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My Top 5 Cookbooks

Elisha BeachComment

I LOVE cookbooks. My collection is a little out of hand but I want to share with you my five favorite cookbooks that I find myself using all the time...

The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila - This book has recipes that show you how to make just about everything from scratch. From cheese to poptarts to lasagne, Alana manages to walk you through each recipe like she is standing right next to you in your kitchen. She even has side notes on recipes for those "tense moments" when you are sure your cooking has gone awry. Check out her blog Eating From the Ground Up.



The Family Chef by Jewels and Jill Elmore - This book is chock full of deliciously simple recipes. But what I love most about this book is that it actually taught me about food and how to figure things out for myself and not be dependent on a cookbook. Honestly, this booked changed the way I approach cooking. Check out their website to learn more about these sisters.



Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong - I do not practice a paleo diet but Michelle Tam's food is just flat out delicious. Her cookbook is filled with mouthwatering photos that make you want to try everything. Not to mention, her writing is funny, relatable and practical. You can test some of her recipes on her blog Nom Nom Paleo but I guarantee you this cookbook is worth the investment. 



Lodge Cast Iron Nation compiled and edited by Pam Hoenig - I am a southern girl so you can bet your butt I own a few cast iron pots and pans. Frankly, I believe they are a necessity in cooking and add a little something that can't be duplicated with any other pot or pan. Nevertheless, this cookbook has recipes for everything from dessert to dinner that can be whipped up in your cast iron pot.




Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book - This is one of those standard cookbooks that should be in every kitchen. The layout and organization of this ring-bound book is second to none. There are a myriad of reasons this has been a top selling cookbook since 1930.



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