Over the last few years, I’ve gotten out of the habit of using my cookbooks. I still go back and cook favorite recipes from cookbooks I’ve had for years, but I hadn’t bought any new ones since I like looking up recipes online and being able to read all the reviews. But then, a couple of new cookbooks caught my eye, and I suddenly find myself with a big pile of new cookbooks that I’ve acquired over the last few months. I’ve cooked a couple of things out of them – a shrimp and grits recipe from Emeril’s Farm to Fork, and Thomas Keller’s fried chicken from Ad Hoc at Home. Neither one made it on to the blog. The shrimp and grits dish was good, but not nearly as good as my go-to recipe for shrimp and grits. And I have to say, give me my mom’s Southern fried chicken over Thomas Keller’s any day.
There are lots of other recipes that sound fabulous in my big pile of new cookbooks so as an incentive to put down the laptop and pick up a cookbook, I’ve decided I’ll try to have a Cookbook of the Month feature like Deborah’s at Taste and Tell. I wanted to start with the Tacos cookbook, but I am going to need to inventory what kinds of dried peppers I’ll need and order them because the recipes call for a wide variety, much of which I likely can’t find here. So I decided for this cold winter month, the Sunday Soup cookbook would be a good choice. The goal will be to cook one recipe each week from the cookbook. Since I am getting a late start this month, I am planning to make two recipes from Sunday Soups this week – Spicy Pork Chili with Cumin Polenta and Scallop and Corn Chowder. We are expecting lots of snow and cold temperatures this week, so it should be a good week for an abundance of soup.
In addition to the ones I've acquired recently, there are two more cookbooks I am planning to get - Nathalie Dupree's Shrimp and Grits Cookbook and Tom Fitzmorris's New Orleans Food. One sister gave another the shrimp and grits cookbook. I took one look at it and knew I had to have it. I found the other cookbook on my SIL's coffee table. Lots of good sounding recipes!
Here's the long-range plan:
January - Sunday Soup
February - Around my French Table
March - Ad Hoc at Home
April - Tacos
May - My New Orleans
June - Farm to Fork
August - Tom Fitzmorris's New Orleans Food
I intentionally clustered all of those New Orleans cookbooks in the late Spring and Summer months when I'll be able to get fresh seafood.