Today on the podcast, we are interviewing Julia Turshen! This is, in my opinion a no-miss interview. We talk about food (so much food talk), her brand new cookbook, body image, a very cute Internet meet-cute with her wife Grace Bonney, her social justice work, and more. So today I wanted to share a few of my personal favorite cookbooks and more importantly, get YOUR favorites. I have all of Julia’s cookbooks but Simply Julia (her newest) is definitely my favorite… probably because of the emphasis on healthy comfort food (something I am trying to master), the lists, and the beautifully written personal essays that are interspersed between her recipes. Below are four cookbooks I’m loving right now but I’d love to hear your favorite cookbooks in the comments section!
A Few of My Favorite Cookbooks
I have a lotttttttt of cookbooks, so by no means is this list exhaustive – I also have a bunch more favorite cookbooks in this blog post. But here are a few in particular that I’ve really loved recently.
Simply Julia, by Julia Turshen
In this cookbook, Julia explores my absolute favorite thing: healthy comfort food. Things (like white pizza kale) that give a more nutritious and nourishing take on our favorite indulgent recipes. I also absolutely love all of the lists (there’s a great one on kitchen organization, + also some really helpful ideas for using both leftover egg whites and egg yolks) and personal essays (especially around body image). I am dying to make the lemon ricotta cupcakes next.
It’s All Good, by Gwyneth Paltrow
I am someone who tries to keep her things in meticulous condition but my copy of It’s All Good is such a mess. It’s dirty, there are pages folded down and some pages that have food stains on them… but I like to think of that as a sign of how well loved it is! I think I have made nearly every recipe in this book but I especially love the soups and both meatball recipes. It’s also worth noting that she collaborated with Julia Turshen on this one!
Eat What You Want, by Gaby Dalkin
I am sure you already know Gaby from her amazing blog but if not you will quickly become obsessed with her. I love her anti-deprivation attitude, balancing lighter recipes with more indulgent ones, and her mindset of just ENJOYING your food! And I highly recommend making the ham and cheese croissant bread).
Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
This book is an essential for anyone looking to up their cooking game, I have learned so much from it!!!! I feel like it’s a classic, up there with The Joy of Cooking, etc. (The TV show is excellent too!) Nosrat takes us through the “four elements of good cooking…” salt – to enhance flavor, fat – to deliver flavor and texture, acid – to balance flavor, and heat – to determine texture. She balances the HOW and WHY of cooking, which will make you a better cook… with or without a recipe (and when it comes to recipes, this one is packed with great recipes!!!). I love the illustrations + infographics too.
Also is anyone as obsessed as I am with these sticky tab markers? My favorite. Becca calls it “making my cookbooks my own Lucky Magazine.” RIP Lucky, I miss that mag! But also, RIP folding down my cookbook pages.
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