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Cookbooks – How Many Do You Own? (Part 3)

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#61 skrattypants

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Posted 06 September 2004 - 10:43 PM

i can't count them all because i can't find them all. i buy cookbooks for a local specialty shop so every month i'm adding another dozen to the pile.

i love the simpsons episode where marge is lying in bed, reading "Recipes to Think About in Bed".

i only cook from the ones that don't close anymore.

#62 maggiethecat

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Posted 11 September 2004 - 01:52 PM

I found Bourdain's "A Cook's Tour" at a used bookstore yesterday. I guess that one doesn't count as a cookbook, does it?

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Yes, Patty (and thanks, Suzanne!) food related books count. I draw the line at magazines and software only.

70,279. And speaking of food writing, I'm enjoying Villas's "Stalking the Green Fairy" enormously.

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#63 chefsteban

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Posted 11 September 2004 - 02:04 PM

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OK All totaled up, I have 326 books about cooking...if which about half of them are on Mexican food...my oldest mexican cookbook goes back to 1898.......What can I say...I love to cook Mexican style.

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Posted 11 September 2004 - 02:11 PM

Welcome, chefsteban! Your cool collection brings us to 70,605.

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#65 dougery

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Posted 11 September 2004 - 03:31 PM

Wow, there are some serious libraries out there! I'll add my 37 books to the total, now if you asked how many file folders of recipes are out there... that is a totally different story.
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#66 Squeat Mungry

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Posted 12 September 2004 - 09:31 AM

Another for me:

New Southern Kitchen -- Damon Lee Fowler

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Posted 12 September 2004 - 07:54 PM

I just picked up Frank Stitt's new book and am loving it. Besides a pretty good book he is a very nice guy. When you are in Birmingham next, check out Highlands.
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Posted 12 September 2004 - 09:14 PM

Welcome, chefsteban! Your cool collection brings us to 70,605.

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Do my two feet of recipes on recipe cards count? Many of them are from my great grandmother, written in that spidery handwriting, with a fountain pen (keep them dry!), on yellowing cards...
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#69 MGLloyd

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Posted 12 September 2004 - 09:55 PM

I have three wall units placed side by side. Each unit is 3 feet wide by 6 feet tall with four shelves each completely filled with cookbooks including those books stuffed in the space between the tops of the books and the bottom of the next shelf up. I have counted them, and I have 356 cookbooks. This does not include the two shelves filled with back issues of Cook's Illustrated and Gourmet magazines.

And yet, just yesterday, I sent in a Jessica's Biscuit order for six more cookbooks. I wonder if I should go to a 12 step program or something.....

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#70 Anna N

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 01:36 AM

This HAS to stop!

A week ago I found a single volume from the Time-Life series, The Good Cook. It's the Beef and Veal volume and it totally fascinating for me - I hope I can find more volumes one day. Got it for $1 at a garage sale.

Then we headed up to a cottage for five days - just returned yesterday - and I got desperate for reading matter. We drove into town, Peterborough, and I spent at least an hour in Chapters. So many, many temptations! I lovingly handled both volumes of Julia's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" but, after living with "In Julia's Kitchen" for a couple of weeks, they seemed very dry and technical. They may tell you much about cooking but the "Kitchen" tells much about Julia. So I put them both back and, instead, because I needed food for thought, I bought Clifford A Wright's "Little Foods of the Mediterranean". And, as I was heading to the checkout spotted remained copies of Kasma Loha-Unchit's "Dancing Shrimp" and had to have a copy of that too!
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#71 Pere Hugo

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 06:46 AM

Speaking of the Time-Life Good Cook series, I have the complete set of 28--from "Beverages" to "Candy" and everything in between. I got them by subscription in the '80's and recall eagerly waiting for the next monthly volume. The series taught me a whole lot about real, genuine cooking.

I have several hundred cookbooks by now but its been a while since I have bought because it seems more self-indulgent than before. But I do covet Paul Bertolli's new "Cooking by Hand"--let's hope it goes on sale real soon.

#72 Suzanne F

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 06:58 AM

Pere Hugo -- definitely get the Bertolli! I no longer buy books for the recipes, but only for the reference material they contain, and this was a great addition to my shelves! Keep checking for "used" copies on Amazon or on powells.com, or some of the other book-selling sites.

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 07:05 AM

Speaking of the Time-Life Good Cook series, I have the complete set of 28--from "Beverages" to "Candy" and everything in between. I got them by subscription in the '80's and recall eagerly waiting for the next monthly volume. The series taught me a whole lot about real, genuine cooking.


I have almost all of that series, but am missing about 2-3 books of it. I still haven't found the Preserving one, which I lust after. However they are all in storage now, so I am not going to hunt for the remaining volumes just yet. Maybe when I finally settle down again, I will get the remaining books.

This is such a classic, and very classy series. However, I think they were coming out in the 70's. I distinctly remember getting and using them then.

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 07:08 AM

:laugh: With many thanks to all the people from this forum who have contributed to my "re-building" collection, I can proudly state that, 1 month after the fire in my home I now have 22 cookbooks! :wub: Thanks for all your help, folks! Plus I just ordered the new David Rosengarten from a private dealer on Amazon. I swear that I'd ordered it from this same person before, but I've been known to be wrong about things like that every so often! :rolleyes:
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#75 artisan02

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 07:14 AM

Pere Hugo -- definitely get the Bertolli! I no longer buy books for the recipes, but only for the reference material they contain, and this was a great addition to my shelves!  Keep checking for "used" copies on Amazon or on powells.com, or some of the other book-selling sites.

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I totally agree with Suzanne! This is an incredible book. Oh, I guess I forgot to add it to my totals... :wink:

I think I had better add up and list my new books: I think I have about 12 new books since I posted my totals a bit ago. Maybe more: I found some bargains around here.

#76 Anna N

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 09:52 AM

[quote name='Pere Hugo' date='Sep 13 2004, 08:46 AM']
Speaking of the Time-Life Good Cook series, I have the complete set of 28--from "Beverages" to "Candy" and everything in between. I got them by subscription in the '80's and recall eagerly waiting for the next monthly volume. The series taught me a whole lot about real, genuine cooking.

Hate admitting to envy but I am JEALOUS! If the Beef/Veal volume is an indicator, this series is an incredible resource.
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#77 Squeat Mungry

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 10:19 AM

Pere Hugo -- definitely get the Bertolli! I no longer buy books for the recipes, but only for the reference material they contain, and this was a great addition to my shelves!  Keep checking for "used" copies on Amazon or on powells.com, or some of the other book-selling sites.

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I agree that Cooking by Hand is a fantastic resource. I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy as a gift from a friend who is a server at Oliveto, but I notice that Amazon has it on sale right now for $28.00 and free shipping.

Even better, you can buy it bundled with Paula Wolfert's The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen for $51.07!

Cheers,

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Edit to add that you need to click the title on the page I linked to see the Wolfert combo deal.

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 10:46 AM

SWAGging Pere Hugo's collection at about 250, we are at 71,274. I'm glad to see the usual recidivists are breaking parole--

But, dang! Now I must, must get my hands on the Bertolli.

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 01:46 PM

Speaking of recidivism, I've added at least 10 cookbooks to my collection since my last post. Offhand I can only remember 5, but they are
Bistro Cooking at Home
The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen
The Balthazar Cookbook
The French Chef (guess when I ordered that one? *sniff*)
some Turkish thing whose name escapes me at the moment

You'd think, judging by the way I pack 'em in, that I have loads of time on my hands for cooking. It's more like "occupying my weekends between playing with the puppy and kittens" but...well, they're so much fun! And have such great ideas! And when I do get into them, the results are glorious.

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#80 intraining

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 01:55 PM

:rolleyes: i have six.

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 04:08 PM

:raz:

:rolleyes: i have six.

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If you're still counting , add 150 to the count, thanks...Steph :raz:

#82 maggiethecat

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Posted 13 September 2004 - 04:12 PM

Always counting!

71,440.

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#83 heyjude

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Posted 22 September 2004 - 11:55 PM

It's been a while and I've really been good, but another Friends of the Library sale called to me. Even being very selective, I came away with 35 cookbooks, 19 of which were from the Time-Life Good Cooks series at $1 each. The latest Jessica's Biscuit catalog came in the mail last week and I've starred 68 titles to get after we move. No, not all at once. What have you all been getting?
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#84 tsquare

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Posted 23 September 2004 - 02:22 PM

I skipped the Library Book Sale, but received 7 older books as a late inheritance. Galloping Gourmet, vol. 2, something from 1949 with awful photos (I'll get the title posted one of these days - Cooking for Company?), some give-aways - I think from tobacco companies - a French/Italian paperback - reads front to back and back to front for each, meets in the middle with an ad. Jewish Cooking...

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#85 Squeat Mungry

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Posted 23 September 2004 - 02:31 PM

Another three for me (all snagged on eBay):

Robert Wolke, What Einstein Told His Cook
Harold McGee, The Curious Cook
William Grimes, Straight Up or On the Rocks (does this one count?)

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Posted 23 September 2004 - 05:41 PM

71,485.

Miss Judy, your luck and dedication are amazing. tsquare, that's a really interesting haul. And Squeat: Sure it counts.

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#87 elswinger

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Posted 24 September 2004 - 10:28 AM

OK, I had to open up some boxes because I thought I was moving a few months ago. I currently have 47, but am waiting for 4 more to come from The Good Cook, and two more I won on Ebay. So that makes 52 (not counting all my back issues of Cooks Illustrated, Chili pepper, etc.)

Latest additions:

The Food of Italy
The Food of France
Saveur Authentic French Cooking
Pot Pies
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mexican Cooking
America's Test Kitchen
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Posted 25 September 2004 - 12:59 PM

One more fun one from Bargain Books:

amuse-bouche, by Rick Tramonto with Mary Goodbody.
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#89 judiu

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Posted 01 October 2004 - 06:51 AM

:biggrin: I have to comment on the "rebirth" of my collection; I now, thanks to you good folks and the library store, have 27 cookbooks, plus the four I have on order from Jessica's Biscuit. I'm overwhelmed at the generosity y'all have shown me, and eternally grateful! :wub:
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#90 YKL

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Posted 01 October 2004 - 07:17 AM

think since my last post I have received or ordered another six - as follows:

Just One Pot - Lindsay Bareham
Sue Lawrence - on Baking
Nigella Lawson - Feast
Anthony Bourdain - Les Halles cookbook
Tamasin Day Lewis - Tarts with Tops On
Good Food - 101 cakes and bakes

err ... think that's it. Think I might have to do a belated new year resolution to cook at least one new recipe a week or fortnight to justify the number I have!

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