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Old 07-21-2006, 07:44 PM   #11
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Any Amish/Mennonite/Lancaster County cookbooks.
Reiman Publications books.
Cook's Illustrated books.

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Old 07-21-2006, 08:00 PM   #12
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The New Joy of Cooking
How to Cook Everything
Sunset Easy Basics for Good Cooking, 1982
Better Homes and Gardens "Heritage of America Cookbook" 1993

The last is, without a doubt, my favorite.

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Old 07-21-2006, 08:37 PM   #13
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Julie Sahni's "Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cookery"
Madhur Jaffrey's "Eastern Vegetarian Cooking"
Viana La Place "Verdura"
Julia Child's "The Way to Cook" and "Pasta Fresca"
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Old 07-21-2006, 09:08 PM   #14
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it is all of Nigella Lawsons, 2 of Bill Grangers and Kylie Kwongs ( Aussie chefs), my favourite cuisine bibles Thai Food by David Thompson and my old Thai Food Cookbook from Charmaine Soloman, and Kiwi chef Peter Gordons books get spattered often as do Julie Le Clercs!! I cant wait until cherry time to try her Cherry Pistachio Nut Roast to go with chicken or turkey again. Yum indeed. ( and I have indulged in her Lamb and 0live Pie twice this winter )
When I need comfort food, out comes my mums old handwritten cookbook or the Edmonds Cookbook, a NZ icon!!
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Old 07-22-2006, 08:28 AM   #15
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I've thot about this question now for two days - I have so many cook related books there is no way to say my favorite 'go to'. Too many variables.

I do have one book that I go to first when I just need comfort food - a couple years ago a bunch of friends (a lot of them are now on this site...) got their family favorite recipes together and we published it!! "Share A Recipe Cookbook." It's a great book and does it ever satisfy a craving for the 'old days' foods.

I know that sounds like a shameless plug, and maybe so, but ALL the profits went to (or go to) chef scholarships!!
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Old 07-22-2006, 09:34 AM   #16
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I guess I'd have to say my "go-to" book is my own, "Feastivals Cooks at Home."

I have upwards of 400 (I've lost count!) on my shelves, and I do prune regularly. When I need info I don't have, I look to Julia (I have ALL her boooks) and to Shirley Corriher's "Cookwise."

Lately, I've been cooking from the "Summer" section of Suzanne Goin's "Sunday Suppers at Lucques."
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Old 07-22-2006, 10:41 AM   #17
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For me, this was a trick question. Some of the first cookbooks that came to mind were my two different editions of Joy of Cooking, but I realized that even though I am using both those books almost daily, I do not use them for recipes to cook by. It is about going to kill me to make a list of meaningful cookbooks, and not list a Joy. I also want to say that I prepare 21 meals a week. Take out or eating out is not an option due to my remote location, so I am about always thinking about food and looking at cookbooks. So here's my list of cookbooks with the recipes I use.

Whole Foods for the Whole Family 1981
Good Housekeeping Cookbook 1955
Better Homes and Gardens All time Favorite Recipes 1979
Betty Crocker Cookbook 1983
Let's Cook it Right Adelle Davis 1970
Laurel's Kitchen 1978
The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook 1991
The Michigan Bean Cookbook
Taste of Home, many annual cookbooks
various instruction/cookbooks that came with appliances:
Zojirushi Bread Machine
Fagor pressure cooker
Presto pressure cooker
Rival crock pot
Kitchen Aid stand mixer
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Old 07-22-2006, 10:54 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Corinne
Any Amish/Mennonite/Lancaster County cookbooks.
Reiman Publications books.
Cook's Illustrated books.
I have several Amish cookbooks also. I do tend to go to these when I'm looking for dessert ideas. These I'll hang onto no matter what because I'm just fascinated with their whole way of life.
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Old 07-22-2006, 11:53 AM   #19
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Well, about the only one I use on a regular basis or have every really used is my Steak Lover's cookbook. I use more recipes and tips out of that book than any other book that I have. Plus I consider this site a personal cook book as well!
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Old 07-22-2006, 11:57 AM   #20
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We have some, but not a ton. Most sit idle in the cupboard above the stove. The only one I refer to from time to time is the first WWE (back when it was WWF) Cookbook. Them boys (and girls) got some killer recipes. We've only tried about 6, mainly because the others call for cookware we don't have (i.e. dutch oven) and I haven't figured out an alternative, and can't afford to get one yet. There are a couple three recipes that we fall back on for regulars. About the only time I take out the book is to confirm recipe steps.

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