Since moving out of my parent's house last summer, I've had this newfound love of cooking. It is a happy place of creativity with immediate gratification of getting to eat what you've made. My job and freelancing aren't like that. Which, I don't mind–I love the process of design and the time it takes to think through things. With cooking there is deliciousness within an hour.
These two cookbooks are my go-to recently. I've only had them for a few months, but I seriously love them. I've tried a bunch of recipes from each, and repeated quite a few favorites.
- Danielle Walker's "Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime" – I've only had this cookbook since Christmas, but I use a recipe from it every week, sometimes three in one week! I love it because she gives make-ahead options, nutritional facts, suggestions on how to use leftovers, and easy icon indicators on if the recipe is slow cooker, one-pot, or 30-minute. The photos are gorgeous in this cookbook. I haven't used this part yet, but Danielle includes an 8-week meal plan. I need to try it. This is literally the most organized cookbook I've ever used. Even if you think you can't cook, you can use this! Danielle has a fantastic blog you should check out.
- Carla Snyder's "One Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals for Two" – I've been wanting this cookbook for a couple years now. Our friends Jon & Jenny bought it for us for our wedding, and I literally stopped opening presents to read it when we opened it. My sister had given me a cast iron skillet for my birthday a few years ago, and I hadn't really fallen in love with it until I started using this cookbook. Buy a cast iron skillet immediately. They're amazing. I love this cookbook because of the photography, easy to follow recipes, extra helpful tips, and how well the food turns out. I'm also a huge fan of how each recipe has a suggestion for a side dish if you're 'extra hungry' as well as a wine pairing suggestion. Honestly, anything I've made from here has given us a dinner, and leftovers for lunch the next day. Let me know if you have questions about that. On another note, I eat gluten free and I've easily modified these recipes to fit my needs.
How about you–what are some of your favorite cookbooks?