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Old 07-18-2016, 02:17 PM   #1
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Your five favorite cookbooks

So I'm interested, for learning, to know what cookbooks you use. I'm going to list my five and stay away, from the usual, Joy of Cooking, Julia Child, etc... Basically I'm taking books off of my cookbook shelf in the kitchen (don't you have one?) and picking the ones that have the most food stains on them.

#1 is Darina Allen, Forgotten Skills of Cooking. (ISBN 97819068062). One of the reasons behind this thread is that outRIAAge, had never come across this cookbook. 700 recipes, mostly focused on, well, forgotten skills. THE go to book for cooking game of any kind, but plenty of advice for the casual grocery cook too. The chapter on bread is worth the price of the book alone. If you like Allen, you can then branch out to her Irish Traditional Cooking. One of my life ambitions is to attend her Ballymoe cooking school. to wit: Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery School | The only cookery school located on it's own 100 acre organic farm.

#2 is Seven Centuries of English Cooking, by the lovely named Maxime de la Falaise. (ISBN 9780802132963) We can describe this cookbook as 'the one my wife hates' as it involves a lot of old ingredients and techniques that she, sometimes correctly, maintains have no place in the modern kitchen. While I hate his policies, and despise him as a person, if you vote for Donald Trump, my wife and I have a bet, if he wins she has to eat an eel pie. Now where would I go for an eel pie recipe? Oh yeah, here.

#3 Yotam Ottolenghi, Jerusalem. (ISBN 9781607743941). This is a really sophisticated cookbook, by a very admirable chef. It is also the one on my list here that might send you on an expedition to get the ingredients. Mostly I am about 'things I can find in the supermarket' level. It, though, has a bit of narrative about it that the writer in me loves. It is, on the whole, a loving tribute to the people and the city of Jerusalem, and all the cultures that inhabit, clash, and just live there. It is a piece of heartfelt poetry. I've never been to the city, but this book makes me feel like I've been there. It makes me feel like I *should* be there. And the fish recipes are amazing, the thing I love about them is they are heavily spiced so you can use inferior cheap fish and get a great result.

#4 Creative International Cookbook, Edited by Charloette Turgeon (ISBN 9780517349212) "The Creative International Cookbook provides a way to experience other countries without leaving your own kitchen" from the intro, serious. This was a yard sale find, and a previous chef had marked several recipes. It has 1,500 recipes and well, you can pick them by country. (how it is organized) the recipes aren't always the best, but there are so MANY of them, you can pick a page and get an idea at least.

#5 A guy's Guide to Great Eating, Don Mauer (ISBN 978039591563) A cookbook aimed at men, and men who don't like to cook. I like to pretend I am a sophisticated cook, but I am, in truth, just a guy that cooks, this one has as many oops stains as the others, so I have to include it. It really excels at having simple, ingredient friendly recipes and explains them well. As a home cook I (delude myself that I have) grown beyond it, but it has an honored place on the shelf. I give this book to college graduates, male and female.

So, what are yours?

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Old 07-18-2016, 04:58 PM   #2
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Only five!

https://www.amazon.com/Fannie-Farmer.../dp/0553568817

https://www.amazon.com/More-Less-Coo.../dp/083619263X

https://www.amazon.com/New-Laurels-K.../dp/089815166X

Those are the top three that I refer to most often. I have many, many more, it is just to difficult to choose a couple of must haves from those that remain.
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Old 07-18-2016, 07:27 PM   #3
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I know of Laurel Robertson from her bread cookbooks.
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:12 PM   #4
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Favorite cookbooks

My favorites are the Beautiful series Cookbooks.

https://www.librarything.com/series/...ookbook+Series

There's way more than 5, so pick your own cuisine.

They also show up on discount tables at bookstores and places like Costco. I watch for them.
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I have quite a collection of cookbooks, but these are my 3 favorites which I'll always treasure...

1973 Betty Crocker's Cookbook

1976 A Campbell Cookbook Cooking with Soup

1979 Pillsbury Kitchens' Cookbook
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Old 07-31-2016, 07:43 AM   #6
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I have favorite recipes from many cookbooks, but I wouldn't say any one book is a favorite. None inspire me to make the recipes from cover to cover.
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Old 07-31-2016, 09:55 AM   #7
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So I'm interested, for learning, to know what cookbooks you use. I'm going to list my five and stay away, from the usual, Joy of Cooking, Julia Child, etc... Basically I'm taking books off of my cookbook shelf in the kitchen (don't you have one?) and picking the ones that have the most food stains on them.
I have four shelves of cookbooks in my kitchen, plus overflow on the counter above. Like CraigC, I don't think I use any particular ones more than others for recipes. I have cookbooks for Mexican, Italian, Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Moroccan, German, Thai and and Japanese cuisines, as well as canning, grilling and salads.

I'll mention a few I really like, though. I'm not at home, so this is just off the top of my head.

- Ruhlman's Twenty by Michael Ruhlman

- Cooks Illustrated's International Recipes by America's Test Kitchen

- Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless
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Better Homes and Gardens - wish I could find this edition again, it's falling apart

The National Trust Complete Traditional Recipe Book - Sarah Edington

How To Cook Everything - Mark Bittman

Cook's Illustrated Cook Book

Mexican, Creole, Japanese, Chinese, Mediterranean, Cajun...

King Arthur Flour Cookbooks

I know, too many for your list...
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Better Homes and Gardens - wish I could find this edition again, it's falling apart

I know, too many for your list...
Which edition are you looking for?
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Which edition are you looking for?
Better Homes and Gardens NEW Cookbook - copyright 1981
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