Food, Personal

Current Faves – Cookbook Edition + New Blog Direction

by Alaina-

Happy Sunday!

Man, what a week. I had the highest of highs, the lowest of lows, and everything in between. But the one highlight of my week is that I’ve been cooking and baking quite a bit. One of my short term goals is to start cooking more often, and now that I’m obsessed with the Great British Bake Off, I’ve added baking to the list as well! Over the past week, I’ve cooked four dinners, and 3 (THREE) desserts. I’m gaining weight, but at least I’m well fed.

You also might have noticed that I’ve had a few posts that aren’t travel related… and that’s purposeful. I’m starting to shirt this blog to more of a ~lifestyle~ blog. I live the poor but bougie life, and I want to morph this blog into something that reflects how I live and what I stand for. This transition will be slow, and for those of you that are in it for the travel, no worries! I’ll still have a BUNCH of travel posts in the works!

So here are the cookbooks that I’ve been loving lately and highly, highly recommend:


Over Easy by Joy Wilson

One of the most famous food bloggers, Joy the Baker, recently released her new book, “Over Easy: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Leisurely Days.” Read: Killer brunch recipes to slay your instagram game and impress your friends. For full disclosure, I haven’t actually made anything from this book yet, however, this is one BEAUTIFUL cookbook with an interesting spin on the brunch life. I love that there is an entire chapter on beverages (I’ve found that these types of books have a throwaway beverage chapter at the very end with about 5 “meh” drinks). Also, if you’re from the midwest, and specifically Cincinnati, you’ll know the love that be for goetta… which is featured in this book. You can bet this will be the first thing I make.


Crumb by Ruby Tandoh

If you know me in life, you know that I love Ruby from the Great British Bake Off (season 4). I loved her creations, her quiet demeanor, and her disposition… I just love her, okay? But even if you don’t care for her (like some of my friends which I just don’t get), I PROMISE you will love this baking cookbook. I actually read this cookbook… not just scan through the pages and look at the picture, but literally read it. I can say this is about one of maybe three cookbooks that I’ve done this with. Truly a staple already in my baking rotation. Try the honey madeleines and the autumn berry pavlova.


Baking for Two by Tracy Yabiku

There is something so theraputic about baking. Whether you love the science, working with your hands, or just the end result, baking is just (for lack of a better word) fun. However, if you don’t have a family to feed or if you’re like me and have literally no self control, sometimes baking a whole pan of brownies isn’t great for your health. For me, it’s gone by the morning. This book has just about every favorite, warming baked good you can think of, but just with smaller portions. Plus, who doesn’t need an excuse to buy some mini baking pans off of amazon? Try the fudgy brownies (i’ve made them three times).


Cravings by Chrissy Teigan

I think Chrissy Teigan is a love her or hate her type of personality, but I absolutely adore her. She’s extremely witty, clever, and absolutely gorgeous. Her cookbook is truly a spectable. The pictures are BREATHTAKING and I love the John Legend cameos. Like “Crumb,” this is another book that I’ve truly read cover to cover. I’ve even bought this as a gift for a few friends because I love it so much. Try the macaroni and cheese and the biscuits and gravy.

Thug Kitchen Eat Like you Give a F*ck and Party Grub

I’m not a vegan, so don’t get it twisted, but I think we should all incorporate vegan and vegetarian meals into our diets. It’s good for the environment and it’s even better for your belly. If you cringe when you hear the word vegan, but want to start incorporating veganism into your diet, take a look at these cookbooks. If vulgarity isn’t your thing, turn away FAST. But for the rest of us, i love how “real” this book is as well as, of course, the recipes. I have the original Thug Kitchen, as well as the Party Grub. I gravitate more towards the party grub but both are dope.


The Forest Feast, The Forest Feast Gatherings, and the Forest Feast for Kids by Erin Gleeson

These are also vegetarian books, but if you are a carnivore, I guarantee you will still like this book. These books are easily the most beautiful I own (I even keep these out on my coffee table because they are stunning). Each page is bright with a photo of the recipe and a watercolor background. I mean, honestly, if you don’t don’t make ONE thing from this book, it’s totally okay, because the pictures are drool-worthy. I would start off with the original book first. She lays down tips and techniques that are explained clearly and concisely, and gives recipes that are great for learning how to cook.


The Love and Lemons Cookbook by Jeanine Donofrio

The layout of this cookbook is what sets this apart from any other book that I own. I love how this is categorized by ingredient and now recipe type. I love a stone’s throw away from a farmers market that I frequent on just about every Saturday. It’s liberating to go to a market without a list and pick what looks good, and this cookbook celebrates that. I challenge you to to go to your local market, pick a few veggies that are in season, and make a dish around that, instead how most of us normally cook.


Let me know what you think!  I obviously have a love affair with cookbooks, so drop your faves in the comments!

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I’m a twenty something living in the heart of Detroit. I have an absurd fear of wasting my life away, so come with me as I travel the world and my own backyard.

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1 Comment

  1. Mel

    Totally get where you are coming from when it comes to transitioning the blog to a more lifestyle blog rather than travel blog. We love traveling as well, but can relate when it comes to lack of funds haha. Nonetheless, we are definitely still interested in your blog and can’t wait to see what is in store!

    10 . Apr . 2017

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