Top Ten Tuesday: Cookbooks I’m thankful for

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is a thankful freebie, and quite honestly, I’m running out of post ideas for this one. I’ve previously done blog-related things I’m thankful for, book bloggers I’m thankful for, books I’m thankful for

So, since Thanksgiving is all about the cooking, here are five cookbooks I’m thankful for and five cookbooks I’d be thankful to receive.

five cookbooks I’m thankful for

I just checked Goodreads, and apparently I only gave Homemade Pantry three stars when I got it. Well, flipping through it, I can’t help but be thankful for it. This is a cookbook that shows you that you don’t have to go out and buy everything that you use on a daily basis. A lot of things can be made from scratch, and for a lot cheaper than you can you buy it in a store. I’m definitely going to be trying the homemade vanilla extract recipe.

I have no choice but to include Betty Crocker’s Cookbook on this list. This is the cookbook that taught me how to bake pretty much everything. The first recipe I made from this cookbook was muffins — I think I was eight years old — and I’ve since made pancakes, waffles, biscuits, cookies, and more.

Dumplings are honestly one of my favorite foods, so learning the basics of wrapping and cooking them from Hey There, Dumpling! is something I can’t help but be thankful for.

I also really love Korean food, and it is expensive if you want to get it made right. (One time having cheap bibimbap was enough for me, thanks.) Thankfully, Koreatown is here to save the day.

Last but certainly not least is Sugar Rebels, a gift from my boyfriend that never fails to amaze me (and look great on a shelf). I’ve only made one recipe out of this cookbook so far, but it got rave reviews and I can’t wait to make more. This is the kind of cookbook you turn to when you want to bake something that’s going to impress a crowd.

five cookbooks I’d be thankful to receive

While I’m definitely not vegan, I appreciate a good vegan meal. In fact, there’s a great vegan restaurant just down the street from me and I’d probably eat there more often if my wallet would allow it. But anyway, I thought I Can Cook Vegan sounded kind of insulting when I first saw it in Barnes & Noble, but then I looked inside and those recipes look amazing.

I’m still sad that I never took a Milk Bar cooking class before I left New Jersey, so having Christina Tosi’s cookbook is probably the next best option.

I used to read the Serious Eats blog obsessively back in the day, and I’ve wanted to own The Food Lab ever since it was released. It’s just so expensive! One of these days it’ll be on my shelf.

Another food blog I love is Smitten Kitchen. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve made Deb’s zucchini fritters. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook has been on my Christmas list for years.

The last cookbook on my list is from another food blog — Budget Bytes. I think Budget Bytes is basically the only reason I survived college. It taught me a lot of kitchen basics and a lot of staple recipes, some of which I still make all these years later. The best part, of course, is that all of Beth’s recipes are cheap. You’re not going out and buying luxury ingredients for any of her recipes, but they don’t taste cheap. This is one cookbook that I know I’d use regularly.

Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link in the comments and I’ll check it out! Do you have any favorite cookbooks or any that you want to buy? Let’s talk in the comments!

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