Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cooking the Books

My first cookbook was called "Dad's Own Cookbook" and I bought it after reading it, cover to cover, at a house where I was babysitting.  It's still pretty great, as it's unbelievably basic, teaching you things like how to cut an onion and how to boil an egg.  The chocolate chip cookie recipe in that book makes the best cookies I have ever had and I think some of my relatives only love me because I bring those to family gatherings.  They're unbelievably great.

Nowadays, I have a bunch of Cooking Light cookbooks, although for the most part I find recipes using their website.  I like that because there is something that turns my stomach a little about seeing things like dried batter and flour on pages in a cookbook.  A good solution would be to not be such a slob in the kitchen, but it's easier for me to just use the computer rather than try to undo several generations of evolution.

Typically my criteria for cooking is less than thirty minute recipes, with calories listed (because I am getting a little better but I still have issues, so shoot me) and skill levels of basic to intermediate.

I would really love to hear some suggestions of great cookbooks or websites where they have awesome recipes.  Even specific recipe recommendations would be great.  I need a little inspiration in the kitchen lately as it seems like every day I only want to eat turkey sandwiches and carrots and hummus.

Oh, and I am allergic to eel, so I know that eliminates a lot of suggestions.  It's the cross I have to bear.

10 comments:

  1. Gosh, I'm just the busy comment bee aren't I?

    My favorite cookbook is "Back to the Table" by Art Smith. Used to Oprah's personal chef. He could still be, I don't know.

    I also like The Splendid Table on NPR, get her weekday supper email every week.
    http://splendidtable.publicradio.org/

    and Simply Recipes
    http://simplyrecipes.com/

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  2. Forgot to say Art's recipes are not fast, but they are really good. Splendid Table and Simply Recipes have lots of fast ones - my favorite.

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  3. I really like www.recipezaar.com. You can find some really good stuff on there and keep a little online cookbook of your favorites.

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  4. I love allrecipes.com. There is a healthy cooking tab - you can pick from "cutting calories" "high fiber options" or "cholesterol control". I use this site the most when I have something in my fridge and have no idea how to prepare it (or am bored with my recipes)
    http://allrecipes.com/features/articles/healthycookingjantomar2010.aspx

    I am also a huge fan of the Chez Panisse Vegetables & Chez Panisse Fruits cookbooks, but no calorie counts in there.

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  5. I love the America's Test Kitchen cookbook. Great stuff. Not low fat, typically, but you can mess with them a little.

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  6. Love "Weight Watchers in 20 Minutes" and "Pillsbury Fast and Healthy".

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  7. Please write a book!!

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  8. Thank you all for these suggestions! I'm going to order a couple of them and use the websites and report back on whether you're right or wrong ;)

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  9. You can't have dragon rolls? That is sad. They are sooooooooooo good.

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  10. Megan, I am glad you see it as a tragedy because I do really love unagi. I ate it once and my lips became numb and swollen. I'm a genius and went home and ate the leftovers and the same thing happened. I still eat it if just a little bit is in a roll but unagi sashimi is unfortunately off the table.

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