A Happy Peach

Things that make my heart smile…


Heavy Reading…

From the time I was little food was one of the things played an important part in my relationships. I loved the time our family spent in the kitchen. To me you can show your feelings through food. So it must be no surprise that I loved cookbooks. I have a few that hold a special place in my heart, here are three:


Baking with Julia (click to buy from Barnes and Noble)


Julia Child was an extraordinary woman. She has authored so many wonderful cookbooks that it is hard to choose a favorite. But for this list I choose Baking with Julia, she enlists many talented bakers to contribute their favorite recipes. The result is an interesting array of breads and tasty pastries. I know mine is has flour on quite a few pages, as well as reminders of chocolate and marzipan (I love marzipan).


The Cake Bible (click on image to view in Barnes and Noble site)


Now this book is a classic. When I was just learning to bake I used this book to help answer so many questions I had.


Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art (click on image to take you to Barnes and Noble Site)


I bought this because I was interested in trying to make simple healthier dishes. I like it as it can serve as a good guide through the intricate world of Japanese ingredients. I’m still trying to get my pickled daikon right.

But another great learning tool for me has been videos. I love cooking shows, and food shows, and more recently youtube videos. One youtube channel I follow is foodwishes. ┬áChef John is a little bit snarky, but if you can get past it, he has a lot of interesting recipes. I can’t say that all of them were a win for me, but they gave me new ideas too.

Anyone have any other cooking references to add? I’m sure there are a ton out there.