Friday Five: Cookbook Invasion

Every Friday I’ll indulge my order-crazed brain in a list of randomness. Welcome to my Friday Fives.

You know how I can go on and on about books? Well, I can talk even more about cookbooks.

Lucky you, right?

I have a serious obsession that stems from my childhood. It really deserves its own post that will undoubtedly start with:

Hi. I’m Marci. And I’m a cookbook-aholic.

After moving so many times I’ve stopped buying books and become a library whore. The only exceptions to the rule are cookbooks. I need them. I want to mark-up their glossy pages with dates, notes, suggestions and splatters of sauce and butter spots. I want to dog-ear pages and wear down the dust jacket. I need to live in those books. Flipping through their pages gives me such a tangible joy that Pinterest’s convenience can’t match.

Remember how I turned down a book club with friends? I have a dream of starting a Cookbook Book Club, where we pick one cookbook a month and everyone makes different recipes for a big pot-luck meal. Our own Moveable Feast. Who’s with me?

There’s nothing better to me than curling up on the couch with a pile of cookbooks, menu planning and dreaming with my mouth watering and my ideas spinning. When I first get a new cookbook I immediately plow through every page, creating a roadmap and planning my attack.

I have acquired five…FIVE…new cookbooks in the last month. It’s a new record. (Think my friends and family know the way to my birthday-girl heart?!) I wanted to share with you the top-five-recipes-I-can’t-wait-to-make for each book. It’s a special Friday Five-by-Five!

Prepare to salivate in 3…2…

5. Joy the Baker

JTB - First Cookbook

Even though my favorite design bloggers have called it quits, my favorite food bloggers are kill-ing it right now. Almost all of them have released a cookbook in the last year, which makes me one happy girl. Joy and her blog are at the top of that list. This is her first cookbook (from 2012), but it’s full of awesome tips and basics (like how to make the perfect cup of hot chocolate). Her writing is down-to-earth and sarcastic, so basically she’s my foodie-soulmate.

Recipes I need to try:
Black Pepper Waffles – breakfast for dinner just got elevated! (I’d top with eggs and dill hollandaise sauce – WHAT?)
Sweet Potato Pie – how her baking obsession all began. It’s her favorite recipe and comes from her dad.
Baked Chili Cheese Fries – god, yes
Peanut Butter Birthday Cake – glorious
Strawberry Cookie Dough Ice Cream – dreamy

4. Homemade Decadence

JTB - Homemade Decdadence

Joy’s second cookbook just came out this week! It’s even more amazing than the first. Her photos are gorgeous and the recipes look incredible. Here’s hoping she makes a book tour stop in Utah.

Recipes I need to try:
Breakfast Nachos – shut the front door
Oatmeal Cookie Sandwiches with Peanut Butter Filling – calling my name
Peach, Brie, and Dark Chocolate S’mores – a s’more Joe and I can both get behind
Confetti Cookies — a party in your mouth
Ice Cream Social – an entire section on fun flavors and toppings, yes!

3. Seriously Delish

How Sweet Eats

Another food blogger! This one I’ve also been following for years. Hers is the only cookbook on this list that isn’t strictly a dessert cookbook. Yes, I love to bake, but it can sometimes seem impractical for me to own a cookbook that’s 85% meat recipes. So that’s why I lean towards the sweeter side when it comes to cookbooks. But this collection is fantastically full of non-meat dishes, or dishes that are easily adaptable for a vegetarian lifestyle. Bonus: It also has an incredible drink section.

Recipes I need to try:
BBQ Roasted Chickpeas – wowza
Oatmeal Cookie Granola – Joe would love this
Breakfast Cookies – sustenance on the go
Roasted Blueberry Basil Brie – I want all the brie things
Roasted Vegetable Queso Frittata – this is happening soon

2. Sally’s Baking Addiction

Sallys Baking Addiction

Yep, you guessed it, another blogger! Sally is a pinterest sensation, mostly for her ridiculous flavors of Puppy Chow, like pumpkin spice, butterscotch peanut butter, cookies-n-cream, cupcake, red velvet, s’mores, and on and on and on. She is a true recipe developer, so everything she makes is spot-on. There’s no guess work, which is invaluable to home bakers like myself.

Recipes I need to try:
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread – busted! I made this this week and it was superb. It definitely rivals my favorite muffin recipe. I blame the orange juice in the batter.
Cinnamon Roll Blondies – gah!
Cake Batter Chocolate Chip Cookies – the recipe she claims made her famous (shown on the cover)
Monster Munch – a new binge-watching TV snack?
Butterscotch Streusel Banana Bread – is it dessert? is it breakfast? does it matter?

1. Baked Occasions

Baked Occasions

I recently waxed rhapsodic about my love for the Baked Boys’ cookbooks. Their Oopsy Daisy Cake was the perfect birthday treat. This is their fourth cookbook and it’s for a year of celebrations. Each recipe is themed with a particular landmark date or holiday. So fun and the recipes are what you’d expect from them: perfection. In the words of my wise friend William…”Every day’s a holiday.” It certainly is with this book.

Recipes I need to try:
Texas Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting – my Texas roots marry my Peanut Butter heart
Pink Peppermint Ice Cream with Hot Fudge – droooooooling for the holidays
Hippie Cake – vegan cake with olive oil and balsamic vinegar (I’d use THIS balsamic vinegar!)
Chocolate Pop Tarts with Peanut Butter Filling – put the box down and walk away
Orange Pancakes with Honey Butter – honey hush!

And here are more cookbooks I’m already eyeing (Can’t stop, won’t stop!):

Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul – Love me some Indian Food! I want to make and eat all of the paneer tikka masala and naan, please! Bonus: Learning all about Indian spices.

Brunch at Bobby’s – I think I just want to have brunch at Bobby’s. You understand, I’m sure.

Huckleberry – LA’s famous brunch spot and bakery divulges its favorites. Gorgeous, but not sure how much I’d actually cook from its pages. Unless I wanted to learn how to make my own (high-altitude) bagels. ….tempting.

Dominique Ansel – The master behind the famous/infamous Cronut shares his secrets? Maybe not to own, but definitely would love to browse.

And, in upcoming Friday Five lists: Favorite Exercises at the Gym! How to not bake anything for more than five days! Kale Chips and Other Meals!


One thought on “Friday Five: Cookbook Invasion

  1. Speaking of recipes…..I made your Oreo-Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies for Boss’s Day and they were a hit! I actually didn’t eat one because I prefer eating the dough. 🙂 And by the time I make myself sick eating dough, I don’t even want to look at the cooked cookies!

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