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Cookbooks With Stories

Barbara Vey -- October 12th, 2012

I couldn’t believe that I’ve already seen people walking around with winter coats, hats and gloves.  I am so not ready for winter.  But I have noticed that winter foods are already creeping into the kitchen.  Instead of grilled brats and potato salad, I made a big pot of chili the other day.  I haven’t done that since last winter.  Of course, chili was always what my mom would make when it was time for the football game, so I’m sure some instinct was in there.  But I’m always on the lookout for some new, easy thing to throw together.

 

We’ve all seen the books the fiction books that incorporate recipes in them, Diane Mott Davidson, Joanne Fluke, Louisa Edwards, Jennifer Ross and Krista Davis, to name a few.  But what about cookbooks that include a story?

 

There’s the celebrity cookbook,  Home Cooking with Trisha Yearwood.  You not only get that country music cooking, but also personal anecdotes and they even include some recipes from her hubby, Garth Brooks.  A cookbook from First Lady Michelle Obama, American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America.  A kitchen garden planted at the White House provides ingredients used by the chefs there.  Stories about her gardening experience and glimpses in the White House kitchen.

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Author Pat Conroy offers The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes and Stories of My Life.  He even includes a section on cooking for a funeral.  In The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from My Frontier, Ree Drummond includes pictures of her family and life on their ranch.  Homey and makes you yearn for wide open spaces.

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Ok, here’s my favorite, easy recipe for vegetable soup that tastes surprisingly good:

1 can minestrone soup

1 can whole kernel corn

1 can diced tomatoes

1 can mixed vegetables

1 can black beans

1 cup of beef or chicken broth or water

Dump all cans (don’t drain) in a big pot and heat.  You can mix it up with salsa or add some cheese to make cheesy vegetable soup.

What about you?  Favorite recipe you’re dying to share?  Favorite cookbook?  Do you like cookbooks better when they incorporate a story?  Or story books that include recipes?

 

Bottom Line:  The best recipe is the one a friend cooks for you and brings over to your house.