what’s cookin’?

I really enjoy cooking. Not baking – cooking. There is nothing more satisfying than trying a new recipe and proclaiming it a success! Now don’t get me confused with a foodie – because I definitely do not qualify. I doubt my pallet is very refined and I certainly don’t make complex or complicated meals. I shy away from pretentious ingredients and have been accused of under-salting my food. Nonetheless, I do enjoy it and I think I’m getting better at it! I thought I’d share a few of my favorite cookbooks, food blogs and magazine subscriptions. Do you have any favorites you want to share?



Everyday Cooking: Great Food Fast (Martha Stewart) – I love this cookbook because I’ve never been disappointed. The photos are great (a photo for every recipe), the directions are simple and the food is delicious. It’s also nice because the recipes require little time – perfect for weeknight dinners. My favorite thing about the book is that it’s organized by season – which is brilliant for those of us who like to use in-season produce.


Barefoot Contessa  (Ina Garten) – I have three of her cookbooks (The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, Back to Basics and At Home)and I love perusing them and selecting my next triumph. The photos are gorgeous. The only issue with these cookbooks is that the Contessa’s recipes are really fatty and rich. Cooking too much out of these cookbooks will make you gain weight – fast.


The Food You Crave (Ellie Krieger) – This cookbook is the opposite of the Barefoot Contessa books. This book has very few photos and focuses on healthy eating. Living up to the name, Ellie showcases recipes that you love – but she focuses on maximum flavor with limited calories/fat. I’ve been impressed with these recipes, although I wish there were more pics!



Fine Cooking – http://www.finecooking.com/

Cuisine at Home – http://www.cuisineathome.com/ (Thanks Kristina!)


Food Blogs

Smitten Kitchen – http://smittenkitchen.com/

101 Cookbooks  – http://www.101cookbooks.com/


Here are pics from dinner the other night – lamb shanks – nummers!




4 Responses to “what’s cookin’?”

  1. 1 KS
    November 4, 2009 at 7:18 am

    http://www.bootsintheoven.com – a TX based couple that are all up in the food scene in Austin. They blog about food and travel and I can’t get enough!

  2. 2 Dana
    November 4, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Here are a few favs: http://www.FoodGawker.com (great pics), http://www.FoodBlogs.com (great food blogs on one website), http://www.thepioneerwoman.com (my absolute favorite).

  3. November 9, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I don’t know what category of cook I am. Fast, cheap, but must taste wonderful. Preferably with some kind of sauce. Lots of kids very young made me a bit of a ‘slap it together get it on their plates quick’ kind of cook. I’m getting smarter/healthier in my “wisdom” (read: old age). The cookbooks I can’t resist are found at garage sales and old book stores; they’ll say something like “Vermont Valley Grange~1942” I LOVE THOSE GUYS! And–I ALWAYS choose the recipe with the picture first! 🙂

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