All in Cookbook of the Month

Cookbook of the Month: August 2017, How to Bake Everything by Mark Bittman (+ my favorite classic American pie crust recipe)

Lemon bars made with gelatin give you a clean, precise slice when all is said and done. They're great for presentation. Lemon bars without gelatin are more gooey, less showy, and meant for Sunday afternoons sitting on the porch catching up with a close friend. They are completely lacking in pretension-- they may not totally hold their shape while you're trying to plate them up, so you might as well eat them right out of the pan.

Cookbook of the Month, April 2017: Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan

April's Cookbook of the Month is: Dorie's Cookies by Dorie Greenspan

Among all of my cookbooks, my Dorie Greenspan books are likely the ones I have used the most over the years. She has a very approachable way of writing, to the point that you feel she could be your cool next door neighbor who shares killer recipes at every block party, and always has a batch of excellent homemade cookie dough in her freezer* (*a personal life goal of my own.)

Cookbook confessions

I will admit that like many people in my generation, I love the internet for all of its fast-paced, informative, and visually appealing food content.  But cookbooks will always have a place on my shelf.  Part genuine works of art and part functional kitchen tools,  I will always treasure and value them.