Need Some Kitchen Inspo? 3 Books to Get You Cooking

Living in a city of great restaurants (and some not-so-good ones), it is easy for going out to eat to become the norm.

If you have read this blog, though, you know how much I love to cook - especially after a long TV tour of eating airplane food or dining in hotels and restaurants.

That said, every once in awhile, I need a little motivation to get into the kitchen and try something new.

Reading other people's culinary experiences does that for me.  Reviewing our bookshelves the other day, I came across these three cooking "memoirs."  They are all three to five years old, but the inspiration and info are timeless.

I bought them in hardcover when they were new, but you can now pick them up in either paperback or digital formats, or even at the library.

Any one of these will give you a little inspo to dust off your recipes.  Happily, the seriously descriptive subtitles leave no doubt about the topic of each book:

"The Art of Eating In:  How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove," by Cathy Erway

The entertaining story of a Brooklynite who swore off restaurants and take-out food for two years, almost exclusively eating food she had prepared herself.

"The Kitchen Counter Cooking School:  How a Few Simple Lessons Transformed Nine Culinary Novices into Fearless Home Cooks," by Kathleen Flinn

The title pretty much sums it up.

"An Everlasting Meal:  Cooking with Economy and Grace," by Tamar Adler

Novice and experienced cooks alike will enjoy this practical and philosophical look at cooking. One of the things I love about this book is her belief that the "best meals rely on the ends of the meals that came before them," whether that is eating leftovers, or using the bones, peels and skins that often get discarded when cooking.  

Happy reading!  What are you cooking and reading this weekend?