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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: Cookbooks

More and more lately I've been craving recipes that I can hold in my hands. Let's face it, Pinterest is such an amazing source for meals, recipes, and recipe inspiration but it's just not the same as having a beautiful cook book being put to use on your kitchen counter. 
Referencing my laptop, or phone every 2 minutes through a meal prep just loses any charm it may have had, plus I've smeared garlic and Olive Oil off my phone screen a few too many times.

My real-life cook book collection isn't as big as the one in my dreams and I'd like to fix that just a little bit. I've put together a list of some cook books I own, and cook books I'd love to own. So yes, this is kind of a wish list of my own.  But I just know (really know) any and all of the books in this list would be cherished by any foodie, I just know. 

  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes to Glow From the Inside Out - Angela Liddon
    • Angela's cookbook is packed with over 100 vegan plant-based recipes - 90 of them gluten-free, that's insanely awesome! Get a taste of what Angela cooks through her fantastic food blog, Oh She Glows. I do not own this book myself but It's highest on my list atm. How do I know I need it? My Aunt made the Mushroom and Rosemary Gravy  from this book for our thanksgiving dinner and it was the best gravy I'd ever eaten in my whole life. I now have the recipe myself, and we've made it into a poutine at least 4 times since.

  • Ovenly: Sweet & Salty Recipes from New York's Most Creative Bakery - Erin Patinkin & Agatha Kulaga
      • This book ALWAYS pops out at me in the book store, it's the cover. I have to say, I don't know too much about the authors or the bakery they have created that led to this book but I do know it comes well reviewed and they have quite a few signature recipes.
    • Date Night In: More than 120 ways to nourish your relationship - Ashley Rodriguez
      • I know it's Christmas shopping time, and I need to be focusing my time and money on buying things for people I love - but this book. It's sitting in my Amazon cart right now. On Pre-order. If it was avaliable this would be a Christmas Gift for Mitch for sure. Mitch and I love cooking together, and I know he would love a cookbook like this (no, I'm not projecting, I promise. Really). I also like the appeal of seasonal dishes that this book offers. And that it's portioned for two. Because leftovers are awesome, but totally not romantic.
    • Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence - Joy Wilson
      • I own both of Joy's cookbooks and cherish both of them dearly! It didn't leave my side for about 3 days after I bought it. Joy's recipes are classic treats but with charming and super-cool twists. Like pretzel pie crusts, roasted potato breakfast nachos, breakfast pizza (I love breakfast) and chocolate chip cookies with smoked sea salt. To give you a gauge on how enticing this cook book is, I'll tell you a story; It took me about 10 minutes to actually purchase this book at the till because the girl ringing me through and the other girl working at till would not stop pouring through the book! They wouldn't hand it over to me until they saw the chocolate-peanut butter pretzel cake that's pictured on the cover. I was so excited that they were interested in Joy's cookbook but at the same time totally bummed out that I din't get to be the first one to open my new book (those childish tendencies never leave you).
    • Rawsome Vegan Baking - Emily von Euw
      • "An un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes". Doesn't that all sound way to good to be true? I'm a huge fan of raw desserts. Crazyness - There is not a single 1 star or even 2 star review on Amazon for this cookbook! The recipes in this book are simple, and full of even simpler ingredients. Raw desserts never leave you feeling yucky or heavy like regular desserts, and these ones really do look irresistible. Like most raw recipes, a good food processor and blender are must-have kitchen accessories to complete them. 
    • Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi - Yotam Ottolenghi
      • 120 Vegetarian recipes. Count me in. I really love vegan and vegetarian cookbooks because I don't need to adjust recipes to suit my diet, or write off half a cookbook because it's filled with delicious looking but meaty dishes. It's tough sometimes not eating meat when your partner does. Mitch is awesome about eating vegetarian at home but I can see how much he drools over some heartier recipe options sometimes and it can make me feel slightly guilty. Anyway, what I'm getting at is, flipping through a vegetarian cookbook together is always a super exciting evening for both of us (yes reading cookbooks is exciting!) Sweet Potato Wedges with Lemongrass Creme Fraiche, Marinated Mushrooms with Walnut and Tahini Yogurt? Whoa. Something that really appeals to me about this book is that it's organized by the type of vegetable. How cool and handy is that! You have lots of carrots? Stick to the roots recipes. Feel like a salad? Check leaves, Cooked and Raw. That's Brilliant.
    I just think books make such wonderful and sentimental gifts. I especially love when the giver has written a little note on the inside, book notes are just one of the most special things there is. It's making me feel good just thinking about it! What cookbooks are on your Christmas Wish list or Give List this year? I know I've missed so many! 


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