My family laughs when they see numerous cookbooks on my Christmas list. I love flipping through the pages of any style cookbook and reading the ingredient lists and looking at the final product pictures. I’ve been known to spend hours going through stacks of these recipe books, reading and detailing each page. Now, I hate to say it, but I will: sometimes I never make anything out of the cookbooks I have. EEK!
There’s just something total relaxing and heart warming about pouring over the books of collected recipes from different individuals who have spent so much time perfecting these dishes and probably even making them numerous times for their own families.
I DEFINITELY did not get this obsession from my grandma. She has a few cookbooks but really only made anything out of one. On the day of her wedding, her mother gave her a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and it pretty much became her Bible. It scares me to turn the pages of this book because they are so fragile and well loved that they often disintegrate in your fingers. I’m pretty sure she has the majority of the recipes in this heavy cookbook memorized and perfected.
I’m trying to utilize my own cookbooks like my grandma did her Better Homes and Garden book. The cookbook I am starting to make multiple recipes out of is the Pioneer Woman’s latest, Dinnertime. I received this book from my in-laws, of course off my Christmas list.
If you have not checked out the Pioneer Woman’s blog, you definitely should. She is witty and practical and has SO many delicious (and easy) recipes. Her cookbooks are all beautifully laid out with pictures of each step of the recipe. She has personal notes about each dish and even great pairing recipes. I’ve made many of the dishes and my husband has enjoyed them all.
If you are looking for a new trusty standard cookbook to turn to or a gift for a dear friend, I 100% recommend this book. I know it will become a family favorite in your household.