I read a lot of cookbooks. Yes, from cover to cover, for the most part. There is nothing like a shiny new cookbook filled with beautiful glossy pictures of the food you can create with the recipes inside. To me, it’s almost like Christmas going through the pages. What will I find? Will I discover a new recipe that I just can’t live without? The possibilities are wonderful!
So, when I came across a blog entry today from the Allen County Public Library in Indiana, I was fascinated! A book club for cookbook lovers! The group meets and discusses one new cookbook a month and the results are posted on their blog right here. They talk about what they liked and disliked about the cookbook, the photographs and even how the author writes. They also sampled a couple of recipes from the author’s blog (although I’m sure they were also found in the cookbook). This is a nice change from regular book clubs, who probably don’t do much more than a bowl of chips for their refreshments (okay, I’ll probably get a few arguments here, but you get the point.) This form of book club also offers a variation on a cooking club where members meet and bring (or make) several recipes and discuss what they liked or disliked.
If you’d just like a few new cookbooks to look at, we’re always putting out new ones on our shelves (cookbooks are some of the most popular books in the library!). Some of the more recent ones that I’ve looked at and enjoyed, either for the recipes or the pictures or both, are:
Araxi : Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant by chef James Walt
This cookbook is a new Canadian offering and has wonderful pictures and exotic recipes (although I think many of them could be made at home). The pictures here are clean and well presented, making the food enticing! You can also see more of this cookbook here or visit the Araxi website here.
Ghoulish Goodies by Sharon Bowers
Here’s a fabulous idea cookbook for that one special night! I’d purchased this book for the library quite some time ago, but I made myself wait until just recently to catalog it so I’d be in the mood. I’m working on Halloween Craft Night ideas, so this was perfect to take home and devour! The recipes are simple and extremely creative and there are lots of ideas for your Halloween party or just dinner on that night. The fun thing about this is the section at the back which gives you a few ideas about what to do with recipes once Halloween is over (fall themes etc.). They also have a great website with many of their recipes posted. I especially like the idea of candy corn pizza (not really candy corn) but they have a few really great ideas!
Rose’s Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum
I have been thinking about Christmas baking, merely thinking about it, but I took this cookbook home for a little inspiration and I think I’ll take a few recipes from the book and try them this year. Most of the recipes in here are very standard, so you can’t go wrong but there will be something for anyone who is looking for a new idea. Traditional is always best at Christmas, or so my husband tells me. Beranbaum has a super website filled with recipes, videos and lots of great ideas!
Have you read any great cookbooks lately?