text I’m reading. You can also see how they plated the dish, what they may have served it with, and how they took the photo – 3 things that I’m learning to appreciate as I blog about food.

However, two of the books I picked up are photo-less. But, they’re classics, and I have a feeling that their lack of photos will only push me to open the cover and start cooking the recipes faster. I’ll consider it a challenge.

The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser – I’ve purchased this book before, for myself, then as a gift for a friend, and I’ve given it away. I reclaimed it back for $5 at the book sale. Besides the fact that it looks great on your bookshelf, Hesser spent a significant amount of time testing these recipes that have circulated the New York Times for over 50 years. You know that all of these recipes are winners before you flip a single page.

The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl – I’m currently reading Comfort Me with Apples, and I’ve already read Garlic and Sapphires (complete with my reflections here). Ruth was the last editor-in-chief at Gourmet magazine, and compiled this 1,000 recipe cookbook to carry on the legacy. I have yet to delve into this gigantic book, but my love of Ruth told me that I needed to put this on my bookshelf and make an attempt to see what the fuss is all about.

The Weeknight Cook collection from Williams-Sonoma – Unless it’s Saturday or Sunday, weeknight meals are not very time intensive. I prefer to enjoy my evenings at home with John and the dogs, so instead of sweating over the stove for hours, I try to find meals that can be quick and delicious. I saw quite a few in here that inspired me as I flipped through. It’s actually a 3-ring binder inside, which should be great for the kitchen so I can take one piece of paper with me instead of the entire book.

Just One Pot from Reader’s Digest and One-Dish Meals Cookbook from Pillsbury – I’m a HUGE fan of one-dish meals, so I was immediately attracted to these books. Filled with casseroles, slow cooker and skillet dishes, I have a feeling you’ll be seeing a lot of adaptions from these two.

Sunday Soup by Betty Rosbottom and Soup’s On by Leslie Jonath and Frankie Frankeny – As the colder temps move in, soup will be on the menu at least once a week. It’s a one-pot dish, makes plenty of leftovers and warms my soul. There are several unique and classic recipes in here and I can’t wait to try them all!

Holiday Baking by Sara Perry – Now, many of you know I’m not a huge baker, but I really want to try my hand at cakes this holiday season. There are several events at work and with friends where I’ll need to bring a sweet item of some sort, and this book is going to get me through it.

There are dozens of brand new cookbooks on my Amazon Wish List, but I know that new doesn’t always mean “best.” Or good. Never hesitate to check out the books at your local library – you may be surprised at what you find!

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  • Tamre

    The first recipe I made out of my copy of The New York Times Cookbook was a roasted garlic potato gratin. Wow it was amazing. I have loved reading the stories behind the recipes and while I don’t cook often out of it, the references and storytelling are next to none.

    • solidgoldeats

      I think those components are key to a good cookbook. This is probably why I enjoy food blogs more than just reading the recipe.

  • Kathy

    I work at the library so I love to hear about people taking advantage of the great finds at the booksale. Cookbooks are about the only books I buy and the booksale is a wonderful place to snag them cheap. Happy shopping!

    • solidgoldeats

      Yay! The library rocks. In August I purchased a bunch of vinyl, and even more cookbooks! Thanks for reading ;)