Current Top 5 Cookbooks
This first year and a half of motherhood has thrown my creative juices for a loop. I just don't have the same amount of time (and energy) to test recipes and new ingredients as I use to. I've been using the lack of mind space to dig into some really amazing cookbooks.
The thing I love about cooking from a cookbook is that it gives you a tested platform to try new ingredients or think about old ones in a different light.
I've compiled a short list of books I've been thumbing through, old and new. They make great gifts but can also be found at the library if you just want to give them a rough go!
Near & Far, by Heidi Swanson
One of the most recent books by Swanson ( 101 Cookbooks ) but maybe one of my favorites. The photography is Heidi's and just lovely. This book starts with recipes and pantry items from her home of San Fransisco ("Near") and then whisks you away to experience recipes from her travels ("Far"). I have a list of 30+ recipes just from this book that I'm currently cooking through, some of my favorites so far have been her Verde Gin & Tonic inspired by India and her Almond Cake inspired by Italy. This book was a library loan but good enough that I will be purchasing my own copy!
Sunday Suppers, by Karen Mordechai
This book is a beautiful linen bound book that encourages you to share a meal by open your home to small gatherings. These simple, beautiful recipes are organized by time of day: Morning, Noon, Afternoon & Evening. This book makes us giddy to be honest, it feels like it meets us right where we are and encourages our love of gathering people at the table. For a taste of what she offers take a look at her blog, Sunday Suppers.
Harvest to Heat; Cooking with America's Best Chefs, Farmers, and Artisans, by Darryl Estrine & Kelly Kochendorfer
This is an oldie but a goodie. The book takes you on a tour of the United States and is divided by category of dish but also boasts a guide by region which I found educational. I found that this book was a great go to guide for ingredients, you can find a recipe for anything here. Our favorite is the Herb-Champagne Vinaigrette that is shown with Roasted Trout but we use on all types of meat.
Hartwood; Bright, Wild Flavors from the Edge of the Yucatan, by Eric Werner & Mya Henry
Possibly my favorite vacation of all time was to Tulum, before every blogger had been there, it was quite and easy to get a reservation at Coqui Coqui Hotel which happened to be right across the dirt road that divided the beach from the "jungle". We were blown away by the creativity, simplicity and resourcefulness of this open air glorious restaurant. Thankfully they put out a cookbook so we can relive our candlelit memories. Favorite recipe we've made are their costillas: pork ribs cooked with star anise and Negra Modelo.
A Simple Feast, by Diana Yen & The Jewels of New York
An easy to follow book that walks you through recipes for special events each season; apple picking in the fall, beach day food for the summer and breakfast in bed in the spring. The Jewels of New York seek to encourage seasonal cooking... take a look here.