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  • Applesauce Cake with Brown Butter Frosting.

    Is it brown butter or is it browned butter? My research has brought back answers for both. Whichever way you want to say it – I do believe it may be God’s greatest gift to man, much as I love my children. And around this time of year I can’t get enough of it. The brown butter, not my kids. But I’ll allow that they’re pretty great too. I have plans to put brown butter into a pumpkin sheet cake in October, in a pasta sauce with sage to nestle homemade ravioli into later this month, and perhaps most famously into my chocolate chip cookies on another occasion. Whether you’re using it in sweets or dinner, it adds a delicious nuttiness that is so distinct and dare I say, life changing? Now, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, you might want to read this article on achieving brown butter rather than burnt butter. You probably think the cake should be the main topic of conversation here and I love it too! It’s a winner! The people will love the cake! But the frosting, oh yes, the frosting, is the part of this recipe that takes it to the next level.


    Applesauce Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

    For the cake:
    Baking spray
    2 cups unsweetened applesauce
    1¼ cups packed light brown sugar
    ¾ cup canola oil
    3 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or a combination of cinnnamon, ginger and nutmeg)
    1 tsp lemon zest
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    2 large eggs
    2½ cups all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp baking soda
    ½ tsp salt

    For the frosting:
    1 ½ cup (3 sticks) unsalted butter, divided. Two sticks should be softened to room temperature. The third stick, you’ll brown.
    4 cups powdered sugar
    2 Tbsp whole milk
    ½ t vanilla
    ¼ tsp salt

    Prepare the Cake:
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9 x 9 inch pan with baking spray and dust with flour – alternatively you could make this in a 9 x 13 pan for a thinner cake or even in muffin form, but be sure to adjust your baking time. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, oil, pumpkin pie spice, lemon zest, vanilla extract, eggs, and applesauce in a large bowl until combined. Whisk in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until just combined. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40-50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack,
    and cool completely in pan, about 1 hour.

    Prepare the Frosting:
    Melt 1/2 cup (one stick) butter in a medium saucepan over medium until it begins to bubble, forms little brown bits, and smells nutty. Transfer to a freezer safe container and put in freezer for 10-15 minutes or until room temperature. In a mixer, combine brown butter, 1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter, powdered sugar, milk, salt and vanilla. Mix on medium for about three minutes or until fluffy. Spread frosting generously over cooked cake with an offset spatula, cut and enjoy (preferably with a book and iced coffee on the side).

    You will most likely have extra frosting, but the frosting is truly the best part of this cake. Just put it in a jar, and store in the fridge for another cake next week! This cake, after all, will not last long on your counter if your house is anything like mine.

  • Meal Plan This Week.

    Monday – Flank Steak, roast brussels & crispy potatoes. My husband makes the best flank steak marinade. I dream about it! Doing Labor Day right and wrapping up summer with all the good stuff.

    Tuesday – Chicken Enchiladas. We don’t really follow a recipe for this one. Put the chicken in the crock pot in the morning with taco seasoning, and use canned enchilada sauce for ease. All you have to do is shred the chicken and heat up some black beans on the side. To assemble – shred the chicken, spread a bit of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish, into each tortilla shell put chicken and some shredded cheese (we like either Monterey Jack which melts really well, or taco cheese here), roll up and place seam side down into the dish, top with more enchilada sauce and shredded cheese. Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes. Serve with sour cream, sliced avocado, tajin seasoning, cilantro, and a side of black beans.

    Wednesday Harvest Skillet. But with chicken sausage instead of bacon! But also looking at this recipe that I think I’ve used before, my recipe is actually not all that similar to this one. 😂 I usually do Brussels sprouts, bite size potatoes sliced in half, sweet potatoes diced, chicken sausage all cooked up in the cast iron skillet. Top with fresh parm and serve with a side of sourdough.

    Thursday – Leftovers always!

    Friday – Pizza night! Plus family movie after.

    Saturday – Pulled Pork Tot-Cho’s for husband and I, pulled pork sandwiches for the boys.

    Sunday – Whole roast onions, pork chops and mashed potatoes. Excited about this one. I’ve been thinking about those onions since I found them on Pinterest.

    Bake – Salted Maple Pie. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

    Treat – Apple Chips. The boys will love these! They’ll be the perfect after school snack.

    Cocktail – September Heatwave. Feels appropriate.

    Make anything good lately? Please share with everyone in the comments!

  • A September To Do List.

    Ah, September, the beginning of apple everything, darkening days, You’ve Got Mail viewings, sprinkling of stalks of wheat and mini pumpkins around the house, and that crisp feeling in the air that means only one thing – It’s (basically) Fall! I have so many things on my list for month. I’m so excited about it I could dance. I do have to make one tiny little disclaimer though that I may change a few things. I just got two magazines (this one, and this one) from the store the other day that have so many great recipes inside, I may have to make a few sub-ins. But I’m also so excited about the lists I already have that maybe I’ll just have to add rather than subtract. There is time to do it all, we just have to make our minds up to do it. So without further ado, The September list.

    Baking

    1. Caramel Apple Hand Pies
    2. Pumpkin Bread
    3. Apple Crisp
    4. Salted Maple Pie

    Treats

    1. Apple Cider Donuts
    2. Apple Butter with Sourdough
    3. Molasses Cookies
    4. Apple Chips

    Meals

    1. Homemade Ravioli in a Sage & Brown Butter Sauce
    2. Whole Roast Onions with Pork Chops & Mashed Potatoes
    3. Mason Jar Chicken Pot Pies
    4. Cheesy Root Vegetable Gratin
    5. No Recipe Galette

    Cocktails

    1. Apple Butter Old Fashioned
    2. September Heatwave
    3. Fig Jam & Gin Cocktail
    4. Smoked Manhattans

    Dates

    1. New Game Night – Anyone have a favorite game they want to suggest?
    2. Pumpkin Beer Tasting – We’ll probably try 4 or 5!
    3. Couples Book Club – I’ll share the suggestions I got and what we chose!
    4. Top Gun: Maverick Movie Night – Lots of ideas for this one!!
    5. Puzzle Date – I thrifted the cutest little fall puzzle, so we’ll do a puzzle together with drinks, music and chatting.

  • Meal Plan This Week.

    Monday – Beef ragú over egg noodles. We’re having this today over parmesan polenta with Caesar salad and garlic bread. We’ll have the leftovers on Monday with egg noodles and more bread for the boys.

    Tuesday – Taco Soup. A recipe from my mother-in-law. I’ll post the recipe this week on Instagram, but the recipe I’m linking to looks identical! Liz (my mother-in-law says “It is very forgiving…. can substitute anything…. I just give it a shake or two of ranch powder… I use 2 fire roasted tomatoes and 1 stewed… and I add about a can of water. It’s so easy. The hardest part is opening cans!”

    Wednesday – Sheet pan salmon and tons of veggies (zucchini, squash, broccoli, onion). Mixed with lemon pepper seasoning, garlic, oil and lots of butter. Spread in a single layer and bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.

    Thursday – leftovers always!

    Friday – Pizza night! I’ve confessed that we’ve been picking pizza up from our favorite local spot lately and I have zero regrets as we’re still getting into the swing of being back in school!

    Saturday – Date Night! Our anniversary is the 30th, so we’re hitting the town and the boys will most likely have hot dogs or chickens nuggets.

    Sunday – Spaghetti Bolognese. A Sunday favorite, and the perfect weekend cooking project. It’s not hard, but it takes a long time.

    Bake – Sourdough. It’s happening! I’m getting my poor languishing starter revived this week. I use Tartine’s country bread recipe and it’s not the fastest, nor easiest, but it’s easily the best.

    Treat – Molasses Cookies. Feels very end of August-y. A follower shared this recipe with me and I have to try it! I have so many cookie suggestions from a story chat the other day, so I’m going to share a blog post with all of the links because I need to try them all.

    Cocktail – Coffee Old Fashioned. Can you tell I’m already easing into September?

    Make anything good lately? Please share with everyone in the comments!

  • The Friday Post. [vol. 6]

    Weeeeee! This week went fast, didn’t it? Or maybe it didn’t and it just went by in a bit of a blur for me. We’ve finally made it to Pizza night over here, and I can’t wait. I have a confession. I have not gotten it together enough the last few weeks to make homemade pizza. What with getting into the groove with school, I’ve just been wiped. So that dear, sweet husband of mine has been picking up pizza on his way home from work, and it’s kind of glorious? Like I don’t know what it’s going to have to come to for me to start making it myself again? I’ll probably get the urge after a few more weeks of this. But truly it’s been so nice to just be DONE. I just get to pick up my boys, go home, have a drink, and put my feet up. Such a treat. I have no reports other than that, so how about a few links from around the web?

    I just finished this book and it was good! Took me a little time to get into it, but once I got to the good parts, I couldn’t stop. I think I’ll give it four stars.

    Are you going to watch it?

    My sister and I are having a Facetime date tomorrow night and are both making these. She starts school Monday and it’s a little farewell to our summer breaks.

    The perfect little glasses.

    I think I’m the Chore Jacket.

    Making this for Lukey this fall, and picking the yarn up today!

    All I’ve been able to think about baking lately, but I’m trying to make myself chill until at least September.

    Definitely going to be recreating this in September too.

    In other news, I’m going to get a little betta fish for the library, and I’m irrationally excited about it. I think I’ll name him Dewey.

    What are you all up to this weekend? Anything fun? Whatever you do, I hope you kick your feet up and enjoy it!

  • A Day in the Life of an Elementary School Librarian.

    I bet you never thought I would get to this second part of my “Day in the Life” series. I shared a morning in the life way back in January and promised I would get a typical day down for you, and it’s taken me…a while. ha! Well it’s here! I get so very many questions about what it’s like to be a school librarian, so I’m going giving you a typical day. To give you a little background though, I work in a large, urban, dual-language, title I elementary school with about 750 students. 99% of our students are on free and reduced lunch and about 98% speak Spanish in the home. Days can feel a little grueling sometimes and there are definitely some tough issues that you have to deal with, but I love it. It’s definitely not for everyone though! As the school librarian, I am on the Fine Arts wheel which means I have classes all day. Many school libraries are just “open” so students are sent down to check books out, or classes can make appointments for classes with the school librarian. That’s not the case in my school. I have all classes K-5 on a six day rotation. Let’s walk through a day, shall we?

    7:20am – I arrive to school. Sign in in the office, and get to the library. I put my things down, unlock doors, check the copiers, log on to the desk computer and get it ready for my 5th grade safety patrols to check books in. If I have time, I’ll check my e-mail and start getting things ready for my first class.

    7:30 – My 5th graders arrive. I have 8 students who come to the library first thing. They check in books, tidy up the space, deliver books to teachers and they also are my TV Crew. We put on the morning announcements every day.

    7:45 – Head back to the TV Studio. Each student has a different job so they go to their places, we run through the script and practice one or two times. It’s such a fun group of kids. I pick them in 4th grade after they’re chosen as safety patrols and I really try to think through how they’re going to work together. So fun. We’re going on a field trip in November to our local news affiliate and they’re so excited about it.

    7:55 – The morning announcements go live to classrooms.

    8:00 – Round of applause to our Crew. I remind them what their jobs will be the next day and then I send them to class. Now, I get ready in earnest for my day of classes. My first class is at 8:30, so I log into both of my smart boards, make sure my lesson plans are ready, get my class folders out, get any materials we’ll need put out on tables, pull books out for the Kindergarten and First grades to choose from to check out (they won’t start checking books out from the shelves for a few weeks yet. I just have them choose from a table while they’re learning library skills.).

    8:30 – My first class! 2nd grade. If I had to teach a grade level, I would choose 2nd. They’re still sweet, but are starting to be so much more with it, and they’ll sit for a longer picture book. They understand school rules, but still want to give you a hug. Love them. I’ll start doing some longer projects/activities at the tables later in the school year, but for now, they’re mostly just on the carpet for story time. I do like to do a lot of crafts, but we’re still easing into the school year with rules and expectations. My classes are for a full half hour, so one class leaves and then the next class comes.

    9:00 – 1st grade. I love first grade because I had nearly all of them in Kindergarten. They know what to do when they come in. They are excited and they love it. And I know their names, and who their brothers and sisters are so I can tell them to get it together. haha. K-2 classes sit on the carpet and my formula for K-2 is generally – sing a welcome song, then we have story time (I read a book), we do an interactive activity (last week we sang a welcome song with each student’s name to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, this week we’re playing a little Jumping Jack game), then we do a library lesson, we do book check out and then stickers and then it’s time for them to go.

    9:30 – Kinder. Little wiggly worms. They’re still learning how to behave. Most of our students didn’t go to Pre-K so there is a loooooot of learning to go through in Kindergarten. The first week is the hardest, and then most of them get it together. Again, MOST of them.

    10:00 – 1st grade again!

    10:30 – 1st Grade lunch duty. The bane of my fine arts existence is doing lunch duty. I don’t want to digress, but I could go on at length. Let’s move along. I don’t want to bring this lovely day down.

    11:00 – 3rd Grade. I could really use a break at this point, but there isn’t oneeeeee. My 3rd-5th classes sit at tables, and I have another large smart board on that side of the library. The formula for them is generally – sit down, chit chat, library lesson, book check out and then centers. I won’t get into centers, that could probably be a whole post, but I don’t want to bore you with the details.

    11:30 – 4th Grade. Same as third, but bigger. The 4th grades are probably our toughest this year.

    12:00pm – 3rd Grade again.

    12:30 – Lunch finally. This is very late for me to each lunch. I think we ate at 10:30 last year, which was very early haha. They change the schedule every year! I always, always, always take a break for lunch. I have a small couch in my office so I sit there and eat at my lunch while reading my book. It’s time that is sacred to me.

    1:00 – 5th Grade. Last class of the day. The big kids. I’ve had them all since Kindergarten and I know most of their quirks by this time. We have a really great bunch this year.

    1:30 – Now I have a little break where I kind of “reset” the library for the next day. Tidy up my materials, make sure that the last class left everything fairly picked up. I’ll walk through the library and pick up anything out in the stacks, etc. I will also check my e-mail real quick to make sure we don’t have any end of day updates.

    1:50 – Dismissal begins. I’m always on bus duty, so I check off all of the students and walk them out to their bus.

    2:20 – Dismissal wraps up and I head back to the library to do anything that still needs done. I usually do any shelving at this time, laminating, fulfil teacher requests, place book orders, repair books, work on lesson plans for the next week of classes, etc. Meetings always happen right after school too so we may have a meeting or a training every now and then. Teachers are usually milling about at this point so they come to me if they need any books. I also run the safety patrol club with my friend, so we meet now to talk about anything that needs to be done. Andddd I’m starting my fifth grade book club in a few weeks, so I’ve been working on that too. Just enough time to get it all done! Eek! Ok, now you might be wondering how I get everything done in that time. I usually make a list at either the beginning or end of the day with my *MUST DO’s*. I love my new planner from Golden Coil that I got this year. I chose a weekly layout that has three squares for each day, so I make my list there. I do actually have enough time to do everything, and if one thing doesn’t get done – it’s shelving. I can always put that off until the next day. Teacher needs come first, then my own class/library needs, and then shelving. 🙂

    3:00 – Teachers are dismissed for the day. I’ve committed to consistent blogging, so what I’ve decided to do is switch off my school brain (as long as there isn’t anything urgent) at 3pm and stay after school to write. I’ve been finding that it takes me about half an hour to 45 minutes to write, edit and post a full blog post, so I’ve been getting done by 3:45 or so. I go get the boys from their school then! I actually like it better than going right at 3 because I don’t interrupt their recess time. They’re all sweaty, bothered, and miss their snack if I get them right after school. Around 4 works a little better for me and for them!

    And that’s it! We usually get home around 4:15 or so, and then it’s playtime, dinner prep, dinner eating, waiting for husband to come home, baths and bed. 🙂

    It’s a full, busy day that’s full of life! Any follow up questions? Drop them in the comments if you do!!

  • Cozy Soups for Soup Szn.

    I know, I know. It’s only mid-August, but once school starts, it’s basically soup season, right? I think part of these feelings must stem from how absolutely frigid they keep my school library. I need a warm little meal packed from home on my lunch break while wrapped in a cozy sweater more than ever. Maybe if I were still out in the wild world, and not tucked away in my windowless, season-less arctic tundra of a library, I’d be munching on tomato sandwiches, lettuce wraps, and peaches with burrata cheese and sprigs of basil as most are wont to do in mid-August. I used to be a Children’s Librarian at an amazing public library down here and one of my co-workers would pack herself soup for lunch no matter the season and I kind of love that. Feels very librarian-y. I’m not so extreme as to cut all other meals out of my life once school starts, but I do like making soup on the weekends. It’s one of those foods that tastes even better the next day, and you know I’ve been thinking about getting my sourdough starter revived too. There’s nothing that goes together so well as soup and a crusty boule of sourdough. I thought I would share some of my favorite soups and a few that I’m thinking of trying this season just in case you are in the mood for soup too.


    Lemon-y Lentil Soup. One of my all time favorites. Make SURE you get red lentils, They break down in such a way that makes this soup so thick and delightful. Brown and green lentils keep their form too much for this one.

    Classic Chili. We make our first batch of chili a big event. It’s an opening day of football tradition. Don’t skip the fixings. My husband makes the BEST chili and I’ll have to get him to type it up one of these days, but this one looks pretty similar. We always top with cheddar cheese, red onion diced tiny, corn chips, and sometimes sour cream if it’s a spicy batch.

    Pasta e Fagioli. Ok you guys, I have a recipe that I’ve always used for this (my husband I took a cooking class in our early days of marriage and the chef taught us how to make this soup!), but early in my instagram days an Italian girl messaged me that what I was making was so far from a true Pasta e Fagioli that it couldn’t even be called that. And then she sent me a link to this very complicated looking recipe, and so I’ve never talked about this soup again on my account. Ha! Maybe I’ll get the courage to share my recipe again, but for now – try the one I’m linking now. It looks simple and yummy.

    Country Potato Soup. (Pictured above) Obviously this is the magnolia recipe from Joanna Gaines and it’s soooo good. I dream about it every year when the 70’s hit.

    Street Corn Chowder. I just made this over the weekend, and it’s as good as I remember. You can use frozen corn instead of corn on the cob and this makes it a year round option.


    Soups I want to make this Fall:

    Tell me your favorite soup for soup season in the comments! I’m going to make it a season of soup!! And if you too are making it a soup season – this is our favorite dutch oven. I use it for sourdough and every soup we make! In other cozy news. I want this, this and this.

  • Meal Plan This Week.

    This week’s meal plan for the curious!

    Monday – BLTs with tater tots and salad – I always try to keep Monday nights easy, so I’ll make the bacon in the oven (at 400 on a foil lined pan for about 20 minutes), slice up some heirloom tomatoes, add iceberg lettuce because it has the best crunch, husband will put a fried egg on his, I’ll throw a quick salad together and there will be clementines and tots with ketchup for the kids. If I have a little extra time, I’ll make this very yummy herb mayonnaise, or maybe I’ll just sit back with a drink and a book with that extra time instead.

    TuesdaySweet Potato Tacos with black beans, quick slaw and pickled onions – I buy frozen chopped sweet potatoes and this is basically the easiest taco Tuesday ever.

    WednesdayLemon Ricotta Pasta – I’ve wanted to make lemon ricotta pasta since reading One Italian Summer (which wasn’t all that good, but the food descriptions took me there!) and I searched high and low for a recipe that seemed worthy. This one has great reviews. I’ll probably add some pan fried chicken for my husband and some pillsbury rolls with jam for my little guys.

    Thursday – Leftovers. Always!

    FridayPizza! (Of course.)

    Saturday – Cheeseburgers on the grill with sliced veggies & dip (we usually mix one container of cottage cheese with a packet of ranch seasoning) and oven fries (just slice up potatoes to the size you like best, roll around in olive oil and seasonings – we either use steak seasoning or garlic salt with Parmesan, place in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes, mixing around half way through.).

    SundayPork Shoulder Ragu with Parmesan Polenta and a green salad with apples, candied walnuts, crumbled goat cheese, and a simple vinaigrette.

    BakeBlackberry Mascarpone Hand Pies. I do believe these will be pretty enough to post on Instagram.

    CocktailBasil Peach Shrub. Excited about this one. Will make to pair with Sunday’s Supper.

    TreatMini Dutch Babies. Can I find mini skillets somewhere?? Tbd. If not, my muffin tin will do.

    Bon appetit, friends!

    All this talk of food has made me hungry. I need to go track down one of those fluffernutter cookies sitting in the cookie jar.

  • A Small Blackberry Cake.

    I love a big old layer cake for a birthday or big party, but for a special little weekend treat or a mid-week pick me up, make it tiny. I don’t need a big cake lingering around my kitchen tempting me (and my children) for too long. Just big enough for a Sunday dessert and a snack during the week (and ok, maybe enough so that I can have breakfast cake one day, because leftover cake does make the best breakfast, as I’m sure you well know.)

    I adapted this recipe from the Very Vanilla Cake from Simple Cake by Odette Williams. It almost feels more like a muffin than cake. Muffin Cake! I love it. It was yummy, and I recommend you make it. I used a six inch by 3 inch cake pan, but I think you could use an 8 inch cake pan if you only have that. It will just be thinner, and you’ll want to adjust your baking time!


    Blackberry Cake with Blackberry Glaze

    2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
    1/2 cup whole milk
    2 eggs, at room temperature
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1/8 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 tsp salt
    8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1 cup blackberries, chopped if very large
    3 T mild-flavored oil, such as canola

    Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare pan by greasing a 6 by 3-inch cake pan with butter, line the bottom with parchment paper, and grease the paper.

    Add the lemon juice to the milk to sour it. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes or until curdled.

    In a small bowl, whisk the eggs together. Set aside.

    Place a large sifter or a sieve in a large mixing bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and sift.

    Using an electric mixer with beaters or a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 30 seconds on medium speed and then gradually add the sugar. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Continue beating on medium speed for another 4 minutes or until light in color and fluffy.

    With the mixer still on medium speed, gradually add the eggs. If the batter curdles, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the flour to bind it back together.

    On low speed, add the flour mixture and then the oil and milk; mix until just combined. Don’t overbeat. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl. Add blackberries and fold in with a rubber spatula.

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake in the center of the oven for 50 to 55 minutes. When a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, and the cake bounces back when lightly pressed, remove the cake from the oven and let it stand to cool. Run a butter knife around the cake to gently release. Invert the cake, peel off the bottom piece of parchment, and cool on a wire rack.

    When completely cool, pour glaze onto center of cake and let it run down the sides. Decorate if you choose to with extra blackberries, cut, and watch disappear!

    For the Glaze:
    1 cup (115g) confectioners’ sugar
    1 tablespoon butter
    2-4 tablespoons very hot blackberry juice

    Sift the sugar into a small bowl and make a well in the middle. Add the butter to the well. On the stove combine about 1/2 cup water with 1 cup blackberries. Bring to boil and mash the blackberries. Strain into a measuring cup, discard pulp or you could mix that in with the cake. Start with 2 tablespoons and pour into your small bowl into the well of butter. Mix and add a bit more until you get the right drippy consistency. It should be thin enough to drip off your spoon slowly, but not so thin that it will just run off of your cake.

  • Your Favorite Cookbooks.

    A few months ago, I put a little question box on Instagram and asked for cookbook suggestions from you guys. I’d like to build up my little cookbook collection, but I’d rather not have cookbooks sitting on my shelf that I don’t use. I knew you guys would have the best suggestions, and wow. You all came through. I had hundreds of responses of books you all say you use over and over again. I had to get all of this crowdsourced cookbook knowledge down here. I’ve separated by Baking, Weeknight cooking, Weekend/Date Night Cooking, Cooking Basics, and special dietary cookbooks. Each cookbook is listed by title, author, and then if you click on it, it will take you to amazon to look at the description. They are affiliate links so if you choose to purchase, I will get a little kickback (like 10 cents. just trying to put dinner on the table here. lolol.) This list makes my librarian heart sing! I’m going to start requesting one from the library every week and I’ll browse through, pick a couple recipes to try and see if it’s worth purchasing to have and to hold forever and ever. I thought you guys might like to see the list if you too are looking to beef up your collections! As always, I’ll share reviews on Instagram, and I’ll share any I decide to buy too. Side note: can’t believe the number of vegetarian cookbooks suggested!


    Baking

    Sister pie, Lisa Ludwinski
    The Book on Pie, Erin Jeanne McDowell (This is my suggestion! I very much love this cookbook!)
    Tate’s Bake Shop Cookbook, Kathleen King
    Bake the Seasons, Marcella DiLonardo
    Flour Water Salt Yeast, Ken Forkish
    Flour and Grace, Valerie Kuhns
    Tartine Bread, Chad Robertson (I have and love this book. It’s my sourdough bible!)
    Midwest Made, Shauna Sever
    100 cookies, Sarah Kieffer
    Flour, Joanne Chang
    Bread Toast Crumbs, Alexandra Stafford
    Dessert Person, Claire Saffitz
    Sweet, Yotam Ottolenghi 
    Sally’s Baking Addiction, Sally McKenney


    Cooking Basics

    Betty Crocker Cookbook
    Fat Salt Acid Heat, Samin Nosrat
    How to Cook Without A Book, Pam Anderson
    Americas Test Kitchen Cookbook
    Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Julia Child
    The Art of Simple Food, Alice Waters
    Small Victories, Valerie Turshen
    The Joy of Cooking, Irma Rombauer
    Minimalist Kitchen, Melissa Coleman


    Simple, Everyday Dinners

    Skinnytaste One and Done, Gina Homolka
    Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, Tieghan Gerard
    Half Baked Harvest Every Day, Tieghan Gerard
    Jamie Deen’s Good Food, Jamie Deen
    Feeding a Family, Sarah Waldman
    All About Dinner, Molly Stevens
    The Modern Proper, Holly Erickson
    Dinner, Melissa Clark
    Vietnamese Food Any Day, Andrea Nguyen
    Local Dirt and Dishing up the Dirt by Andrea Bemis
    Taste of Home Cast Iron Cookbook
    Let Me Feed You, Rosie Daykin
    Magnolia Table, Joanna Gaines
    100 Days of Real Food, Lisa Leake
    Everyday Dinners, Jessica Merchant
    Huckle & Goose, Anca Toderic
    It’s All Easy, Gwyneth Paltrow
    Everyday Dinners, Jessica Merchant
    Hope’s Table, Hope Helmuth
    Pioneer Woman Cooks, Ree Drumond
    Ottolenghi’s Simple, Yotam Ottolenghi
    Dinner: A Love Story, Jenny Rosenstrach
    Grains for Every Season, Joshua McFadden
    The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, Deb Perlman
    Scrumptious, Christy Denney
    Comfortable Kitchen, Alex Snodgrass
    A Year of Simple Family Food, Julia Busuttil Nishimura
    The Complete Slow Cooker, America’s Test Kitchen
    Once Upon a Chef, Jennifer Segal
    Milk Street Tuesday Night, Christopher Kimball
    Prairie Homestead Cookbook, Jill Winger


    Date Night/Weekend Cooking

    Cravings, Chrissy Teigan
    Jerusalem, Yotam Ottolenghi
    The Little House Cookbook, Barbara M. Walker
    Cook Beautiful, Athena Calderone
    Tangy Tart Hot and Sweet, Padma Lakshmi
    Nothing Fancy, Alison Roman
    Ina Garten cookbooks
    How Easy Is That Is
    Eating Out Loud, Eden Grinshpan
    Giada’s Italy, Giada Di Laurentiis
    A Love of Eating: Recipes from Tart London
    Cook this Book, Molly Baz
    Williams Sonoma Brunch and Breakfast, Norman Kolpas
    Simply Julia, Julia Turshen
    Williams Sonoma Comfort Food
    The Lost Kitchen, Erin French
    The picnic, Marnie Hanel ( I NEED this book)
    Cooking With Nonna, Rossella Rago
    Molly on the Range, Molly Yeh
    Sprouted Kitchen, Sara Forte
    Let’s Stay In, Ashley Rodriguez
    Dishing Up Maine, Brooke Dojny


    Special Dietary

    My New Roots, Sarah Britton (vegetarian)
    Cook Once, Eat All Week, Cassy Joy Garcia (gluten free)
    The Nourished Kitchen, Jennifer McGruther (traditional foods lifestyle)
    Ruffage, Abra Berens (vegetarian)
    Love and Lemons, Jeanine Donofrio (vegetarian)
    The Forest Feast, Erin Gleeson (vegetarian)
    My Darling Lemon Thyme, Emma Galloway (vegetarian, gluten free)
    Little Green Kitchen, David Frenkiel (vegetarian)
    Run Fast, Eat Slow, Shalane Flanagan (for athletes)
    Love Real Food, by Kathryne Taylor (vegetarian)
    Nourishing Traditions, Sally Fallon (traditional foods)
    Lexi’s Clean Kitchen, Alexis Kornblum (paleo)
    Mostly Plants, Tracy Pollan (vegetarian)
    Simple Green Suppers, Susie Middleton (vegetarian)
    Whole by Natural Harry (vegetarian)
    Oh She Glows, Angela Liddon (vegan)
    Elsa’s Wholesome Life, Ellie B (vegetarian)
    No Crumbs Left, Teri Turner (whole30)

    The ones I’ve requested from the library – Half Baked Harvest Super Simple, The Modern Proper, Sister Pie, Hope’s Table