If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you’ll know that I collect cookbooks. I am constantly getting them from the library and checking out them in stores or online. I try to get books that add to my collection. I love it when they teach skills and offer recipes that involve ingredients that are relatively normal. Like I could find them at one of the local grocery stores.

3 Cookbooks that are new(ish) to my house:

1. Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts.  You may or may not know that I also loooove Martha! Well I love her  staff 😉 I love the stuff they come up with and her cookbooks always rank high in my mind! Recipes I’ve tried in it: Chocolate Cream Pie, Mile High Lemon Meringue Pie, Berries and Cream Tartlets, Tarte Tatin, Peach Tartlets, Chocolate Almond Tart with Fleur de Sel, Banana Cream Pie, Key Lime Pie,  Ginger-Pear Hand Pies, Rainbow Puff-Pastry Tarts, Rocky Road Tart and the Leek and Olive Tart.

Pros: It has a very diverse collection of pies and tarts. It has lots of basic recipes and then some more advanced. It covers multiple purpose doughs and gives step by step picture instructions for each.

Cons: It had a few recipes with ingredients that are hard to find at your local grocery store (well at least in Southern Alberta.)



2. Bourke Street Bakery: This book is beautiful! I love all the beautiful pictures in it.  I’ve never been to the real Bourke Street Bakery but after reading this book I SURE want too! (Too bad it’s in Sydney, Australia…) The food photography is amazing in it. The recipes range from breads, pastries and other sweets. I’ve only tried a couple recipes. The sweet shortcrust pastry, empananda dough, pan au chocolat, beef and bean sausage rolls (sooooo good!), pork and fennel sausage rolls (sooooooo good), chicken and bacon sausage rolls, Goat Cheese and Leek Tarts, lemon curd tarts, chocolate ganache tarts, chocolate mousse tarts, and the apple galette.

Pros: Some really amazing recipes. Some that are so nothing similar to anything I usually eat. Some totally new recipes. Totally new and cool flavors. Great pictures and great explanations.

Cons: This book is not for a baking beginner! It has some intense recipes.


3. The Grilling Book:  I looked into a lot of cookbooks about barbecuing. I really don’t have a lot of experience cooking on one and we got a new one last summer. I wanted a book that would teach me all I didn’t know. This book is it! I was not disappointed. It teaches about gas and coals. I have only tried one or two of the recipes in this book but I’m looking forward to trying more this summer.

Pros: Step by step instructions. Great recipes covering sides, sauces, tacos, and all kinds of meat. Great flavors and fantastic sauces.

Cons: I haven’t found one yet!


All three of these books added a lot to my cookbook collection.