Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You can find out more about it here. This week is a free theme, meaning it can be Top-Ten-Whatever-I-Want. And I realized…I’m a book blog, plus a teenage foodie, so I need to start posting some stuff about cookbooks. Right?
Anyways, here are my Top Ten Fantastic Cookbooks to Drool Over.
Bake it Like You Mean It by Gesine Bullock-Prado
This cookbook is full of wonderful, fancy-looking cakes and they’re all quite delicious. The ones I’ve tried, at least. This is also one of those cookbooks that are fun to just flip through, because the pictures are gorgeous.
Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever
Everything in the cookbook is delicious, and, like the title said, has vanilla. Both the Twinkie Bunt Cake and the Cloud Cake are amazing, and the Vanilla Bean Doughnuts are to die for. The only problem with this book is that it’s sold out wherever I try to find it.
Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream by Neitzel
Molly Moon’s always has a line out the door, no matter the season, and when you try their ice cream you know why. Creamy and rich and flavorful, this ice cream is not only insanely delicious, they have flavors like Salted Licorice and Strawberry Balsamic. The recipes are easy to follow and are amazing.
More from Macrine by Leslie Mackie
Another Seattle bakery, this is the second cookbook from Macrina, but I prefer it over the first. The car-co-doodle cookies are completely amazing, and the granola cookies are full of enough healthy stuff that you can convince yourself that you’re eating something healthy, so you can have four or five.
The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook
Not only does this cookbook have 500+ recipes, it tells you how they developed the recipes to get them to the best they could be. I love it. And their meringue recipe is the best in the world.
The Secret Lives of Baked Goods by Jessie Olson Moore
I love this one because it’s a cookbook full of well-loved treats, but it also tells you the back story (or should I say bake story? Heh heh) of the recipe. It’s super duper cool.
The Flavor Bible by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg
This isn’t a cookbook, exactly, but it’s super useful. It’s a book full of ingredients, everything from Apricots to Zest, Lime. But that’s not the cool part. The cool part is that each ingredient has a list of flavors that goes well with that dish, as well as little hints from well-known chefs.
The Art and Soul of Baking by Cindy Mushet
This cookbook has recipes for everything from chocolate chip cookies to tuiles to passion fruit souffle. Simple to complicated. It’s great.
Sugar Baby by Gesine Bullock-Prado
This is one of the best candy cookbooks ever. The recipes are easy to follow, the candy turns out amazing, and the pictures are gorgeous.
Top Pot: Hand-Forged Doughnuts by Mark and Michael Klebeck
A cookbook from the best doughnut place I have ever had the pleasure of going too, and the recipes are great. Both raised, cake, and old-fashioned doughnuts, all of which are delicious. Duh.
So, yeah. That’s my list
San Fransisco’s been good so far. We went into the city yesterday and cool, hip teenager that I am, I went to California Academy of the Sciences and saw baby cuttle fish and an albino crocodile, then to Ghirardelli for a chocolate milkshake. Then, thanks to confusion and bad directions, we speed-walked easily three miles before finally getting where we were supposed to go.
Two days ago I found this cute little Indie bookstore and bought a book. Dorothy Must Die. It’s good so far, and I’ve placed Wicked Must Rise on hold at the library. And Illusionarium came out today! Finally, I’m so excited! I’ve been waiting for this book for years.