My favorite cookbook

April 19, 2016

Do you have a go-to cookbook that you use all the time? For me, it’s Michael’s Genuine Food. Michael Schwartz is a James Beard Award Winning chef, and he’s also the son of my friend Marv. That’s how I discovered this cookbook that’s a fave of my whole family. It contains recipes for “down to earth cooking for people who love to eat.” That’s us!

My whole family loves to eat, and we love to eat really good food made with fresh ingredients. That’s what this cookbook is all about. The recipes are exceptional, using simple ingredients for flavorful dishes that we gobble up.

Our absolute family favorites from the book are the Three Cheese Pizza with Grilled Radicchio and Fig and the Fettuccine Carbonara. The pizza is something we make together on Friday nights. Considering the fact that we have some great pizza places in our town, it speaks to how delicious Michael’s pizza is that we often chose to make it instead of opting for delivery!

The Fettuccine Carbonara is a perfect pasta treat with crispy bacon topped with poached eggs. I love poking the yellow of the egg and letting it run all over my cheesy pasta.

Of course, a great cookbook will have great desserts, and this book has a magical lemon pudding cake recipe. Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake with Chantilly Cream and Fresh Blueberries melts in your mouth. Don’t let the Chantilly Cream scare you – it’s just the French way of saying sweetened whipped cream and it’s oh-so-easy to make.

This cookbook is well used in my home. It has all the marks of a loved cookbook – pages with food stains on them and certain recipes made so often that the book automatically falls open to them. When I see a cookbook in someone’s home like that, I know it’s a good one.  I’m curious, what cookbook on  your shelf is so well-loved that it automatically opens to your favorite recipe?

Pure Love Grows, Donna XOXOXO