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Old 12-02-2004, 12:14 PM   #21
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I'm like Rainee, I can't pick just one. The one I use the most though I got from my momwhen I got married. it's called Where's Mom Now That I Need Her? It has everything from recipes to how to remove stains from laundry.

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Old 12-02-2004, 12:20 PM   #22
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my first and fav cookbook is an old fanny farmer cookbook. the cover is gone, and the binding is splitting into random sections, but it's a good basic reference.

my fav cookbook for good recipes and funny stories is dom deloise's "eat this, it'll make you feel better". some of the recipes are classics from his mamma, other's from famous friends like burt reynolds and such.

sadly, the worst cookbook i have is "the sopranos" cookbook. i have made a few things from it, and followed directions exactly. almost all of the cooking times are way too long. everything ends up being overdone in one way or another.

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Old 12-02-2004, 02:33 PM   #23
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Guess I am old school...but the two Joy of Cooking book are the ones I got to the most. Had 344 cookbooks in the collection at one time but now am under 25 and regulary use about 10.

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Old 12-02-2004, 02:40 PM   #24
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mine is "The Family Circle... Encyclopedia of Cooking"
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Old 12-02-2004, 02:51 PM   #25
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I love all my cookbooks..........each has several recipes that I love and many that I plan on trying. I'm a creature of habit when it comes to collecting them. I told myself no more because I'm running out of shelf space to store them but I've been breaking that rule again :) ...........oh well there's always plastic covered containers I can put them in under the bed :) Gosh ............if I disappear one day then I'm probably just stuck in the middle of my bed surrounded by the endless amount of cookbooks that spilled out from the containers :) I'm not even close to being that bad though.........but any extra space in the linen closet has been filled with many that aren't out on display.
Right now I'm reading, "Marcella Cucina" by Marcella Hazan. The cover notes: Marcella cooks by your side with an inspirational collection of new recipes that brings to your table the flavors, the textures, the essence of Italy. From what I've read so far she is a self taught cook that never cooked before marrying.........her parents, grandparents, etc....did all the cooking prior but when she moved to America she had to learn to feed her husband. He was her guinea pig and told her when things were good, very good, or not so good :) . So far its wonderful....I'm reading through the introduction part still but have thumbed through some of the recipes and I can't wait to try them. Think I may have to search for more of her cookbooks.
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Old 12-02-2004, 05:46 PM   #26
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I prefer Julia Child's cookbooks over anything from Cook's Illustrated; but that is my preference.
Me too, choclatechef, I use her A Way To Cook regularly. Also Chez Panisse, and Kitchen of Light.
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Old 12-02-2004, 09:05 PM   #27
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Oh, gee. Like others, I have bookcases full. Does favorite mean most used, most interesting, most beloved, most weird? Haha (someday I'll learn how to use emoticons).

Most practical/used: Any Joy of Cooking. I have the most recent edition, plus an older one I bought used many years ago.

Best for a true beginner: Betty Crocker or Better Homes & Gardens (don't let me kid you .... I've been cooking for 40 years and still refer back to these sometimes)

Pure entertainment, oddity: Bull Cook and Authentic Historic Recipes and Practices, by George Leonard Herter and Berthe E. Herter. Got this one from my Mom, and think she got it used from someone they were stationed with many years before that. It is a laugh.

Most used in an ethnic category: The Ramagnolis' Table. I got this one with marriage, and have just about worn it out. I understand it is a PBS cooking series accompaniment, and would love it if I could see an episode of this old series. Husband learned to make pasta from it, and in spite of many more modern, pretty books, I turn to this one for classics.

Best of my 'newer' (last 5 years) acquisitions: the Julia and Jacques from the series they did together (her last). Used this one quite a bit when I was on the road.
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Old 12-05-2004, 01:18 AM   #28
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I have the 1973 edition of "Joy of Cooking". It was my primer, and still is my favorite cookbook. That's the one that really pointed me in the right direction. It taught me that there are methods, and techniques to be learned. It is like a freindly text-book.

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Old 12-05-2004, 03:05 AM   #29
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I love and adore the Cook's companion, I have the older version, and would love the new one. It's very Australian but still works in England!

I love Nigella Lawson's How to be a Domestic Goddess.

And the Australian Family Circle Recipe Collection is one I turn to again and again.
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:23 AM   #30
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I have 3 of Marcella Hazan's cookbooks. Love 'em.
Also, the Frugal Gourmet , I have 3 of his.
Another good one for me is The Barefoot Contessa Family Style Cookbook.I have many more, but could always use another to read (like a novel before bed).

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