Cookbook Review

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.

Cookbook Review, Meals Made Simple and One Pan, Two Plates // brianakapper.com

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?