Cravings – Chrissy Teigen
This is one of the best cookbooks I’ve ever owned. And I say that because I use it. Frequently. Oh, I have plenty of cookbooks. It’s a family thing. We collect old church cookbooks with their “add a cup of lard” in every recipe and use maybe 2 recipes out of the whole book. I will be honest and say I have never bought Crisco in my life. Sure it may be the secret to homemade biscuits but Mary B’s biscuits go from frozen to delicious in 20 minutes in my oven.
Anyway, back to this book. I laugh while reading it at her witty comments and cuss while saying “Who the hell has a mortar and pestle just laying around!?” This book has made me amazon shop for Tahini, which small town grocery stores do not have. By the way, Tahini is ground sesame seeds. Google says you can sub any nut butter for this. They lied. So I use this book. My husband uses this book. We pull it around once a week to find a recipe we want to try or already love. There are some in-depth recipes in here but they’re fun to try and usually turn out so so good (I said no substitutes remember).
I also see that her blog (sodelushious.com) is down now so I can’t share my all time favorite recipe. It’s one that she didn’t share in her cookbook and it’s called Sleepy Time Stew. It’s a 4-hour stew but it’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten and I look forward to the first chilly day in the South so I can make it.