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A Few Cookbook Finds and A Few For My Wishlist

It is no secret how much I love cookbooks. I have a few, okay so I have quite a few, cookbooks in my collection. As vast as the internet is with all the information and recipes available, I still prefer holding and reading a book or cookbook in my own hands. Yes, I know to many that is odd, but there is something that I love about sitting down with a good cookbook in my hands and learning tips and ideas from others.

Some of my all time favorite cookbooks come from Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen. They get cooking. They get the science behind food and I love their stuff. When I found out that they had a new cookbook out called, From Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens, I knew I wanted this cookbook. I love old fashioned type recipes. They are usually basic recipes using ingredients that we have on hand and this book does not disappoint.

This book is like looking at your grandma’s recipe box, yet with an updated modern twist. Yes, some of the recipes are a bit odd, but the majority of them sound like recipes my family would love. The first recipe I plan on trying from From Our Grandmothers’ Kitchens is the Potato Crust Quiche. It looks so simple and yet so good!

Did y’all know that Paula Deen had a new cookbook out?! I think that might just be the first time I said, “y’all” on this site, but when you talk Paula y’all  just fits.

Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible is classic Paula. If you love Paula, you will probably love this book. The recipes are classic Paula and her Southern style. Recipes that are every day food, with everyday ingredients. With that being said, it is also classic Paula and they are not the healthiest of recipes to make. But we all need a little butter once in a while, right?!

I have two small complaints about this book. First, it’s lack of pictures. I love pictures in my cookbooks. They draw you in and make you want to make the recipes. This cookbook as a few pictures, but not many, and I wish it had more.

My second complaint is that many of these recipes seem to be the same or similar to recipes in her other cookbooks. Most of them appear to be new and I have not compared them side by side, but I am pretty sure at least a few are the same. I am probably noticing this because I have several other Paula Deen Cookbook’s and I have watched a few too many Paula Cooking shows, so Paula’s recipes maybe running together for me.

Over all  I think Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible is a great cookbook and would make a great gift for any Paula Deen fan.

One of my newest and favorite cookbooks is No-bake Cookies: More Than 150 Fun, Easy & Delicious Recipes for Cookies, Bars, And Other Cool Treats Made Without Baking. Several people have mentioned this book to me and I have also read about it several times recently. It is not a new release, in fact it came out in 2006, so I do not know why I had not discovered this book until recently.

I am loving all the quick and easy cookie ideas in this book. They are not all gluten and nut free, so I am having to adapt quite a few for my family, but I have been able to make many of the recipes work for us and feel like the book was well worth buying. If you are looking for quick and easy cookies, this might be the book for you.

Now for a few on my wish list. Although I do not need any more cookbooks, here are a few I would love to own.

I love Paula Deen and own several of her cookbooks, but I do not own any of her sons’ books. The Deen Brothers cookbooks look like they would be great cookbooks though and I would love to see what kind of recipes they have. I really need to see if my library has their books. Do any of you own them? I would love to hear your thoughts.

And Martha has a new book called Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations. I love Martha and I own most of her cookbooks. In fact, I might own all of them. I have heard her talking about, and advertising this book for awhile, and it sounds like a great book.

I really wanted it because I love Martha, but when I saw the price I could not believe it. I have to say that I am not sure this book will be added to my collection anytime soon.

Martha I love your books and recipes, but $42 is a bit much for a normal person to spend on a book on entertaining and recipes. This book is not being released until later this month, so I am really hoping that the price drops on it. I prefer my books and cookbooks to be in the under $20 range and closer to $10 is even better. Most of Martha’s books are in the under $20 range, so I was a bit shocked by the price of this one.

What do you think about the price on Martha’s new book? I would love to hear if you think it is worth it.

Have any of you seen the cookbooks I have mentioned? I would love to hear your thoughts?

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  1. I would love the grandmothers book, I also think $42 is too high. Lets face it, she has shown us for years how to entertain! As a cookbook lover myself, I like them in the $10 range too!

  2. I don’t have any of thoses, but would love the Grandmother’s Kichens book. I will have to keep an eye out for it.

  3. Did you notice that the retail price for Martha’s new book is actually $75! I think that is LOT of money for a cookbook. I think the sale price, in the $40 range is acceptable, I have a lot of $40 something dollar cookbooks; her cookbooks are very lavishly photographed and it is over 400 pages, which justify a higher price than most cookbooks. But $75, not a chance.

    I really love the Deen Brother’s cookbooks, I have made many of their recipes, and I find them very reliable and delicious.

    The Grandma’s recipe sounds a lot like the “lost recipes” cookbooks Cook’s Illustrated does, I hadn’t heard of it until your post, so now it’s on my wishlist too 🙂

    • I did not noticed the retail on that book was that much. That is crazy. I am sure the photos are amazing, her books always are. I am guessing it might be more of a coffee table type book also. Lot of pictures and information, not just a cookbook, so that is probably why it has the higher price.

      I am glad to know that the Deen Brothers have good books. I will have to check them out. Grandma’s recipes is a lot like the Lost Recipes book. Similar idea, but a little different.

  4. I love cook books too but I will have to say I am the lucky one who actually has my grandmothers first cookbook with all her notes in it……use it alot

  5. I did get the Deen brothers cookbook from our library – it had a few good recipes, but it didn’t make me want to go out and buy it, but perhaps that is because summer is over and I’m less likely to grill regularly. I did checkout Southern Plate by Christy Jordan? and I’ve marked a few recipes to try. I was disappointed because one I did try was very bland, but not sure if it was my fault or just a bland recipe. I’ll try a few others.

    I’d only pay over $30 for a cookbook if I wanted to cook 20 or more recipes from it – if it was so different from ones I already have to make the expense worth it, although I’ve been known to put a pricier “want to have” cookbook on my Christmas list!

    I love old fashioned simple recipes so I will love to check out that Grandma’s recipe cookbook! I wish I had a legacy of cooks in my family so the next best thing is finding a blog or cookbook that I can garner family favorites from!

  6. I looked at that Deen Bros book from the library. I would not buy it but my husband is not very big on grilling (other than the basics-hamburgers, hotdogs) and is a picky eater so most of the recipes I saw wouldnt interest him. I need to get that Paula Deen book.

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