I am starting a resources page of good cookbooks, so that you can see the books I have found the most helpful, and check them out (for free from you local library!) for yourself.
IF YOU ONLY CHECK OUT ONE BOOK, GET THIS ONE. This book is the bomb. This woman shops for two (with meat you doubters!) at whole paycheck… cough cough, I mean Whole Foods, and spends $60/week for two. That is an all organic/local diet for $30 a week (I bet you spend more than that!!!), and she explains all how she does it from the ground up. My original inspiration for homemade pasta.
This book is my latest obsession, and my inspiration for homemade ricotta. I love her lists of recommended kitchen equipment, like a tortilla press and pasta roller. This book is more about going back to the basics for basics sake, not budget, but you save a lot by cooking from scratch. There is an amazing recipe in here for yellow cake and pizza crust.
Working on being more vegan minded, this book has been a lifesaver. Simple, homemade, and hearty, this book has tons of DIY protein packed recipes that you can do in your slow cooker. For example, make your own seitan!
Did I mention that by going to your public library, you are also supporting an amazing public institution? Libraries are amazing.
Something to check out for you adventurous folks. If you really learn to love libraries, have you ever checked out library porn? (No naked people, I swear…)