Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Kitchen Essentials: Cookbooks

One of my readers ("insomniac") has suggested that I post ideas on setting up a kitchen. I am starting a new series that I'll call "Kitchen Essentials."

Today's topic is Cookbooks.

In my opinion, a beginner-medium-level home cook only needs two cookbooks:

Joy of Cooking


How to Cook Everything
by Mark Bittman.

(Vegetarians may prefer How to Cook Everything Vegetarian.)

With these two books, you'll have all the basic knowledge: how to bake, how to cook vegetables, meats, poultry-- everything the home cook needs.

I also keep a binder of recipes that I've printed from www.allrecipes.com and other blogs. I'll shuffle through them if I am looking for inspiration. I also like allrecipes for its ingredient search-- you can either search for a recipe incorporating items you have on-hand, or you can search for a recipe that omits an item that's not tasty to you.

So-- there you go!

Next time: Kitchen Essentials: Knives


Insomniac said...

Heh heh - I'm famous! Love the product rave - I'm totally going to get those soup bases!

Laura said...

That's great!! I have very useful cookbooks!! Love Cooking...

Ms. Foodie said...

I'd like to give shout out to the Fannie Farmer series cookbooks. They have everything a at-home foodie may need. Love your blog. Great pics (which, IMO is essential in a food blog).

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