Best Cookbooks of 2011  …..my personal choices!

Best Cookbooks of 2011 …..my personal choices!

2011 has almost gone away, it went by so fast.  Too fast!  I don’t remember everything that happened to me, and this is definitely not going to be some sappy sentimental post recalling all of this past year’s events, major and minor.  Nope, this is not one of those kinds of posts.   

What I really would like to share are the best cookbooks from 2011. Let us end the year talking about food!

These are the cookbooks that were new to me for 2011.  The majority of them were given to me as gifts.   I tried recipes from each of these and I would love to just cook my way through each one of them!  Nevermind how I would look physically after that!   I wholeheartedly recommend each one of these cookbooks. If you have the chance to look at these up close and personal you will find that most of these books  are loaded with gorgeous pictures.  Those are my favorite kind of cookbooks.  I truly believe we eat with our eyes first, and I can be inspired by a picture to try a recipe no matter how difficult!  I am inspired by each one of these books, their pictures, their stories and the opportunity that each one gives to me and my family through their wonderful recipes.   I hope to feature recipes from these books throughout 2012!

Clinton Street Baking Company” by Dede Lahman and Neil Kleinberg.  My husband picked this book out.  What a keeper this book is! Gorgeous pictures and a wonderful story of “making it” in NYC!  Their buttermilk biscuit recipe is a killer and they are known for their biscuits!  I want to make their Chocolate Chunk Muffins, they look sinful!  I basically need to make something out of this book each week!

If those pancakes dont make you drool-you need to check your pulse!

The Amish Cook’s Anniversary Book”, and “The Amish Cook at Home”  both by Lovina Eichers with Kevin Williams. Two wonderful books given to me for my birthday by my good friend Ed.  These are filled with gorgeous pictures of Amish life in Pennsylvania and their lovely simple food! You must add these books to your collection. I have made the Corn Relish recipe from the Anniversary book, it is wonderful and a keeper as we have plenty of corn around our area in the Summer to make this recipe a keeper!  I made the Apple Crisp Topping and the Corn Pudding from their other book, more keepers.  I want to make the Apple Bars that are featured in the “Amish Cook at Home” book, they just sound wonderfully simple!

 

 

Ina Garten’s “Barefoot Contessa How Easy is That?”  My daughter and my husband both gave me this book for Christmas last year, I had to return one.  Made me sad.  I love her approach to food and how simply elegant her recipes are. 

 

Rosemary Perry’s “Furrows and Hedgerows” cookbook is full of Indiana recipes and she has short little background stories she shares along the way.  This is one of the exceptions to my recommendations, as there are no food pictures but many old-time pictures of family, farms and life in the “good ole days”.   The Blueberry Muffin and Banana Nut Muffin recipes are terrific.  You will find an old-fashioned Ham Loaf recipe in this book as well as a homemade Frozen Custard, an Indiana favorite!

Baked, New Frontiers in Baking” by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. This is the book that I exchanged my duplicate Barefoot Contessa cookbook for. This book contains beautiful pictures along with tips printed throughout the book.  I just love this book!!  Made their Classic Pie Dough and Orange Almond Blueberry Muffins, just awesome!  But I really, really, really want to make their Sweet and Salty Cake it looks sinfully delicious and I am afraid I would eat the whole thing, seriously.

The Brownie Lover’s Bible” by Lisa Slater. I found this book in our Borders Bookstore as they were having their store closing sale.  It was a sad day, but finding this book on their shelf made it brighten up.  I could not believe this book had not been snatched up, what a find!!  I made their Brownie Blobs, they were rich and delicious, just beyond words.  I really need to make their Balsamic Brownies and their Chocolate Rugelach.  Well, I just really need to make every brownie in this book!

I didn’t get any cookbooks for Christmas this year, and that’s fine as I have so many recipes left to try just in the cookbooks I received in 2011! (not to mention in my collection!)

 Here’s to continued cooking in 2012!!

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