Cookbook Binge

One of my favourite things about our new community is the annual book sale, which benefits our tiny local library. It’s makes for a great morning, sifting through the gymnasium full of books, chatting with neighbours about your respective finds, and hauling home an armload of new treasures (for a mere 50 cents to $2 per book).
As usual, my first stop was the cookbook table, and I literally came away with an armload:

I’ve borrowed Mad Hungry from the library countless times, so that was the first thing I snapped up.

The Girls Who Dish is a collection of recipes from female Vancouver chefs. My recipe for grilled eggplant comes from one of their later books.

I love Martha Stewart’s recipes, but probably never would have picked up this copy of Entertaining if I hadn’t just learned that it’s the “favourite cookbook of all time” of my favourite Canadian chef, Chuck Hughes. It seemed like such an unlikely pairing that I had to check it out.

I really enjoyed reading Julie & Julia, and am hoping Cleaving will be just as entertaining.

The other books are packed with information and luscious sounding food, by authors I know I like. Maya Angelou isn’t exactly known for her skills in the kitchen, but the recipes in her book are the epitome of comfort food.

The only problem now is that I have lots of work to get done, and way too many distractions…

5 thoughts on “Cookbook Binge

  1. I am so similar. Just love those cookbooks!! You will love Mark Bittman's book – between his books and those by Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen, those are my primary sources of food and/or inspiration. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  2. Lisa – It's fantastic; real manly man food! šŸ™‚

    Staci – Glad to hear you like Bittman's book. I have the vegetarian version, so I'm looking forward to reading this one. I'll have to check out your other recommendations as well. Thanks!

  3. Let us know how "Cleaving" goes. I almost bought it but didn't because the Amazon reviews say this book is basically a chronicle of Julie cheating on her husband and escaping to butchery to get over her guilt. So, I didn't buy it, but you did and I'm curious. :-0

    -Alyse

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