Sunday, June 29, 2008

What I've Been Reading

You may remember that I love to read cookbooks as actual books. I don't cook from them too often but boy do I love to read them. Typically I find them inspiring and may use a technique or flavor combination based on a recipe I read. The two most recent cookbooks I've read are compliments of my public library. Cookbooks can be very expensive so I love having a way to still enjoy them without the extra cost involved.

The first one is...

I think Dave Lieberman is a doll. I love the idea that you can entertain and prepare meals without breaking the bank. The book is a very easy read. He categorizes the recipes by occasions such as Casual Sit-Down dinner, dinner for two, tailgate party and more. The recipes are very accessable.

The second one is...

Sara Moulton's shows were some of the first ones I watched on the Food Network. I loved Cooking Live. Sara is definitely more a cook than TV Personality but I liked that about her. I have prepared many recipes of hers and they are very successful. My Baked Chicken Enchiladas are one of her recipes and my hubby adores them. The cookbook is geared towards uncomplicated weeknight meals without the crazy abbreviations and such (Sorry Rachael Ray--but I still love you!).

Overall I would recommend both these books for the home cook who would consider themselves at a high beginner to moderate level of ability. Bon appetit!


Taken Girl said...

I have such a crush on Dave Lieberman! He's so cute! And his recipes are great too!

Sara Moulton is okay. But, as you pointed out, that may be because she isn't such a great "personality" and more of a cook. I absolutely can't stand Rachael Ray though, she's so obnoxious and her abbreviations drive me up the wall.

I actually have a huge crush right now on Curtis Stone, of "Take Home Chef" on TLC. He's so dreamy! The Australian accent helps too and his recipes always look fantastic! Can I please run into him in the grocery store?!

Just Another Bad Hair Day said...

Dave Lieberman is so damn cute!

I tried his Guinness Cupcakes -- yep, that's right, cupcakes with beer! And they were really good! :),,FOOD_9936_34106,00.html

Lesli said...

In regard to the comment you left on my blog: Ha ha ha! Yes, I meant to say nose...because, of course, HK does not have a mouth!!
I am such a dork! Hey, where have you been?