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Although I love the modern concept of posting and sharing recipes online, there’s something lovely and nostalgic about leafing through the pages of a traditional cookbook. Here are a few of my personal favorites … an eclectic and certainly not exhaustive list, but ones I can often rely on when I’m in the mood to whip up something delicious.


+ The Fannie Farmer Cookbook +

Originally published in 1896, this classic book by Fannie Merritt Farmer is THE quintessential must-have cookbook in every food lover and aspiring cook’s kitchen. The recipes – well over 500 of them – are simple to prepare and have most definitely stood the test of time. There are over a dozen editions and re-prints on the market; if you’re interested in finding an older copy I recommend a search of your local used bookstore or the pantry of your most senior family member – they’re likely to have one tucked away somewhere!


+ The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook (1999) and More from Magnolia (2004) +

As a girl with a bit of a sweet tooth, these cookbooks written by Allysa Torey send my culinary imagination into overdrive. Rich cheesecakes, adorable cupcakes, fresh pies, luxurious mousses and chocolates galore – these books have it all!


+ Al Fresco+

This 2002 cookbook by Louise Pickford and Ian Wallace is chocked full of fantastic recipes inspired by fresh ingredients meant to be enjoyed outdoors with friends and family. Particular favorites include a Roquefort Walnut Tart and Pan Bagnat.


+ Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas +

This brilliant book written by Craig W. Priebe and Dianne Jacobs is full of so many mouth-watering photographs that you’ll want to get cooking as soon as you open it. Despite its title, this book contains more than just pizzas and piadinas, and includes several chapters on fresh salads and grilled desserts as well. Definitely worth adding to your cookbook collection!


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