When the grocery store clerk at Harris Teeter ran up my total yesterday, I counted out the $27.42, as she stood there waiting for me to swipe my debit or credit card.
She was nearly floored when I handed the money over to her in cash.
“No one pays with cash anymore!” she exclaimed, as though I was a circus freak.
“I’m old school,” I said and then I drove off in my horse and buggy.
When I got home from the store, I started to think about what to make for dinner. I began to pull out my laptop to search for inspiration online…and then I stopped myself.
Since I was apparently a character straight out of Little House on the Prairie already, I figured that I should consult my good old-fashioned cookbook collection instead.
I nearly forgot that I have so many wonderful cookbooks, and I thought I’d share my favorites with you today.
Favorite for guest-worthy meals: Essentials of Healthful Cooking (Williams-Sonoma)
The photos in this book are so beautiful that it is difficult to choose a recipe. And the options range from pasta dishes to fish to beef and vegetable based meals. Any meal that you make from this book will dazzle any guests you’re entertaining. It will even dazzle yourself.
Favorite for comfort foods: The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger
You can find healthy versions of all your favorite comfort foods in this cookbook, including turkey meatloaf, pizza, spaghetti, and pancakes.
Favorite for quick and easy meals: The I ♥ Trader Joe’s Cookbook by Cherie Mercer Twohy
I’ve talked this one up a lot on TGS, but I just cannot help it! The book contains over 150 recipes using foods from Trader Joe’s, one of my favorite places on earth. I haven’t made a single meal from this book that wasn’t a winner.
Favorite for exploring new healthy dishes: Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson
I refer to this one as the “cookbook I use when Michael is out of town” since the recipes in this one are for big time health food lovers. Think Toasted Wheat Germ Soup, Baked Purple Hedgehog Potatoes, Sprouted Garbanzo Bean Burgers (which I’ve made), and Garlic Scape Soup).
Favorite for a little something different: Tapas by Joyce Goldstein
As defined by this book, tapas are small plates from Spain. What I love so much about them is that they allow you to sample so many different foods in one meal. It is perfect for someone like me who is often indecisive about what to eat. Some of the tapas in this cookbook are marinated olives, stuffed eggs, potato and onion omelet, grilled eggplant with onion and peppers, chickpeas with spinach, and sausage stuffed mushrooms.
Favorite for desserts: 1001 Cookie Recipes by Gregg R. Gillespie
I almost selected one of my many cupcake cookbooks, but I had to go with the cookies. I’ve had this cookbook since college, and it is truly the cookie bible. From almond crisps to chocolate chip, you can find a recipe for any cookie on the planet. You can even make the recipes healthy if you choose, but personally, if I am going to have a cookie… I want a real cookie.
Do you have a cookbook collection? What are some of your favorites? I’d love to add some new ones to my mix!
(PS- Remember the Strawberry Cream dessert I posted yesterday? Well, I spilled it all over my kitchen floor, so Michael never even got to try it. Guess I’ll be making that one again soon!)
Have a great day!