in the mood to spend BIG on books
Posted 15 October 2003 - 05:32 PM
what would you buy ???
not into cook books / looking for reading not cooking . . . .
Posted 15 October 2003 - 05:55 PM
Richard Olney, Simple French Food. There's recipes but so much common sense.
Patience Gray, Honey from a Weed. Wonderful sense of food and place. One day I'd love to meet her.
Roy de Groot, Auberge of the Flowering Hearth. A pure romance, but if you don't fall in love with this book, you don't love food.
Anything by Joseph Wechsberg, but particularly Blue Trout and Black Truffles, a great collection of essays that serves as a real reminder of what a magnificent food culture there was in Europe before WWII ... and NOT just in France.
Madeleine Kamman, When French Women Cook.
Ludwig Bemelmans, "La Bonne Table." Great behind the scenes restaurant stuff. no brides bent over, though.
Waverly Root, "Food of France". Not to be taken literally, but there is some very good stuff and if you get one of the early editions, it's got some lovely Paul Child photographs.
The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook. A wonderful sense of France before the war.
Edward Bunyard, Anatomy of Dessert. Just pure purple prose. I love it because there's hardly a dessert in it, all juicy descriptions of the best varieties of fruits (my kind of eater!).
Idwal Jones, Sheila Hibben, gosh, there are so many.
OK, so who did I leave out?
Posted 16 October 2003 - 04:38 AM
Posted 17 October 2003 - 06:10 AM
Mr. Parsons, thank you for your in-depth answers throughout this thread. It's been VERY interesting reading!