Joy the Baker Cookbook by Joy Wilson (Book)
I l.u.v. cookbooks... especially ones with recipes that are accessible and accomplishable (new word alert)... and I have shelves of them... most of which I use to look up certain recipes when I'm looking for certain recipes... up until now I could not say that I have ever "read" an entire cookbook, but that is exactly what I did with Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Recipes... I sat down with a HUGE cup of tea and read the entire cookbook... cover to cover... including ingredients and prep directions... and I wasn't putting it down until I had mentally prepared and tasted every single one of the "100 simple and comforting recipes."
I now have a new goal... to ACTUALLY prepare and taste every single one of the "100 simple and comforting recipes."
Ok... I've prepared a couple of them already... and they rocked... also I'm not the "baker" type at all, but I am officially inspired to give baking a real go of it (in my head, I said that last sentence in the lovely, mellifluous voice... and British accent... of Nigella Lawson... so that happened.)
Joy started out (as far as I know) her "public" persona with her blog http://joythebaker.com/ which you should totally check out... and subscribe to... even if you don't like to cook... or bake... her stories are worth it alone.
So, back to why I READ this cookbook... Joy has an amazing relationship with the food she makes... like it's part of her family... and she's brilliant at putting all of that feeling into words... and food. She makes you want to spend all day in the kitchen... gently and lovingly pulling comfort and "joy" from your oven... all day, every day. I'm super tempted to just stop the rest of my life and start baking...
My Recommendation: Get baking! And take time to read her stories too... they will make you adore what you are about to create...