This is a bit ironic b/c for the past few years I have generally eschewed cookbooks and recipes. After gaining some practice w/ recipes from all kinds of sources, I think I needed some time to just create and be carefree. This meant mostly cooking, very little baking.
I love and will continue the practice of just throwing together a dish based on what's in my fridge or what looks good at the market; however, I'm also craving a more disciplined and studied approach to cooking to take my kitchen skills to the next level. Something that will allow me to really go in depth into one type of cuisine or one author's approach.
So...I'm wondering if there are others out there who are doing this or have done something along these lines. Curious to hear what cookbook you chose and your overall impressions of the experience. How did you logistically do this? Did you design multi-course meals or just make one dish at a time? I'm thinking of making one dish at a time to keep me focused and not overwhelm myself. Just for me, no pressure of serving guests.
As of now, I'm not sure what cookbook I'm going to use. I'm thinking of Rick Bayless' Mexican Kitchen since it's been sitting on my shelf for a while and I've been intimidated to really delve in. Of course, I'm trying to get more in touch w/ my Vietnamese roots so I have Corinne Trang's Authentic Vietnamese Cooking. When it comes to Viet food though, I'd prefer to learn from my mom (but she does live six hours away). And I just acquired Marcella Says and could buy her Essentials. I'm also interested in Paula Wolfert. Oy, lots of choices...any feedback is appreciated!