The Cookbook List

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Books are strange things and I am a strange person …

Ever since I was very young, I have been reluctant to throw out books.  I still have Lassie Come Home, a book I remember my mum buying me at a book sale at my primary school library.  I have my school English and maths books.  In fact, I have every book I have ever bought (except university text books, they have long gone.  I quickly realised old editions of text books are useless).

I understand the time will come when I won’t have two houses and I will have to cull but, in the meantime, they are safe on my shelves.

For some reason, I think if I throw out a book, I will be throwing out a piece of the jigsaw puzzle which is me.  It is like there is a mythical person out there who needs to find out who Glenda is and each book and CD (for that matter) I have ever owned is a clue to my identity.  Even books I didn’t like will give this mythical person a clue as to who Glenda is and, therefore, cannot be thrown out.

So, too, it is with cookbooks.  I don’t know how I started to accumulate them but accumulate them I did.  Before I knew it, people started realising I liked them and started buying them for me, too.  I got more and more.

It is not that one needs any cookbooks.  One can just go on the internet and find any recipe they want or key in a few ingredients and find tonight’s dinner.  Nonetheless, I like cookbooks.

Once I have decided to buy a new cookbook, I get all excited in anticipation.  If it is coming by mail I get all expectant as the day of arrival draws near or if I am going down to the local shop to buy it, I get all tingly on the journey there.  Cookbooks are wondrous things.

I am also interested in what cookbooks other people own.  If a blogger has listed their cookbooks, I read the list expectantly looking for ones we have in common.  On Eat Your Books, I read the lists of complete strangers who have a number of books in common with me trying to find a link.  Since I am so interested in the cookbooks others own, I thought some of you may be interested in the cookbooks I own.  Well, if so, here is a list…

There are a few missing. I am not at Perth at the moment and know of a couple that I haven’t included but don’t have their full names so I will have to add them later.  There may be a few spelling mistakes and missed words but I did my best.  Also, the classification may be a bit weird but I had to decide how to classify each book so, please, forgive the arbitrariness of it.  I tried to keep all books by the same author together.

So what does my list tell me about me?  Well, there were definitely a few stages that never lasted, the Vegetarian and Low Fat only scored a few books and they were when I was young and into that type of thing, as all young people tend to be :).  Microwaving??? What were we thinking?

There were the Chinese and Thai stages which were short lived and Indian phase which has endured.  I love that country and its people.

There are books galore I bought whilst I was working, as escapism from the daily grind that is corporate life.  And there are some gifts that I may never look at but it is interesting that someone who loves me thought I would be interested in them and so they hold a special place, too.

There are three books that used to be my mum’s: The Australian Women’s Weekly Cookbook (1st edition)  by Ellen Sinclair and Australian Women’s Weekly; Deep Freeze Cookery by Norma McCulloch; and South East Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon.  A motley collection in any one’s language.  She also had an early edition of CWA Cookery Book and Household Hints by Country Women’s Association but I didn’t score that one in the divvy up :(.

The Bread list is very interesting.  Homemade Bread by Farm Journal Food Editors is one of my first books.  I bought it about 30 years ago.  Clearly, I have always been interested in bread making, but my collection has expanded exponentially in the last few years.  More time, I think, explains that.

The Middle Eastern List is the most fascinating.  Greek and Middle Eastern Cooking by Donna Hay and A New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden are two of my first books and they have been regularly added to over the years.  I can’t remember why, 30 years ago, I decided to throw a Middle Eastern dinner party and needed books on the subject but my interest in the topic has not waned.  I love the food.  It is in my soul.  I would love to go back to Lebanon if only the troubles nearby would settle down.

Anyway here is my list … I would love to see your list if you have one.

Middle Eastern and there abouts

  1. Arabesque: Modern Middle Eastern Food by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
  2. Moorish: Flavours from Mecca to Marrakech by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
  3. Turquoise: A Chef’s Travels in Turkey by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
  4. Saraban: A Chef’s Journey through Persia by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
  5. Saha: A Chef’s Journey Through Lebanon and Syria by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
  6. Malouf: New Middle Eastern Food by Greg Malouf and Lucy Malouf
  7. A New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden
  8. Arabesque: A Taste of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon by Claudia Roden
  9. The Culinary Heritage of Lebanon by Ramzi Choueiry
  10. The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean: 215 Healthy, Vibrant, and Inspired Recipes by Paula Wolfert
  11. The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen: Recipes for the Passionate Cook  by Paula Wolfert 
  12. The Food of Morocco  by Paula Wolfert
  13. Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking: Traditional and Modern Recipes to Savor and Share  by Paula Wolfert 
  14. The Ottoman Kitchen: Modern Recipes from Turkey, Greece, the Balkans, Lebanon and Syria by Sarah Woodward
  15. Oranges & Lemons: Recipes from The Mediterranean by Sarah Woodward
  16. Classic Mediterranean Cookbook by Sarah Woodward
  17. Turkey: Recipes and Tales from the Road by Leanne Kitchen
  18. Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume: Cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean by Silvena Rowe
  19. Turkish Bakery Delight by Deniz Akcakanat
  20. Man’oushé (Inside the Street Corner Lebanese Bakery, Volume 1) by Barbara Abdeni Massaad
  21. The Lebanese Kitchen by Salma Hage
  22. Modern Flavours of Arabia by Suzanne Husseini
  23. Armenian Cuisine by Aline Kamakian and Barbara Drieskens
  24. Maha: Middle Eastern Home Cooking by Shane Delia
  25. Whispers from a Lebanese Kitchen by Nouha Taouk
  26. Lebanese Cooking – An Introduction to This Special Middle Eastern Cuisine by Susan Ward
  27. Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
  28. Ottolenghi The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
  29. Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
  30. The Food of Morocco: Authentic Recipes from the North African Coast by Fatema Hal
  31. Mediterranean Cook Book by Australian Women’s Weekly
  32. Jamie Does… by Jamie Oliver
  33. Greek and Middle Eastern Cooking by Donna Hay

    Greek
  34. Greek Cookery from the Hellenic Heart by George Calombaris

    Italian
  35. Carluccio’s Complete Italian Food by Antonio Carluccio and Priscilla Carluccio
  36. Two Greedy Italians by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo
  37. Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy by Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo
  38. Theo & Co. The Search for the Perfect Pizza by Theo Kalogeracos
  39. River Cafe Cookbook Easy by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers
  40. Simply Italian by Sophie Braimbridge
  41. Nigellissima: Instant Italian Inspiration by Nigella Lawson
  42. Twelve: A Tuscan Cookbook by Tessa Kiros
  43. Risotto! Risotto!: 85 Recipes and All the Know-how You Need to Make Italy’s Famous Rice Dish by Valentina Harris
  44. The New Pasta Cookbook: Bay Books Cookery by Joanne Glynn
  45. Pasta Perfect by Anna Del Conte
  46. Buon Appetito Regional Italian Recipes by the National Italian-Australian Women’s Association
  47. Heart of Sicily: Recipes and Reminiscences of Regaleali – A Country Estate by Anna Tasca Lanza

    French
  48. Cooking and Travelling In South-West France by Stephanie Alexander and Simon Griffiths
  49. The French Kitchen: A Cookbook by Joanne Harris and Fran Warde
  50. The French Market: More Recipes From a French Kitchen by Joanne Harris and Fran Warde
  51. French by Damien Pignolet
  52. French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David
  53. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One by Julia Child and Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck
  54. Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume Two by Julia Child and Simone Beck
  55. Manu’s French Bistro by Manu FeildelIndian
  56. Tasting India by Christine Manfield
  57. Madhur Jaffrey’s Quick and Easy Indian Cookery by Madhur Jaffrey
  58. A Taste of India by Madhur Jaffrey
  59. Madhur Jaffrey’s Ultimate Curry Bible by Madhur Jaffrey
  60. Curries From the Sultan’s Kitchen: Recipes from India, Pakistan, Burma & Sri Lanka by Doris M Ady
  61. Pat Chapman’s Curry Bible: Every Favourite Recipe from the Indian Restaurant Menu by Pat Chapman
  62. Meena Pathak’s Indian Cooking for Family and Friends by Meena Pathak

    Australian
     
  63. Belinda Jeffery’s 100 Favourite Recipes by Belinda Jeffery
  64. Belinda Jeffery’s Tried-and-True Recipes by Belinda Jeffery
  65. Mix & Bake by Belinda Jeffery
  66. The Country Cookbook: Seasonal Jottings and Recipes by Belinda Jeffery
  67. Desserts  by Belinda Jeffery
  68. Maggie’s Farm by Maggie Beer
  69. Maggie’s Orchard by Maggie Beer
  70. Cooking with Verjuice by Maggie Beer
  71. Maggie’s Table by Maggie Beer
  72. Maggie’s Kitchen by Maggie Beer
  73. Maggie’s Harvest by Maggie Beer
  74. CWA Cookery Book and Household Hints by Country Women’s Association
  75. The Cook’s Companion: The Complete Book of Ingredients and Recipes for the Australian Kitchen by Stephanie Alexander
  76. Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander
  77. Your Place or Mine? by Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris
  78. Gary Mehigan’s Comfort Food by Gary Mehigan
  79. The Seasonal Kitchen by Beverley Sutherland Smith
  80. Balance: Matching Food and Wine, What Works and Why by Lyndey Milan and Colin Corney
  81. The Real Food Companion by Matthew Evans
  82. Marie Claire: Zest by Michele Cranston
  83. Marie Claire: Fresh by Michele Cranston
  84. Marie Claire Flavours by Donna Hay
  85. Marie Claire Pasta by Jody Vassallo
  86. Marie Claire Dining by Donna Hay
  87. Marie Claire Cooking by Donna Hay
  88. The AWW Country Collection by Australian Women’s Weekly
  89. The Australian Women’s Weekly Original by Ellen Sinclair and Australian Women’s Weekly
  90. Easy Entertaining Cookbook by Australian Women’s Weekly and Pamela Clark
  91. Dinner Party Cookbook by Australian Women’s Weekly
  92. Dinner Party Cookbook, No. 2: New, Exciting Recipes for All Seasons by Australian Women’s Weekly
  93. Brunches and Lunches by Australian Women’s Weekly
  94. Best Ever Recipes by Australian Women’s Weekly
  95. Light and Luscious Summertime Cookbook by Pamela Clark and Australian Women’s Weekly
  96. Quick Smart  
  97. New Complete Book of Cookery by Margaret Fulton
  98. The Margaret Fulton Bessemer Cookbook by Margaret Fulton
  99. Margaret Fulton’s Book of Casseroles by Margaret Fulton
  100. The Barossa Cookery Book 1000 Selected Recipes
  101. Homecooked Favourite Recipes from Australian Kitchens Recipes selected by Maggie Beer, Valli Little and Ian McNamara
  102. The Babette Hayes Australian Cookbook by Babette Hayes
  103. Fresh: The Best of Summer/Autumn Produce and How to Use it by Margaret Johnson
  104. MasterChef Australia: The Cookbook (Volume One)  
  105. Delicious: 5 Nights a Week: Every Recipe you’ll Need for Midweek Cooking by Valli Little
  106. Step by Step Australian Cooking
  107. Extra Virgin: Australian Companion to Olives and Olive Oil by Karen Reichelt and Michael Burr
  108. Quick ‘n’ Easy Chicken by Robyn Martin
  109. Country Gardens Country Hospitality by Holly Kerry Forthsyth

    English/Irish
     
  110. The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver
  111. How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food (UK) by Nigella Lawson
  112. The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater by Nigel Slater
  113. The River Cottage Cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
  114. Irish Country Cooking by H Walsh
  115. 1000 Favourite Recipes by Marguerite Patten

    The Americas Generally


  116. Joy of Cooking by Irma S Rombauer and Marion Rombauer
  117. Who’s Your Mama, Are You Catholic, and Can You Make a Roux? A Cajun/Creole Family Album Cookbook by Marcelle Bienvenu
  118. Celebrating Island Style by Wanda Adams
  119. Favourite New Orleans Recipes by Suzanne Ormond, Mary E Irvine and Denyse Cantin
  120. The Complete Caribbean Cookbook by Pamela Lalbachan
  121. Mexican Cooking Class by Patricia Lake and Sharon Lee Barkhurst
  122. Mexican Cooking by Roger Hicks

    Africa Generally
     
  123. Mma Ramotswe’s Cookbook by Stuart Brown

    Asia Generally
     
  124. Spice: Recipes to Delight the Senses by Christine Manfield
  125. Stir by Christine Manfield
  126. The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon
  127. South East Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon
  128. Charmaine Solomon’s Family Album by Charmaine Solomon
  129. Thai Cooking Class by Patricia Lake and Somi Miller
  130. Margaret Fulton’s Book of Chinese Cooking by Margaret Fulton
  131. A Flash in the Pan: 100 Fast and Furious Recipes for Wok and Stir-fry by Liz Trigg and Shirley Gill
  132. Chinese, Cooking Class Cookbook by Australian Women’s Weekly
  133. Sensational Stir-fries: Fast, Fresh and Flavoursome by Australian Women’s Weekly
  134. New Idea’s Let’s Cook Chinese by Maggie Han Hawthorne

    Baking

  135. Patissier by Emmanuel Mollois
  136. Et Voila!: French Pastries from Choux Cafe  by Emmanuel Mollois
  137. Merle’s Kitchen by Merle Parrish
  138. Bourke Street Bakery: The Ultimate Baking Companion by Paul Allam and David McGuinness
  139. Tarts and Pies: Classic and Contemporary by Philippa Vanstone
  140. Tarts: Sweet and Savoury by Gourmet Traveller
  141. Pastry: Savoury and Sweet by Michel Roux
  142. Le Cordon Bleu Dessert Techniques: More Than 1,000 Photographs Illustrating 300 Preparation and Cooking Techniques for Making Tarts, Pies, Cakes, Icings, Doughs, Pastries, Meringues, Mousses, Soufflés, Custards, Crêpes, Biscuits, and More  by Bridget Jones and Le Cordon Bleu and Laurent Duchene
  143. Muffin Magic: Cholesterol Free & High Fibre Recipes by Diana Linfoot
  144. Classic Essential Pies by Family Circle
  145. Sticky and Steamed Puddings by Family Circle
  146. 1 Dough 100 Cookies: Take One Basic Recipe and Make 100 Types of Cookies by Linda Doeser

    Confectionery


  147. The Home Confectioner by Lois Stocks
  148. Making Artisan Chocolates: Flavor-Infused Chocolates, Truffles, and Confections  by Andrew Garrison Shotts
  149. Chocolates and Confections at Home with The Culinary Institute of America by Peter P. Greweling and The Culinary Institute of America

    Bread


  150. Homemade Bread by Farm Journal Food Editors
  151. Wild Sourdough: The Natural Way to Bake by Yoke Mardewi
  152. Sourdough: From Croissants to Gluten-free Wholegrains  by Yoke Mardewi
  153. My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method by Jim Lahey and Rick Flaste
  154. Crust: Bread to Get Your Teeth Into by Richard Bertinet
  155. Dough: Simple Contemporary Bread by Richard Bertinet
  156. Local Breads: Sourdough and Whole-Grain Recipes from Europe’s Best Artisan Bakers by Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman
  157. The Handmade Loaf: Contemporary European Recipes for the Home Baker by Dan Lepard
  158. Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes by Jeffrey Hamelman
  159. Flatbreads & Flavors: A Baker’s Atlas by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid
  160. English Bread and Yeast Cookery by Elizabeth David
  161. Discovering Sourdough by Terese L. Hosier Greenway
  162. Brother Juniper’s Bread Book: Slow Rise as Method and Metaphor by Peter Reinhart
  163. The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart
  164. The World Encyclopaedia of Bread and Bread Making: Full-colour Visual Catalogue of the Breads of the World – From France and Italy to the West Coast of America by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter

    Preserving


  165. A Year in a Bottle: How to Make Your Own Delicious Preserves All Year Round by Sally Wise
  166. Out of the Bottle: Easy and Delicious Recipes for Making and Using Your Own Preserves by Sally Wise
  167. Mouneh (Preserving Foods for the Lebanese Pantry, Volume 1) by Barbara Abdeni Massaad
  168. Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving
  169. Look’n’Cook Spicy Pickles and Chutneys
  170. Complete Guide to Home Canning and Preserving US Department of Agriculture
  171. Jams, Preserves and Chutneys (Basic Basics) by Marguerite Patten
  172. Make Your own Jams and Jellies
  173. The Book of Preserves  by Australian Women’s Weekly
  174. Jams Pickles & Chutneys by Family Circle
  175. Pickles and Chutneys by Australian Women’s Weekly

    Barbecuing


  176. The Great Barbecue Cookbook by Australian Women’s Weekly
  177. BBQ: Food for Friends by Jane Lawson and Vanessa
  178. Australia’s Own Cookbook for The Weber Q by Ross McDonald and Margaret Kirkwood
  179. Chargrills & Barbecues by Family Circle

    Fruit
     
  180. Jane Grigson’s Fruit Book by Jane Grigson
  181. Plum Recipe Book Roslyn Deakin
  182. Lemon Recipe Book Roslyn Deakin
  183. Apricot Recipe Book Roslyn Deakin
  184. Quinces Recipe Book Roslyn Deakin
  185. The Complete Avocado Cookbook by Christine Heaslip
  186. Lemons & Oranges Bridget Jones

    Christmas


  187. The Christmas Book (Australian Women’s Weekly Home Library) by Australian Women’s Weekly
  188. Favourite Christmas Treats by Jacki Pan-Passmore
  189. ABC Delicious Christmas every recipe you will ever need for the festive season

    Cheese


  190. The World Encyclopedia of Cheese: A Feast of International Dishes by Juliet Harbutt and Roz Denny
  191. Home Cheese making by Neil and Carole Willman
  192. Home Cheese making by Ricki Carroll
  193. Cheese Slices by Will Studd

    Vegetarian


  194. Meatless Menus Cookbook by Donna M Paananen
  195. Vegetarian Cuisine by Louise Godwin
  196. Exciting New Ways with Vegetables by Jacki Pan-Passmore

    Microwave


  197. Microwave Cookbook by Australian Women’s Weekly
  198. Microwave Cookbook 2 by Australian Women’s Weekly
  199. Microwave Cookbook by Pat Jester
  200. Combination Microwave Cookbook by Bridget Jones

    Slow cooking


  201. A Year of Slow Food by David and Gerda Foster
  202. Slow Cooking: Not So Fast Food  by Joanne Glynn

    Low Fat and Healthy


  203. Natural Fibre Cooking by Karen Plageman
  204. Passion for Pulses: A Feast of Beans, Peas and Lentils from Around the World by Nancy Longnecker and Brad Rimmer
  205. Low Fat Cooking by Australian Women’s Weekly
  206. Low Fat Way by Rosemary Stanton and Family Circle
  207. The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet: The New Scientifically Proven Diet by Manny Noakes and Peter Clifton
  208. Healthy Heart Cookbook by Australian Women’s Weekly
  209. Cooking for Your Life: The Key to Health and Well-being by Marlene Pentecost
  210. Uses of Juices Extracted From Raw Fruits and Vegetable by CE Clinkard

    Homemade etc


  211. All-Occasion Gifts from your Kitchen by Jean Paré
  212. Home-made and at a fraction of the cost Polly Pinder

    Appetisers etc


  213. Great Party Dips by Peggy Fallon
  214. Party Dips!: 50 Zippy, Zesty, Spicy, Saucy, Savory, Tasty, Tempting Dips  by Sally Sampson
  215. Canapes by Eric Treuille & Victoria Blashford-Snell
  216. First Impressions: 175 Memorable Appetizers and First Course  by Betty Rosbottom
  217. Sunset Hors d’Oeuvres: Appetizers, Spreads & Dips by Sunset
  218. Fabulous Finger Food by Family Circle
  219. The Pleasure of Cooking Collection, Crepes and Pancakes by Weldon Kevin

    Pressure Cooking


  220. The Pressure Cooker Cookbook: 100 Contemporary Recipes for the Time-pressured Cook by Gina Steer
  221. Pressure Cooking for Everyone by Rick Rodgers and Arlene Ward

    Spices


  222. Spice Notes: A Cook’s Compendium of Herbs and Spices by Ian Hemphill
  223. The Complete Book of Herbs and Spices by Brenda Little
  224. The Magic of Herbs: Over 100 inspirational ideas for using herbs in the home and garden  by Jane Newdick Miscellany


  225. Mastering Fermentation: Recipes for Making and Cooking with Fermented Foods by Mary Karlin
  226. Apples for Jam: A Colorful Cookbook by Tessa Kiros
  227. The Accidental Foodie by Neale Whitaker
  228. Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Roasting: Recipes and Techniques for Delicious Oven-Cooked Meals by Rick Rodgers
  229. Over the Top and on the Side: Ultimate Book of Sauces, Salsas, Dips, Dressings, Relishes, Raitas and Marinades by Silvana Franco and Shirley Gill
  230. The Best of Salads and Buffet Cookery by Christian Teubner and Annette Wolter
  231. The Yogurt Cookbook by Olga Smetinoff
  232. Deep Freeze Cookery by Norma McCulloch
  233. Fresh and Tasty Cheesecakes
  234. The Incredible Australian Icecream Book by Elie PascoeReference

  235. The Flavour Thesaurus Parings, Recipes and Ideas for the Creative Cook by Niki Segnit
  236. Food the Definitive Guide written and researched by Kim Rowney, Lulu Grimes Kay Halsey Consultant Editor John Newton
  237. Macquarie Dictionary of Cookery

19 thoughts on “The Cookbook List

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  2. Wow, a comprehensive list, and collection. It took me a while to read the post as I busy simultaneously adding books to my Book Depository wish list 🙂
    I have nowhere near the amount of cookbooks as you but I have been planning a spot for them in my kitchen, I couldn’t bear to part with them, and I just know there’ll be more, even though I tend to look up recipes on the internet.
    I love that you have such a collection of Womens Weekly cook books. I have a few too. Classics.

  3. I’m a reader and book collector too but I finally got up to my attic (afraid the bedroom ceiling below it was going to cave it) and pulled over 200 books to donate to the library. I can’t tell you how many I went through that were in the “to go” pile & then I just couldn’t part with them so back on the shelf they went. You’re absolutely right about university text books although I’ve found a donation box that takes any kind of text book since there are some schools over here that are in areas where education & text books are considered a luxury. As far as cookbooks, I certainly don’t have the collection that you have & I’d guess that our selection here is quite different from yours. But my favorites are:
    McCalls Cookbook which was given to me by my mother & has a broken binding, pages falling out & has been duct taped many times.
    Joyce Chen’s cookbook – one of the best Chinese restaurants that used to be in Cambridge, MA
    William Sonoma – Starters
    French Cooking – from La Bonne Cuisine, Paris, France
    Food Network Favorites – Recipes from Our All Star Chefs
    Za Za’s Trattoria – an Italian restaurant in Florence where my daughter found their cookbook (hard to find some of their ingredients like pigeon, but an interesting book)
    And, some of my favorites for just basic cooking are all these local cook books that churches & schools put together as fund raisers.

  4. Hi dear,
    You’ve touched a nerve. We are on our winter sojourn, to the warmest corner of the southwestern U.S. (Yuma, AZ) – this is on the Mexican border, and so we have been indulging in everything Mex! And in the Mexican tradition, we are enjoying our meals under shaded palapas (so what if they are made of aluminum or canvas instead of palm fronds) out of doors. And that of course reminded me of Diana Kennedy, one of my fav cookbook authors (a transplanted Brit, interestingly!) – it was Diana’s style to immerse herself in the kitchens of her new neighbors until she had learned all she needed to write another book – and her love of the culture, and its food pour forth as you read her wonderful stuff. Love it!

    • Hi Doc, So good to hear from you. How are you and Sandi? My favourite cookbook author is probably Maggie Beer. She is an Australian from the Barossa Valley. Years ago, she and her husband moved to the Barossa and took up pheasant farming. She opened a restaurant and started creating recipes to use the pheasants and their eggs and then other produce they grew. She made quince paste and verjuice standard ingredients in Australian cuisine. She is not even a chef just a home cook with some nous. She has subsequently become very rich and famous and as a result has lost a bit of what made her so good but I love reading her old cookbooks.

      • We’re very well, thank you – currently we are basking in 70ish (F) day temps, while the rest of the U.S. is an ice cube. Only problem is that over half of America’s elderly are here too! Oh well – they don’t go where I go, so no care.

        I shall look up Maggie Beer on the Alibris used cookbooks, although I suspect that she may be privy to ingredients outside of my reach – I have never in my life tasted pheasant – when found hereabouts, I bet it goes for $40 a lb.

  5. I am like you Glenda. I cannot part with books, and I still mourn some of them that I did not get to before my mother threw them out. I recognise some of the books on my shelf in your list. I have yet to start cataloging my EYB list but intend to do so soon.

    • Hi Liz, I copied a lot of them from EYB, it still took a long while but it is interesting to see what you have and to categorise them. What is your user name in EYB? I would love to see what you have.

  6. What a comprehensive library you have! Which is the one book you couldn’t do without? I prefer to cook from the heart, I feel too constrained by following recipes, but I use my books constantly for inspiration. We have at least 25 titles and a love of India in common.

    • Hi Sandra, I must admit I am big on the Belinda Jeffery books, she makes things you are likely to have for dinner. I am also a big fan of Maggie Beer, probably more in the past than the celebrity version. I used to love the way she came up with recipes to use the things she had growing in the Barossa.

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