Amateur Chef, Expert Eater

I have two cooking “styles”–I’m either a lazy mofo and eat mac and cheese with sliced hotdogs, or I go nuts and cook absolutely everything. I’m talking, “pull out all of your kitchen gadgets and finest ingredients and dirty every dish in this house”. When the weather breaks and the farmers markets are back in business, I troll the booths for ramps, strawberries and rhubarb. In an effort to branch out and cook more seasonally, I find that I’m reaching for my favorite cookbooks. Here are a few that I’m currently loving:


Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan

I turn to Dorie’s book when I’m craving bold flavors or a labor intensive Sunday meal. Many of these recipes can take several hours so plan accordingly, but know that your hard work is worth the reward. She combines classic French flavors with a homestyle feel and it’s one of the most well written cookbooks I’ve read—-the instructions are clear, her narrative is enjoyable and the photos are great references.


Favorite recipes—cheese topped onion soup, roast chicken for les paresseux, and boeuf à la mode.


Cravings by Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy—you wonderful chicken wing eating woman, you. This was a housewarming gift from Caitlin (thanks, C!) and I haven’t been able to put it down since. In fact, it has permanently taken up real estate on my kitchen counter. Chrissy is witty, the photos are bright and beautiful, and the food is all stuff you actually WANT to eat (just like the title says).


Favorite recipes—cobb salad with honey-mustard ranch dressing, butternut squash soup with prosciutto crisps, and actual drunken noodles.


Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci

I’m one of those weirdos who actually enjoys non-pasta noodles–mostly because I tell myself if I forgo pasta, I can have ice cream. It’s all about balance, people. TBH–I haven’t officially cooked anything from this because Amazon told me to buy it over the weekend, but I know that I will turn to it as veggies come into season.


The Home Baker

Shout out to all you sugar junkies. This was the first cookbook I ever bought in an effort to impress my now-husband. I went straight for one of the hardest recipes, a raspberry merengue layer cake. When I reached the merengue making portion, I thought ‘whisk’ meant WHISK BY HAND. Not “beat with a hand mixer”. That dessert was worth the sore forearms and I’m happy to report that my kitchen game has improved since then.


Favorite recipes–obviously that raspberry layer cake, lemon meringue pie, and sour cream muffins with chives.


Joy of Cooking: All About Breakfast and Brunch

Another OG cookbook in the Geff house. Not only is the food rich and amazing (I’m looking at you, French toast), but this book provides helpful tips and tricks when it comes to hosting brunch. Table settings, proper etiquette, and drink pairings can all be found inside.


Favorite recipes–French toast, eggs in ramekins with ratatouille, and strawberry rhubarb cobbler.

I hope this inspires you to momentarily ditch Pinterest and dust off those cookbooks you’re storing in your basement. Let me know what some of your favorite books/recipes are–I can never say no to good eats!

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