The best thing about being a cook is receiving cookbooks as gifts! Seriously, is there a better gift? Don’t answer. Haha. This Christmas, I got three new cookbooks to add to my collection of 40+ books. Yes, I look at cookbooks for recipes, but the design of the book is intriguing to me as well. Being a graphic designer, I love how cookbooks are designed. I love the photography. I love the texture and thickness of the pages. I love the use of typography and color. For me, these cookbooks are a means of becoming inspired in the kitchen. Lets take a look at the three I received for Christmas!
So technically, this first one isn’t a cookbook, but it’s something for the kitchen and/or home. Good friends of ours, Brandon and Sara, got me Simple Country Wisdom: 501 Old-Fashioned Tips to Simplify Your Life by Susan Waggoner. I am obsessed with this book. It’s literally everything you need to know to simplify your life, hence the title. It gives you ideas and tip for everything and anything — cleaning cutter, painting a room, decorating, cleaning a bathroom, how to bake better, cooking tips, maintaining the lawn and being more green. The list goes just goes on and on. It’s things I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Not only is this book useful, the design of it is my favorite. Love the kraft-style cover with good typography and photography.
Cookbook number two was given to us from my sister, Sharon. She gave us The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden. What a perfect gift for us since we went to Spain for our honeymoon and Spain is our favorite country I’ve visited so far! This book is massive. Close to 600 pages of beautiful photography and detailed recipes. The first 100 pages or so gives readers an introduction about the country describing how food influences history and regions of Spain. If I had the money to make every recipe in this book, I would. Apparently, it’s also a New York Times bestseller. It’s definitely a must-have in the kitchen.
Last, but not least, Gourmet Gifts: 100 delicious recipes for every occasion by Dinah Corley. This was a gift from my bestie, Mariam. She and her sister live in Northern Virginia and went antiquing in the Leesburg area. She happened to run into a book signing at one of the antique shops and purchased this book for me, also signed by the author! This book has definitely inspired me to focus more on presentation, which I’ve been wanting to do. This book illustrates recipes for gift-giving and how to package them creatively. This book is colorful and bright, the instructions are thorough and detailed.
Share with me, did you get a cookbook for Christmas? If so, leave some love below and let me know what cookbook is now in your kitchen!
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