I love to read and I love to cook…cookbooks are a natural intersection for me. I love to read them, cook from them, and despite Josh’s (my husband – you’ll meet him soon) wonderings as to why I need yet another, I like to own them too. Though I spend time pouring over their pages and soaking in the pictures, I have found that I don’t always utilize them to their fullest potential.
I want to know cookbooks, and subsequently the chefs that write them, better. I want to become a better cook and baker because of them. They contain so many nuggets of knowledge to help in my understanding of food and cooking techniques. And overtime could quite possibly stand up as a great culinary education.
Thankfully not every cookbook is created equally. Reviews on popular sites are helpful, but oftentimes it seems the writer has tried only one or two recipes and they like the pictures and layout. The goal here is to be much more comprehensive. To try many recipes from the simple to the unique. To learn about the author and their history with food. And most importantly to learn how to better myself (and hopefully someone else) in the culinary world – as a cook and as a consumer.