My holidays were spent in the kitchen. There was always something baking in the oven or bubbling on the top of the stove. Now that the baking a cooking frenzy of the holidays is over I thought I would share with you the cookbooks I turn to the most when I want to make something delicious.
1. The Fannie Farmer Cookbook - This has been my go to cookbook for years. It is the book my mom used when I was a child and the book that taught me some great basic recipes. If you are ever looking for something basic or classic this is my go to book. There is everything from appetizers and entrees to sides and desserts. Some of my favorite go to recipes in here are parker house rolls, chocolate chip cookies, pancakes and oatmeal raisin cookies.
2. Martha Stewart's Cookies - I am a serious cookie fanatic. They are one of my favorite things to bake as well as one of my favorite desserts to eat. Martha is the queen of cookies and baking (in my mind), whenever I want to whip up a batch of unique cookies this is the first book I look to. Some of my favorites that I make over and over again are the buttered rum meltaways, chocolate black pepper cookies and lemon tassies.
3. The Joy of Cooking - Every chef or wannabe chef or even kitchen newbie should own this book. It covers all the basics with great tips and tricks. It is my go to book to look up things I don't always make on a regular basis, like a classic omelette (it's not a simple as it seems), hard boiled / soft boiled eggs, as well as the best ways to preserve things. The Joy of Cooking is just a great reference book to have around.
4. The Pioneer Woman Cooks - Oh my oh my how I love the lovely Ree Drummond. I have been a frequent reader of her blog for many years. She has some great down home comfort food recipes. Her cookbook is set up a lot like her blog, with photos of every step of the process, which is great for someone who is just starting to cook. She will also add a little commentary to each recipe, which is absolutely hilarious. Whenever I want to make something comforting I always turn to her. Some of my favorite recipes are for her chili (it get's my bf's seal of approval), artichoke dip and guacamole.
5. Bouchon Bakery - If Martha Stewart is the Queen of baking then I name Thomas Keller the King. If you have ever had the pleasure of trying any of Thomas Keller's lovely desserts or food at Bouchon, then you know that it is quite the heavenly experience. This book brings a bit of Bouchon home to you. Not only is this book beautiful to look at, but it is also packed with brilliant pictures and fantastic tips. He stresses the importance of weighing your ingredients over measuring and then walks you step by step through his fantastic desserts and baked goods. I love the TKO's and Macaron's.
6. The Art of Preserving - Many of my close friend's know my obsession with canning. It isn't something I have shared on my blog yet, but I do it quiet often. Whenever I get the itch to can something, or I just went a little crazy at the local farm, I always pick up this book. It goes through the proper canning methods, along with having great jam and pickle recipes. There are even recipes that use the canning recipes in a meal. It is a great well rounded book if you are ever interested in delving into that area. Plus who doesn't like homemade jam as a gift? The recipes I have recently used from this book are the Apple Butter, the Meyer Lemon Ginger Marmalade and the Classic Dill Pickles.
I hope this inspired you to look more at your cookbooks that you have, or even gave you inspiration on another book to add to your collection. As a cookbook hoarder and collector, I am always looking for new books to pick up and try. What are your go to cookbooks in your collection?