I have purged all of my useless cookbooks. The books that are boring, without color, or simply terrible recipes. I only want gorgeous reads filled with beautiful recipes that suit me, us, the men, the Halestorm. I read cookbooks in bed at night, they are my favorite kind of story.
I mentioned a few of my newest books . I have dozens more stacked around my night-table waiting for review. I feel a bit like a cookbook editor. Here are a couple that have passed the test:
Mexico; The Cookbook is like the bible of Mexican food. It is a hefty read with hundreds of recipes from all over Mexico. It includes recipes, regional specialties, origins, and history. From chilis to corn, consider this a food journey through Mexico.
Caldo De Pollo Ranchero
Preparation Time: 20 minutes, plus 5 minutes soaking
Cooking Time: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
2 Corn Tortillas, toasted, plus extra to serve
1 Chicken, cut into 8 pieces
4 garlic cloves, halved
1 onion, halved
1 jalepeño chili, seeded and cut into strips
1 large tomato, seeded and finely-chopped
1 sprig peppermint or spearmint, finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds, dry-roasted
3 carrots, diced
3 zucchini, diced
3 corn on the cobs, quartered
Put tortillas into a dish, add water to cover, and soak for 5 minutes, then drain, transfer to a food processor or blender, and process.
Put the chicken into a saucepan, add water to cover, add the garlic, season with salt, and bring to a boil. Add the onion, chile, tomato, peppermint or spearmint, cumin, vegetables, and processed tortillas.
Bring back to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for about 1 hour or until the chicken is tender.
Serve the soup in bowls accompanied by warm tortillas.
*my family prefers that I shred the chicken into the soup rather than having chicken on the bone
Peru: The Cookbook. This epoch moves the home cook way past quinoa and ceviche. You will be blown away at the lush and wonderful recipes in the book. You actually never have to open it, it is beautiful on the shelf. I would however not miss the chance to try some of these simple and delicious recipes from Peru.
A Kitchen in France: A Year of Cooking in My Farmhouse. I need to warn you about this book. If you love France and dream every second about you are going to get back there, then do not read. You will be brought way down low to think that you are living your life will Mimi Thorisson is living her life. She is a stunning woman with many children, dogs, a farmhouse, and impeccable taste. Each and every recipe will leave you wanting not only to create such wonder for your own table but to steal, copy, covet her life.
Cookbook loves for March: