Birthday Books


Last week I had a birthday, so I treated myself to a couple of cookbooks, naturally.

I've been struggling from a near-nightly battle with insomnia, and somewhere around 5 am, after being awake for hours I came across this article on "This Was The Most Popular Cookbook The Year You Were Born". Couldn't help myself but buy the book for 1982: The Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook by Alice Waters. 

Some of the books in the article are shocking (1987's Microwave Gourmet, or 1992's Are You Hungry Tonight: Elvis' Favorite Recipes) while others felt firmly in my personal history (1994's In the Kitchen with Rosie, 1998's Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals, and 2005's Everyday Italian). Ina and Pioneer Woman have been vying back-and-forth for the most popular title the last few years. I don't personally own any of their books. Should I start?  

Instead of adding another book from the list I decided instead to add another book that's been on my wishlist for a while: Chef, Interrupted: Delicious Chefs' Recipes That You Can Actually Make at Home by Melissa Clark.