It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Food Network, and by the cookbooks I own, you can definitely tell.
I love to dine out, but the flavors you can experience while experimenting in the kitchen are endless and just thinking about all the ingredients I’ve yet to cook with makes me want to run to the market and travel the world.
These are my favorite cookbooks. I use some more than others, but each one contains a favorite recipe and serves a different purpose.
Of all my cookbooks, these two are my go-to sources, both awesome for entertaining. I have planned entire Christmas dinners from my Taste of Home cookbook. It all started with an $11 yearly subscription to Taste of Home magazine. In my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook, you’ll find my favorite recipe for Key Lime Cheesecake Pie, a real winner. It also has an essential section for substitutions that I adore.
I’m a huge fan of Paula Deen. I love her story. She’s real and the woman can flat-out cook. Period.
Barefoot Contessa. Where do I even begin? Her class of style is on point. Even though many of the dishes she makes use ingredients I’ve never even heard of or much less have access to, I’m always intrigued by her recipes and her execution–maybe it’s her ease of entertaining and simplistic approach. Among my favorite recipes found in the above cookbooks: Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing and Sticky Buns. Because of her, I want to visit the Hamptons.
Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, has some of the most practical recipes I’ve ever seen. This cookbook is chockfull of sensational down home food you’ll make again and again. What I love about it is that most of the ingredients are things I’m familiar with and have on hand. I can relate to everything she cooks and man alive, her food is Some Kinda Good.
Homemade…such a desirable, feel-good name for a cookbook. I purchased this one while visiting a friend in Denver, Colorado at the popular Anthropologie retail store. I’ve made an Authentic Italian Lasagna out of it that my family still raves about, as well as an Apple Pie Sunday and Vanilla Cupcakes. I could look at the pictures featured in it for hours and not get bored.
“Giada is hotta.” That’s what my brother likes to say. Not only is she beautiful, she’s an awesome cook! I really enjoy making her pasta dishes and she’s taught me what an incredible difference acidity makes in recipes ranging from sauces and fish dishes to desserts.
Finally, Julia Child, a legend. Julie and Julia is one of my all time favorite movies which inspired this Christmas gift. It’s spilling over with knowledge any cook would benefit from reading, discussing topics like skimming off the fat and the perfect way to roast a chicken.