Confession: I’ve resorted to cheese and crackers for dinner a lot lately. You know how it goes: You get busy, you don’t feel like cooking and before you know it you’ve polished off a Costco-sized box of crackers in no time. Not exactly a healthy dinner. And my butt and energy levels have been paying the price.
Unfortunately, I never have a shortage of excuses to eat… but cooking is another story. Yet when I pass on the processed stuff and make homemade meals, I feel (and look) a heck of a lot better. So I’m here to give us all 3 great excuses to skip the cheese and crackers and COOK!
Balaboosta: Bold Mediterranean Recipes By Einat Admony
Balaboosta is a Yiddish term for the perfect housewife and homemaker. Author Einat Admony is the modern version. She loves to nourish those around her, both at her 3 bustling NYC restaurants, and at home for friends and family – and that love comes through in this cookbook, a medley of Mediterranean recipes and observations from Einat.
Why I love it: Because Einat raises couscous, cauliflower and carrots to new levels of yumminess.
On my must-make list: Root Veggie Chips, Banana Date Lime Smoothie, Krispy Kale, Turkish Coffee Brownies
Pure Vegan: 70 Recipes for Beautiful Meals and Clean Living by Joseph Shuldiner
I’m not vegan, not even close, but this cookbook gives me plenty of delicious excuses to eat vegan. The author isn’t vegan either, which could be why this photo-filled cookbook is packed with veggie-rich recipes that are totally doable – and delicious!
Why I love it: Because it makes me want to make dishes I’ve never heard of, like Dukkah (dry dip for bread)
On my must-make list: Jicama Salad, Nutty Mushroom Risotto, Blood Orange Margarita and Maple Chipotle Pecan Popcorn
Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian by Andrew Feinberg, Francine Stephens and Melissa Clark
Franny’s is a beloved Brooklyn restaurant, that Alice Waters went so far as to call “the best pizza in NY.” The cookbook does indeed cover pizza (yes, they tell you exactly how to make their famed dough), plus a slew of rustic Italian recipes showcasing fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Why I love it: Because it makes me look at Italian in a whole new way
On my must-make list: The entire pizza chapter… and all the salad