My cookbook collection is, NOTHING, like the cookbook collection in this Pinterest photo, but I have found, over time, that my collection has grown, along with recipe apps these days.
Now, hubby and I have two different cooking styles.
With my husband, he is basically the chef of the family;He can just “throw” ingredients together and create a dish fit to be served in a restaurant or small cafe,.
Well….I’m literally by the book, measurement by measurement, ingredient by ingredient, with no way I can safely substitute anything unless I’ve googled it or asked him for his opinion, unless he plans on eating take out food instead.
So, having cookbooks on hand, are a blessing, a big blessing, though I find myself cooking the old standby, comfort book, with the occasional something actually from the cook book.
We’ve talked about maybe taking a cooking class together one day, though for him, its second nature, but despite our cooking style difference, he and I share a love for cooking and food, in general, together.
Often if we’re not watching Kitchen Nightmares, we both enjoy watching Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and at one time, Alton Brown (I miss his shows), while discussing about the ingredients that are used and brainstorm ideas for future meals.
However, its not to say, that the cookbooks gather dust (that much).
We have a general variety that spans from general cookbooks (think Betty Crocker) to more ethnic meals such as Chinese, Japanese and eventually we would like to try our hand at making Thai and Indian meals.
What makes a good meal?
It can vary….maybe its just what we are in the mood for that week, it could evolve from an ingredient we buy from the store, to of course the home favorites, the comfort food that defines what we call home.
Yet…seeing those cookbooks, brings me back to particularly favorites, like books on a shelves that we keep coming back to….
For me, its the collection cookbook, particularly, “Taste of Home” that I keep coming back to over and over, be it for main dishes, cakes, cookies or just to browse.
Meanwhile, over time, I find my collection of cookbooks growing, some not yet open and some continual used.
How about yourself?
Do you find yourself with a growing collection of cookbooks?
Do you have any particular favorites that you find yourself re-using?
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