641.5(ish): Staff Cookbook Recommendations

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Posted August 3rd, 2012. No comments

Don’t you just love that everyone has different tastes? Where do you find your favorite recipes, or inspiration for new ideas? Here’s some recommendations from staff of the cookbooks they enjoy most. They’re in our system; check ’em out or reserve one!

James – Nelsonville Public Library

This past spring, my family decided to take charge of our health by changing from an ovo-lacto (also known as eggs and cheese) vegetarian diet to a completely plant-based lifestyle. Simply put, we eat fruits, vegetables, and fungi and use as few processed foods as possible (including oils). Fortunately, the library has a lot of cookbooks that support this approach to eating. Here’s a few of my favorites:

Everyday Happy Herbivore and The Happy Herbivore Cookbook by Lindsay Nixon (and check her website for even newer recipes). Many of Nixon’s recipes take 30-minutes or less to prepare, so they’re perfect for family meals.

The Complete Guide to Vegan Food Substitutions by Celine Steen. Steen takes standard recipes and teaches you how to make them healthier. Beware, however, that many processed “meat substitutions” are incorporated. I’d approach these as good starting points, then take it even a step further. Be an adventurous chef. I look at recipes as inspiration, not a map to necessarily follow.

These two books have not only delicious recipes, but provide a lot of inspiration and factual research about why plant-based eating is a serious approach to taking charge of your health. In simplest terms, you are what you eat!

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-based Nutrition by Julieanna Hever.
The Engine 2 Diet by Rip Esselstyn

This is just the tip of the iceberg. For even more titles, check out the library’s “Healthy Resources Pathfinder” brochure.

And finally, I’m really excited about a forthcoming book that’s released in the middle of August: Forks over Knives the Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-based Eating All through the Year. The library has copies on order, so keep a lookout!

Amy – Athens Public Library

Pretend Soup and other real recipes by Mollie Katzen

The Southeast Asia Cookbook by Ruth Law

Amber – The Plains Public Library

Anything Jamie Oliver :)

Blood Bones and Butter is simply an amazing book and not yet discovered in this area. Foodie book.

Laura – Nelsonville Public Library

One Potato, Two Potato because I LOVE POTATOES.

I also like this one:

Not a cookbook but still a handy guide:

Last, I like this one because it tells you what you can prepare ahead of time and how long it will keep in the fridge or freezer before you bake it up:

Heather – Athens Public Library

The Joy of Cooking – My main go to cookbook for classic American cooking. How do you make meatloaf? Macaroni and cheese? Sugar cookies? Buttercream frosting? They’re all in there.

Cook’s Illustrated is one of my favorite cooking magazines, and The Athens Public Library subscribes! I love the scientific way it approaches developing recipes; the trial and error and how they walk you through each step telling you what worked, what didn’t and why. We have a bunch of Cook’s Illustrated cookbooks too.

Inside America’s Test Kitchen /

I’m just here for the food : Alton Brown – Speaking of geeky cooking, I love Alton Brown for the “why” in cooking, too. (It must be my science background coming out.) And, all of his recipes are near perfect; I’ve never found a dud.

Christmas with Martha Stewart Living – I have a bunch of cookbooks of holiday cooking but the one that is most stained and tattered is this one. I love Martha’s classy and authentic style. The Swedish Gingerbread Cookies (with bacon fat and pepper!) are my favorite, ever! and everything I know about meringue I learned from this cookbook. When I’ve really been into the season I’ve even gone all out and made many of the ornaments and decorations. Including not for the faint of heart, snowflakes made of royal icing.

The Southeast Asia cookbook / – The Ohio University International Street Fair and my many Malaysian and Indonesian friends inspired me to learn more about SE Asian cooking. I love this book. It has a great recipe (several, actually) for satay and satay sauces, and the Pineapple Fried Rice (with shrimp) is a perfect blend of savory, sweet and spicy. I think I’ll make some this weekend.

The book lover’s cookbook : – I haven’t tried this cookbook yet, but I love that we have it. I have dug up recipes for dishes that I’ve read about in books, so I think I’ll check this book out. If you’re looking for it and can’t find it, it’s probably in my kitchen.

Mary – Athens Public Library

I love:
King Arthur flour whole grain baking

Peter Reinhart‘s whole grain breads

but any Moosewood cookbook will do nicely also
Moosewood Restaurant daily special

also, for those in cancer treatment, and for anyone really,
One bite at a time and The cancer-fighting kitchen by Rebecca Katz

love food memoirs too:
anything Ruth Reichl, or Heat by Bill Buford!

Renard – Athens Public Library

The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making

byAlana Chernila
I find Chernila’s book inspiring and encouraging – to take stock in one’s ability to produce items often bought in the store (processed) at home with little fuss, i.e. chai, pop tarts, crackers, etc. She’s a down-to-earth cheerleader, promoter and counselor to (re)discover the joy and satisfaction of making everyday goodies at home: simply, fearlessly and without self-consciousness.

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