While it’s great to be able to look up a recipe online, sometimes you just want a book. These books look so good I can almost smell the food cooking.
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I am very grateful to all my friends, both new and established (Please note that I did not use the word “old”!) who take the time to visit this site, read my ramblings and try my recipes. I appreciate the thoughts, encouragement, ideas and recipes that you have shared and I hope we can continue this beautiful back and forth for a long, long time. But I also know, for sure, there’s another truth out there for many of us.
Sometimes you just want a book.
Cookbooks have the feel that many readers love. You can hold it, turn the pages, and feel the paper. It looks great on your bookshelf. As time goes on it gets well broken in, with frayed edges and splattered stains on the pages. (Or maybe that’s just me. Maybe I’m a sloppy cook.)
If this sounds like you, I’ve put together a selection of books you might enjoy, either in digital form or hard copy.
Books! Glorious Books!
The Pleasures of Cooking for One – Judith Jones
After the death of Judith Jones’s husband in 1996, she took on the task of cooking for one and decided to write a book about it. This is a great book that includes kitchen tips, easy-to-understand French-inspired recipes and “makeovers” for leftovers.
If you like gourmet food (or just want to Feel Fancy!), this is the book for you! Check out a preview here.
Judith Jones (1924-2011) was an American writer and editor. She was best known for her campaigns to publish The Diary of Anne Frank and Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking, both of which she rescued from the reject pile. Her friendship with Julia Child is featured in the 2009 movie “Julie and Julia”.
Vegan Cooking for One – Leah Leneman
Vegan Cooking for One is an updated version of Leah Lenemans’ 1989 book The Single Vegan, which sold over 600,000 copies. This cookbook offers over 200 diverse and seasonal recipes that tempt the taste buds, are easy to follow as well as being very simple and straightforward,
It offers weekly menus, which include shopping lists to make sure you have the ingredients you need for the week. In addition, you can take advantage of the seasonally based collections to make the best use of fresh, local produce.
Check out the preview here.
Leah Leneman (1944-1999) was an American actor and author born and raised in California. She eventually moved to Scotland and, after receiving a history degree at the University of Edinburgh, pursued an academic career built around independent research and writing geared towards the depiction of the women’s suffrage movement in Scotland. After becoming vegan in her twenties, she also authored a number of vegan cookbooks.
Mug Meals – Leslie Bilderback
Mugs aren’t just for coffee anymore!! This amazing book has over 100 recipes to make right in your microwave, with a wild variety of options for any meal, snack or dessert. Chili Con Carne? Beef Stroganoff? Poached Salmon? Yes, please! Brownie-in-a-mug? Of course, it’s there.
This book is a must-have for those with limited cooking facilities, new cooks or those of us who are just plain busy! Check out a preview here.
Leslie Bilderback is a Certified Master Baker and has been a chef for nearly 20 years. She is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and was one of the first instructors at the California School of Culinary Arts. She went on to become the Executive Chef and helped guide the school as it partnered with Le Cordon Bleu. In 2002, she was a finalist on Team USA at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie, an international, invitational artisan baking competition held in Paris, France.
Cook & Freeze – Dana Jacobi
Dana Jacobi tuned into freezing serving-sized meals when she became a caregiver to her parents. She wanted to serve them healthy, nutritious meals but soon found that cooking and delivering meals every day was an impossible task. Luckily for us, this cookbook fits nicely into what we’ve been talking about here on this site. She covers the basics of freezer storage, organization and reheating as well as 150 delicious recipes.
See the preview here!
In addition to writing cookbooks, Dana Jacobi writes the nationally syndicated column “Something Different,” and has been featured in a number of national publications including Cooking Light, Eating Well and The New York Times. Her healthy approach to cooking has been endorsed by American Institute for Cancer Research and her work was published in Diabetic Gourmet Magazine, Vegetarian Times and Prevention.
Slow Cooking for Two – Cynthia Graubart
Kindle / Hardcover / Paperback
Here’s what we’ve all been looking for! Slow cooker recipes of all types! It’s great for those with limited cooking facilities or abilities, hot weather or if your only wish is to have dinner cook itself.
The ingredients are basic while still being whole foods and it even has entries that will make two different recipes in the same pot at the same time! Click here to see a preview.
Cynthia Graubart is an author, Southern Living Magazine columnist, food writer, cooking teacher and former television producer based in Atlanta, GA.
In 2004, she garnered national attention with the publication of her book “The One-Armed Cook”, aimed at the challenges of young families in creating healthy meals. She went on to create a weekly food e-newsletter for Nickelodeon’s online parenting portal, ParentsConnect. In 2014, she won the James Beard Best Cookbook Award for her 2012 publication “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking”. She was named a Georgia Grown Executive Chef in 2017 and has recently released her 8th cookbook
What are you waiting for?
These books look so good I can almost smell the food cooking. Which one will you choose? Let me know in the comments below! And don’t forget to come back to let me know which one has your (new) favorite recipe.
What are you waiting for?
All my best,
6 Replies to “Sometimes You Just Want A Book”
That slow-cooking for two book looks tempting, I love slow cooking dishes, they always taste nice and tender as flavours are absorbed into the meat as they’re cooked for long hours. Do you think any slow-cooker will do at home, or do the recipes require a programmable slow-cooker? It’ll be awesome if I can cook up a batch at home 🙂
I agree with you 100% in regard to the slow cooker. I’ve found that any slow cooker will work for any slow cooker recipe. If it’s not programmable, you’ll want to be sure you’re home in time to turn it off or set it to warm.. Good luck and let me know what recipes you tried
What a great article that you have put together and I will definitely be getting one of these books. As many people I spent lock down improving my cooking skills so any help to make this better is perfect. I especially like the fact that you have reviewed many different types of books for all different cooking interests.
I’m glad you found this helpful. I have all kinds of cookbooks so I can cook all kinds of food! It’s too easy to get stuck in a rut so I dig my out whenever I need new ideas.
Boh, Cynthia. That is great advice. I love the mug meals. I have never thought to put my meals in a mug, but of course, that is a great idea, especially for lunch. You put the right assortment of books together. I believe they are all great cookbooks. I love to cook, as well. Mostly do I cook the same meals. I think we all do this. It is actually very nice to try something different. Thank you very much!
Mug meals are the best! One meal, one dish. Let me know which ones you tried and how you liked them.