Monday, May 24, 2010

The Joy of Cookbooks

I have a cupboard full of cookbooks.  I used to have many more - when we moved, I decided that there were a couple that I never used at all and felt OK about them finding a new home.  I love my cookbooks.  I love to look through them to discover a recipe that I hadn't noticed before.  Sometimes I can get just as lost in a good cookbook as I can in a good novel.  Crazy much?

Even though I have a cupboard full of cookbooks, there are a few that I come back to over and over and over again.  I think everyone has a cookbook or two like that, right?  You know what I'm talking about, right?  I'm talking about the cookbook where every recipe is good; every recipe is right up your alley; every recipe is simple and delicious. 

Since I am such a generous blogger, I am going let you in on a few of my favorites, and I'm hoping you'll return the favor by sharing your favorites with me.

Cookbook #1:  Lion House Classics

Yes, there is a difference between the Lion House Cookbook and Lion House Classics. Lion House Classics is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful.  From their easy Chicken Parmesan, to the Carrots and Cabbage and their excellent rolls this cookbook is a winner in every way.  My mother in law gave it to me as a present and because I loved it so much I gave the exact same cookbook to her as a gift.  It is much beloved in my home by my husband and children who love everything I have ever made from this book.

Cookbook #2:  Favorites Ivory Family Cookbook

If you're from Utah you have probably heard of the Ivory family - they are the Ivory's of the Ivory Homes fame.  I don't think I've made every recipe in this book, but I have made probably around 80% of them, and they are all wonderful.  Their salads and soups are some of my favorite recipes in the book, but really, you can't go wrong with this one.  It's a little hard to get a hand on - the only way I know of is through the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Utah.  My mom gave this cookbook to me after I kept calling her over and over again to have her read me a recipe from her copy. 

Cookbook #3:  Ivy Bake Shoppe Cookbook

Across the river from Nauvoo, IL lies the quaint little town of Fort Madison, Iowa.  Tucked away in Fort Madison is the FABULOUS Ivy Bake Shoppe.  I was fortunate enough to go there for lunch a few years ago.  It was an experience I will never forget.  Everything was!!!  I recently became aware that they had made a cookbook available including some of their wonderful treats and entrees.  My husband just bought me this cookbook for Mother's Day.  But it is already a favorite for me, especially in the treats and dessert category (several of the recipes I made for the baby shower for my SIL last month were from this cookbook).  Honestly, if you ever try the Caramel Rice Crispy Bars, your life will never be the same. :)

OK, now it's your turn.  Favorite Cookbooks - Discuss!!!


Richelle said...

I love my Lion House cookbook, too. I need to use it more. I use my good ol' Betty Crocker big red cook book all the time. It is a great reference book and great for basic recipes.

Missy said...

I love Favorites, too! I've had mine for about 3 years and love each recipe inside. It's my go-to cookbook. Have you tried the newer Ivory cookbook, also sold through Make A Wish? I wonder if it's as good. I also love Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook. Great recipes (most surprisingly practical) and great tips!

Cousin Missy

Amanda said...

Sounds like I need some new cookbooks! I don't really have a favorite cookbook--but I love cooking magazines. I can read them for hours! And, I just started a food blog, too. You can check it

Aunt LoLo said...

The ones I turn to, that NEVER fail me, are Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, Better Homes and Gardens (great!!) and Alton Brown's cookbook, Serious Eats. Oh, and the recipe notebook I've worked on for the past 18 years. THAT one is priceless. :-)

Traci said...

I love the cookbook from the Relief Society in my parents ward. I flip through that book and think of the wonderful women who submitted the recipes. Also, I've heard amazing things about a cookbook called "The Gathering of Friends vol 2". I really, really want that one!

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An Ordinary Mom said...

I don't have any of these but some of them sound super fabulous! I refer a lot to my America's Test Kitchen cookbook, a cookbook I complied and then the Better Homes and Garden one I have!

Anonymous said...

i love cookbooks,too!!! :) i like using our Ward's cookbooks... those are my favorites . but i LOVE The Hershey's Cookbook, too! scrumpt-dilly-umptious!!!