Learning to enjoy cooking has come with great rewards. I love how food has the ability to bring people together or even change moods from hangry to happy.
I have to admit though, it took me a while to appreciate the work that goes into preparing a delicious meal. Spending time in the kitchen was not my idea of fun. As I began to take initiative in the kitchen and expand my curiosity, the more pride and confidence I had. Like any new skill, it takes patience and practice.
Cookbooks are one of my favorite tools for trying new meals. Depending on the dish, they are useful for learning new techniques and skills. Here are some of mine and my Mom’s favorite cookbooks.
Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer: This cookbook is a classic and every kitchen should have one. It features hundreds to thousands of classic American dishes and comfort food. This is one that will help to improve your cooking skills.
Magnolia Table Volume 1 by Joanna Gaines & Magnolia Table Volume 2: I naturally LOVE everything that Joanna does so it was inevitable that these two books would become popular in my house. What I enjoy about her cookbooks are the stories that go along with her recipes. She is a great storyteller.
Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten: I enjoy this cookbook because the recipes are easy to follow plus family-friendly!
The Gourmet Cookbook by Ruth Reichl: This book contains over 1000 recipes that vary from classic and easy to sophisticated dishes perfect for various occasions.
Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook: If you enjoy baking, this is one must-have!