Saturday, April 15, 2006

Weekend Reading Material

My husband Rue is always going to the library every week. Every once in a while I will go with him. But lately I have been going every time he goes. I have discovered the library's cookbook section, and it is very large. Since I have been getting more and more comfortable with cooking and wanting to try more and more recipes, I felt like a little kid in a candy store. I wanted to take all of them home, but obviously that was not possible. So I picked out the ones that I really wanted to look at. The picture I am showing of the stack of cook books aren't all from one trip. They are actually from two separate trips. All of them are really good but my favorites are "Saved By Soup", "HomeBaking" and "Light and Easy Baking".

The soup book is really great especially for the new way of eating I have adopted. It seems that most soups are very low-fat and healthy. This particular books focuses on low-fat. I have already made 3 different soups and have put them in little bowl GLAD containers and then put them in the freezer. I found the little bowls at the supermarket and they are perfect! (They are also dishwasher safe.) I just pick which soup I want for lunch that day and defrost it in the microwave! (A piece of my dad's homemade whole wheat bread is always a good addition.)

The next book I like is the home baking book. It has all different kinds of baked good from all over the world. It seems that the main thing it has in it is bread, but they all look so delicious. It also has yummy goodies as well. The pictures inside are also wonderful. The photographer captured the beautiful culture where each of the recipes came from. I wish that I could show them to you! The name of the book is "HomeBaking: The Artful Mix of Flour and Tradition around the World", by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. I highly recommend that you pick it up the next time you are at the library. It would make a great coffee table book just for the pictures. I hope to buy it eventually.

My next favorite is Light and Easy Baking. There are many great cookie recipes that she has adapted so they can be made with whole wheat flour, half the fat and half the sugar. I made the whole wheat chocolate chip cookies and wrote a post on them too. I am really excited to try more of these recipes.


Bonita said...

One of my favorite cookbooks was called 'Laurel's Kitchen'...natural foods, wholesome grains. I used it for years.

Richard said...

Cookbooks are wonderful. I love those with colour photographs of all the recipes.

I tend to use cookbooks as a guide to help me compose a dish – since I rarely have all the ingredients and need to improvise anyway.

I prefer to cook meals rather than baking. Although, I prefer to eat baking to meals.

Sometimes you can get into a cooking rut, "What? Chicken again!" – of course, this usually happens when your audience is a bunch of finicky eaters, so you end up going with what you know they eat (even if it is baked chicken, rice and broccoli 3 or 4 nights in a row) – since it is less deflating than going with a asparagus quiche and whines that follow.

The trick in cooking is not to be too intimidated and just go for the taste.