I love cookbooks. I mean, really. Some people might think I have a problem, but really it’s a love affair. I read them like some people read magazines, or romance novels. They are full of inspiration from other people’s love of food and help me think outside the box. I have lots of vintage cookbooks, including some that belonged to my grandmother and my husband’s grandmother. But I also love modern classics and contemporary cookbooks and have a healthy selection of vegetarian collections.
My cookbook habit can be expensive. And not everyone in our house is quite as enthusiastic over my fascination with them. But when I find a deal, I just can’t resist. I find that the local thrift shop is a great place to find all kinds of wonderful books! I buy books for my toddler, which is awesome because it’s surprising how much board books can cost. This week on one of our adventures, I discovered two great new cookbooks for less than $3 each.
The Healthy Hedonist is an inspiring cookbook by Myra Kornfeld, who also wrote The Voluptuous Vegan, which I totally love. It’s full of ideas for eating a more plant-based diet, but it includes plenty of dishes for people who love meat. If you’re looking for inspiration for transitioning to a more vegetarian diet, this book is a good one to consider.
The Food52 Cookbook came from the wildly successful food52.com website. The recipes were all designed by home cooks – though some definitely have professional training. Even so, the recipes are all pretty straight-forward to prepare. I’ve made a couple of recipes so far, but gleaned lots of inspiration.
For $6 I think I did pretty good! Are you a cookbook nut too? What’s your favorite?