Sometimes when we catalog or check in or out library materials a book catches our eye and requires some serious perusal. More often than not this means setting it aside to check out and bring home.
Cookbooks with insanely creative or intricate recipes and decorating ideas regularly catch me. I love to bake and cook but do not have the time or energy to necessarily get fancy. I tend to worry first about taste and if I can get my family to eat it.
However, looking at the wonderful ideas and execution in these books sometimes inspires me to get more creative, and sometimes just makes me wonder how anyone can eat something that obviously took some serious time and effort to make look so good. Here are some of the more recent cookbooks that have made me stop and look at their deliciously beautiful covers.
Cake My Day by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson
The New England Soup Factory Cookbook by Marjorie Druker and Clara Silverstein
What’s New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion by Karen Tack
The Hot Bread Kitchen Cookbook: Artisanal Baking from Around the World by Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez and the Bakers of Hot Bread Kitchen with Julia Turshen
Cupcakes, Cookies, and Pie, Oh, My! by Karen Tack & Alan Richardson
Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food by Jessica Merchant
Great Balls of Cheese by Michelle Buffardi
The Confetti Cakes Cookbook: Cookies, Cakes, and Cupcakes from New York City’s Famed Bakery by Elisa Strauss with Christie Matheson
For some of us more realistic, or pessimistic, chefs I offer:
The Can’t Cook Book : 100+ Recipes for the Absolutely Terrified! by Jessica Seinfeld