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My Top 10-ish Favorite Cookbooks

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I read something recently about how people like blogs that give lists.  So here’s a list of my favorite cookbooks, in no particular order:

  1. How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
  2. On Food and Cooking (not really a cookbook, but it’s super cool) by Harold McGee***
  3. I’m Just Here for the Food and I’m Just Here for More Food by Alton Brown (and all of his other books… he’s my hero)Image result for alton brown cookbooks
  4. Anything Ina Garten has ever touched is “fabulous,” including her Instagram (follow me @foodsciencenerd!)barefoot contessa
  5. Everyday Italian by Giada de Laurentiis (this book is a great beginner cookbook)
  6. Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter
  7. Casual Cooking by Michael Chiarello

    Recognize that peach salad??
  8. Cooking School Cookbook by America’s Test Kitchen***
  9. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman (her blog is fantastic too and she takes the most beeeeeeauuutiful photos ever)
  10. The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger (a Registered Dietitian!)
  11. Bonus! Cook’s Illustrated, Food and Nutrition Magazine, and Food Network Magazine (again, not books, but the info and pictures are the best)
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Some light reading with a pumpkin smoothie to start the week right!

***Bonus Bonus book!  My dad (Hi!) just sent me a brand new book, The Food Lab, written by the science editor of Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt and it’s WONDERFUL.  It feels like reading this blog, if it was written by a highly experienced chef (who is also a huge nerd).  I highly recommend it, and I recommend reading it from front to back for maximal effect.The Food Lab Book

I very rarely use actual recipes while I cook, but I do like flipping through cookbooks for inspiration.  Most of the books on this list either are science-y and informative or have really pretty pictures that make me want to cook whatever I’m looking at.  If a cookbook isn’t fun to read or has lousy pictures, I won’t buy it even if it’s world famous because it won’t make me want to try something new.  And much of the time, I don’t even rely on a physical book… Pinterest has some of the best recipes and pictures out there, and it’s free!

Is there anything I missed?  Leave a comment letting me know your favorite cookbooks!

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