Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain

Time to Eat by Nadiya Hussain is a great addition to my cookbook collection. I love the premise, that we can find ways to cook smarter and save time. My favorite thing about the food is the creativity and the great balancing of flavors.  Nadiya really stretches sometimes and does unusual things, and she usually…

Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten

Ina Garten is a Culinary Queen, benevolently directing her subjects from her kitchen to ours.  But before all of that, she was just a girl, standing in front of Jeffrey, trying to get in to a cocktail bar.  So the story goes in Cooking for Jeffrey, Ina’s one millionth (*ahem* 10th) cookbook.  So enjoyable to…

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, by Samin Nosrat, illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton, is listed on Amazon as a Cooking Encyclopedia.  I think of it as a kind of light textbook, definitely more than just your average collection of recipes.  It’s basically a cooking course, but is more about methodology and…

Ripe by Nigel Slater

This lovely dream of a book has been keeping me company for the last few weeks.  Sitting in my yard in Austin, I imagine old country houses and rolling hills, hedges draped in berries and fruit trees trained to climb walls.  The reader is quickly transported, which is good, because every few minutes I’m called…

One Good Dish, a cookbook with many good dishes

I loved cooking from One Good Dish: the pleasures of a simple meal.  First up for me was grilled cheese in a waffle iron, a sandwich so simple I hesitate to even call it a recipe.  It’s an idea—read the name, you pretty much know how to make it.  That amazes me.  David Tanis is…

Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, easy Italian home cooking

Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich and Tanya Bastianich Manuali is a down to earth, no frills, beginner friendly Italian cookbook.  I thought it would be a good choice for our family of five, and that intuition proved correct.  Out of ten recipes made, we were happy with them all.  This is Italian comfort…