“In My Kitchen” March 2020

Last month, I posted that I had a hoarding problem when it came to books, specifically cookbooks.

Well, nothing has changed.

Here’s what’s new in my kitchen this month (mostly books).

Let’s just go through these new acquisitions in alphabetical order, shall we?

The Blue Zones Kitchen:  100 Recipes to Live to 100 by Dan Buettner
I will be posting a complete review of this in a couple of days so stay tuned.   It is a beautifully photographed book and is a good resource.  As a cookbook?   Like I said, stay tuned.

Hippie Food by Jonathan KauffmanThis is the April/May selection for Cook the Books.   I love the cover!   You can read more about this book here.

I Love Jam by Rachel Saunders

I loved Saunders’ other two jammy cookbooks (Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and Blue Chair Cooks) so when I saw there was a “Volume III” out there, I had to order it. Her first two cookbooks are pretty hefty volumes so I was totally surprised when a book arrived that was about 4″ x 4″ square with a measly 93 pages including the index.

A lot of the recipes I remembered from her previous books and most were very plain-Jane-jam recipes (again, not what I was used to from her.) In fact, there are only 18 jam recipes in this book. 🙁

I will say that some of the non-preserve recipes like “Fruited Irish Brown Bread” (62) and “Braised Short Ribs with Berries and Red Wine” (72) sound amazing.

I am truly glad I bought this book used for $1.99.  (Did I mention I’m an impulse buyer as well?)

Kitchen Chinese by Ann MahThis is the June/July selection for Cook the Books.   You can read more about this book here.

Pomegranate Soup by Marsha Mehran
My final newest novel is the current Cook the Books selection for February/March.  You can read more about this book on the announcement post.  If you look at the first picture on this post, you will notice my notes sticking out of this book.  I am loving it so far and the amount of food mentioned is long and lengthy.  

Besides foodie books, the only other new things in my kitchen are these very cute tea towels that my best friend sent for Valentine’s Day.


And, look what I found at Sprouts!  

Large cans (25 oz.) of beans!!!!!!  (It’s the little things in life.)

These are perfect for making a large batch of hummus or for soups!

And, just one last note before I post.   We went to a mega book sale yesterday that benefits a local private school.   We bought three totes full of books (most were around $2).   

These two cookbooks were only a buck a piece.   I love the photographs in the old Betty Crocker books.  This one is from 1963 and looks like it was never used.  (Can you see the original $1.95 price tag on it?)  The other one is a 1984 edition and was published by the Symphony League of Jackson, MS.  (I actually thought it was a Junior League cookbook in my mad rush to grab books.)   I am sure I will highlight these more eventually.



In My Kitchen is hosted by Sherry’s Pickings.  Please stop by and check out what’s happening in kitchens around the world.

I’m also linking up with Foodies Read.  

Simona just announced the 38th Edition of Novel Food so I’m linking up for the I Love Jam review.  


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