Don’t you just love cookbooks?  I started liking them as a child.  I guess I’ve always liked cooking.  Especially baking.  I started baking before I was 10.  Mostly cookies and brownies.  My grandmother used to bake with me.  She would make lemon meringue pie, cinnamon rolls, a to-die-for-chocolate cake with fudge icing. 

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Once I asked her to make peanut butter cookies for me. 

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After she slaved in the kitchen and made them for me from scratch, I took one bite and said, “Oh, I meant ginger snaps.” 

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What a brat!

 When I was about 10, I ordered the Betty Crocker recipe file from the television.  It’s actually available on Amazon.

Can you believe it?  I wish I had kept mine.  Don’t really want to buy it now.  That was the precursor to online shopping.  I also ordered the Billy Graham Christian home learning class.  And I donated money to the Jerry Lewis telethon.

My mother was so mad at me when I would get things in the mail I ordered.  Of course I had little jobs.  I sold Current Cards.  And there was always my allowance.  Isn’t it funny that we are already who we are even as a child?  Baking, studying Christianity, and shopping at 10.

But I digress.  I love cookbooks.  There is nothing like curling up in bed and reading cookbooks.  I also like tearing recipes out of magazines.  My husband loves the rip, ripping sound.  Not!  Don’t get me wrong.  I am not a gourmet cook.  I’m not even a great cook.  And I’m not being modest.  But I’m pretty good and I can makes some things well.  I don’t even love to cook.  I like it at times.  When I do like it though, I like it a lot. 

I especially like dessert cookbooks. I really only have one.  It’s a cookie cookbook called Got Milk.

I received  two great cookbooks for Christmas last year.  They both fall into the category of memoir/cookbook.  The first is called Apples for Jam: A colorful Cookbook by Tessa Kiros.

Colorful it is.  It is even organized by color: white foods, red foods.  It’s beautiful to look at.  It’s a great picture book to just look through.  The second is called   A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg.

That book I read as though I were reading a novel.  It was a great read and each chapter had a recipe.  Reminiscent of Like Water for Chocolate, except that really was a novel and this is not.  It’s a cookbook!

I am ashamed to say that I have not made one single recipe from either of these cookbooks. 

 Despite not using the cookbooks I already have, I want more.  Bad girl.  I want Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking.

I also want a cake cookbook.  Not sure which one.  Any suggestions?  Do you feel like you have been online shopping with me?  Sorry to be a bad influence.

To conclude, I like cooking.  Because I like to eat, feed my family, create. There is something chemistry-like, magical about taking raw ingredients and turning them into a meal. It’s so basic and essential and you feel so earthy doing it.  Especially baking bread. 

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But it’s hard to cook at night when you work all day. I much prefer cooking on the weekend. 

The end.

Happy cooking and bon appétit!  🙂

4 responses »

  1. i totally understand what you mean! cooking on weeknights is such a chore, but on weekends it is super fun!

    When choosing cookbooks, I totally go for amazing photography. If there are recipes that don’t have an accompanying photo I just know that I will never make them so there is no point buying a book without photos.

    My favourite are by Donna Hay, she is an amazing Australian food author and stylist, and she also has a magazine.

  2. K–I totally want to try even one recipe from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Couldn’t try too many because there’s tons of butter in everything and I’m having a hard enough time losing the baby weight 🙂 Maybe we’ll try one when you’re here at the end of the month….a dessert maybe?! 🙂

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