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What do you do when you look at your bookshelves and you see more than 100 cookbooks there?
If you’re Heidi Swanson, you break out the pans. And the computer.
Heidi is an award-winning photographer and author who one day in 2003 decided it was time to stop buying books and start cooking what’s in them.
That’s how 101Cookbooks.com began — as a journal of her cookbook collection, one recipe at a time.
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In the 6 years that have passed since then, the site has evolved.
Now I choose and write about the recipes that intersect my life, my travels, and my everyday interests — often they are from my cookbook collection, sometimes not — they might come from a friend or family member, or I might write about a recipe I created myself.— Heidi Swanson
She’s earned the freedom to write about more than her cookbook collection.
The 101 Cookbooks site has won awards, been named one of the most useful sites on the Internet, and her cookbook Super Natural Cooking was nominated for a James Beard Foundation award.
On the website, in addition to recipes for everything from Caramelized Tofu to Thousand Layer Lasagna to Spice-kissed Pumpkin Pie, you’ll find fun stories that surround many of the recipes, as well as explanations of ingredients and tips for making the dish turn out perfect.
I’ve been in the food industry for years. Grilling and tailgating are my specialties. I’m also addicted to watching food shows on TV.