I cook from the heart. In other words, I follow my whims and cravings. And, I have the hardest time following an exact recipe.
I do enjoy free-form cooking, but I have a few cherished cookbooks. My collection of cookbooks is small. On purpose. I only purchase books that I know will inspire me and support my family's lifestyle.
And of course, I purchase cookbooks that I can take to bed at the end of a long day. What? You don't do that?! You don't thumb through pages of food-inspired stories and mouthwatering images until you fall asleep, only to dream of your next delightful recipe?!
For those who do...
And for all the home cooks who love to create something simple and new, here is a list of my current favorite cookbooks for a Mediterranean diet (and by diet I mean lifestyle):
Mediterranean Cookbooks and Mediterranean Diet Cookbooks
My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories; David Lebovitz
Jerusalem: A Cookbook; Yotam Ottlenghi and Sami Tamimi
Ottolenghi: The Cookbook; Yotam Ottlenghi and Sami Tamimi
Little Foods of the Mediterranean; Clifford Wright. This is an oldie-but-goodie; I've owned it since 2004!
And two more books which I will soon be reviewing here on the blog:
Rose Water and Orange Blossoms; Maureen Abood.
The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey; Laila El-Haddad
As my cookbook collection grows, I promise to share more with you.
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