It’s Day 5 of Max & Rosie’s August photo and baking challenge, and she’s challenging bakers to share their favorite cook book! The only problem is… I have several favorite cookbooks. Sitting loud and proud on my kitchen counter, tucked between the fridge and flour container, are my favorite cookbooks.
I’m narrowing my list down to my top 5 favorite go-to cookbooks. Fun fact: August 9th is National Book Lover’s day, so grab one of these bad boys and find some inspiration for your next kitchen extravaganza!
“A huge, lavishly produced A to Z encyclopedia of culinary knowledge is packed with approximately 2,000 sure-to-please recipes for appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, soups, main dishes, breads, salads, desserts–anything and everything to do with food. 800 color photos.”
This is a family favorite, I’m pretty sure my mother, her mother and her sisters all have this cookbook. They made sure I had my own copy at my wedding shower. This book goes beyond just recipes and culinary arts, and includes general information on tools, kitchen arrangement, equipment, and more.
“Slow cookers are having a comeback. With good reason. They are friends on a day of running errands. They allow easy entertaining with no last-minute preparation. They are miracles for potluck meals, whether in your home or someone else’s. Slow cookers are gentle with the food budget — less expensive ingredients flourish in their slow, moist heat.”
My crock pot is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me… besides, you know, getting married and being born. I can throw a bunch of ingredients in early in the morning and have an amazing dinner ready in the evening, with little to no fuss. Although I have one of the older versions, this book has been updated to include more recipes and tips. Any version of this book will do. And if you don’t have a slow cooker yet, go buy one now! I promise it will be worth your time and money.
“Minnesota Cook book. Recipes are presented along with adventures into Minnesota’s folklore and history.”
I’ve been living in Minnesota for a little over 5 years now, and I’ve fully embraced this state, its history and its unique traditions. From the Northwest Salad to the Honey-fried Walleye Fillets to the Swedish Apple Pie, this book takes advantage of the history and resources of Minnesota to bring some delicious recipes to the table.
I definitely do a lot more baking than cooking, so these are my two go-to dessert books for cupcake and wedding/event baking inspiration!
4. Eat More Dessert: More than 100 Simple-to-Make & Fun-to-Eat Baked Goods From the Baker to the Stars
“Jenny Keller, creator of JennyCookies.com and baker to the stars, is best known for her amazing dessert tables she makes for celebrity parties. The secret is she makes it simple with batch recipes and by doctoring boxed cake mix to easily bake a whole table full of treats.
Dessert table themes include:
*Princess Tea Party *Ice Cream Shop *Shipwrecked *Spring Garden *Love Is Sweet *Vintage Baby *Campout *Fall Bounty *Down on the Farm *North Pole Bakery
You’ll also learn how to design the perfect dessert table, from choosing a theme to styling your sweets. Each theme has multiple desserts to fill the table, ranging from simple, crowd-pleasing sugar cookies to show-stopping, over-the-top cakes―and everything in between. With Eat More Dessert you’ll create celebrity-status desserts that’ll dazzle your friends, family and kids.”
“Cupcakes are now the treat of the times, at once simple and chic. 500 Cupcakes is just that: a storehouse of recipes, written in clear instructions and appealingly packaged in bright, modern colors. 500 Cupcakes from front to back provides what bakers of all levels need to produce tempting creations. The introduction provides a comprehensive look at equipment and ingredients, plus a description of the cupcake-making process, from getting started to storing and transporting the yummy results. The collection of recipes span from classic flavors and shapes to new favorites for every style and taste including recipes for alternate diets.
Reaturing over 200 enticing pictures of cupcakes in the pan and on the serving plate 500 Cupcakes really is the only cupcake compendium you ll ever need!”
I’m always looking for more inspiriation! I’d love to hear your favorite cookbooks that you’ve used over the years in the comments below.