All Booked | Cookbooks are Books Too

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Hello, book lovers!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Yes, I love the food, but apparently it’s so much more. As I get older, I feel gratitude on a whole other level. I feel grateful for my health, family, friends, work, happiness and so much more. Over the past few years, and perhaps becoming a parent, I’ve become much more aware of how precious these things are and how fleeting they can be. I love that we have a day to gather with loved ones to express our gratitude over a meal together. It’s so beautiful to me.

Now that we’re all feeling a little woozy, I want to get back to the fun part – the food. Last year I wrote a newsletter about my favorite cookbooks and I think this might be a fun Thanksgiving week tradition to start. Below are some of the cookbooks I own and have been loving lately.

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I’m a big believer in going into a book knowing as little as possible. I try not to read too many summaries or reviews because most of them share more. My pitches below are short and sweet for this very reason.


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Cooking with Italian grandmothers by Jessica Theroux is a beautiful book that is much more than just a cookbook. Theroux travels around Italy and spends time staying with various Italian grandmothers, learning their stories and their recipes. On these pages, she shares what she has learned. Not only will you find incredible recipes here, but you might even cry while reading them. This book is so full of love. It is an appreciation of family and a celebration of tradition. It’s one of my favorite cookbooks to sit down and read with a cup of coffee. Even if you don’t make anything out of this book, it’s worth reading. I also recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Cestovinový bákyk.

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A few years ago I was part of a cookbook club where the host would pick a cookbook each month and we would each make a meal from it and bring it to dinner for us to enjoy as a group. They were such a great group of ladies and our dinners always exceeded expectations. Cook this book by Molly Baz was one of the selected cookbooks from this club. It is written with an emphasis on technique. Baz really breaks down the art of cooking, everything from how to cut an onion to mission en place when choosing salt in your kitchen. If you are new to cooking, this would be a great place to start. It will also make a great gift for anyone who wants to improve their skills in the kitchen.

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My mother gave me a gift Flour by Joanne Chang a few years ago at Christmas. I’ll admit it sat on my shelf for a while. I found it intimidating. I find baking difficult and Chang’s recipes seem advanced. But this year I really enjoyed them. Every few weeks I’ll start a new cookie recipe or make some muffins. I haven’t tried the more difficult recipes yet, but I have looked at a few. Baking through this book definitely made me more confident in baking. I’ve got places to go, but I’m having fun on this little baking journey of mine. Thank you, mom 🙂


As always I would love to hear from you. Please send me your cookbooks. Whether they’ve been favorites for years or new discoveries, you can contact me at [email protected]!

Your enthusiastic bookworm, Emily


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