Browsing cookbooks is a fun and useful way to find new recipes and ideas. But in addition to learning new ways to cook, cookbooks also are being published as combination memoirs and blogs. The Newport Beach Public Library has found them to be a popular source of nonfiction reading, especially for those who love to cook (and eat!).
Ree Drummond published her cookbook, "The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — A Love Story" after her Pioneer Woman food blog became extremely popular. It relates the real life story of how she met and married her "Marlboro Man." Her stories about her husband, family and country living paint a warm and touching picture of life on an Oklahoma ranch.
Along the same line, Molly Wizenberg, author of the food blog Orangette, created, "A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table." In it she recounts a life with the kitchen at its center. From her mother's pound cake, a staple of summer picnics during her childhood in Oklahoma, to the egg concoctions she cooked for her father during the weeks before his death, food and memories are intimately entwined.