New cookbooks

A year ago I started a different blog, one just for cooking, and declared I was going to work my way through some cookbooks. I’m not the best cook, but I can make a meal when I have a good recipe, so I was going to finally start making more of the recipes in the cookbooks I’d been collecting over the years.

That blog no longer exists. I was updating the blog once every couple months because I wasn’t enjoying only blogging about cooking. It’s one reason I started this site, because I wanted to blog about anything and everything, including cooking.

My friend Leah didn’t know I got rid of the other blog. She just sent me two cookbooks that she wanted to “donate to the LeAnn cooks project.” That project still exists, but on this blog instead, so the cookbooks are not in vain. Check out the two she sent me.

cookbooks from Leah
I’ve read part of the Amy Sedaris book because that’s Amy Sedaris. She’s hilarious. I’ll read anything she writes. I never tried any of the recipes in the book, though, so I can’t wait to dive into that one.

I’m a little intimidated by The Smitten Kitchen. It looks very posh with some recipes calling for things like mussels and vermouth. I’ve never had a mussel in my life and I had to Google “vermouth.” But the good thing is that I don’t think I like mussels, so I can just skip that recipe.

There are other recipes that look good in this book and totally doable. I am very excited to try the Tomato-Glazed Meatloaves with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes. Doesn’t that sound great? And I almost don’t want to tell you how awesome the Chocolate Raspberry Rugelach looks. (I had to Google “rugelach,” too, and I don’t really know how to say it, but it’s a pastry. Who doesn’t love pastries?)

Thanks, Leah! Your cookbooks will be put to the test.


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