No one is born a great cook. One learns by doing.
I love cookbooks, particularly those special ones that are beautiful and full of gorgeous photography and writing to go with their great recipes. So much so that I used gift cards from our wedding to buy a bookshelf just so all the lovely books would have a pretty place to live in our house. And I check out so many at a time from the library that the husband has threatened to put me on a quota. Many of my (always growing) list of favorites…
- Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child: a classic, of course
- The Barefoot Contessa collection by Ina Garten: these never fail for a wide range of savory dishes and sweet treats
- Miette by Meg Ray: recipes from one of the prettiest, sweetest bakeries in San Francisco (this cookbook has scalloped-edged pages, need I say more?)
- The Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins: when my mom gave me this book, she said she’d never made a bad thing from it. So true.
- My Calabria by Rosetta Costantino: my grandfather was from Calabria, Italy, and this book shares so many stories, recipes, and photographs from the region
- Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock-Prado: full of delicious, super pretty ways to cook with sugar (the author owns a beautiful pastry shop in Vermont, and is Sandra’s sister!)