The past year has been wonderful! I started my blog, which opened a whole new world too me, I met new friends, I took my photography to a new level, and found that you can only get better if you put enough effort to what you do. If you would have asked me last year, what are my expectations from this blog, I would have said that I have none, I’m just doing it for the fun of it. Today, a year after, I found that blogging is much more than just the fun of writing and taking pretty photos. Blogging is about being part of something bigger than you, it’s about being a part of a community.
Yes, recipes, photography and food styling is a huge part of blogging. But more importantly it is about inviting complete strangers to your personal space and life. You get to choose what you share, and how much of it. But as with any community, your personal life is a subject of public interest. For me sharing personal stuff took some getting use too. But once I found that I have an audience that supports and encourages me to do so, it got easier and much more fun.
Blogging introduced me to many new friends. I am at the age that meeting new people is not easy, since my day job is mostly from home. Pre-blogging I hardly got to meet new people now I made it possible to meet other bloggers from instagram and pintrest. This gave me a chance to collaborate with brilliant bloggers, and pastry chefs, some of them even became good friends.
Another great thing that I found out about blogging, it puts you in a state of continues learning, and inquiring. When I started I thought to my self, I’ll put a few nice photos and simple recipes, but as the blog grew I found that I want to make nicer images, and better recipes. So, I decided to learn more about the art of cooking, styling and photography. Luckily I made friends that helped me along the way.
I found that all the super talented people I meet, had a huge library filled with cooking, and baking books. So, I started collecting some myself, and surprised my self when I started reading them before bad. Yeah, deep down inside I am a bit of a geek, and my new hobby is reading cook books.
A few weeks ago, I meet Efrat how as the second largest cookbooks collection, after Natalie. It made me want to order a ton of new books, so here is the list of my 2016 Cookbook wish list
Click the books the links below to check them out!
Alternative Baker: A gluten free baking cookbook. This book is spouse to be featuring recipes with a wide array of grains, nuts and seeds that add unique texture and flavour to desserts. I always look for gluten free recipes, and Alternative Baker is all about that.
Food52 Baking : 60 Sensational Treats You Can Pull off in a Snap. I love this one, I use it on special occasions, and for day to day baking. It also includes tons of tips and tricks that every baker should know.
Everyday Super Food, by Jamie Oliver: It’s a must have in every household, specially if you care about your health. This blog is all about health, so you can understand why this is naturally on my list.
The Kinfolk Table: This was on my list, long before I started the blog. Featuring 40 tastemakers who love to entertain, and who have each provided one to three of the recipes they most love to make at their homes.
The Love and Lemons Cookbook : An Apple-to-Zucchini Celebration of Impromptu Cooking. From the creator of the award-winning “Love and Lemons” blog, featuring more than 100 all-new vegetarian recipes with gorgeous color photography and design.
Molly on the Range: I admit, I have been drooling about this book before I got it. I love Mollys blog, and this book is hilarious. with 120 recipes, Molly on the Range is filled with Yeh’s signature, beautiful photography and essays about her new Midwestern life written in the quirky, friend to friend voice that I love.
The Four & Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book :By proprietors of the wildly popular Brooklyn Pie Shop and Cafe, Four & Twenty Blackbirds. The cookbook contains over sixty delectable pie recipes organized by season, with groundbreaking and mouthwatering pie combinations.
My Sweet Kitchen : This cookbook is by the brilliant Linda Lomelino, author and photographer of the blog “Call Me Cupcake“. This book has recipes for Stylish Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Donuts, Cupcakes, and More-Plus.
Sweeter off the Vine: Fruit Desserts for Every Season. I just love making pies, cakes, tarts that cherishes the fruit of season. This book is exactly that and more. I did flip through the book over at Efrats, and it is defiantly one that I plan of buying soon.
Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking : 101 Entirely Plant-Based, Mostly Gluten-Free, Easy and Delicious Recipes. All require 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl or 1 pot, or 30 minutes or less to prepare.
Plenty, by Yotam Ottolenghi: An exclusive collection of vegetarian recipes is drawn from his column ‘The New Vegetarian’ for the Guardian’s Weekend magazine, and features both brand-new recipes and dishes first devised for that column. Yotam’s food inspiration comes from his strong Mediterranean photography background and his unapologetic love of ingredients.
Food52 Genius Recipes : There are good recipes and there are great ones and then, there are genius recipes. Genius recipes surprise us and make us rethink the way we cook. Promises a 100 Recipes That Will Change the Way we Cook.
Plenty More, by Yotam Ottolenghi: Plenty More picks up where Plenty left off, with 120 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised by cooking method.
Top With Cinnamon : Stylish Sweet and Savoury Recipes: I love Izy Hossack blog, topwithcinnamon.com. Izy isn’t your regular 18 year old. Since her early teens she has been developing delicious recipes and styling and photographing them with a flair well beyond her years. It is a must in every kitchen.
What Katie Ate at the Weekend: Favourite recipes from Katie Quinn Davies’ wildly successful blog, along with many never-seen-before recipes, and presents them in this gorgeous book filled with Katie’s unique and beautiful photography backdrops.
By the way, I order all of my cooking books from bookdepositary.com, they do free world wide.
Did you like my 2016 cookbook wish list?
Tell me if you have any other cookbook recommendation, be sure to list your recommendations in the comments – I always love hearing about new books!