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Cookbooks – How Many Do You Own? (Part 5)

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A personal retrospect.

Just went backwards through the posts I have made to this topic. Can't believe it. I came to this list with 126 cookbooks to my name. A very mixed lot. And that was from a background of hating to cook.

Since Dec 08, via one method or other, I have acquired an additional 91 cookbooks. That's 3 years of incredible cooking and learning from this list. Possibly one of the most amazing and unexpected turns my life has taken.

I now am proud/ashamed/embarrassed to say I own 217 cookbooks.

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Add a few more to the list:

Local ones

Gingerboy - Teage Ezard

MoVida Cocina - Frank Camorra

Some others

Joy of Mixology - Gary Regan

Nobu's Vegetarian Cookbook - Nobu Matsuhisa

Serious Barbecue - Adam Perry Lang

And a couple I bought in South Africa

32 Inspirational Chefs -- South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Mauritius & The Seychelles - various

Reuben Cooks Local -- Reuben Riffel

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I'm at a very sad 27 - but 20 of these are chocolate related so they count for two :wink:

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I feel so much better after going through this topic. Was feeling guilty after having ordered 30 more to add to my (measly in comparison) 200+ book collection. Looks like I can buy some more now.....

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One more: The Splendid Table's How to Eat Weekends

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Since November I only got two new books:

  • Cooking By Hand by Paul Bertolli (I made the tesa and the ragù alla bolognese so far, both terrific)
  • The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan and Chris Gall, which is getting plenty of use as seen on the PDT thread!

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Since November I only got two new books:

  • Cooking By Hand by Paul Bertolli (I made the tesa and the ragù alla bolognese so far, both terrific)
  • The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan and Chris Gall, which is getting plenty of use as seen on the PDT thread!

I have gotten maybe 6 since Christmas--and my new PDT just arrived today, inspired by that thread.

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One nice thing about buying books in a used bookstore (other than supporting local stores) is that sometimes you have a nice surprise. The Hawaiian cookbook had been signed by a couple of the chefs. Now I just need to gather the other 10 signatures to complete the collection. :smile:

I also just got White Heat by Marco Pierre White, thinking it was his autobiography. It was the wrong book but now I am fascinated with the recipes...

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I just bought "Cookin With Coolio" used off of Amazon...

It's Whickety Whack...

Measurements in "dime bags"

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I just got Charleston Receipts Repeats. Charleston Receipts has been a favorite cookbook of mine for fifty years. This one was first published in 1986 and is now in its 11th printing.

I got this one on the recommendation of a friend who assured me that it was not a rehash of the "receipts" in the original book but new ones and some modernized ones from the earlier book with ingredients now available in "modern" measurements.

A couple of weeks ago I got and am now reading Cheese and Culture - A History of Cheese and Its Place in Western Civilization, by Paul S. Kindstedt.

I've read almost halfway through it and while some of it is heavy going, it is fascinating. Cheese was not merely food. It had religious significance in many cultures and had a distinct effect on the spread of civilization, allowing people who were lactose intolerant (yes, even back then) to derive nutrition from milk in its secondary form, cheese.

This is not a book for someone who wants a quick read but if you are interested in how and why cheese (generic) and the various regional cheeses were developed and contributed to trade and the enrichment of societies, this is an excellent book.

"Cheese and Culture tells the story of how cheese history intersects with some of the pivotal periods in human history and in many cases shaped the lives of cheesemakers and the diverse cheeses they developed."


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I finally got around to counting mine, which are mostly older cookbooks that I read like novels. The total is -- give or take a few -- about 1450. The thing that I find odd, or maybe sad, is I cook from about 5 or 6 of them. My latest acquisitions have been older (last 60 years or so) Canadian cookbooks as I explore our new home.

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I've really cut down on buying cookbooks. No, really, I have.

Still I bought one recently, second-hand, Bakers Best Chocolate Cookbook, 1995.

Why you ask? Well, for reasons which don't make sense, I have amassed a large collection of 'those' kinds of chocolate books from Nestle, Hershey, etc. For fun I guess. :raz:

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+ 3

Sierra Mar cookbook by Craig Von Foester- lovely birthday gift from my brother and sister in law

Hunt, Gather, Cook by Hank Shaw

A Girl and her Pig by April Bloomfield


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I now have Modernist Cuisine (actually, was given this ten days ago, but was too stunned until now to think of mentioning it here). I'm amazed by how big the volumes are, never expected them to be this imposing. Brilliant. :smile: :smile: :smile:

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I own 49 baking books and 30 cooking books. I have several baking books on my wish list.

I usually to go to the library and try the recipes before I actually buy the book.

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38, and I'm trying to pare down my collection more.

I'm a bit obsessive about getting rid of anything I don't use and trying to stay more or less mobile (I love moving), so I am often donating books to the library or passing them on to friends. I get rid of cookbooks which are stunning or gorgeous, but impractical for me, and I often get rid of cookbooks in favor of replacing them with something more advanced. I have a good stack of food magazines, but I also go through them and rip out the pages I want, and toss the rest. I do have a box of xeroxed recipes from library cookbooks. I, too, am that crazy lady always picking up 15 cookbooks at the library.

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