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Oct 15, 2014

Cookbook Library



i don't know why, but there's something about owning cookbooks that makes me feel like a grown-up.  i love to cook but i rarely actually do it, and when i do, it's pretty much never done with a cookbook open next to me.

but i think i have this image in my mind of married life that requires a good library of cookbooks.  aj and i like to cook together, so i just envision us pouring over cookbooks and picking out great recipes, and meal planning, and doing other married-people things in our super cute kitchen (which he constantly tells me he'd like to have complete control over decorating and registering for...ha...right.)

anyway, i've been actively expanding my cookbook collection...aj's mom helped out by giving me the jeni's splendid ice creams cookbook, which is pretty much the greatest book ever created because it's the greatest ice cream on the planet and don't even argue because i'm right and i will never change my mind.  (that run-on sentence was definitely necessary.)

but i've also been adding other books to my library as well, and here are the three newest ones in my collection:  juice, the kitchn cookbook, and the skinny taste cookbook.



juice // carly de castro, hedi gores, & hayden slater




we started juicing about seventeen months ago, and i've been on the hunt for a good juice cookbook ever since.  this one is pretty great.  it starts off by discussing a lot of the benefits of juicing and the best practices of how to make and store juice.  then, it breaks juice recipes down into roots, greens, and citrus.  it's full of great, colorful photos, easy-to-follow recipes, and lots of great tips!

juicing is a great habit to get into (more to come on that in another post!) and it really is one of the best ways to get the purest nutrients from fruits and veggies straight into your body and quickly into your cells!  the writers of this cookbook founded a pretty successful juicery, and they even incorporate some of their personal testimonies about how juicing helped them!

the book breaks juice recipes down into roots, greens, and citrus.  roots include juices that are mostly carrot and/or beet-based.  these are your hearty, filling juices.  green juices are based on green veggies and leaves, like kale, cucumber, celery, etc!  the authors refer to green juices as "your gateway drug into the world of healthy living."  and finally, the citrus juices are jammed-packed with vitamin c, and often are the sweetest and fruitiest!

one of my favorite sections of the book contains a bunch of different boost that you can add to your juices to give them a little extra oomph!  things like apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and ginger all have different health benefits that can give your already-nutrient packed juice something extra, depending on what you're hoping to help, ease, or fix!


the kitchn cookbook // sara kate gillingham & faith durand



the kitchn cookbook is part recipe book, part cooking school.  from the curators of apartment therapy's cooking site, this book is exactly what you'd expect to get from successful bloggers:  great photos, a beautiful layout, and easy-to-digest segments.

the book contains over 150 recipes, which are scattered with pretty photos, and are great for entertaining and families alike.  it's organized as you would expect a cookbook to be:  into appetizers, sides, entrees, etc.

but the real highlight of this cookbook is the cooking school found within.  broken down into two parts, the kitchen and how to cook well, the book covers topics such as setting up and caring for the kitchen, stocking the pantry, planning meals, 50 essential cooking skills, and entertaining.

the last section, entitled gathering, is my personal favorite.  it has a great diagram of how to set a proper place setting, tips on how to spruce up your gathering on the cheap, setting the mood, and a game plan on how to prep and recover from a party...i love hosting events and gatherings, so these tips were all welcomed and appreciated!


the skinny taste cookbook // gina holmoka



the skinny taste cookbook is totally gorgeous.  it features all sorts of recipes that are "light on calories, big on flavor", and comes jam-packed with great photos and easy-to-follow directions.  it's author, gina homolka, is well-known for her low-calorie recipes that are full of flavor and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients.  the recipes are also all coded with a key, which labels them vegetarian, gluten-free, quick, freezer-friendly, and slow cooker, so it's easy to navigate the book!

the beginning of the cookbook includes "the skinny basics", which are tips and tricks for a healthy lifestyle and kitchen!  everything from the author's personal story to tips on how to stay motivated can be found in the intro, and will help you get a feel for what you'll find in the cookbook.

one of the great aspects of this cookbook is that each recipe comes with nutrition information!  it will tell you how much a serving is, and then lists the calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, carbs, fiber, protein, sugar, and sodium in each serving.  the recipes also call for specific brands, so if you follow them perfectly, you know the nutrition info will be correct!

my favorite part of this cookbook, however, is the "skinny scoop" tips that are scattered throughout the book...everything from tips on grating your own parmesan cheese for the freshest flavor to how to store homemade marinara sauce can be found in these tips!  they're designed to make cooking easier, faster, and hassle-free!


i received these books from blogging for books for this review.

have you picked up any good cookbooks lately?

26 comments:

  1. I own exactly zero cookbooks....I pin all my recipes or before Pinterest used my Mom's or bookmarked them. I wanna feel like a grown up too though, time for a cookbook! lol

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  2. I've been expanding my cookbook collection thanks to Blogging for Books as well! I just love the feeling of cooking out of a cookbook!

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  3. I absolutely love Skinny taste i've been reading her site for forever! Such great meals and skinny:)

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  4. I love cookbooks, too! I have the Costco cookbook, my church congregation's family recipes, a European cookbook, old-fashioned cookbook, and artisan cookbook, and a cookbook with recipes specifically designed for two people only!

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  5. I've heard such good things about the kitchn cookbook:) Thanks for sharing more about it, Betsy! And I am also such a cookbook fiend-- I love them so much!

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  6. Yes, I'm with you on the feeling of cookbooks just making you feel like a grown up! :) I'd love to pick up the skinny taste cookbook at some point...and the juicing one looks to be super helpful. I've juiced in the past and would really like to jump back into it.

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  7. I can't wait to get the new Joy the Baker cookbook, Heavenly Decadence! She is one of my favourite food bloggers, and the new book is on my Christmas list!

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  8. Then you definitely need to join Blogging for Books! I just saw it on there last night as a book that you can order (for free) to review!

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  9. So glad I'm not alone! These are a few great ones to add to your collection!

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  10. well apartment therapy is wonderful, so I had high hopes for kitchn! and it doesn't disappoint! There's just something great about a good, hardcover cookbook, isn't there?!?

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  11. Awe, I love that your church has a family recipe cookbook! That's an awesome idea!

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  12. thanks friend! these are some great books to add to a shelf! :)

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  13. I had never heard of her before getting this cookbook, but now I'm smitten!

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  14. Me too! I love having a good collection of them :)

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  15. haha..I have TONS of recipes pinned....and I've probably actually tried like 3 of them. haha

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  16. I just received my first book from Blogging for Books! It's so fun getting great cookbooks. All of yours look amazing and I'll definitely be adding them to my list :)

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  17. These all look great! I just requested my second book from Blogging for Books. It's such a great program! I have really been loving cookbooks lately, too. Especially ones that have gorgeous pictures!

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  18. The Juice Cookbook is definitely piquing my interest!!! I'm actually going to pull out my favorite brunch cookbook for some kitchen inspiration soon! I love cooking :)

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  19. I didn't even know this program existed! I need to sign up!!

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  20. Ahhh! Skinny taste! I love that blog! I totally want to check out that cookbook!

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  21. O my gosh I'm obsessed with skinny taste and I really want her cookbook!! I'm also dying to get the Sally's Baking Addiction cook book! You have a great collection!

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  22. I'll have to look into it, thanks!! :)

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  23. One question about it -- how often do you have to get a book with Blogging for Books? I'd love to do it, but probably wouldn't want to do it more than 3-4 times a year, at MOST. I just don't have enough time to review very many books!

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  24. There's no set limit or expectation! You can get them as often or as seldom as you like!

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  25. Nice I saw the skinny taste one on blogging for books! Might have to be my next one!

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