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Cookbooks I recommend

I have quite a collection of cookbooks thanks to my friends and especially my wonderful mother in law, Diana. She is constantly finding me great cookbooks!

These are the books that I find myself turning to again and again. I get most of my baking recipes from these. Some of my favorites are also weight watchers cook books and those are a little harder to find. I made sure this list was all easily found on


The Bread Baker’s Apprentice : Peter Reinhart

My favorite bread book. I absolutely love the flavors that Mr. Reinhart teases from his breads. Most of these take two to three days to make but I enjoy breads with a long process. Another fabulous birthday gift from my best friend! I am one lucky home cook and baker!

Peter Reinhart’s Whole Grain Breads: Peter Reinhart

Peter is one of my favorite bakers. I would love to go to one of his demos and hope to catch him next time he’s at Greystone. Hubs got this for me for my birthday this year. I have expiramented with it and haven’t had much luck but I will keep trying it. I highly recommend starting with Bread Bakers Apprentice before this one.

The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook: Brinna B. Sands

This is probably my most used cookbook for 2009. I got it as a Christmas gift from the hubs and I have used it almost weekly. Cookies, breads, whole wheat recipes. . . this book has it ALL. I love King Arthur Flour and their website has some of the most amazing bread recipes as well.

Martha Stewart’s Baking Handbook : Martha Stewart

Martha is of course the end all be all of home cooking and decor. I love this cookbook that was a gift from my mother in law. I have made a ton of the cookie recipes, bread recipes, and thought about making some of the pastries (scary!). This is a great beginner book for those wanting to get into baking!


Rachael Ray 365 No Repeats: Rachael Ray

I love all things Rachael Ray circa the last five years or so. I actually had the pleasure of having her 2, 4, 6, 8 signed by her at a book signing and I couldn’t speak! Can we say FoodNetwork geek?

Everyday Food Great Food Fast : Martha Stewart Living Magazine

Everday Food is probably my favorite food magazine. I recieved their cookbook for my birthday this year and literally marked about 20 recipes just from my first glance through to make. Delicious, simple, and quick meals! Plus if it’s Martha you know it will be good!

Everyday Italian : Giada De Laurentiis

Giada is part of the holy trinity of Food Network girls for me. Giada, Ina, and Rachael. I am constantly saying that I must be an old Italian Grandmother trapped in the body of a much younger girl because Italian food speaks to my soul. When I am looking for something to cook two out of three times it is going to be Italian. I love Giada’s simple, light, and fabulous recipes in this book. She is on top of my list to have a book signed by!

Weight Watchers Take Out Tonight! : Weight Watchers

The first Weight Watchers book I ever bought. I have made many of the recipes in this book and love that it includes all sorts of recipes for Chinese, Indian, and American take out.

Weight Watchers Slow Good : Weight Watchers

My favorite Crockpot Cookbook! This is the home to my favorite (and Hub’s favorite!) chili recipe which is the “Vampire Slayer” chili. I love love love my crockpot and this book!

Indian Home Cooking : Suvir Saran

I had the pleasure of attending Mr. Saran’s cooking demo for this book at a local Sur La Table. It is some of the best Indian food I have ever had and it was made right in front of me! Delicious recipes. Although I would recommend finding a good mail order website for some of the spices!


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