I’ve always loved cookbooks. If you’ve visited my house, you know I have a floor to ceiling bookshelf that is FULL of cookbooks – and I still have some in boxes that won’t fit on the shelf. I need to pare these down, and will do that at a yard sale this spring – I’ll only hang on to my very favorites. I know Barry is very relieved – he probably feels like the cookbooks are about to take over. Today I’ll share with you my top 5 favorite cookbooks.
I LOVE this set of cookbooks – it’s from Berea Christian Church, where my Mamaw used to attend. I got the white one when she died, and my mom bought the other two for me. I treasure this set….and I use it all the time. They’re full of awesome family recipes (a lot of my family attend this church) and awesome WHOLE FOOD recipes. Since the white one is fairly old, it has recipes in it like lard, salt risen bread, and fried squirrel. While I won’t be making fried squirrel any time soon (it is entirely too greasy for me), I do like that there are older recipes in there. For the most part, any time you can buy an older church cookbook – DO IT. They are the best, in my humble opinion – full of treasure and cultural recipes. Be warned though – some recipes might make you want to scream. “Add flour until it looks right. Pour into pan. Bake in a moderate oven until done.” HUH?! I need specifics here, people!
This was my very first cookbook, given to me by my Grandmaw Miller – Alpha Bakery. I still use it on a regular basis – altering the recipes for our whole foods diet. There’s a recipe in the book for every letter of the alphabet. My favorite banana bread recipe of all time is found in here. There are also other fun recipes like Elephant Ears and Turtle Bread. They do kinda stretch the idea a bit with Xtra Special Birthday cake. If their point was to teach letters and words – they sorta messed it up on that one. To this day I still have issues spelling “xtra.” 😉
Barry bought this Holiday Celebrations cookbook for me right after we got married – if memory serves correctly, for our first Christmas (I can’t really rely on memory – I have Momnesia). I use it all year long, not just at Christmas. I love the bread recipes in there. There are great traditional holiday meals inside, along with meals that are quick because we all know the holidays can be sorta crazy. I will NOT be parting with this cookbook. Some of my favorite recipes of all time are in here. My goal is to eventually make everything in the book – of course I also have the goal to dust my house, but we know how THAT is going down.
If you follow me on Facebook, you’ve most likely picked up on my love (okay, okay – over obsession) with Pioneer Woman. When her cookbook came out, I HAD to have it. There wasn’t any hesitation on my part. It. Is. Awesome!!! You should have this cookbook. I use it all the time. When I tell Barry I’m making a Pioneer Woman dish for dinner, he looks forward to it all day. She has NEVER disappointed. Her Chicken Spaghetti will knock your socks off. They are delicious, easy recipes. It’s good, down home cooking – our favorite kind. The pictures included are just amazing…I love up close shots of cows. Yes, I realize I’m odd. She’s coming out with another one in 2012…and you can be sure it will also be a part of my collection.
My mom gave me the Betty Crocker Bridal Cookbook when I got married. This cookbook ranks right up there with my church cookbook collection. It has great, basic recipes in it. If I don’t know what to cook, I just grab this cookbook. I know I’ll have the ingredients and I’ll be able to follow the recipes – no Bouillabaisse in here! It was my favorite wedding gift….and it might be one of the very few I still have around. 😀 This is an excellent cookbook for a new bride who doesn’t know how to cook – lots of explanations. I also like the substitution chart in the very back. Golden information!
So, what’s YOUR favorite cookbook of all time?