Category: Essays

My First Cookbook Club

I finally attended my first cookbook club! I don’t remember where or how I first learned about the growing popularity of cookbook clubs, only the breathless ferocity with which I talked about the concept with my partner and a friend…

Pasta Making Extravaganza

My mom and I both have birthdays in February. In lieu of presents and separate celebrations, we’ve taken to doing something extra special together. One year, we booked a room at the Umstead Hotel and Spa – still one of…

Cookbook Rubric

If you’re curious about how I assess the cookbooks I review, here are the four criteria by which I evaluate each one: Visuals From the cover design, to the photography and page layouts, strong visuals always draw me in. They…

Do You Still Buy Cookbooks?

A good friend of mine, and baking enthusiast, once told me that she no longer saw the point in buying cookbooks, given that everything was available online. “What was the point,” she asked, “in spending money needlessly, especially when that…