I’ve been off the Weekend Cooking circuit for a little while now, not for any reason other than general weekend laziness. But I have to jump back in to show off two new cookbooks that I received as Christmas presents, one from my boss and one (picked out by me) from my husband. Men who follow directions are so sexy.
1. Chocolate and Zucchini: Daily Adventures in a Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier
My boss gave me this cookbook, and she swears that she has never made a bad recipe from it. The author writes the food blog Chocolate & Zucchini
, which I had never heard of before but is apparently very popular. It’s a bit different from my usual style of cooking, but there are some interesting-sounding recipes, and it’s very
French. I’ll definitely have to plan to use it soon.
2. Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals by Jamie Oliver
I have a bit of a crush on Jamie Oliver, and after flipping through this book at the store I immediately requested it for my Christmas gift. Jamie (we’re on a first-name basis) does some things to save time in the kitchen that I would never have considered-like boiling water in the kettle before putting it in a pot-but I’ve faithfully followed one of the recipes in the book already and I enjoyed it. I also like the way my friend Jamie uses lots of fresh herbs and spices, and the recipes are presented as complete meals, with side dishes and desserts included. This would be a great book to go to when you’re cooking for a crowd, as the portions are big.
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