Eat with Your Eyes First!

Have you ever heard that saying "you eat with your eyes first?" Well, I read cookbooks with my eyes first. I will fully admit that I have cookbooks I have never used but I just purchased because they are so beautifully designed.

In fact, I hardly buy paper books any more, preferring to do most of my reading on my Kindle, but well-designed cookbooks are still fun for me to browse and purchase because there is something so great about having a big, beautiful cookbook to look through. There's also something kind of wonderful about having these fantasy cookbooks around to inspire you! I have three such cookbooks on my cookbook reading list right now. Ebook copies of these were provided to me for review by the publishers, and this post contains affiliate links to Amazon, where you can click through and browse more of the books using their "Look Inside" feature.

First, Artisan Market: Cure your own bacon, make the perfect chutney, and other delicious secrets by Emma MacDonald.
Yeah right! I am not doing any of that stuff. It's very trendy nowadays to try your own canning, smoking, and pickling, but I prefer to buy mine and save myself the trouble. But I loved paging through this book and its beautiful pictures that show how to do it. The book is laid out nicely with clear instructions and great photos, so if you are into this kind of stuff, this would probably be a great choice for you!

Second, The Honey Connoisseur: Selecting, Tasting, and Pairing Honey, With a Guide to More Than 30 Varietals by C. Marina Marchese and Kim Flottum. I didn't know or care a bit about honey before reading this book, but the cover art grabbed me.
I wasn't sure why I even downloaded this from the service I use to get books for review. But I was sucked in and read through the whole thing before I knew it! Who knew there was so much interesting stuff that went into honey? This book has very detailed chapters about honey production and how it gets its flavor, along with some recipes and advice on pairings. It also has a fresh, modern design that makes reading all this obscure honey information downright fun! I will never look at honey the same again.

Last, Mr. Wilkinson's Vegetables: A Cookbook to Celebrate the Garden provides you not only a beautifully designed cookbook and some really creative recipes, but also a fantasy boyfriend/husband/gardener in the form of Matt Wilkinson, the author! 

OK, OK, I am married, and I live in an urban apartment with no outdoor space, but a girl can dream, right? Anyway, this book is so gorgeous. The recipes are so creative that I couldn't really ever wrap my mind around which one I wanted to try before the e-galley that I downloaded expired! But I spent a ton of time flipping through it and looking at its exquisite design and charming photos of Mr. Wilkinson and his family. I'm kind of sad that my e-galley expired and might have to find a way to visit this book in person somewhere. 

Do you have any cookbooks you love to flip through? Let me know in the comments!

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