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Old 01-08-2007, 06:58 PM   #11
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  1. Joy of Cooking
  2. Heritage of America Cookbook by Better Homes and Gardens
  3. How to Cook Everything
  4. The Bread Bakers Apprentice
  5. New York Times Cookbook

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Old 01-08-2007, 08:07 PM   #12
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Mastering the art....
Pepin's Technique
Joy...either edition
Vegetarian epicure... 1 &2 I have used for 28 or so years
Party Menu's Pappas

oh....I found another Onions, onions,Onions

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Old 01-08-2007, 09:01 PM   #13
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Wow, this is hard. Some I like for cooking ideas, some for reading or historical value. I'll take a stab at it.

Greene on Green
Marilyn Harris's cookbooks
Coyote Cafe
BBQ Bible

And sooooooo much more!
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Old 01-08-2007, 09:29 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by TATTRAT
French Laundry
Food Lovers Companion
...but my first and all time favorite was my kid book:
"Cooking With Pooh"
Tattrat, I'm curious: How many recipes have you made from the French Laundry, if you know?
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Old 01-08-2007, 10:19 PM   #15
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Firehouse Food Cooking with San Francisco Firefighters by George Dolese and Steve Siegelman
Asian Noodles by Nina Simonds
The Essential Pasta Cookbook
The Country Italian
Better Homes and Garden Cookbook I have had this cookbook since about 8th grade.
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Old 01-09-2007, 02:06 AM   #16
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The Foods of Greece
Mary Berry's Complete Cookbook
Delia Smith
The Bread Book
The Best of Singapore Cooking
The proof of the pudding is in the eating!
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Old 01-09-2007, 02:30 AM   #17
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Joy of Cooking (older edition)
Claudia Roden book on Middle Eastern cooking
Paradisi (in Greek)
Helen Chen's Chinese Home Cooking
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Old 01-09-2007, 05:46 AM   #18
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Isn't this something like asking "which is your favorite child"? I don't think I could choose.
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Old 01-09-2007, 08:05 AM   #19
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The following books are my favorites...
1. "The Professional Chef" by The Culinary Institute of America
2. "On Food and Cooking" by Harold McGee
3. "Land of Plenty - Authentic Sichuan Recipes" by Fuchsia Dunlop
4. "Japanese Cooking - A Simple Art" by Shizuo Tsuji
5. "Sauces" by James Peterson

These are excellent books as well...
1. "The Chinese Kitchen" by Eileen Yin-Fei Lo
2. "DK's Sushi Chronicles From Hawaii" - by Dave Kodama
3. "Exotic Ethiopian Cooking" by Daniel Mesfin
4. "Louisiana Real & Rustic" by Emeril Lagasse
5. "Seductions of Rice" by Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid
6. "Les Halles" by Anthony Bourdain
7. "The Breath of a Wok" by Grace Young
8. "The Food of Thailand" by Lulu Grimes & Oi Cheepchaiissara
9. "A Cowboy in the Kitchen" by Grady Spears & Robb Walsh
10. "Garde Manger" by The Culinary Institute of America
11. "Bouchon" by Thomas Keller
12. "The French Laundry" by Thomas Keller

...Thats what I have here at my desk anyways...
Nick ~ "Egg whites are good for a lot of things; lemon meringue pie, angel food cake, and clogging up radiators." - MacGyver
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Old 01-09-2007, 10:31 AM   #20
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It's so hard to pick just 5.

Frugal Gourmet cooks 3 ancient cuisines (Jeff Smith)

Baking Illustrated (Cook's Illustrated cookbook)

How to Grill (Steve Raichlen)

Joy of Cooking (Rombauer/Becker)

I can only narrow 5th place to a few different books:

My PDA archive of my own recipes
Garde Manger: The Art and Craft of the Cold Kitchen (CIA textbook)
It's All American Food


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