Hi, I'm Suzanne......and I am a Cookbook Addict...
There really should be a 12-step program for women like my mom, because she passed her insane love of cookbooks onto me. My mom probably has a bazillion cookbooks in her house right now...give or take 1-2.
Seriously, she told me that I would know I was a "grown-up" when I started caring about a) the weather, b) my garden and c) found myself sitting on the couch reading recipes FOR FUN.
So, I am now a grown-up.
She'd be sooooo proud...
Unlike my mother, I can give a cookbook up. (My mom giving one up is the same as you reader giving away a kidney...It doesn't happen very often.) I went through my cookbooks last year and realized that I was holding onto some of them for ONE RECIPE. SO I copied them and stuck the copies in my trusty countertop Binder Cookbook (I'll tell ya about that in a minute...) and sold a whole mess of my books. I now keep a small stable of books, they were the ones I reach for constantly.
Out of this stable, I reach for 4 book constantly:
1) My Binder Cookbook;
2,3and 4) as pictured
These are REAL COOKBOOKS that won't disappoint you. I get really steamed when I open a cookbook and it's chockfull of rich images that make me ache to cook, but then the recipe is filled with far-out funky ingredients that, even speaking several languages, I cannot pronounce.
I am into REAL cooking. I am NOT Martha...
Now about the Binder Cookbook. It's a 2 inch presentation Binder that lives on my counter, next to my Kitchen Aid mixer. Highly coveted counter space, let me tell ya! It's a binder filled with recipes from magazines, newspapers, my mother, the glorious recipe sharing Internet, etc.... I have each recipe behind a plastic sheet, protected for years to come. My daughter will thank me someday when she can make the most amazing cinnamon rolls known to mankind...thanks to the BINDER. (when I die, it will be the Binder they fight over.....and my scrapbooks.)
Today, we are stress-baking! We're making Mexican Wedding Cookies and Sprinkle cookies. What are YOU making?
To get some of the books I have pictured, you can always try one of my favorite places: FREE Paperback Swap (look in the colums on the left and you'll see it.)
I would LOVE to know your favorite recipes. Please share....my binder needs to grow!
ETA: The Sprinkle Cookies TOTALLY ROCKED! After a REALLY bad afternoon and a massive meltdown on Jonathan's behalf, stress baking helped tremendously. The kids BEGGED to make more cookies tomorrow....Who am I to deny them?