September heralds a lot of firsts, including the first day of autumn and the first day of school. Since back-to-school is a big theme for this month, I decided to pick some of my cookbooks that represent the ABC’s of September: A for the autumn apples coming into season (and don’t forget an apple for the teacher!), B and C for the kids starting school as well as for the kid in all of us.
Apple Cookbook by Olwen Woodier
Who doesn’t love a fresh crisp apple? A steaming mug of spiced apple cider on a chilly autumn day? I grew up with Gravenstein apple trees in the backyard, and to this day I will drive miles out of my way to get a box or two of this heirloom variety that has always been my favorite for sauces and pies. Woodier touches on some of the heirloom varieties as well as new hybrids, and offers great advice on choosing the right apple for any recipe (there’s even a handy chart at the back of the book to make it even easier). The recipes offer traditional items like crisps, pies, and sauces, as well as canning and preserving instructions. But the recipes that go beyond the basics are the ones that intrigue me the most. Sausage and apple omelettes, apple eggnog, even two recipes for meatloaf that incorporates apples! This collection of sweet and savory dishes is a must-have for any apple enthusiast.
B is for Baking and C is for Cooking by Susan McQuillan
I grew up on Sesame Street, as did my son, so when I found these I knew I had to add them to my collection. Quillan offers a wide variety of tasty treats while also focusing on healthy eating options, aimed at kids but great for adults as well. Every recipe is written simply, with a list of equipment needed and tips from different Sesame Street characters. The baking book not only offers some great dessert and bread recipes (I’ve made the strawberry muffins on many occasions), but also some main dish ideas like Cookie Monster’s Veggie Turnovers (Yes!! Cookie Monster does eat veggies!! 😀 ) and Elmo’s Chicken Pot Pie. The cooking volume covers a little bit of everything: drinks, sides, dinners, soups. One of the main reasons I love these books, other than the variety of quick and delicious recipes, is that the author, a nutritionist, incorporates healthy foods in a way that even picky kids (and adults) will enjoy. If you have kids, or are just a kid at heart, I highly recommend these fun-to-use cookbooks.
The holidays are fast approaching and I look forward to sharing more of my favorite cookbooks with you! Until next time, Happy Reading!