I don’t know about you, but as much as I love cooking, I’m getting a bit tired of it. I know that many people have been ordering for pick-up and delivery, but I’ve still been a little wary of doing so. I might change my mind soon, though. That said, we have made some very delicious meals and snacks, including homemade matzo ball soup, French bread, pizza with homemade dough and lots of cookies. I decided to re-energize myself for cooking by sharing some ideas with you.
Luckily, when the library closed, I still had COOK90: The 30-Day Plan for Faster, Healthier, Happier Meals by David Tamarkin and the editors of Epicurious checked out. It is becoming one of my favorite cookbooks. The premise is that you cook every meal for 30 days; however, many of the recipes include “nextovers”—you make additional food to use with a meal later in the week.
Here’s the good news for you: COOK90 is now available on Overdrive/Libby, and you can find many of these recipes as well as recipes from other years of COOK90 on the Epicurious website. Just search for “COOK90” and you will be overwhelmed with great choices. In addition, there’s a feature that lets you find a recipe by typing in the ingredients you have on hand.
Speaking of cooking from your pantry, here are two other e-cookbooks that can help you out:
- Cool Beans: The Ultimate Guide to Cooking With the World’s Most Versatile Plant-Based Protein with 125 recipes by Joe Yonan
- My Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes From 50 Essential Ingredients – a cookbook by Geoffrey Zakarian
One of my other favorite cookbook authors has a few books (also in ebook form) out, as well as her website, Skinnytaste. Yes, “skinny” is in the title, but you’d never know that these are healthy recipes. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed in anything I’ve made. In these times, her 7-day menu plans might be very helpful. She has also started 14-day menu plans for those who are trying to shop for two weeks at once.
- Skinnytaste Fast and Slow : Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes by Gina Homolka
- Skinnytaste One and Done : 140 No-Fuss Dinners for Your Instant Pot®, Slow Cooker, Air Fryer, Sheet Pan, Skillet, Dutch Oven, and More by Gina Homolka
- The Skinnytaste Cookbook : Light on Calories, Big on Flavor by Gina Homolka
If you are using cooking and/or baking to take your mind off everything else that’s going on and/or to avoid the projects you’ve been meaning to do for years, you might like Procrastibaking: 100 Recipes for Getting Nothing Done in the Most Delicious Way Possible by Erin Gardner.
Hoopla has a great collection of e-cookbooks as well, and these are always available. There’s even a new “How to use Hoopla” video tutorial if you haven’t used the service before. Not surprisingly, 5 out of the top 12 most popular cookbooks have something to do with baking—mostly bread. One of these is Modern Sourdough: Sweet and Savoury Recipes From Margot Bakery by Michelle Eshkeri. It’s easy to browse on Hoopla. Simply go to Browse→Ebooks→Cooking from the home page.
Whether you do your own cooking or order in, I hope that you and your families are, and continue to be, safe and healthy. Take good care.
– Pauli, WFPL Reference Librarian