The trees are starting to flower. Strawberries are starting to fill the shelves at the grocery store. Easter candy is taunting me at every turn. The combination of cut grass and sunshine feels extra special. It’s Spring, y’all!
(Still experimenting with the word y’all. Hold on tight.)
Now, it’s not that I need any more cookbooks on my kitchen shelves. It’s just that I can’t help myself. These cookbooks feel like works of art to me and everyone needs some kitchen inspiration.
Here’s what I’m loving, besides Pistachio Crusted Asparagus with feta and parsley… just sayin’.
• Date Night In This thoughtful cookbook from Ashley Rodriguez of Not Without Salt is exactly the right book to reach for when it’s time to open a bottle of wine, hop in the kitchen, and chat-cook… a technical term for getting all up in the kitchen and connecting. Wonderful for both romance and friendship.
• Seven Spoons from Tara O’Brady is just gorgeous! The recipes are unique, but not too outside of the box to not feel comforting. I have the Braised Beef Short Ribs on my shortlist.
• Food 52’s Genius Recipes is a staple in my kitchen. This book understands my needs for the perfect pasta sauce on a Wednesday night when all I want to do is eat popchips and pink wine. This book inspires dinner everyday.
• I’m very protective of my good bowls. I have three of them. They’re almost as wide as a place, with a shallow but helpful lip. Perfect for when you want to eat aggressive amounts of pasta, or an embarrassing amount of beans and rice. These bowls + The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon. I’m all set.
• I was in Charleston, SC last week and wandered into biscuit heaven: Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits. So buttery. So fluffy. So substantial. It was pretty perfect. So… Callie’s Biscuits and Southern Traditions
• We can never go wrong with a good cookie. Cookie Love from Mindy Segal. Elevated, fool-proof and extra delicious cookies. Don’t forget the salt.
• Aimee Wimbush- Bourque of Simple Bites has written a lovely book about food, homesteading, and family. It’s enough to just abut convince me to plant a tomato tree. I have a black thumb… are they even called tomato trees? Brown Eggs and Jam Jars
• The amazing and brilliant Christina Tosi and her sweet sweet life. Milk Bar Life: Recipes and Stories
• Sasha Martin cooked a meal and fed her family from every country in the world over the course of 195 weeks. It’s the story of food and forgiveness and it’s really beautiful: Life From Scratch
• It turns out that photographers and indie rock stars can make some pretty beautiful and inspiring cookbooks! I have this book pre-ordered and would like to invite you to dinner. K? Twenty Dinners
• Also on my pre-order list is The Dirty Apron Cookbook. Simple dinners, confidence building technique, and plenty of flavor inspiration.
Oh, also… here are some of my favorite cookbooks from last summer. And… now I want ceviche and donuts, separately but in abundance.