6 Cookbooks Need Help Better Cook
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The 6 Cookbooks You Need to Help Be a Better Cook

Do you love to cook but not really good at it?  Do you have a ton of cookbooks but not sure which ones are going to tell you how to improve your skills?

Well, I have some really good cookbooks that have helped me along the way.  These cookbooks have helped improve my cooking skills tremendously.  And yes I’m tooting my own horn.

And yes, the above picture is a picture of all of my own cookbooks that we will discuss.

Betty Crocker Cookbook

When I got married and was a stay at home mom, I decided I would cook more.  However, I didn’t really know where to begin.  So, I bought the Betty Crocker Cookbook.  It has a lot of pretty pictures to show me what the food looks like once cooked. I like a cookbook with pictures.

I tried several recipes on my very picky husband.  He liked what I cooked, so I tried a few more recipes until I was confident enough to try another cookbook.

Joy of Cooking

This is a great book to use when you are starting out.  This cookbook has a lot of basic recipes and then some.  This cookbook will tell you how to boil an egg!  It starts out with the basics.

One of the recipes I tried was scalloped potatoes.  My mother-in-law would make scalloped potatoes and I wanted to learn how to make them just like her.  This cookbook did that for me.

Gastronomy of Italy

Gastronomy CookbookNow this is THE Italian cookbook.  I learned a lot in this cookbook.  My husband loves it when I pull out this book.  This cookbook talks about the different regions of Italy.  In these different regions, they include sardines in their dishes.

My favorite recipes I cook from this one is the lasagna and bolognese sauce.  I never knew the Italians used a bechamel sauce instead of ricotta cheese in their lasagna!  Now I know and I love it!  Also, the bolognese sauce recipe in this cookbook is not the exact recipe I use.  I have tweaked mine to the way I like but it is truly based on the recipe in this cookbook.  The recipe will come soon…I promise!

Mastering the Art of French Cooking

What would be cooking if I didn’t include Julia Child?  I really love this cookbook.  Julia goes into great detail with every recipe showing you how to do it step by step.  It’s as if she is right there with you.

I have tried a few recipes such as the Coq Au Vin, Beef Bourguignon and green beans.  Let me just say this – these are a lot easier than you think.  These recipes sound so complicated but the step by step guide makes it so simple.  And not only that but the ingredients are pretty cheap, too!  That’s a plus in my book!

The Flavor Bible

If you want to know what seasonings goes with what ingredient, then this is the book for you.  I love looking through this book for ideas.  For example, if you want to know what seasonings go with beef tenderloin, then this book will give you a rundown of all the seasonings that compliment it.

This book will help you bring out the best possible flavor to any ingredient you can imagine.  I just can’t say it enough.  It’s a great reference book to help you in your cooking endeavors.

Larouse Gastronomique

Cookbook OpenThis is an encyclopedia!  Everything you need to know about cooking is right here in this book.  I’m not going to lie.  This book is very overwhelming until you are looking up something.

This book is written just like an encyclopedia or maybe a dictionary.  Even Julia Child has said that this is the one reference book she would have in her library.  This book includes everything from cooking techniques, ingredients, recipes, food histories and culinary biographies.

Now you have the six cookbooks to help you be a better cook.  These books will get you started on your path of cooking great food.  Soon, I will put out some really good Southern cookbooks, so you can cook like us Southerners.

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