Last week's Weekend Cook and Tell challenge wasn't much of a challenge at all, at least not in the cooking department. We asked all of you to share your favorite cookbooks of 2009, and the biggest challenge seemed to be picking a favorite. Here are some of the books that proved to be the most popular, useful, and fun:
LetThemEatQueso won Seven Fires in one of our Cook the Book contests, the handsome gaucho chef/author and wonderful Argentine grilling recipe made this book a quick favorite.
CatBoy's number one book of this year is Sheila Lukin's Ten, her final book devoted to America's favorite foods.
Both HJR and Both mcwolfe chose Jim Lahey's My Bread for that no-knead bread recipe (works every time).
Brownie reads cookbooks like others read paperbacks, this year's favorites included the vegan books Babycakes and The Conscious Cook.
avaryne was happily surprised by her Hanukkah gift from her husband, a copy of Momofuku, while NWcajun thought that this pork-heavy book made a humorous Hanukkah gift.
KarinCooks went with Adam Perry Lang's Serious Barbecue. She's been making Lang's barbecue sauce and employing his grilling methods all year.
lemonfair still hasn't bought Asian Dumplings but it's a favorite nonetheless.
Mandyhello made great use out of Eugenia Bone's Well-Preseved". Take a look at these pickles from start to finish.
With the popularity of Ree Drummond's The Pioneer Woman blog it's no big shock that her new book The Pioneer Woman Cooks was a big favorite. traceydv, paperchaseuk, and Jilly are fans just to name a few.
Poor gastronomeg made a resolution last year not to buy anymore cookbooks, and to make use of the ones she already has. Needless to say 2010 can't come quick enough!
Finally, NWcajun has a great take on cookbooks as ingredients. The way NWcajun sees it, if you spend $40 on a cookbook, take Momofuku as an example, and make 8 dishes from it the cost per use ends up being $5. This is a great ratio to judge your cookbook spending, just pit how expensive the book is versus how much use you will get out of it.
Thanks to all of you who shared your cookbook recommendations for this week's Weekend Cook and Tell. Be sure to head over to Talk and read about next week's challenge: Winter Vegetable Blues.
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