I love to read cookbooks and think about making great recipes. The reality is that if there are more than 10 ingredients, I lose interest. Most cookbooks are beautiful to look at (and I do adore beautiful food photography), but not practical. I make one or two recipes and the books just sit.
Plus, with the online resources and Pinterest, one can find a recipe for anything at anytime and no need to think through which book had the recipe, wrestle with the index, and search through different books until you find the recipe you need. This all sounds practical and prudent, too practical and prudent. There is something about holding the book in your hand and dreaming about beautiful, tasty dishes you might make. I am especially fond of walking on the treadmill and reading cookbooks. This practice always seems funny to me.
Well, in the span of two weeks, I bought two cookbooks. The first is a fundraiser for a student group I advise. My mom has always told me that the cookbooks that are a collection of favorite recipes from a women's group at church or in this case a group of college women, are the best. Real people offering their favorite recipes (and sometimes family secret recipes), and the results are usually really good food!
I like the quotes on the section title pages and the cookbook title itself is very sweet - From Field to Fork.
If you are interested in a cookbook, let me know. There are a few left and the money goes to a great cause - supporting collegiate aged women interested in agriculture. Their professional development and philanthropic activities get a boost from your monetary support.