Cookbooks & Magazines: What I’m Reading Now

Between Chris and me, we must have at least 150 cookbooks.  If you include cooking magazines and bookmarked food sites and blogs, we’re easily in the 200 – 250+ range!  It’s slightly insane and I only see our collection growing!

This weekend we’re having a small group of people over for dinner and my dear friend, Kimberly, is visiting from New York so we want to plan a fun menu.  I’ve recently purchased a few new cookbooks so I’m starting there, along with the latest issue of Cook’s Illustrated and the fabulous new quarterly mag, Lucky Peach, by McSweeney’s.  Ironically GluttonForLife just wrote a great review of Lucky Peach on Friday that you should definitely check out.  I’m strongly considering making the ramen gnocchi recipe as a starter or side as it looks awesome, but Chris wants me to make Rachael’s Pasta Bolognese as the main because I haven’t made it in a while.

So the jury’s still out for what to make, but I do know that I’ll be at the Green City Market on Saturday with my shopping list in hand.  In the meantime, here are the cookbooks and magazines I’ll be perusing all week looking for the perfect menu.  I read a cool article in WSJ on Canal House cookbooks a few months back and they’ve quickly become favorites in our kitchen.  I need to buy a few more in the set – operative word being “need.”  And I barely make a meal without consulting Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone.  If you don’t have it, I highly recommend adding it to your library.  Claudia Roden’s cookbook on Spanish cuisine and At Elizabeth David’s Table are new to my shelf so I’m excited to try them both.

Any recipe or cookbook suggestions are always welcome!

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4 Responses to “Cookbooks & Magazines: What I’m Reading Now”

  1. gluttonforlife July 18, 2011 at 6:39 am #

    Love your choices (and thanks for the shout-out). I’m also a big fan of Deborah Madison since her early days at Greens in San Francisco. As for your dinner party, I think you should save the bolognese for another time! Isn’t something more seasonal in order? Maybe a fresh pea risotto? Or a corn chowder with crab?

  2. Dru July 18, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    Missy, I think a lighter menu is in order. I saw some interesting recipes in Martha Stewart’s magazine, LIVING. Great summer pasta recipes that can be served at room temp. Pastas like croxetti, pennini and pici with summer vegetables. There is also a great looking lobster and corn chowder recipe that uses no cream, butter or flour. Just a thought. And did I miss my invite?? Haha

  3. melissa July 18, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    Hi Ladies! Thanks for your responses. I totally agree that bolognese is rather heavy for this time of year! I had a sweet pea risotto at a restaurant, Gemini Bistro, in Chicago. If I could replicate that, I’d be in heaven!! Great suggestion, Laura! And I’ll get LIVING this week and check it out, Dru! That corn chowder sounds intriguing!

  4. cindy July 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    great picks, melissa! as a vegetarian reading this, i have to throw in a few of my favorites which include anything by peter berley and mollie katzen:


    and because i’m obsessed with southern food, i have to give a shout out to the lee brothers too! http://mattleeandtedlee.com/lee-bros/

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