What I’m Reading Now: Cookbook Edition

This week has been nuts, y’all.

I kicked it off on Sunday by cooking Arroz con Pollo for about 300 people at the nonprofit I work with, then Jaden & her hubby arrived for a few days and I’ve been visiting with some of my best blog buddies at the IACP conference. I’m also preparing for my big Noonday launch party on Saturday! It’s been go-go-go and now, unfortunately, I feel like I’m coming down with something. Of course!! Needless to say, I haven’t had a chance to be in my kitchen as much as usual this week. A few of you have been asking lately about my recent favorite cookbooks, so I thought today would be a great day to share.

My first “recent” favorite is Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi, featured above. YOU GUYS. You HAVE to get this book. It’s gorgeous and filled with amazing recipes. I’m making the hummus and a few other goodies out of it for my party on Saturday! It’s the type of book you want to just curl up in bed reading. I love it.

Another recent favorite is Chez Panisse Vegetables by Alice Waters. This is definitely an older book {I believe it was first published in the early nineties} but every time I open it, I’m filled with new inspiration on how to cook my veggies! This is a classic and rightfully deserves a special spot on your shelf.

Now, I know y’all have heard me talk time and time again about Perfect One-Dish Dinners by Pam Anderson. Out of all my cookbooks {and I have a lot of cookbooks!}, this is probably the one I cook out of the most often. I’m obsessed. I think I’ve pretty much made the entire book by now and everything isΒ  absolutely delicious. My two favorite recipes are the paella and the salsa verde chicken n’ dumplings.

Aida Mollenkamp’s Keys to the Kitchen is just such a gorgeous book. It really is. I love to just flip through it and drool. My favorite recipe out of it is the “date night” chicken with pan roasted figs. DROOL. I made it for Adam and then a couple weeks later he proposed…obviously. I got a chance to finally meet the talented Miss Mollenkamp over the weekend and I’m happy to report that she’s equally as fabulous as she appears in her book.

Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi is another wonderful veggie cookbook! I actually borrowed both this and Jerusalem {same author} from a friend and after my hand cramped up from copying down recipes for an hour, I finally just ordered my own copies. I’m so glad I did. So many good eggplant recipes in here!

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  • Live Love Yum
    April 10, 2013 at 3:33 am

    Haven’t heard of any of these. But the one-dish wonders looks good!

  • Anne
    April 10, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Wow! The Jerusalem book looks amazing, I am already lusting over the lamb stuffed eggplant!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 10, 2013 at 4:42 am

    I have had my eye on Jerusalem for awhile. I limit myself to 5 new cookbooks a month. I read them cover to cover, like most people read novels or paperbacks πŸ™‚ I just love them all! Glad to hear you are such a huge fan of the Yotam Ottolengh books. Duly noted; I need to order mine!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    April 10, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Ooh thanks so much for these reviews Jenna! I’m pretty sure that by now, I have more cookbooks than I have novels, and I’ve always got room for one more! I still need to get my hands on The Flavour Bible, but Jerusalem might be next!

  • Malkire
    April 10, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Thanks for your reviews. I have been contemplating “plenty” for awhile now. Sounds like perhaps I should do it.

  • ruth
    April 10, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Great suggestions!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    April 10, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Fun post! I love hearing about new cookbooks. I have heard so much about Pam Anderson. I am going to have to do some research on this one.

  • Tieghan
    April 10, 2013 at 5:31 am

    I need to read more cookbooks!! OMG, I want all of these. Send some my way maybe?? Ha, but seriously all these books sound really great!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    April 10, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Those all sound great! My boyfriend has currently banned me from buying cookbooks- because they end up being too complicated and I never make anything from them anyways. Would you say the cookbooks above are fairly simple (with a short, simple ingredient list)? Thanks for the review πŸ™‚

    • Margarita
      April 10, 2013 at 6:36 am

      Hey Sarah, I would say that Plenty is gorgeous…. Some recipes are doable but some require a long list of ingredients that can be hard to find unless you live in a big city. But, all the recipes I’ve made from it so far are pretty darn good!

  • Margarita
    April 10, 2013 at 6:34 am

    I think I have way too many cookbooks… Plenty is one that I’ve had for a while now and last night, I just had to order Jerusalem and Artisan Breads Everyday by Peter Reinhart after I borrowed and renewed it from the library for 3 months. Thank you for the Jerusalem post today because you totally helped my guilt feelings over spending too much money on cookbooks disappear! πŸ™‚

    Aida Mollencamp’s I bought on Kindle and I feel so sad that I don’t own a hard copy! I’m really not a Kindle reader.

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    April 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

    My friend just got the Jersusalem cookbook and was raving about it, too! I love cookbooks. πŸ™‚

  • robyn @ thereallife_RD
    April 10, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I want Jerusalem and Plenty, the pictures alone pull me in. Food is so pretty!

  • claire
    April 10, 2013 at 6:48 am

    I have the Plenty book, the photos are amazing!

  • Colleen
    April 10, 2013 at 6:53 am

    You make me smile…I don’t think I’ve ever cooked every.single.recipe in a cookbook, so it must be good!

  • Brianna
    April 10, 2013 at 7:26 am

    Hahaha! I too can read a cookbook like a novel. I get so excited marking the pages and planning to make new recipes!

  • Pippa@popovertopippas
    April 10, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these cookbooks! I totally agree, Ottolenghi’s books are amazing and inspiring. You should try his recipe for Burnt Eggplant with Tahini and Pomegranate in Plenty. I’ve served it a few times as a dip/appetizer with pita bread, and it’s delicious. I need to check out the Pam Anderson book now!

  • Eleanore
    April 10, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I love Jerusalem and Plenty!!! Amazing. i can’t wait to try more recipes from there

  • Shari @ The Daily Dish
    April 10, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Thanks for sharing these. I definitely will be bookmarking them for the future! πŸ™‚

    April 10, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Definitely getting the Jerusalem cookbook! That and The Flavor Bible are the two on my list.

  • Lisa
    April 10, 2013 at 8:42 am

    I’ve been scoping out Jerusalem for a while now and need to just buy it already! It seems to include some of my all time favorite foods. I’ve heard great things about Plenty also so perhaps I’ll just have to add it on while I’m add it.

    • Lisa
      April 10, 2013 at 8:43 am

      *at it

  • Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes
    April 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

    This is perfect! I’ve been thinking I needed to find a new cookbook to check out… it’s been a while! I definitely have my eye on Plenty and Keys to the Kitchen. πŸ™‚

  • Caroline L.
    April 10, 2013 at 9:08 am

    These all look delightful! And stock up on Vitamin C – don’t get sick! I just got over a cold a couple of days ago, and it just wasn’t very nice πŸ™

  • Veghead
    April 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

    PLENTY…fav.cookbook.ever. Brussels and tofu, mee goreng, depuy lentils all so good.

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    April 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I’ve wanted that Jerusalem cookbook for a while now, this is giving me the push to just get it!

  • dixya@food, pleasure, and health
    April 10, 2013 at 11:40 am

    chez panise is something i want to read and now i want all of the above!

  • Oweeny
    April 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm


    Ottolenghi is coming out with a new one in September:


  • jan
    April 10, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    These are all great! Thanks for the recommendations!

  • Sarah
    April 10, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve been dying to read Jeruselem – have it on hold at the library ATM.

  • Alex
    April 11, 2013 at 3:13 am

    I make a lot of one dish dinners and I’m running out of ideas…I should get that cookbook.

  • aida mollenkamp
    April 11, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Great to meet you the other day, Jenna, although it was way too short! Thanks for including Keys To The Kitchen in this awesome list!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    April 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

    This cookbook looks great! I have to look into it!

  • Sonia the Mexigarian
    April 11, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I’m loving your Noonday jewelry more and more. I especially love the bright vibrant colors!! I am seriously considering buying some. Yay for a local entrepreneur!

    I have to look into the One Dish Dinners. πŸ™‚ I need more variety in my kitchen.

  • Crystal
    April 11, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Great recomendations! The photos look amazing! Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Art @ Fit at Fifty
    April 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    The one dish dinners looks good.

  • Michelle @ Simply Well with Michelle
    April 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for the recommendations! I stopped buying cookbooks for awhile because I would just find recipes online. Lately I’m getting back into the actual books. There’s nothing like flipping through the pages and seeing all those beautiful pictures. One I bought recently that I am really enjoying is Meatless, from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living. I’m not usually a fan of Martha Stewart but these recipes are delicious and some are quite simple!
    Simply well,

  • Melany Dalton
    April 11, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Thank you for the books reviews. I feel an interest in the Jerusalem book you recommend. Does it include mostly middle east recipes?

  • Laura
    April 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Kind of off-topic, but I’m going to Europe for my honeymoon too and want to read the ultimate romance novel:) You seem to know all the good ones, so what would you recommend??


  • Jane @ Not Plain So Jane
    April 12, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    The book by Mollenkamp looks awesome!