What’s on my coffee table?!

what's on my coffee table?

Right now I have a firetruck, a green crayon, a ridiculous amount of wooden blocks & a sippy cup on my coffee table but last week I had this nice stack of books! It makes me feel powerful knowing that I have all this knowledge & inspiration at my fingertips. I must say that I SAVOR every second of reading time I get when Cooper’s asleep. Reading at night is the best part of my day.

So here’s another round of What’s on my coffee table?!

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1. In the Kitchen with A Good Appetite: 150 Recipes & Stories About the Food You Love, by Melissa Clark

This cookbook showed up on my doorstep as a gift and I’m LOVING it!  I have to warn you, there are no photos in this cookbook BUT there are beautifully written stories and anecdotes for each recipe. Melissa’s words give every recipe life & legitimacy. And because there’s a context, it makes me want to make her food…to experience what she’s written….to put my own pictures to her words & recipes. I’ve already made her Apricot & Pistachio Granola and it was fantastic! Thank you, Anna for the nice unexpected gift!

I can’t wait to try:

Pan-Roasted Asparagus with Fried Eggs & Anchovy Bread Crumbs, Raw Tuscan Kale Salad with Chiles & Pecorino, Port-Glazed Stilton with Homemade Oat Biscuits, Whole Wheat Cinnamon Snacking Cake, Whiskey-Soaked Dark Chocolate Bundt, Rich and Nutty Brown Butter Corn Bread!

2. Tart and Sweet: 101 Canning & Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen, by Kelly Geary & Jessie Knadler

On my 31 comes before 32 list, I set out to do some canning this year. This book arrived at the perfect time! I have all of the jars & canning supplies sitting on my dining room table waiting to be used & abused. There are so many fancy, yet uncomplicated recipes in this cookbook and the layout is beautiful and inspiring! There’s also a really great canning 101 chapter that helps you figure out what equipment you need & don’t need. What I like most is the canning party themes in the back. They suggest what you should can at your canning party, what to serve your guests, and what music to listen to while you’re canning with your friends! There’s an Indian theme with Chutneys & Chai, a Summertime Jam theme with cocktails & fruit jams, a Pregnant & Pickled theme for your pregnant friends with pickle cravings, a Butter & Bourbon theme with fruit butters and booze! The list goes on! I also love the jar decorating tips in the back; it’s made me excited for future homemade Christmas gifts.

I can’t wait to try:

Green Cherry Tomato Chutney, Fire Salsa Verde, Raspberry Rosewater Syrup, Sweet Apple Cider Baby Beets, Strawberry Bay Leaf Jam, Homemade Ketchup, Grapefruit Honey Jam, Blueberry Lemon Honey Jam, Wasabi Green Beans & Spiced Pear Cardamom Butter.  Are you salivating yet???

3. Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling, by Helen Dujardin

I’ve been reading little snippets from this book before bed every night. I want to be a better photographer and Helen is helping me out! The 365 Food Project is keeping me actively shooting and this book is helping me to really THINK about Photography. I love how she breaks down the anatomy of a shot & how she shows comparisons of different camera settings for a particular lighting situation. I’m only a quarter way through the book and I already feel like it’s changed my view of photography. Thank you Helen!

4. Super Natural Every Day: Well-loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen, by Heidi Swanson

I can’t rave enough about this book. I’ve made Heidi’s Roasted Strawberries, Baked Oatmeal, Cucumber Coolers (with Gin!) as well her White Beans & Cabbage (will post soon!) I have many more recipes to get to but I feel a little weird about binging so hardcore on a cookbook. I can’t help it; I feel truly inspired. Plus it makes me want to eat healthier and that in itself is a true blessing.

In case you missed it, here’s what was on my coffee table last time!

Now tell me… what’s on your coffee table??? What are you reading?

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  • May 12, 2011

    You are not alone. I too am obsessing over Heidi’s new cookbook. I’ve made the cucumber cooler, kale and farro salad and strawberries. All amazing!! Helen’s Plate to Pixel is on my list too!! :-)

    • May 12, 2011

      oooh how is that kale & farro salad???

      • May 13, 2011

        I loved it!! It’s so simple too. Things I wouldn’t normally pair together. I’m convinced she is a healthy genius.

  • Linda
    May 12, 2011

    Interior design coffee table books:
    “Living in Style-Paris” by Debra Derieuz Matos
    “The French Inspired Home” by Carolyn Westbrook
    “Parisian Interiors” by Barbara and Rene Stoeltie
    “Monochrome” by Paula Rice Jackson
    “Defining Millenium Modern” by Geoffrey Bradfield”
    “A Romantic Vision” by Jeremiah Goodman
    “Cartier” by Hans Nadelhoffer

    I also have a round crystal box I got at the Paris flea market that now holds my engraved coasters designed by Bernard Maisner, two tall Waterford crystal candlesticks with hand rolled beeswax candles and right now, a half empty glass of champagne!

  • May 12, 2011

    Hmmm….no cookbooks on my coffee table. A ton of travel books though…and an atlas. The atlas is large.

  • May 13, 2011

    Ooooh…so funny, I posted a (sort of) similar post this week. All about cookbooks. :) My favorite indulgence – quickly becoming my favorite necessity.
    All four of those books are on my wishlist. Currently on the way from Amazon.com: Around My French Table and Chicken and Egg.
    Have you read A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg? (of the blog, Orangette) It is one of my very favorite books and reads like a memoir with recipes at the end that you MUST make so you can experience a little bit of what Molly so gorgeously writes about. Totally reminds me of what you said about In the Kitchen… :) Happy reading/cooking!

  • Leah
    May 13, 2011

    Right now, last months issue of Yoga Journal magazine (just started to read this magazine and I’m loving it!!)
    Jamie Olivers – Jamie at Home, Cook Your Way to the Good Life (beautiful recipes, can’t wait to try them!)
    A bunch of grocery store flyers and an apple mango candle, Mmmmm :D
    Oh and dust.. oh so much dusty! Today is a cleaning day hahaha!

  • May 13, 2011

    At the moment my coffee table is messy. I have a bunch of cds we quickly pulled out of the car to replace with new ones, some old tea light candles, wrapping paper from my husband’s birthday present, chocolate left over from last night. Under the coffee table is a book of polaroids and a large stack of magazines. The magazines I need to go through today as we are moving on Sunday & I can’t take them all with me – agh!

  • Erin
    May 14, 2011

    i totally know how you feel about Heidi’s book. i got it two weeks ago and CAN’T STOP! i’ve made the baked oatmeal after seeing it on lottie + doof, the harissa ravioli (incredible and came together super quick, used pesto tortellini from TJ’s), the mostly not potato salad (also great, no mayo!) and the roasted strawberries (added pineapple and mango, tossed with vanilla paste). everything was great. i’ve been saying to everyone i know, “so… i got this new cookbook…”!

    on my coffee table: 4 ikea bud vases with one green dianthus in each. i love how they look like they should be in a dr. seuss book.

    • May 15, 2011

      Do you have the white IKEA vases? I have like 8 of those that I need to whip out! Good call with the tortellini. I just need some harissa! And I’ve had my eye on that not potato salad too!!

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