What do you look for in a great cook book? I look for a lot of key things. After years of buying cookbooks, trial and error finally paid off and I know know what I really need to look for in one.
Let's start with what I am on alert to avoid
- First of all, if an entire cook book requires a specific custom flour blend that you have to make yourself, it's out. Numerous different flour blends - blacklisted! Sorry, although it may taste great it's simply too much of an effort for me. At least at this stage in my home cooking.
- Extremely time consuming recipes - No thank you.
- Too many ingredients - Enough said.
- Recipes that are too fancy schmancy- Not a chance.
- No pictures- I prefer to know what my masterpiece should look like
Don't be afraid to spend some time reading through a cookbook before you buy it! I can't begin to tell you how many cookbooks I have purchased only to try a few recipes and realize, it's just not for my family. Sometimes even the simplest looking recipes can be challenging or not what you expect.
I recommend recipes that use "all purpose" gluten free flours. Less fuss the better.
Here is what I look for in a cookbook
- Clear, direct and simple directions
- Accurate prep and finish times (within reason as appliances vary)
- Noted skill level (novice, intermediate, advance)
- Bright pictures of finished dish with step by step photos for more complicated tasks
- Easy to source and Affordable ingredients
- Tips eg - freezing, storage, ect
- Pairing suggestions
- Substitution suggestions
- Menu plans
When it comes to bread products I recommend my personal baker of sorts Kinnikinnick. There is nothing better than their soft bread products!
What do you look for when purchasing a cookbook?