I have been collecting cook books for many years.  I love to read cook books as if they were a novels,   reading each recipe and learning about different techniques and food combinations. I have also been a fan of cooking shows, being inspired by many of the first TV chefs. Since I was a young child, my mother and I would watch Julie Child together, along with other PBS shows as Martin Yan's, Yan Can Cook, Jeff Smith's Frugal Gourmet and Natalie Dupree. Today, I still love to watch cooking shows, and I now do this with my daughter. We love to watch Food Network's "Chopped" together.  I have been a Food Network fan since its airing, when it was called "Food TV", and I became inspired my a new group of chefs at the time, such as Emeril Lagasse, Susan Feniger, Michael Chiarello, Bobby Flay, and then later Giada De Laurentiis. Then there is the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten, with her easy, no fuss recipes and casual entertaining lifesyle of the east coast, that is so comforting to me.

These are just a few of my favorite cookbooks from my library.  I hope you are inspired to check them out at your local library and find some tasty recipes to try.

  • The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Russo and Sheila Lukins
  • The Splendid Table by Lynne Rosetto
  • Everyday Italian and Family Dinners by Giada De Laurentiis
  • Book of Great Desserts by Maida Heatters
  • Matters of Taste by Natalie Dupree
  • Brunch by Gale Gand
  • Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
  • The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
  • The Farm - By Ian Knauer
  • Boy Meets Grill and Mesa Grill Cookbook - Bobby Flay


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