Okay, so I have SHELVES. I have the baker’s rack with the books I reach for regularly, that cabinet over the ‘fridge with some I rarey use but don’t want to part with, and then a basket full of the pretties that inspire me…
Barbara at Moveable Feasts is having a giveaway you shouldn’t miss. Whether you cook or just admire a lovely book of any sort, you really do need your own copy of Savor the Moment, the award-winning Junior League cookbook from Barbara’s own JL of Boca Raton, Florida.
When we were pursuing a cookbook in our League, Savor… is one of the ones we carried around to use as an example of what we hoped to produce.
I love Junior League cookbooks. I like to read cookbooks, and every League cookbook I’ve had in my paws – and I think I’ve at least seen more than half ever in print – is chocked full of tidbits of trivia that made for fun reading, be it about the area, tips for entertaining, or helpful hints in the kitchen.
So, my list is going to be a tribute to the Junior League cookbooks I can’t live without…
- Start Your Ovens! This is the one I give over and over. It’s the official cookbook of the Bristol Motor Speedway. I can’t do without those cheese straws.
- What Can I Bring? Full disclosure, my sister was a member of the Junior League of Northern VA, but I’d love this book anyway.
- Notably Nashville is another cookbook I can’t help giving as a gift. The black-eyed pea dip is a standby of mine.
- A Thyme to Entertain is the cookbook most like what we had envisioned. If you’ve ever been to Annapolis, you’ll love the ties to local events, and if you haven’t you’ll be planning a trip before you finish flipping through the book!
- Savor the Moment. See above. It’s a stellar cookbook.
- Very Virginia is but one of Hampton Road’s cookbooks, but I love that the recipes feature Virginia’s own crops!
- Oh My Stars! is another local-ish book, from the Roanoke League. If you can’t get to the Greenbrier or the Homestead, you can at least try out their recipes at home, right?
Those are the ones I keep on hand, and I have another dozen or so. Please note that the links take you the actual League’s store. Yeah, you might save a dollar or two on Amazon, but that means the League is losing several dollars in profits. I can assure you that every Junior League uses the funds raised through cookbook sales to better their communities, and every single dollar can – and does – make a difference.
What are your favorite cookbooks? If you have Junior League cookbooks, did I miss your favorites?
Weekend plans? Well, mine are mostly League-related, actually. Our particular group operates on what I call a school year calendar, so while I’ve already transitioned into my postion for the upcoming year, there’s still much to do. Luckily, it’s going to rain all weekend, so I may as well sit at the computer and email the members I need information from…
I do hope your plans are more exciting and your weather will be better.