Our Bookshelf

Many readers often ask us to recommend other cookbooks for their kitchen collections. Below you'll find some of our favorites. Many of these have been on our own bookshelves for years and are "go-to" resources that save time and money. Others are cookbooks we have enjoyed experimenting with or have found otherwise compelling. Enjoy!

At Amazon
Make-A-Mix: Over 300 Easy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day
by Karine Eliason


Our Comments
This is an excellent resource for the do-it-yourself cook. Save money by mixing your own spice mixes, such as taco or chili seasonings. Or try making mixes for bread items, like waffle/pancake mix, cake or brownie mix. My favorite is the Sweet Quick Bread mix. Many recipes for bean and meat mixes also, plus all the recipes to make using them. -KN




At Amazon
Savoring spices and herbs :recipe secrets of flavor, aroma, and color
by Julie Sahni


Our Comments
This book is out of print but a few copies are left in Amazon' inventory. This book offers many adventurous spice blends with irresistible titles: Bourbon Street Spice Blend and Texas Big Flavor Rub. This book is like Make a Mix in that the base recipe is used in several other recipes featured in the book. For example, Barbeque Spice Blend is called for in Barbeque Sauce, Fried Clams with Barbeque Spices, and Barbeque Chicken Wings. If it becomes unavailable at Powell's or elsewhere online, try your local library. -KN




At Amazon
Herb Mixtures & Spicy Blends
by Maggie Oster


Our Comments
This book's chapter on salt-free seasoning blends may be of particular interest for individuals seeking to reduce the salt, but not flavor, in their cooking. Many fine blends to hand mix for home use or gifts as well. -KN




At Amazon
The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying, and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables
by Carol W. Costenbader


Our Comments
More by chance than design, several recipes in this book call for warehouse-size packaging. Check out the Barbeque Beef Jerky or Tomato-Basil Soup. Most recipes call for large quantities of fruit or vegetables which are readily available at the clubs. You will appreciate the information and tips for canning, drying, freezing, and pickling. Includes recipes for seasoning mixes and vinegars, plus gifts to give. There's something for everyone here. -KN




At Amazon
Simply in Season (World Community Cookbook)
by Mary Beth Lind


Our Comments
Generally, we like to try several recipes in a cookbook before placing it on the recommended list. But Lindsay and I are both impressed with it so far. Perfect for those getting into the slow food, local food, and seasonal eating movements. -KN




At Amazon
Clean House Clean Planet
by Karen Noonan Logan


Our Comments
Recipes and tips for cleaning your home with natural and non-toxic cleaners. Provides a price comparison with commercial cleaners to show you how much you save by making it yourself. -KN




At Amazon
The Naturally Clean Home: 121 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Nontoxic Cleansers
by Karyn Siegel-maier


Our Comments
This book offers more recipes for cleaning your home with natural and non-toxic cleaners. It's a good introduction to the use of essential oils as natural antifungal or antibacterial, scented cleaning aids. -KN




At Amazon
Simply Salads: More than 100 Delicious Creative Recipes Made from Prepackaged Greens and a Few Easy-to-Find Ingredients
by Jennifer Chandler


Our Comments