Hey, all you wonderful foodies! I hope your new year is off to a great start. Mine has consisted of just taking some much needed time to myself and my family while squeezing in as many hours (and I mean hours) of binge-watching every season of Survivor before I start back to school this week (thank you, Amazon Instant Video, for making this possible). I have watched so many season’s so far that it has, legit, convinced me to audition as soon as I can. Hey, everyone can use a million dollars, right?
What in the world does Survivor have to do with food? Absolutely nothing. Unless you want to talk about their poor clam, rice and coconut diets but that’s not what I’m going to do today. Instead, I want to share with all of you my cookbook favorites and finds. I love cookbooks. I collect them. It’s the only kind of book I find myself returning to time and time again. I’m sure all foodies can relate.
My Cookbook Finds
The other day, my husband and I actually found time to get out of our house- KID FREE. Best part? We actually went out to eat with another couple. Those days are far and few between, nowadays. It’s sort of relaxing to have a conversation with someone older than two and four. Before the fun started, we made use of our night out by stopping at my new favorite store, Target, for some Valentine’s photo props that I’ll be using in an upcoming mini-session I am working on putting together. After, we made a stop for Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. If you have this store in your area and you have not been there, OMG! What are you waiting for? This place is amazeballs!
It’s my one-stop-shop for cookbooks. What’s awesome is that I pay only a fraction of retail price of other stores. Sometimes I can go in and they will have books I’ve already scoured over but with a little extra digging, I can find the gem of cookbooks. Unfortunately, the cookbooks vary with each store, so what I found in mine you may not be able to find in yours.
Here are my finds from this trip:
Bourbon & Bacon: The Ultimate Guide To The South’s Favorite Food Groups by Morgan Murphy. I snagged this one up for $3.99 (original price: $22.95)! Would you believe I actually put it back once before committing to buying? I’m glad the words “bourbon and bacon” floated on my conscience. After I got this baby home I immediately got to looking through it. It didn’t take long for me to get lost in it. This book is more than just a cookbook. Murphy wrote it in a way that when you finish, you will be a connoisseur of Bourbon and bacon. When a cookbook starts off with a warning, you know it’s gonna be a good one.
What I liked about the book: Besides snagging it up for an awesome low price, I really liked how, for some of his recipes, Murphy was able to incorporate both ingredients in a way that they compliment each other in a recipe. He also gives great descriptions about the different kinds of whiskeys and bourbons you will find. One thing I’ve learned after reading this was that “All Bourbons are whiskeys but not all whiskey is Bourbon”. Wanna know why that is? Get the book and read why he stands behind this!
The 4-Hour CHEF by Timothy Ferriss. Valued at $35.00, I got this one for $4.99 (see? I told you that Ollie’s is the place to go). I admit, when I first picked up this book I thought it was going to be made up of mostly recipes and a few tips and techniques that make you a chef. After skimming through (haven’t had a chance to actually sit and read) I realized that theory was only half correct. Yes. It does have recipes but this book offers so much more. Ferriss compresses 6 months of culinary school into 641 pages. His book is a “choose-your-own-adventure guide in a world of rapid learning”. He unearths secrets from some of the world’s fastest learners and greatest chefs and incorporates them in this book. While the main focus is becoming a chef or bringing your cooking skills up a notch, the great knowledge that you will obtain from reading this book is not limited to the kitchen. Ferriss admits right away that you can use what you learn from The 4-Hour CHEF to conquer anything at a quick pace.
I hope you liked my awesome finds. If you see them at one of your stores, I strongly encourage you pick them up. Especially the Bourbon & Bacon book. We could all use some bourbon and bacon in our lives.
Find some awesome cookbooks you want to share? Let me know about them in the comments. I’d love to add them to my ever-growing cookbook collection.
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