i have a few variations on cookbook questions and didn't want to take the super informative post below too off track--
my sister is a cooking novice. she eats out a lot, or has prepared stuff, and simple cooking tasks take a lot of futz-ing and fussing. she has a slow cooker and was tempted by the cookbook "fix it and forget about it" does anyone have experience with this book? any other slow cooker cook book recommendations? key here would be deliciousness with simple, low maintenance recipes.
then for me. i love to cook, cook only vegetarian food, and really never use recipes or cookbooks. i'm also a fat girl who tries to cook healthy/lower fat foods, but likes deliciousness. i'd like to expand my vegetable repertoire (y'all just taught me about celery roots, and there's a whole world of parsnips and rutabagas and new strange things out there) and do new things with the vegetables i know and love. the roasted vegetables, balsamic, or lemon/wine/olive oil thing is a rut i'd like to learn my way out of. the zuni cafe cook book, the simple batali, the hazan and the julia child tempt, but i think it's mostly from reading all of your culinary escapades in awe. do you think that those are right for what i've described? other suggestions?
important things are exactly what carb lover was talking about-- inspiring me to cook, and wanting to use it in the kitchen
thanks all, as always, for indulging me, and for being such friendly incredible cookers
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