It’s that time of year when we get to welcome a gorgeous new crop of cookbooks onto our shelves!
If you’e been over to my little Bakehouse, you know that there are stacks of cookbooks on every flat surface. I think of each one as a restaurant I’ve visited, a friend who wrote the book, or a chef who I admire. Suffice it to say – I’m working on building a library. Maybe one day I’ll be the crass old lady with books lining every wall, one too many cats, and paper flowers covering the ceiling. I’M WORKING ON IT!
Here are some of the cook (and flower) books I’m excited about his Spring. There are some really inspiring food words out this season!
• For the Love of the South by Amber Wilson who writes a lovely blog with the same name. It’s a thoughtful and intentional book with sweet stories. Jon made Amber’s Chicken Salad, if you’d like a peek!
• Sweet Laurel by Laurel Gallucci and Claire Thomas. This is my favorite new baking book. So feminine. In such good taste. Filled with whole food, grain free recipes that are SIMPLE, straight-forward and WORK! I’m posting one of Laurel’s cake recipes later this week but trust me when I say this book is fantastic!
• A Table in Venice by Skye McAlpine is a love letter to a beautiful Italian city. The photographs are stunning and the recipes are seaworthy.
• What’s Gaby Cooking by our girl Gaby Dalkin who is serving up majorly fresh California vibes. I made Gaby’s Sweet Potato, Black Bean and Quinoa Chili and I’ve been eating it for a week straight – this bodes well for the rest of these recipes.
• Southern From Scratch by Ashley English. This is certainly my favorite from Ashley’s collection of books and there’s a curried pork chop sandwich with peach chutney recipe that I can’t wait to make. The flavor profiles in this book are both comforting and unexpected!
• How To Eat A Peach by Diana Henry and we should all own every one of her books because her writing is beautiful.
• At My Table by Nigella Lawson. Our Queen is cooking.
• Favorite Recipes From Melissa Clark’s Kitchen. Melissa Clark, very fundamentally, knows what’s up. Her New York Times recipes and cookbooks are all very cookable which is exactly what we need for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
• Jacques Pepin’s Poulets and Legumes. Consider me always smitten as a Jacques Pepin cookbook was my very first cookbook gifted to me from my little sister with her allowance money. She’s an angel and so is Jacques.
• Flowersmith by Jennifer Tran If you’re looking to get into paper flower making (Hi, I’m obsessed), Jennifer’s book is a sweet introduction. I’m making her garden roses from the book this week!
• Color Me Floral by Kiana Underwood. More from flower-land! The colors and arrangements in this book are super inspiring. Kiana is such an artist.
I hope this brings some Springtime inspiration to your kitchen!
Later this week – cake!