Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Challenge #1 - Cook the Books!

With another year comes another challenge for the Wilde Kitchen.  I totally got off track with my 2013 challenge - Restaurant Wars - and still have a few tasks to complete.  Hopefully I'll be able to finish these in the first two months of the year, at the same time as beginning the first of my 2 challenges for this year.

A few weeks ago, during my unemployed ennui, I sat looking at my bookcase.  It is filled top to bottom with over one hundred cookbooks.  Covering all types of cuisine, so many different techniques and collected from countries around the world, my cookbooks don't get nearly enough use.  This year I want to change that.

With starting my new job, I realize that I won't have as much time to test and perfect new recipes. Why not that this time to enjoy these cookbooks that I have collected over the years!  My plan is to make at least one  new thing from each cookbook, before the end of the year.  You'll notice my cookbooks are organized not by cuisine type or alphabetically by author, but by rainbow color!  I won't be attacking them in any particular order, just as each book strikes my fancy! I should need to prepare at least two recipes a week to complete this challenge by the end of the year! (This assumes I don't add any cookbooks to my collection this year.  So unlikely.)

This is the first of two challenges for 2014.  This is more of a personal challenge, call it my New Years Resolution. Stay tuned next week for my big cooking challenge of the year!


The Paris Kitchen - Rachel Khoo
Making Artisan Chocolates - Andrew Garrison Shotts
SprinkleBakes - Heather Baird
Sweet Confections - Nina Wanat
The SONO Baking Company Cookbook - John Barricelli
Small Plates & Sweet Treats - Aran Goyoaga
Recettes pour Mini-Cocottes - Jose Marechal
The New Food Processor Bible - Norene Gilletz
Flavors of Greece - Rosemary Barron
Scoop - Ellen Brown
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook - Deb Perelman
All-New Complete Cooking Light Cookbook - Whole Wheat Pasta with Cabbage & Leeks - February 14
Breakfast - Williams-Sonoma
Gelati & Sorbetti - Anna Prandoni
Hot Chocolate - Michael Turback
Fat Witch Brownies - Patricia Helding
Verdura - Viana La Place
Marshmallows - Eileen Talanian
Hand-Crafted Candy Bars - Norris & Heeger
Pasta - Williams-Sonoma
The Bread Bakers Apprentice - Peter Reinhard
New Complete Book of Breads - Bernard Clayton
The Sweet Book of Candy Making - Elizabeth LaBau
Cakes - Williams-Sonoma


Homemade Soda - Andrew Schloss
Marshmallow Madness! - Shauna Sever
We Love Madelines - Miss Madeline
Gerard Mulot (patissier a Saint-Germain-des-Pres)
Nigella Express - Nigella Lawson - Bacony Chicken - January 27
Canning for a New Generation - Liana Krissoff
Smoothie Splash - Holly Jennings
Popsicles and Other Fruity Frozen Treats
Greatest Ever Indian
Giada at Home - Giada De Laurentiis
The Asian Cookbook
Frostings - Courtney Dial Whitmore
Greatest Ever Salads
D.I.Y. Delicious - Vanessa Barrington
Sapori di Sicilia
The New Alaska Cookbook
The Cookie Dough Cookbook - Lindsay Landis - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Stuffed Cupcakes - February 21
Dessert - Williams-Sonoma
Italian - Williams-Sonoma
Decorating Cookies - Bridget Edwards
Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook - Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie - January 13
Cooky Book - Better Crocker
Pasta Sauces - Charles Bellissino
The King Arthur Flour Baking Companion


Chicken - Williams-Sonoma
The New Spanish Table - Anya Von Bremzen
Great Grenada Recipes
The South Beach Diet Cookbook - Arthur Agatston
Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day - Hertzberg & Francois
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home - Jeni Britton Bauer
Cookbook of Healthy Mediterranean Cuisine
Jamba Juice Power
Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
Handheld Pies - Billingsley & Wharton
The South Beach Diet Quick & Easy Cookbook - Arthur Agatston
Bisquick II Cookbook
A Taste of the Caribbean - Angela Spenceley
The Ultimate Candy Cookbook - Bruce Weinstein
Il Formaggio in Cucina - Sapori Da Riscoprire
Don't Stop the Cook - A Complete Guide to Caribbean Food Recipes
The California Pizza Kitchen Cookbook - Flax & Rosenfield
Best Cookies Cookbook
Asian - Williams-Sonoma
The Bread Bible - Beth Hensperger
Pie in the Sky - Susan G. Purdy
Food From my Frontier - Ree Drummond
Giada's Family Dinners - Giada De Laurentiis
Waffles - Dorie Greenspan
Laduree - Sucre
The Ultimate Smoothie Cook - Cherie Calbom
Macarons - Cecil Cannone
Chia - Wayne Coates


Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics - Ina Garten
The Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbook
The CIA New Book of Soups
The CIA Vegetables
Classico - Italian Foods to Savor
Vegetables - Williams-Sonoma
Salad - Williams-Sonoma
Pasta Sauces - Lindy Wildsmith
The Complete Magnolia Bakery - Torey & Appel - Banana Pudding - February 7
660 Curries - Raghavan Iyer
Mad About Macarons - Jill Colonna
La Tartine Gourmande - Beatrice Peltre
French Fries - Zac Williams
Cupcakes! - Elinor Klivanis
Classic Snacks - Casey Barber
Giada's Kitchen - Giada De Laurentiis
Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook - Hensperger & Kaufman
Everyday Pasta - Giada De Laurentiis
Dutch Cooking Today
Muffins - Williams-Sonoma
Smoothies & Summer Drinks
The Ultimate Ice Cream Book - Bruce Weinstein
The Ultimate Frozen Dessert Book - Bruce Weinstein
The Food of Thailand - A Journey for Food Lovers


Essentials of Baking - Williams-Sonoma
Bonbon & Bonbons - Peche Mignon
The Homemade Pantry - Alanal Chernila
Muffins - Tantalizing Recipes for Delicious Muffins
Macarons - Christophe Felder
Charred & Scruffed - Adam Perry Lang
Best of the Best from New England
Momofuku Milk Bar - Christina Tosi - Corn Cookies - January 8
Cabane a Sucre de Cochon - Martin Picard
Artisan Cheese Making at Home - Mary Karlin
Grill It! - Bobby Flay
Wagamama Cookbook - Hugo Arnold
Bluephies New American Cookbook - Bill Horzuesky
New York - Williams-Sonoma
Breakfast for Dinner - Landis & Hackbarth
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