Cookbooks I like

Cooking for my Wigilia Dinner

When I began cooking my father’s family’s Polish-American Wigilia dinner (Christmas Eve dinner), I was flummoxed. I have done a lot of cooking, but never any fish! So I researched some books, and ended up getting these two:

Mark Bittman’s Fish: Complete Guide to Buying and Cooking

Warning: This book does not have pictures. However, that has not stopped me from cooking from this wonderful book! The author has even included alternative fish(es) that you can use with the same recipe.

Rick Stein’s Complete Seafood: A Step-by-Step Reference

This cookbook has pictures, and plenty of them. The author also reviews how to shop for fish and how to filet fish. The best thing about this book is that it has a recipe for crab cakes that I can adapt for gluten-free use.

Other Cookbooks I Use

Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything (Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition)

This cookbook is very extensive. It also has fish recipes (which, like his previous book mentioned above, lists alternate fishes to use for a recipe), some of which are very basic. Bittman covers all topics extensively. Again, no photos, but personally, I don’t need photos to cook.

Rachel Rappaport’s The Big Book of Slow Cooker Recipes: More Than 700 Slow Cooker Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Dessert

This book has everything from beverages, dips, and breakfast to dessert, and even includes recipes that are gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, and kosher. I have been able to adapt recipes easily for gluten-free use. I highly recommend this for cooks who have slow cookers!




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