Food and Words, Together

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“When I get a little money, I buy books. And if there is any left over, I buy food.”

– Desiderius Erasmus


Books and food, hard decision?

Fortunately for booklovers, we don’t have to choose! We can get both in the form of a cookbook. (At least for October!) Why? October is National Cookbook Month.  *Wink wink.

If you’ve followed my blog, Just Commonly, you’ll know that I’m a foodie or rather a cookbook lover myself. I love trying different recipes and improving my (rather lacking) culinary skills.  Today, I share with you a couple of cookbooks I’ve tried which are still on my keeper shelf in my kitchen.

 Eat at Home Tonight by Tiffany King:

  • This one is a keeper with its simple and basic recipes for those times when excuses to not eat at home are too easy.

The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook by Toby Amidor

  • Five ingredients are all you need, AND it’s healthy. Need I say more?

Amish Cooking Class Cookbook by Wanda Brunstetter

  • This cookbook includes all the recipes you’ll read in the author’s Amish Cooking Class series. So it makes it fun to read along and know you can whip it up yourself!

Daisy Cakes Bakes by Kim Nelson

  • I don’t have a big sweet tooth, but when I do I like to make something from this one. My favorite? Vanilla wafer cookies with melted dark chocolate drizzle.

Lucky Peach Presents 101 Easy Asian Recipes by Peter Meehan & The editors of Lucky Peach

  • Being of Chinese descent, I love to check out some of the traditional recipes I’m familiar with, plus the ones I’ve tried while traveling to East Asia. There’s a bit of nostalgia for me when it comes to these classics.

Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook by Pearl Barrett & Serene Allison

  • I’m all for anti-inflammatory foods, especially when we start getting up in age. (note from Carrie: as the oldest person on this staff…. I object to that distinction! LOL) This cookbook has many options for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan recipes. I don’t always follow it diligently, but I do substitute without taking away its original intention too much.

Gather Around the Amish Table by Lucy Leid

  • This Amish cooking cookbook is the one I use more often with its pictures and easy instructions.

The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer,  Marion Rombauer Becker & Ethan Becker (75th Anniversary Edition)

  • This is probably a staple in most, if not all, kitchens. Many times, going back to the classics gives me the comfort I need.

Quite the variation, but I think the main objective for me in keeping with a cookbook is the ease of use, and flavor.  As Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt once said, “Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” When we prepare food, there’s a transference of love to those who will taste it. 

Do you have a cookbook you recommend?

“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.”

– Alan D. Wolfelt

Annie is an associate editor of Hope by the Book and the mind behind Just Commonly blog, sharing what she loves most – Jesus & all things book and bookish. She is also the co-founder of the Christian Fiction Readers’ Retreat and JustRead Publicity Tours.