I’m so excited to bring you the first in a new weekly series of cookbook reviews! This week I’m starting with the four I use the most often.
I own SO many cookbooks and have an equally large list of ones to purchase. I often get emails asking about my favorites, which is SUCH a tough question. I don’t think I could ever part with any of them! When we moved a few years ago, I packed all my cookbooks into huge bins — the sheer number of heavy, cookbook filled bins was likely enough to make my husband question our marriage. I mean…I wasn’t moving those bins, so….
The bad thing? I’m not finished buying them! Can’t stop, won’t stop. Cookbooks forever!
Normally I’ll feature one book at a time in my reviews, but for my first post I thought I’d share my four favorites. Here they are!
If you’re unfamiliar with America’s Test Kitchen, their recipes are fool-proof! They go through a rigorous testing process resulting in very detailed and very user friendly recipes. Before each recipe is a description of WHY this recipe works, whether it be a particular ingredient or a special technique.
This book is an all around cookbook, full of family friendly breakfasts, dinners and desserts, as well as basic sauces and dressings. Anytime I need a basic recipe, I turn to this book. It never EVER disappoints. If I had to recommend one cookbook to every home cook, it would be this one hands down.
Bonus? It’s spiral bound, so it lays nice and flat. It also comes with dividers so you can easily find the sections you’re looking for.
This is an absolutely perfect all-around baking book. From blueberry muffins, to sugar cookies, to cheesecake and pie crust — this book covers it all. It also goes over the basics and WHY each recipe works. If you want to learn more about baking, this is a fabulous book to start with!
If you need lots of glossy pictures, this book isn’t going to give that to you. But in my opinion, it makes up for it in information. This book is huge and FULL of great stuff.
I hesitated to include this book because I think there isn’t a person left who DOESN’T own it. However…it is definitely in my top four, so there you go!
People seem to think I’m kidding when I talk about how picky and simple my boys are about dinner — they are meat and potatoes boys all the way! Because of that, this cookbook is PERFECT for us. My copy is stained and tattered from making her meatloaf, lasagna, and chicken spaghetti. Her chocolate sheet cake is another favorite — I make it often and it’s always well loved.
I do own Ree’s other books, but this one is my favorite, hands down. Every time I take her lasagna somewhere I’m asked for the recipe, so there’s that.
This is another cookbook that is a dinner miracle for us — simple, homecooked Southern recipes. Our favorites are the chicken tenders, the comeback sauce, and the cheesey hashbrown casserole. I make her Sweet Potato Casserole every year at Thanksgiving(coconut, brown sugar and CRUMB TOPPING) and OMG if I don’t get a trillion compliments on it. So SO good.
There are also tons of cute stories about where the recipes came from — Christy Jordan is such a kind person who truly loves food and her family, and that shines in this book. It’s hard to not have fun reading it.
So..that’s it! Those are my four Desert Island cookbooks. What are yours?