This post by Jennifer Flaten
As much as I like a good mystery (of fiction, or suspense), sometimes there is nothing I want to do more than curl up with a cookbook, or brand new cooking magazine.
I can happily spend an entire evening leafing through the book’s glossy pages marking every recipe I think sounds good with a little sticky note. Most of the time, I make only one or two of the recipes I mark and end up peeling off about 50 sticky notes before I return the book from the library, but it’s the thought that counts.
Since, my budget prevents me from having an extensive collection of cookbooks at home, so I rely on our weekly trips to the library. When I am done combing through the new fiction releases, I head over to the new cookbooks. If there are no new releases, I head back into the stacks.
I love stumbling across fun cookbooks like the one put out by our community. This particular cookbook featured the favorite recipes of our local celebrity groundhog, Jimmy. Yes, it was a bit tongue in cheek, but still had some recipes you might consider making.
I have a soft spot for cookbooks that give a peek into the tastes and methods from years past. The Laura Ingalls Wilder cookbook was packed full on interesting tidbits from Laura’s frontier life. No, I couldn’t get her recipe for breakfast bread to work out, but I had a good time trying it out.
I also like cookbooks that tie into a book series, like Joanne Fluke’s Lake Eden Cookbook or Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Grove Cookbook. Now, I’ve only read a few of Fluke’s books and non of Macomber’s but the cookbooks made for a good read…and who can’t doesn’t like a recipe that comes with a little story…even if it’s fiction.