Julia’s favourite cookbooks

By Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I don’t own a lot of cookbooks. I typically use recipes from Pinterest or Canadian Living, and most recipes are available online. I have my trusty iPad which acts as a cookbook most of the time. But I do have a few cookbooks I couldn’t do without.

One of the first I ever received was The Dinner Fix (you may remember me talking about it here). Some of my all-time favourite recipes come from this cookbook, like my Peach Glazed Chicken and Moroccan Beef (which I surprisingly haven’t blogged about before… must add that to the list!). I’ve probably made half the recipes in this book and they always deliver on their promise – delicious food for the rushed.

Before my Canadian Living addiction started, every recipe I made was from Nigella Lawson. I still go back to some of her recipes over and over and was super excited a few years ago when we came out with another cookbook, Kitchen. It’s a huge book, so I’ve barely made a dent in trying the recipes, but I already have some favourites like her Pesto Pasta and Chicken Teriyaki. I especially love her meal plans and ideas for leftovers – she can make another whole recipe out of leftovers and also gives tips on freezing and planning ahead.

Last but not least, my current favourite – Guy Fieri’s Food. Okay, so he’s the least healthy man on the planet, but his food is out of this world. Every recipe My Other Half and I have tried has blown us away. This is a must-have cookbook for lovers of big, bold flavours (like us). I will say, however, that making his recipes are definitely a labour of love. If you’re a cook who like to take shortcuts and doesn’t like a few hours of prep, this isn’t the cookbook for you. Also, it’s on my bucket list to visit his restaurant, Johnny Garlic’s. Favourite recipes include his Chicken & Avocado Egg Rolls, Pot Stickers and Spinach Tostadas with Shrimp and Potatoes.

What are your favourite cookbooks?

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