So I realized that in a pinch, I know where to go.
- What book do I go to when I want to know how the French did it?
- Where do I go when I want some background research on ingredients – both in food and in other household products?
- What book do I go to when it’s the end of the budget and the bottom of the freezer and I’m just not sure how I can pull this together for two more dinners?
- What book do I go to when I want a modern explanation and pictures on how to do a reaaaally technical feat?
- Where do I go when I need something new or a cleaned-up version of a classic recipe that’s typically full of junk?
The answers to these questions are how I know to cook. It’s because I spent time – hours (probably months) of my life pouring over these books.
So! If you’re wanting a new cookbook, or wanting to know where I go on the web for fresh inspiration, how where I learned… viola:
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle, & Julia Child. This is the Piece de Triumph. The place where culinary masterpieces were finally described for normal American women. I could write a whole other blog post devoted to entirely to what Julia Child did to the realm of gastronomy, but this brief paragraph will do for now. You should follow this up by reading her memoir, My Life in France and watching Julie and Julia.
From Scratch, by Shay Elliott. This is the BEST cookbook I’ve ever encountered for cooking real food on the cheap. The ingredients are not complicated or expensive. You may also want to check out her blog at The Elliott Homestead. This is my book for end of the month.
Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, by Martha Stewart. An excellent technical resource on how to perform basic culinary feats. It couples well with Julia Child’s books, but I feel it’s a little more practical and definitely more modern. I love that it really is a resource manual and could be read even as a textbook. This was the first real “manual” cookbook I received and I tried to soak it up like a sponge.
Animal Vegetable Miracle: A Year in Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver. The best description on what it means to eat seasonally… but bigger than that, how we are connected to it. It’s beautiful. She puts things in proper order if you’re concerned about seasonal eating, and also lots of tidbits on raising your own food.
Einkorn: Recipes for Nature’s Original Wheat, by Carla Bartolucci. It should not surprise you that this is here… if you follow over on instagram, you know how much I love, love, love this cookbook. This is the cookbook that revolutionized my baking. If you’re wanting to clean up your bread, get back to your roots or interested in eating heirloom wheat, you must check this out. It’s a phenomenal book for a phenomenal food.
Mommypotamus: Heather, writer and Mommy of this blog has done (and continues to do!) an immense amount of research. She not only gives recipes for food that’s allergen friendly (issues with dairy, gluten, etc.) but she also has homemade solutions for LOADS of stuff. My inspiration for homemade cleaning stuff comes primarily from her.
The Elliott Homestead: I referenced Shaye above and her cookbook, but there’s loads here, too. (She has other recipes and cookbooks!) She’s very end-of-month and end-of-budget friendly that FEELS like a feast. Still with a farm flair.
Weed Em and Reap: Danelle’s site is akin to – but different, still – thank Shaye at The Elliott Homestead. There’s farm stuff there, of course, but there are home remedies and recipes galore. Danelle taught me gobs and gobs about wheat. No really… go look it up.
Jovial Foods: If you don’t want to go all out on the Einkorn cookbook (you should if your body can tolerate, it, though!) OR if you really just MUST be gluten-free, check out their website. This is excellent einkorn AND gluten-free dishes that focus primarily on bread-ish products. Breads, pastas, baked goods. I’ve yet to try one of their recipes that flopped. They know their stuff because they also make their stuff.
Don’t Waste the Crumbs: This site also has great recipes, but overall great money-saving tips. The site is not gluten-free or traditional diet (necessarily) but it’s primarily whole foods and from scratch. Her focus is big on stewardship (one of my favorite, favorite, words! My rant here.).
The Domestic Man: Russ creates masterpieces. They are always gluten-free which is wonderful for me. (And not JUST gluten-free, but healthy. Those two words are not always synonymous.) But they are… fantastic. Phenomenal. Restaurant-grade. For someone with finicky needs, this website scratches the itch when you just want take-out, and you want it bad enough to buy the ingredients and learn to do it yourself. They often have international flair, too. For someone who grew up all over the world and has a pretty wide palette… it just works. I can’t recommend this one enough when you REALLY want to wow or take it up a notch.
THESE ARE REALLY JUST MY TOP….
But there are loads out there? What are your favorite cookbooks? Bloggers? Link it up! We’re all better for the sharing!
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