Food is Love Meme

Thalia tagged me for this cooking meme. And I'm honored, because much like the over-perky and lately overtanned Rachael Ray likes to say, I am not a chef. I like to bake, pure and simple. And as we've already established here, I don't cook.

But I do like to write about my baking adventures. It's fun, and maybe something I make will inspire someone else to bake. And then maybe that person will inspire someone else, and so on, and we'll then have the makings of a made-for-tv movie on our hands, or at least a special The Food Network can play in the middle of the night when only freaks like me are watching.

1. Total number of cookbooks I've owned.

I would say a very modest 20, tops. I love cookbooks, and if I truly let myself run wild, this number would be a lot higher. I tend to buy ones with great illustrations, and simple, easy-to-follow recipes for things (read: desserts and breakfast foods) that I'd actually eat myself. So there aren't a whole lot of chocolate cookbooks in my collection. Oh, and the number of cookbooks that contain recipes for something that could even in the vaguest definition constitute a complete meal? Two.

2. Last cookbook I bought

Modern Classics by Donna Hay

3. The last cookbook I read

Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook. I read this cookbook almost all the way through when I first received it as a gift last Christmas, and then again just a week ago as I was searching for pie recipes to make for my family's Thanksgiving. I ended up making her apple pie and her ricotta cheesecake. Both came out really well. And really, you can't go wrong with Martha.

4. Three cookbooks that mean a lot to me

The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook by Jennifer Appel and Allysa Torey. After visiting this iconic bakery in NYC last year, I immediately returned home and bought their cookbook. The bakery is a tiny little thing, known for their amazing cupcakes, for which people stand in line, sometimes for hours. You can read my full review of my trip there here. And the cookbook is a collection of their greatest sweet treats, including the oatmeal muffins that taste so good you hardly realize you're eating something that's good for you, and recipes for enough old-fashioned cookies, cakes, and pies to clog your arteries and those of five of your closest friends in no time flat.

Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook by The Divine Miss M, of course. 416 pages of vintage Martha perfection. I've made a ton of her recipes over the years, and I've never been steered wrong. Every baker should own this cookbook.

Betty Crocker's Cookbook, circa 1973. This retro orange cookbook belonged to my mother. It's as much a part of my childhood as Sunday dinners at my grandma's and Cabbage Patch Kid tea parties. So many of the Christmas cookie recipes my mom used to make came from this worn and fragile cookbook, and when I got my first apartment, she gave it to me. Its recipes are wonderfully old-fashioned (soup-and-sausage casserole, anyone?), and it reminds me of growing up with my sister and my mom in our all-girl household.

5. Five people I'd like to see do this meme.

No obligation, of course, but if you do end up doing it, let me know because I'd love to read your answers.

1. Sher
2. Shannon
3. Princess
4. Sunshine
5. M

9 Responses to “Food is Love Meme”

  1. # Blogger M

    Ok.. I did the meme. But, man are my answers sad!  

  2. # Blogger HoosierGirl5

    Oooh, I like this one. I'm going to do it sometime this week.
    Good one.

  3. # Blogger sher

    Thanks, Kristi! I accept this mission! If you can bake well--and you can--then you are a very good cook! I see a wonderful future of you and Ella baking cookies and pies and cakes. And for a child, that's the El Primo food memory. That's how I started out cooking with my mom. And I know that Nigella does that with her kids too.  

  4. # Blogger The Princess

    Oooh, I just realized I got tagged here! Once I finish this last leg of our trip and am back home I'll do it!!  

  5. # Blogger Shannon

    I just saw that I got tagged! I'll do it tonight!  

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