Saturday, December 27, 2014

Cookbook Wrap Up for 2014

I'm linking up with Beth Fish Reads for Weekend Cooking

I don't think it's any secret that I love cookbooks and this past year thanks to review books, figuring out the online holds at my library, and Trish at Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity's Cookbook Challenge I've tried out a lot of new ones!  So looking back here were the ones I found myself reaching for the most.  This is only for books that were new to me in 2014

The Tried and True

Come Home to Supper by Christy Jordan

I love Christy's first book Southern Plate and her blog by the same name so I was excited to get my hands on her 2nd book Come Home to Supper.  This is a handy book with tons of perfect weeknight dinner recipes.

The Surprise

The Chopped Cookbook from Food Network
While I'm a huge fan of the show I wasn't sure what to expect from a Chopped cookbook.  What I found were some adventurous but not crazy recipes and my family is still talking about the pretzel crusted pork sliders!

Mayim's Vegan Table
While I'm not a vegan I love the idea of getting more meatless meals on rotation both for health and for budget.  Many of Mayim's recipes were naturally vegan or would easily be made vegetarian by substituting regular mayo for the vegannaise.  The meals are affordable and accessible.

Special Occasion

My Irish Table by Cathal Armstrong and David Hagedon
I have had a cold for the past week and my biggest dream is for someone to make me the chicken noodle soup from this cookbook.  It's amazing and while time consuming isn't complicated.  The recipe is drool worthy and every recipe I've tried has come out perfectly.


Sweets from Food Network
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book based off the elaborate cover but while there is a section on decorating there's lots of recipe for those of us who aren't exactly artistically inclined.  And the whoppie pies were crazy good.

Ovenly by Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin
If I had to pick a favorite new cookbook this would probably be it.  It's probably not the most family friendly but it's perfect for gift giving or just for treating yourself.  I highly recommend the shortbread, the scones and the bourbon chocolate chip cookies.


Burnt Toast by Kathleen Flinn
I laughed, I cried and I really wanted to eat.  I've heard this was Flinn's weakest book but I absolutely loved it.  I'm really looking forward to reading the first 2.

Delancey by Molly Wizenberg
If you can read this book without wanting pizza I don't think we can be friends.  I don't even really love pizza but I would stand in an all day line for pizza from Delancey without hesitation.  Plus if you've ever wondered what opening a restaurant is like I imagine this is a pretty true to life look.

So these are my favorite foodie books from 2014.  What new cookbooks ended up on your shelf this year?


  1. Awesome round-up! I'm especially interested in the Chopped book. It's one of my favorite shows, but I wouldn't think the concept would translate well into a cookbook. I'd be happy to be wrong!

  2. I have My Irish Table and its a good book. Looking forward to Delancy. Nice layout of books you have here!

  3. Great round up. That Chopped cookbook would be a surprise. I loved Delancy, but haven't yet gotten to Burnt Toast, Irish Table, and Ovenly. I have a lot to look forward to.

  4. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Burnt Toast - not yet hit our library unfortunately. Happy New Year from Carole's Chatter

  5. Both Irish Table and Ovenly are enticing. I like to bake things to give as gifts.

  6. I like the sound of the two memoirs the best, but the cookbooks are intriguing, too!

  7. These sound great, Katherine! I love cookbooks, but I have so many I don't pick up new ones much anymore so these were so much fun to read about. I should see if my library has some of these and find out about other newer cookbooks, too.

  8. I love food so much.. a little too much lately. I am sitting here wanting to snack actually and just making myself blog instead. The chips are calling to me!!

  9. Oh some of those look like my kind of cookbooks. :)

  10. My Irish table has me curious and it is so cold the idea of soup sounds divine!