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Top 10 Cookbooks I Can’t Live Without: #5

First off, many apologies to those of you who were wondering how my TOP 10 list abruptly stopped a week ago and turned into a TOP 4 list (Casey Kasem would not be pleased). I suspect you were too busy cooking delicious tomato recipes from the other FK bloggers (and dodging tainted eggs) to notice, but the reason for the list’s sudden halt is that I discovered there still remains parts of the U.S. of A that are truly remote and wifi-free. The alleged hotspot that was supposed to exist in the midst of our Maine paradise wasn’t so hot, more luke cold (like the water), leading me to abandon all hope of blogging or connecting to the world wide interweb. I have to say though, I rather enjoyed the feeling of disconnect…wouldn’t you?
But now I’m back to civilization and back to the blogging.
I will try and catch up this week on those last remaining cookbook picks, as well as share a few tomato recipes if you haven’t tired of them already (I know I can’t wait to try making homemade sausages like Kelly!).
For my next cookbook I’ve picked another new classic that has become my source for solid, basic, recipes:
5. THE ART OF SIMPLE FOOD by Alice Waters

The subtitle to this book is: Notes, Lessons, and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution, which sums it up pretty nicely. And unless you’ve been living under a fast food wrapper for the last ten years, you most likely know that Waters (founder of the restaurant Chez Panisse) is the doyenne of the eat local, eat seasonal, eat sustainable food movement.Yes, Waters can be a little preachy, but her approach to ingredients–choose them well, treat them kindly, cook them with little fuss so that they can shine on the plate and on the palate–is always inspiring.

Best of all, are the recipes for tried-and-true dishes that I go to time and again because they’re fool-proof and super easy: the caesar salad, the 1-2-3-4 cake, how to make a stew, preparing risotto, strawberry shortcake with buttermilk biscuits, goat cheese souffle.

Simple Food is not only worth getting for your own collection, it makes a wonderful gift for the starting-out home cook– just think of all the delicious things they might make you in return!

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