Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I heart cookbooks!

(I had hoped to add some images to the post, but Blogger isn't letting me upload them for some reason. Sorry!)

I am the kind of person who likes to flip through cookbooks when I am bored...and sometimes, sit down and read them as if they were novels! After the elliptical fiasco I decided to treat myself to a few new cookbooks and spent about an hour perusing the cookbook section at Chapters (where I'm sure the many employees walking by wondered what the heck was wrong with me).

My first choice was easy - after seeing so many great recipes on other blogs from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton, I couldn't resist buying it. I am so glad I did...all the recipes look phenomenal! I found the hummus section especially drool-worthy...I can't wait to try Peanut Sesame Hummus and Chipotle Lime Two Bean Hummus!

(One thing I don't get about this book - the weird greyish toned pictures of food at the beginning of each section. Anyone else find this odd? They're not very appetizing pictures!)

The second choice was a lot harder. So many cookbooks, so little money! I took a good long look at Veganomicon, and the Eat Clean Diet cookbook also caught my attention. In the end, however, I decided on Crazy Plates by Janet and Greta Podleski. My mom owns this cookbook and I've thumbed through her copy so many times that I figured I should buy my own. Cookbooks by the Podleski sisters are really awesome...full of great recipes, of course, but also lots of nutrition info, fun tidbits about food, and cute cartoons. Some of their recipes call for "low fat" ingredients that I'm not likely to use, but most of the time these can easily be substituted. I've made the Potato and Roasted Pepper Quiche (Quiche Me You Fool!) many times from this book, it's soooo delicious. I want to try the black bean soup recipe (Bean Me Up, Scotty) as soon as possible - it's blended smooth, so a good candidate to try out on the bf!

What are your favourite cookbooks? Let me know what I should look for the next time I treat myself at the bookstore!


  1. Eat, Drink & Be Vegan is one of my favs also!!

    Eat Shrink and Be Merry (by the same sisters) has a lot of great recipes in it (most of which I don't really make anymore since they have a lot of gluten, meat and dairy in them) Veganomican is lovely. The Eat-Clean Diet cookbooks are also great. Very healthy!! And I love that they include the nutritional info with all the recipes.

    PS - It let me leave a comment... I just had to try twice

  2. Ok, my comments keep disappearing.............

    I originally said:

    This reminds me, do you subscribe to Chatelaine yet?