I have cut myself off from buying cookbooks. I have more than I care to admit, and there are probably only three or four recipes in each that I use with any regularity. Luckily for me, we have quite a large selection of cookbooks at the Orion Township Public Library, so I can check out as many as I want without having to break the bank. Whether you are into ethnic cuisine or slow-cooked comfort food, you are sure to find something you like on our shelves without having to spend your hard earned-cash only to find that the soufflés fall flat and the chicken cordon bleu makes you blue. Here are three cookbooks we’ve recently added to our collection.
Most of us are becoming increasingly more aware of the chemical additives contained in many of the pre-packaged foods we purchase at the grocery store. But at the same time, we have come to rely on convenience foods as jobs and after-school activities limit the time we have for preparation of “real” food. If you’d like to decrease your dependence on canned and boxed staples (and perhaps save some money while you’re at it,) Chernila offers recipes for everything from ketchup to potato chips to pesto in her first cookbook.
This book is separated into sections that address typical issues faced by those who prepare meals for children. We’ve all been there: What can I make for dinner when company’s coming over but the kids still have to eat? Or, how about this: What can I make for lunch when all they want is another peanut
butter and jelly sandwich? I made two meals from this book while I had it checked out, both of which turned out well. There were many more that I would like to try, so I’ll definitely be checking it out again. I liked that the flavors will appeal to most kids, but the recipes are not “kiddie” foods. This is a good go-to book for families with children.
Since launching her website, The Pioneer Woman, in 2006, Ree Drummond’s career has grown by leaps and bounds. Now the author of multiple books and the host of her own cooking show on the Food Network, Drummond’s second cookbook has been on all the bestseller lists. Filled with recipes for comfort foods like “Cowboy Quiche” and Italian Meatball Soup, this one is probably not for those who are watching their waistlines. Fans appreciate Drummond’s down-to-earth personality and her simple step-by-step recipes that include plenty of photos for those who could use a little help in the kitchen. The Spicy Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork sounds good to me!