Favorite Cookbooks

Even though I use Pinterest for finding and saving a lot of recipes these days, I do own a few cookbooks that I still use regularly. I am pretty picky with cookbooks. My favorites are filled with recipes that use minimal ingredients yet are unexpected. Even though there are a ton of cookbooks out there that look sooo beautiful my eyes water, ultimately I know I'll be happy just getting them from the library. There are only a few cookbooks that I use so much it's worth it for me to buy them. As you can see I like to mark pages I want try or have tried and love.
Anyway, I thought I'd share my favorites here.

Pure Simple Cooking by Diana Henry: I've made a ton of recipes from this multiple times. I love this beccause it uses staples, so at most you might have to buy one special ingredient, usually the main one for a meat or fish dish. They are all simple and fast to throw together, and come out looking like something really special!

5 spices, 50 dishes by Ruta Kahate: The whole premise of the book is that all the recipes contain some of the five spices commonly used in Indian dishes and then just a few other simple ingredients. I've learned so much about how to cook and use spices from this book!

Paletas by Fany Gerson: I went though a real ice pop making phase you can learn so much about a whenever I have fruit I don't know what to do with. Paletas are simple to make with any fruit, and easy to customize.

Please To The Table by Anya Von Bremzen: This book is actually the exception to my cookbook buying rule, all the recipes are complicated and most involve buying special several ingredients. However I love this book for the head notes! I've read it cover to cover and it's a fascinating history lesson, I think my favorite way to learn about other countries is though food. Not all the recipes are complicated of course, I made a feta cheese spread from this book that was delicious simple and unlike anything I've had before.


  1. I'm intrigued by Pure Simple Cooking. As much as I enjoy eating unique flavors I'm at a point where I prefer to go out for those and leave the easier, more typical stuff for home cooking, using kitchen staples. I will have to check that one out, thank you!

    1. That's how I feel, I just want to make simple things most of the time. So, yes, I highly recommend that book!