Do you love books as much as I do?
Every time I walk into a bookstore, I pause, take in a deep breath, and can’t help but feel peaceful. I love the smell of fresh ink on paper, the pages themselves, the binding…the varying textures and designs the covers have to offer, the thickness or fragility of the pages, and the great unknown of what each story promises.
My grandpa’s textbooks from the fifties (he was frighteningly smart!),
And you may recall some old cookbooks I now have that are from the sixties. I love love love books! You never know what gem you may find.
I have had a few particularly trying days this week, and last night, I had the pleasure of forgetting all about them and unwinding with my Best Friend (The Husband) at our local B&N. Ahhhhhh. [insert sigh of relief here] We browsed the bargain shelves, introduced ourselves to the latest fiction titles, and then ended up, surprise…in the cookbook section. After a few moments, I found the one I have had my eye on for a while so I could browse through it in a comfy chair before we needed to put it back and return home (new cookbooks can be expensive!), and The Husband pulled it out of my hands and into the pile of books we had been accumulating to purchase. Surprise! A new cookbook for the (almost) birthday girl. A PERFECT way to de-stress, I tell you. A Thoughtful Husband and a New Cookbook! And even a 2 pump Hazelnut Latte from the in-house Starbucks. Doesn’t get any better than that!
The Cookbook I am so excited to now be the proud owner of is Donna Hay’s Off The Shelf:Cooking From The Pantry, recently mentioned in this post by The Food Whore, to whom I am forever grateful!!! I had never before heard of Donna Hay, and I was truly deprived! Her books are clean, simple, easy to read and very inspiring. In this particular cookbook, Donna Hay takes you through basic ingredients your pantry should always store, the reasons why, the descriptions of each, and then recipes that feature those basic ingredients (plus a few fresh ingredients that would be easily obtained any given day).
I am SO EXCITED to read her book cover to cover, get to know my basic pantry needs and get organized!!!
What are some of your favourites, must-haves, and must-gets?