Here is something you may not know about me: I love cooking and I worked as a professional sous-chef for two years. I have always loved cooking, baking, and uncovering new ingredients.
These days, there is almost no reason to actually purchase a physical cookbook unless it has a quality that you won’t find in recipes online. The two cookbooks reviewed today have just that! If you love cooking with a side of quirk, you will enjoy both of these books.
I was sent a copy of these books free for review, but of course the opinions are my own! Links to the books in this post are affiliate links.
My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut
This is the cookbook behind the genius that is Hannah Hart’s Drunk Kitchen cooking show. Predictably, the book isn’t so much about how to cook as it is a tutorial on how to lighten up in the kitchen. I love the tips in this book about how cooking should be free and loose and something that comes from the heart rather than the tongue. I imagine this is how French cooking started back in the day- with wine in one hand and questionable meat in the other. Consider this book the self-help book of the cooking world. It won’t tell you how to make new recipes necessarily (although there are recipes in the book), but it will inspire you to have fun and think creatively wherever you are- in the kitchen or elsewhere in life.
Cooking with Amar’e: 100 Easy Recipes for Pros and Rookies in the Kitchen
Cooking with Amar’e is a book co-written by New York Knicks’ power forward Amar’e Stoudemire and his personal chef, Maxcel Hardy. Publishing a cooking book seems a strange choice for a sports guy, but it seems to work. The book focuses on the relationship between Maxcel and Amar’e as Maxcel taught Amar’e tips for becoming a master of kitchen tools and tasty dishes. For this reason, it is an informative book for individuals who have absolutely no idea what to do when handed a whisk. The book contains over 100 healthy recipes that are somewhat easy for novice chefs.
I didn’t quite like this book as well as My Drunk Kitchen, because as I mentioned before, a list of recipes is hardly needed in book form when you have the Internet, but if you really have no idea what to do in the kitchen, this book is likely to provide some insight. And if you love sports, you will appreciate where the author is coming from. I am not even sure what sport the Knicks play, so that angle did nothing for me. 🙂 Oh, now I see it is basketball. Well, there you go.
I did like the number of photographs in the book. I am a sucker for a well-presented plate of food!
If you need a gift for a food-lover on your list, you can’t go wrong with either of these books!