Cookbook Collection

Over the last 35 years I have collected a wide variety of cookbooks. I am constantly tearing recipes out of magazines and newspapers, but there are a few cookbooks I use repeatedly and I know you will love them too – they are all available on Amazon.

1. “I’ll Cook When Pigs Fly” a cookbook by the Junior League of Cincinnati, May 1998. This is a regional cookbook (my favorite kind) and the collection of appetizers in particular is great. I have gifted this book to my friends over the years and it is an especially good hostess gift for someone that is a cook. My favorite appetizer recipe is on page 21, “Gorgonzola Almond Spread”. It is a delicious, creamy spread topped with almonds (chop these).

2. “Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics” by Ina Garten of The Food Network. I watch her regularly and she uses seasonal ingredients with a little fun fat thrown in. Try her “Shrimp Scampi” on page 128.

3. “A Cooking Affaire” by Jan Bertoglio and JoLe Hudson (1984 & 1987). The “Creamy Potato Soup” on page 79 will rival any you have ever tasted. I use 7 or 8 potatoes and when it is all done, I use my mixer to lightly blend, leaving chunks, not puree. Top with bacon, shredded cheddar and chopped green onions.

4. “Cincinnati Celebrates” another offering from the Junior League of Cincinnati. A great collection, especially the poultry section, which actually has great chicken recipes you’ve probably never tried. Try “Sue’s Chicken” on page 179. A wonderful family or company dish. I have used this cookbook so many times it no longer has a cover.

5. “San Francisco A La Carte” by the Junior League of San Francisco. Try page 178, the “Asparagus Wrapped Prosciutto.” This recipe from 1979, calls for baking the asparagus, long before it became popular to “grill” veggies. Very pretty presentation and a nice side dish. My sister gave me this cookbook about 25 years ago and I still use it often.


Jolie S. said...

Thank you so much for the cookbook info, especially where I can purchase them. I will look forward to making my cookbook collection larger.

BECKY B. said...

Hi Jolie - you can purchase these cookbooks almost anywhere. Amazon is a great resources. You can often get things at a discount as well. Happy cooking.