I just got done watching Ratatouille (which, if you haven't seen, you should) and so I have food on my mind.
Oh, and Paris... but that's another post entirely.
I'm not a very good cook. I'm a great recipe follower, but you can't throw me at a refrigerator and tell me to make something out of the contents without watching me have a total meltdown. The boyfriend, however, is a fantastic cook. The Food Network website is his porn. And while I can stare (and drool) at the lovely pictures on their site all day, sometimes their recipes get a little overwhelming.
That's why, when I feel the urge to be domestic and make a romantic meal, I rely on this:
That's right, ladies and gents, The Joy of Cooking. You've probably seen it in your mom's kitchen, your grandma's kitchen, and, if you're married, you probably got it as a wedding gift. There's a reason it's everywhere - it's absolutely fantastic. This cookbook has something for everyone, from the most kitchen-clueless novice (me) to the pro about to graduate from culinary school (my ex-boyfriend, who shares my love of this book). Need to know how to boil pasta? It's in here. Want to learn how to properly get the marrow out of beef leg? Yup, that's in here too. Best of all, the instructions are really clear and there are illustrations (don't pictures make life so much easier?).
So next time you want to impress your honey with a home cooked meal, or you just can't live another day without making a pot roast, go raid Mom's cookbook stash for this one. Life's much better with a full belly.