Marnely reinvents a variety of sweets and savory goodies blending Latino and classic American flavors in her blog, which chronicles her love of cookbooks. Photo/Courtesy Marnely Rodriguez-Murray (Marnely reinvents a variety of sweets and savory goodies blending Latino and classic American flavors in her blog, which chronicles her love of cookbooks. Photo/Courtesy Marnely Rodriguez-Murray)

Food blogs we love: Cooking with Books

Who’s blogging: Marnely Rodriguez-Murray. I’m a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, where I lived, ate, and breathed baking and pastry arts for almost two years. Before that, I was born and raised in Dominican Republic, so my food is at times influenced by Caribbean fruits and flavors. Currently living on Martha’s Vineyard with my husband, during the season (May to October), I’m a professional baker and pastry chef at a private golf club, and in my spare hours I’m a food writer and recipe developer.

Explain your blog name: Cooking with Books. It literally combines both my passions: cooking and books, simple as that. Recipes inspire me to either recreate them exactly as the books portray them or inspire adaptations that would work well with it. I read cookbooks as if they were novels and have an endless stack of them on my nightstand.

Blogging since: I launched Cooking with Books on February of 2011, after a food-filled trip to Las Vegas! After coming back to MV from Vegas, I wanted a place online where I could share my discoveries, adventures, and more with friends and family thousands of miles away and thus, Cooking with Books was born! Before that, I had kept a personal blog before that for almost 5 years!

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Marnely Rodriguez-Murray – expert pastry chef and inspired blogger. (Marnely Rodriguez-Murray – expert pastry chef and inspired blogger.)

Where you’re blogging from: the island of Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Cape Cod and about 3 hours from Boston.

Most popular post: Summer Kiwi Fruit & Yogurt Cake! It’s by far not the best food photography on the blog, but it’s such a moist and refreshing cake that I can see the love for it. Laced with French yogurt, it is a staple during the summer!

What you’ve learned about food: I’ve learned that the act of cooking will save your sanity. I say this because I was once an overnight baker in Colorado, having to go to work at 10pm until 9am, and making bread, weighing the ingredients, feeling the dough, and eventually having a taste of that warm bread at midnight was the ONLY thing keeping me (or anyone else that works those hours!) sane. Food becomes a ritual and some of us perform it early in the morning before anyone wakes up and others cook/bake in the middle of chaos. I’ve learned that food, in all, will always bring you a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment like nothing else in the world.

Inspirations for your posts: Books are one of my main inspirations, but food blogs come in a close second place. Seeing what everyone else is creating in their kitchens, possibly with the same ingredients you have sitting in your pantry, makes you see food in a different way and sparks ideas. Also, living on Martha’s Vineyard has been such an inspiration to me: the gorgeous flowers down Main Street, the fresh market produce, and the local dairy just inspires me without even realizing it!

Lessons learned from blogging: That the friendships you make through your blog, are just as valuable as the friendships you make “in real life”, if not sometimes even more. Food bloggers are a strong community of like-minded people, all sharing their passion in their own way. I’ve learned that you need to be organized, but open to spontaneity; you need to not be afraid to approach people and ask questions; that you will hear many, many “no’s” but they are all worth it for me.

Where else can we find you online?: I live on Twitter and have a Cooking with Books Facebook page where I constantly share food news and recipes. Instagram has literally become part of my life and I also write for Marcus Samuelsson, MVOL.com, and Honest Cooking.

Favorite blogs: Some of my favorites are Aroma Cucina (written by Judith & Jeff, an amazing couple of Italian food lovers!), Brave Tart (by Stella Parks, pastry chef extraordinaire), Farmgirl Gourmet (she makes her own Sriracha, need I say more?!), and Food Wanderings (by Shulie who makes bread like it’s her business!). Others I love? Miss in the Kitchen, Cake Duchess, Café Terra, and Alejandra Ramos!

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