Joy the Baker’s Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

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I said a while ago that I was going to rely more on my cookbook collection rather than the internet for recipe inspiration. Err, that didn’t happen too often. Oops. But I’m ready to recommit to this plan. Now I have extra motivation–I’m relocating in a few months and I won’t be able to take most of my books with me. Sad! I’ll have to make good use of them while I can.

I have a not-so-secret love for the Joy the Baker blog, as well as Joy’s podcast. (I also have a not-so-secret OBSESSION with podcasts in general. It’s a sickness, really.) Ironically, I’ve owned Joy’s book for a while now and had only made one of the recipes. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that all her recipes are sinfully delicious, and I’m convinced I won’t be able to stop myself from inhaling it all. But last month I decided to give this book the attention it deserves and made a few more of the recipes.

So far, my favorite has been her Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies. They are to die for. And, though far from being healthy, I like that they don’t have flour. It’s nice to switch it up in the kitchen like that, you know? They’re the perfect dessert for dudes, too. Well, who doesn’t love peanut butter and bacon?! Oh yeah…my vegetarian friend with a peanut allergy. But everyone else will love them, so go make a batch now!

Peanut butter bacon cookies

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Rebelling Against the Cookbook Extinction

Ever since I discovered food blogs, I’ve pretty much neglected my cookbooks. With so many exciting and creative recipes that are on the internet for free, I’d never run out of things to make. While cookbooks remain static, food blogs keep with the times with trendy recipes. Some people think cookbooks will go extinct, and when you think about our technology, it sounds very likely.

There’s still something alluring about a physical cookbook, though. I’ve decided to start making better use of my small, haphazard collection. Some I bought very¬†intentionally, some I randomly bought on a whim, and some were gifts. I’d say my current favorites are the Joy the Baker Cookbook and In the Small Kitchen¬†(my Amazon affiliate program links)–two books very well suited for the 20 or 30-something cook. I also have two Barefoot Contessa books that I go back to time and time again. Ina Garten doesn’t play games. Either way, I’m going to try pick a recipe from my tangible recipe collection each week and fight the cookbook extinction!

Do you use cookbooks, or do you think they’re a thing of the past? What are your go-to cookbooks? (p.s. I’m in search of the perfect clean eating omnivore cookbook! Know one?)