Joy of Cooking is my go-to and a great reference. I was gifted a huge CIA recipe book that is great for techniques. The recipes are for "restaurant-size" quantities so I have to pull out a calculator to re-size, but it's a great reference as well.
Pounds lost: 31.2
Fitness Minutes: (2,226)
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Joy of Cooking is a great reference book. So is How To Cook Anything. My newest is Salt Fat Acid Heat. And Vegetables ( America's Test Kitchen) I love the idea of learning technique that I can apply without a recipe. But I refer back to my Paleo cookbooks all the time.
Today has been crazy. My niece Julie died this morning so my sister lost her husband Dec13 & her daughter whatever this date is. My computer is driving me crazier but I will survive! I will try to get a proper - don't know what I was attempting to write but whatever it was it came out all garbled.. Now is the morning of my discontent - oops slipping into Shakespeare again. Anyway things are a little messed up but at least I am starting to see robins again so spring is coming. Of course my little sparrows have been here all winter & demand to be fed & foolish me I feed them. They deserve a little grub too. I will get a little early indoor planting done today & just putz around. Who knows? It may get some work done. Jean
I'm really having a fight with my weight. I need all the support I can get!
USERSMYNAME - I’m not vegan either but my husband is so I got it for him for Christmas. Oh She Glows isn’t heavy on tofu or grains. Lots of yummy vegetable recipes in it. The chana Masala is really yummy. Chickpeas are one of a few beans I can eat more than just a few and not get super gassy from, so this recipe works for me. The African peanut stew is delicious too.
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I'm a Non-Practicing Certified Personal Trainer.
I'm not a doctor or dietitian. I'm just a real whole foods nutrition nerd.
I eat mostly vegetables, fats, meats, some fruit and dark chocolate. Unprocessed and preservative free food. And it's changed my life!
5'4" Maintaining since 2012 41 years old 2 kids
Lowering my A1C and keeping my blood sugar levels steady eating LCHF.
Thanks again to everyone for the ideas; finding some great new cookbooks. JERF: Thanks for the recommendation. I am not vegan or even vegetarian. Can you tell me if Oh She Glows is heavy in soy (tofu) and/or grains?
Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook (Red and White Checkered Binder Copyright 1996).
I've owned and loved several of these binder cookbooks by Better Homes and Gardens throughout my 40+ years of marriage. The last one I bought was this 1996 version. I love that each recipe includes nutrition facts...it makes it so easy to keep track of what we are eating each day! This is the first cookbook I reach for when I'm looking for a good recipe.
My next favorite is Garden Way's Joy of Gardening Cookbook by Janet Ballantyne, copyright 1984. I use this cookbook to find creative and delicious ways to use fresh seasonal vegetables.
My favorite new cookbook is The skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka with Heather K. Jones, R.D., copyright 2014. This one features recipes that are light on calories and big on flavor and includes nutrition facts for each recipe. It's fabulous and may actually overshadow my perennial favorite of all time; Better Homes and Gardens.
All things are possible.
current weight: 208.2
Fitness Minutes: (1,135)
3/16/19 10:58 A
Full Disclosure I have a cookbook problem. I got rid of 4 bought 4.
I use Carrie Holcomb's easy vegetarian book a lot. (my husband is a vegetarian) I have a summer Gooseberry Patch cookbook I use in the summer
I can't remember who makes it, but it is called "cooking school" Love that one for how basic it is and all the tips and tricks.
and a red and white checkered Better Homes and Gardens Binder cookbook
and two Pioneer Woman cookbooks. Her pie crust in a year of holidays has worked great for me.
Oh and a Betty Crocker Slow Cooker book. I think it is just called Betty Crocker: Slow Cooker.
Oh and the Low Carb Bible. That one is pretty cool. I don't use it as much now that I'm meatless for dinner, but it is a good one if you're into low carb.
In terms of cookbooks (from buying them all of hte time) I will suggest checking them out of the library and using them for awhile before you buy. My co worker does it and it has been great for her. I haven't tried it yet, but I thought I'd pass along the tip.
Something I've really been focusing on lately is finding cookbooks with the nutirtion facts. It just makes my tracking easier. It also makes choosing which one to buy easier.
Bittersweet - Best. Desserts. Ever. Oh, and best pasta meat sauce (with cocoa powder!)
Flat Belly Diet for Men and Flat Belly Diet Cookbook - I don't and have never followed this "diet", but I do like the recipes - they make a reasonable size, in most cases, and have a nutritional balance that usually aligns well with my own requirements. My only complaint is their love-affair with expensive ingredients that simply aren't necessary (like 94% lean ground beef when you can get the same nutritional content by cooking, rinsing in hot water, and then draining 80% ground beef, or requiring pine nuts when walnuts will work just as well at a fraction of the cost).
Weight Watchers Cook for Two (I bought this over a decade ago when I was single and living alone because most of my family's recipes make enough for at least 4 adults, and I was tired of leftovers!)
The Frugal Girl - she has some great recipes that are typically simple and don't require exotic ingredients, but present more common items in a tasty and unique way. I especially like her Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps and English Muffin Bread (though I swap out the bread flour for a combination of white whole wheat and gluten)
The Pioneer Woman - taco seasoning and Hot Corn Dip
Chocolate Covered Katie - black bean brownies, garbanzo cookie dough dip, and just a plethora of other recipes designed to be a bit (or sometimes a lot!) healthier than their typical compatriots.
Pretty much everything Alton Brown cooks
My family cookbook - sorry, this one won't be in the library! We have some family recipes we've assembled and tested over the years.
Take life one day at a time - enjoy today before you worry about tomorrow.
current weight: 223.0
Fitness Minutes: (6,180)
2/18/19 11:58 A
If you have formed the habit of checking on every new diet that comes along, you will find that, mercifully, they all blur together, leaving you with only one definite piece of information: french-fried potatoes are out. ~~Jean Kerr
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~~Anais Nin
Life is too short for self-hatred and celery sticks. ~~Marilyn Wann
Ha! I just answered this on Kitchn. They had a decent blurb on vegetarian cookbooks.
Here it is: For the basics of vegetables, and gentle encouragement, Edward Espe Brown’s Tassajara Ccoking, the1973 version, is where I turn. He discussed blackening before it was a national phenomenon, and how it can be fully accidental. I’ve burned a tiny bit of greens to mimic the smokiness of pork since I found my copy in 1982, in my second year on a vegetarian journey. Other books that survived many purging cycles include Gil Marks’ Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipies from Jewish Communities Around the World; Yamuna Devi’s Lord Krishna’s Cusine (and Best Of certainly will do); Moskowitz and Romero’s Vegan With a Vengeance (my gateway to their other books, and I have Veganomicon still, after allowing my kid to raid my cookbook stash when he moved out); Moosewood Collective books, especially Sundays at Moosewood (pescatarian friendly); Julie Sahni’s Classic Indian Cooking (I simply don’t use the meat section. I’d like to get her vegetarian book) Bryant Terry’s Grub accents Vegan Soul Kitchen nicely. Not for recipes, but for how to make multiple diet households run more smoothly, Lisa Tracy’s Gradual Vegetarian.
Thanks everyone for the great ideas. ArchimedesII: I do have two America's Test Kitchen cookbooks and lots of back issues of Cooks Illustrated. I love them. I do use the internet A LOT but sometimes books are even easier and more helpful to me in the kitchen.
The internet! So many more options, so easy to browse for specific ingredients or needs, see a variety of feedback from people who did this or altered that, get tips for getting the best results, heck even watch videos of someone else doing it so you don't misunderstand one of the directions.
The internet recipe can be saved to be made at any later time, and especially with recipe sites like the one here at Spark, you can even save your own modifications to the basic recipe.
Books are great, I love looking at old recipe books, but my favorite is still the internet.
Cook's Illustrated is a magazine from the PBS show, America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country. It's one of the best "how to" references there is. You can watch their TV show on PBS. I've learned a lot of great cooking techniques from their shows as well as publications.
Also, you can't beat Julia Child for being just about one of the best chef/cookbook writers, ever. Her books are all classics.
Most of the cookbooks I've bought recently have been rather specialized. (I bought one that is nothing but tomato recipes) For general cooking I will second the CookingLight website. Also EatingWell.com has a lot of good recipes, whether you are diabetic or not. Better Homes & Gardens puts out recipe collections in magazine format. You've probably seen them in the checkout line. "Best slow cooker recipes" or "Easy holiday recipes", etc. Sometimes libraries will have those, and you can find them used on ebay, too.
Lately I've been going mostly to online....cookinglight.com has lots of good recipes as does SparkPeople. If you are looking for vegetarian recipes, vegetariantimes.com is also good as is Meatlessmonday.com
Foodnetwork.com has a healthy recipe section and have found some good ones there. HTH
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Do you have a favorite cookbook or some "go-to" cookbooks that you find you use often? They don't have to be "healthy" or low-calorie (but great if they are) they just have to be those you love and/or use most frequently.
I will check some out from the library and see if I want to buy any to add to my home cookbook shelves.