8.12.2009

What is your favorite cookbook?


lemon basil lake trout, peas and buckwheat
A pretty good weeknight meal. Lemon basil lake trout with buckwheat, peas and onions.

I have so many cookbooks but only a few favorites. You can tell the good ones by the stuck together pages, soaked and stained by spilled concoctions and left on the counter to dry and shrivel. Those books are like old friends, and all the others just sit there silent and dusty, in mint condition. Sorry, I say to them, there was no spark. We just didn't click.

So out with the old and in with the new.

Kurt and I decided that we will purchase a new cookbook with the intent of trying every recipe, from cover to cover. Our project, obviously inspired by this whole Julia Child business, is meant to shake up our weeknight supper routine. We are very keen on cooking together ... and we might even learn something.

So now I am on the hunt for the perfect cookbook. I have to be choosy, because hasty impulse buys have only left me with a lot of ho-hummers and very few humdingers. I want something conducive to our eating habits (fresh, seasonal, heavy on the vegetables) but unique and challenging enough to hold our interest.

What do you think? Any suggestions? I'll trade you a recipe for a recommendation.


Lemon Basil Lake Trout with Buckwheat, Peas and Onions.
I like this because it is simple, inexpensive and can be cooked in a snap.
I found the broiled trout recipe
here.







4 comments:

  1. so, this is my first post here, but i really enjoy your blog. I don't quite remember how i found you, but i love your photos and stories and the recipes you share. i also like to try to cook and eat seasonally as i live in central ohio where fresh vegetables are practically sprouting from the city sidewalks at the moment. i don't know of any cookbooks that focus on seasonal fare (please let me know if you find one), but my husband and i both love mark bittman's "how to cook everything." it's a really large book, so making every recipe will be a challenge, but i love that he gives you instructions on how to make something, and then gives you options for how to build upon that same recipe. it's basically a manual for any home cook to make anything either by the book or with a little personal flair.

    enjoy!

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  2. Oh awesome! Thank you! I really like reading his blog and his articles in the NY Times. I will definitely check that out.

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  3. i really like the cookbook called simply organic by jesse ziff cool. it's got lovely photos and every recipe i've made has been delicious, plus it's organized by season.
    i also just checked out the book local flavors by debra madison. i haven't made anything from it yet but i have a whole bunch of pages flagged, plus debra madison is known for her vegetable driven recipes.
    the library is a great way to test books... i've had the same problem as you, i get sucked in by a pretty cover or something and then the book doesn't really work for me.
    good luck!

    http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Organic-Cookbook-Sustainable-Ingredients/dp/0811860442/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250682248&sr=8-2

    http://www.amazon.com/Local-Flavors-Cooking-Americas-Farmers/dp/0767929497/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250682407&sr=1-1

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  4. i really like the cookbook called simply organic by jesse ziff cool. it's got lovely photos and every recipe i've made has been delicious, plus it's organized by season.
    i also just checked out the book local flavors by debra madison. i haven't made anything from it yet but i have a whole bunch of pages flagged, plus debra madison is known for her vegetable driven recipes.
    the library is a great way to test books... i've had the same problem as you, i get sucked in by a pretty cover or something and then the book doesn't really work for me.
    good luck!

    http://www.amazon.com/Simply-Organic-Cookbook-Sustainable-Ingredients/dp/0811860442/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250682248&sr=8-2

    http://www.amazon.com/Local-Flavors-Cooking-Americas-Farmers/dp/0767929497/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1250682407&sr=1-1

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