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Old 01-08-2007, 02:57 PM   #1
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What are your top five favourite Cookbooks?

I am fascinated with what people keep around forever...and the books they most often refer to over time....


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Old 01-08-2007, 03:27 PM   #2
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The Fannie Farmer Cookbook (Mass Market Paperback)
by Marion Cunningham

It's the only cookbook I have ever used!

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Old 01-08-2007, 04:50 PM   #3
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I'll have to think about it....Even then I don't know if I can come up with a "Top Five" list....
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Old 01-08-2007, 04:53 PM   #4
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I don't really think I have a "Top 5" list when it comes to my cookbooks. I think I would have to say, if pressed, my top 5 would be the last 5 I used. I'm all over the map when it comes to cooking from my books. Even received more for Christmas this year, which probably expands my collection to near 1,000.
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:34 PM   #5
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French Laundry
Food Lovers Companion
...but my first and all time favorite was my kid book:
"Cooking With Pooh"
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:41 PM   #6
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Mine are;

Joy of Cooking
Betty Crocker
Allrecipes (All of them)
Betty Thomas Cookbook ( she is a local lady)
Paula Deen (All of them)

And of course the great recipes from this forum!!!!!!
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Old 01-08-2007, 05:50 PM   #7
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for regular use rather than reading (for whatever purpose)
Joy of cooking (the unpopular newer edition...love it as basic reference)
Petersen's Essentials of cooking
Child Mastering the art of French Cooking
Beard New York Times Cookbook
Farmer Boston Cooking School Cookbook

btw I have a library of great cookbooks. But these five are always first reaches.
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:10 PM   #8
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Could you possibly have asked a harder question to answer?????

Inter Courses (yes, it's a cookbook with fabulous recipes)
The BBQ Bible or Grill Bible or something like that by Steven Reichlin (sp)
A local Junior Women's League cookbook from years ago

...and now I'm stumped as to what the others may be...

OH - does the handwritten cookbook I compiled for myself count?

"Count yourself...you ain't so many" - quote from Buck's Daddy
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:23 PM   #9
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Joy of Cooking (I have 1942, 1965, and a the new edition), Fannie Farmer (I have old and new editions of this one), Better Homes and gardens (3 editions), Cook's Illustrated (3 editions), and my own cookbook.
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Old 01-08-2007, 06:47 PM   #10
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Escoffier, number one. If I ever had to to choose only one that would be it.
Julia's "Mastering..."
James Beard's "Theory and Practice of Good Cooking".

That's about it. Those are the three, and we own over 300.

If we lost all, would replace those immediately.

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