Saturday, September 15, 2012


I love cookbooks.  And cooking magazines. And looking at recipes. Recently my husband and I rearranged our books including all of our cookbooks which were scattered all over the place.  I'm happy they are now all together. I hope to collect many many more cookbooks, so will soon have to take over another bookcase! I get several cooking magazines, Cooking Light, the first cooking magazine I subscribed to, starting back in college. That's the time period where I really started to cook (or else eat fast food, canned soup, microwave meals, and meals from a box). The recipes, healthy eating, and healthy lifestyle tips were essential in my learning how to cook, thinking about the ingredients and trying to eat healthy. That's about the time Zac and I started watching Food Network, more than just for Iron Chef.  30 Minutes Meals, Good Eats, and Everyday Italian were our favorites back then.  I am also thankful that cooking was and is, even more now that we are married, something we like to do together.   I also receive Southern Living, and over the years have had Every Day with Rachael Ray, Food Network Magazine, Gourmet, and we've had Food and Wine now for about a year.  I save more recipes from those magazines then I'd ever use, but those that make the cut eventually end up in my binders.  Sounds strange, but I really enjoy organizing all those recipe clippings! Oh, and I've also started getting Cuisine At Home, it gets it's own binder. 

Entire Collection
Cookbooks from some gourmet chefs, many we've been fortunate to eat at their restaurants including Bouchon by Thomas Keller in Yountville, CA, Bottega by Michael Chiarello also in Yountville, The Highland's by Frank Stitt in Birmingham, AL, Burger Bar by Hubert Keller in Las Vegas, Cochon by Donald Link in New Orleans, and Craft Atlanta by Tom Colicchio.

Favorite gourmet chefs

TV Chefs who got us started cooking years ago. Thanks Alton, Rachael, and Giada!
I'm always on the lookout for more cookbooks, and have to admit there are many on my shelf I've yet to look through all the way.  Always open to suggestions on items we should add to our collection!

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