Cooking the Books is a weekly challenge designed to get us to use our cookbooks more. Check out the first post for more details.

If you want to join us in the Cooking the Books challenge, pick a cookbook you haven't used in a while and make a recipe. Then fill out this form and I'll guest post it here on Cook Like Chuck.

Let's dust off those cookbooks and put them to use this year.


Cooking The Books: Once Upon A Chef

Cooking the Books: Once Upon a Chef

This is a guest post from another Chuck, my Dad. This is his second post in the challenge. Here is the first. If you want to join the Cooking the Books challenge, see the details at the bottom of this post. The older I get it seems that my food preferences have changed. I have to admit, when I was younger my preference was burgers & pizza, meat & potatoes. I grew up with a full-blooded Hungarian mother. Every evening it was a meat, potato, salad, and bread. According to…

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Cooking The Books: The Art Of Simple Food

Cooking the Books: The Art of Simple Food

This week's selection for Cooking the Books is The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. It is one of my favorite cookbooks and I use it all the time. Alice's simple preparations let the ingredients shine through. I've given this book out as a gift at least five times and I fully expect to give it out again. I want everyone to know about this book. Recipes Braised Duck Legs with Leeks and Green Olives Duck legs Salt Pepper Olive oil Leeks Green olives Thyme Parsley Bay leaf White…

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Cooking The Books: How To Cook Everything Vegetarian, Sister Pie, And The Hoosier Mama Book Of Pie

Cooking the Books: How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Sister Pie, and The Hoosier Mama Book of Pie

This is a guest post from KatieRose McEneely, a fellow culinary experimenting friend from college. She is a fantastic artist who created the paper cuts of a cow, sheep, and pig that currently hang above our couch. Thanks for joining in the challenge, KatieRose!  If you want to join the Cooking the Books challenge, see the details at the bottom of this post. 1. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Mark Bittman  Recipe: Caramelized Squash with vinegar Butternut squash, cubed sugar balsamic vinegar onion, minced garlic (omitted) salt and pepper rosemary, fresh…

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Cooking The Books: Baking With Steel

Cooking the Books: Baking with Steel

Below is the first guest post in the Cooking the Books Challenge series. It is from my Dad, also named Chuck Grimmett. It is from a cookbook I got for him last year, Baking with Steel. If you want to join the challenge and post, see the details at the bottom of this post. Due to the cold rainy weather last weekend, I decided to dig my Pizza Steel out and bake some bread! This marks the first time I tried making bread from the Baking with Steel cookbook. The…

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Cooking The Books: Paleo Comfort Foods

Cooking the Books: Paleo Comfort Foods

I had an idea a few weeks ago: Let's use our cookbooks more by picking one to cook a meal from each week. Here is my original Facebook post: Ground rules for the challenge: It has to be a recipe you haven't cooked before. It has to be something out of the norm for you. It can't be just another roasted squash recipe if you make roasted squash all the time. Aim for full meals: If it isn't a one-pot meal, pick an entree and a side from the same book.…

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