There are so many cookbooks on the market, and I’ve had more than my fair share of the kind that I rarely want to look at again after the initial review. What keeps me going back to the same one time and time again is either good easy recipes, or a good concept such as super easy suppers, or a combination of same kind recipes, like salsa or cookies. I also have some international cookbooks which are fun to get out on a weekend. And I can never resist keeping my eyes out at flea markets and garage sales for old cookbooks like Julia Childs, OMG the cream!
If I had to choose only one cookbook, it would definitely be the Betty Crocker Cookbook, 11th Edition: The Big Red Cookbook (Comb-Bound) (Betty Crocker Cookbook: 1500 Recipes for the Way You Cook). Its the one I get out for all my basic recipes like pizza crust or pancakes.
A hot new cookbook with a great concept is Michael Symon’s 5 in 5: 5 Fresh Ingredients + 5 Minutes = 120 Fantastic Dinners. It seems people are looking more and more for easy meals at the end of the day, and putting five ingredients together in five minutes is as fast as take out even if you have to buy some of the stuff, and much healthier!
When you’re in the mood to bake cookies,1001 Cookie Recipes: The Ultimate A-To-Z Collection of Bars, Drops, Crescents, Snaps, Squares, Biscuits, and Everything That Crumble is the one to have. I can open it up on a Sunday afternoon and either glance through it section by section or go to the selection of shortbread or chocolate chip cookies and choose amongst several choices for each kind, depending on my mood or what the occasion is. And its full of pretty options for Christmas time too.
Aside from cookbooks like these, that give me a variety of suggestions or ideas, or all the basic recipes at my fingertips, my most used method of getting recipes has definitely become searching on the internet and propping my iPad in a stand on the island. I don’t even mind when I forget to turn off screen lock because the screen cleans so easily if I have to touch it to get it to open again. And I’m always determined to do a screen save of any particularly interesting ones, although I haven’t remembered yet! That’s the disadvantage to cooking from recipes on the net.