Good morning! Let's talk about cookbooks!
My cookbook collection is by no means an exhaustive library of cookbookery, but I definitely use these books a lot, if only to flip through for ideas and awesome photos!
I don't use the Peta's Vegan College Cookbook much, mostly because I find that the recipes rely heavily on pre-packaged and processed ingredients that are generally way out of my budget. My first cookbook was the Veganomicon and my latest is Nonna's Italian Kitchen - both awesome books. I find that Vegan with a Vengeance is my go-to book when cooking for omnivores...chocolate chip cookies and pizza dough, anyone? Eventually it would be nice to get a more general cookbook that discusses techniques more than recipes, a Betty Crocker/Joy of Cooking book or some other encyclopedic volume.
Meanwhile, I've compiled my own little mini cookbook for the holidays that I'll be handing out to family and friends. I don't have a lot of money at the moment, but I thought it'd be nice to give out something other than candy and baked goods.
I'm hoping to print this on card stock. I was too lazy to illustrate, so I grabbed some 200-year-old random engravings and photoshopped them to be vaguely holidayish.
Jaunty pirates can be festive too...
Anyway, hope I'm not coming off as too much of a cheapskate, but when you are literally just breaking even each month, it can be pretty stressful to have to think about gifts... even when gift giving is so much fun. Sigh.