Project Cookbook

by Kim on March 19, 2012

Finally, the new project!  I don’t know about you, but most of the recipes I cook come either from magazines that I’ve recently received or the internet.  I have a small, yet growing pile of cookbooks that are sitting, collecting dust as I tend to turn to the internet for dinner inspiration.  Feeling like these cookbooks need to be put to good use, I’ve decided to start Project Cookbook.  I will attempt to cook my way through my collection of cookbooks and hopefully I’ll be able to weed through the ones that are just so-so and the ones that are truly worth keeping.  There are some stipulations, however, to this endeavor.  Each recipe cannot cost me an arm and leg, so no $50 sea scallops (Nick knows exactly what I’m talking about with that)!  If a single ingredient is expensive, it must be usable for another recipe.  For example, if a recipe calls for saffron, the most expensive spice in the world, I can get it because I know I won’t use all of it for one particular recipe and I will be able to use it for future recipes.  If a recipe contains really rare or exotic ingredients, I’ll do my best (as long is it’s within my budget), but may need to make some substitutions.  If it’s a not-so-healthy dish, it will be saved for a special occasion or shared with lots of company so as to disperse the calories amongst more people.  Finally, I may do minor tweaks to the recipes by adding in an extra ingredient or two, as long as it doesn’t affect the overall outcome of the recipe.  I won’t be cooking every meal from a cookbook, but expect to see a few Project Cookbook entries each week.

To give you a quick glimpse at some of the cookbooks I will be tackling, here are a few of the covers.

Grub: Ideas for an Urban Organic Kitchen

Teany Book

The Food You Crave

Savoring Spain & Portugal

Conscious Cuisine

Dean & Deluca Cookbook

These are just a few examples of the cookbooks on my bookshelf.  I will have the full listing on my Project Cookbook page, which will be added to my blog in the next day or two.  First recipe coming your way, an Irish St. Patty’s Day feast!  Check back soon on the very first Project Cookbook recipe!

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