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Cookbooks – How Many Do You Own? (Part 4)


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at least 1,800... probably a few hundred more. I stopped counting because that isn't what it's about.

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Add 7 more for me, between Goodwill and the 60th annual McKinley Book Sale (a weeklong Honolulu event said to be the largest public library booksale in the USA):

James McNair's Fish Cookbook

James McNair's Potato Cookbook

Fabulous Vegetarian Recipes by Johna Blinn (my husband grabbed this one -- how can you go wrong for 30 cents?)

Food Writers' Favorites: Appetizers

Weekends Are Entertaining by Time-Life Books

Bon Appetit Entertaining with Style

Marlene Sorosky's Season's Greetings


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Ooops... found 4 more recent acquisitions I forgot to count (these things proliferate like wire coathangers!):

Thai Cooking and Korean Cuisine, both from the Wei-Chuan series

Around the World in 350 Recipes, a bargain book by Hermes House, and

The Best American Classics by Cook's Illustrated


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Spent 3 hours milling about at Bonnie Slotnick's tremendous bookstore this weekend and came home with:

Jane Grigson's Fruit Book

Jane Grigson's English Food

Craig Claiborne's An Herb and Spice Cookbook

Louis Szathmary's The Chef's Secret Cook Book

Andre Soltner's The Lutece Cook Book

Arno Schmidt's Notes from the Chef's Desk

Farm Journal's Complete Pie Cook Book

John Drury's Rare and Well Done

Escoffier's Basic Elements of Fine Cookery

and for pure nostalgia :raz: (it was the first American restaurant my parents took me to) The Russian Tea Room Cook Book

Other recent additions:

David Leibowitz's The Perfect Scoop

The Spoon Cookbook

El Bulli 1998 - 2002

Raising the Bar

Au Pied de Cochon

So that's another 13! :biggrin:

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After reading (and reading) several threads, I caved, so add 3 for me: Cradle of Flavor, Into the Vietnamese Kitchen, and Baking from My Home to Yours. After having most of my books packed away for almost a year, It was like Christmas when I unpacked. But...there are always more books out there to tempt me!

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  • 4 weeks later...

Six more since my last report:

The Perfect Scoop, David Lebovitz

Bittman Takes On America's Chefs

Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews, and One-Pot Meals

Welcome to My Kitchen, Tom Valenti

Build a Better Burger (about the Sutter Home contest, by James McNair)

How to Grill, Steven Raichlen

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I'm only eight (or nine) books away from having every cookbook that I want.

actually, if you subtract books that are about food but not primarily cookbooks (tho they may contain recipes), 141.



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Not that many, perhaps three or four dozen (not including my brewing books, of which I have maybe a dozen), and I'm trying to pare those down as well. After a certain number, I neglect too many books. I'm going to scan recipes from some if there are a few that I return to while never touching another recipe in the book, then give away or sell those cookbooks.

Denise Voskuil-Marre

Cooking, baking, and brewing in Chicagoland

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I just came from the fall Friends of the Library sale with 23 nice finds including McClane 's Encyclopedia of Fish, Sophie Grigson's Gourmet Ingredients, L'Atelier of Alain Ducasse and one I've never seen, Art and Cook published by Allan Ben. There have been at least a few others since last post, but call it 25. We are so close to 150,000.

Judy Amster

Cookbook Specialist and Consultant


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I've been negligent in my reporting! I've added at least 10 to the collection; Goddess in the Kitchen, Bill Neal's Southern Cooking, The Martha Stewart Cookbook, Southern Living's Homestyle Table, Desserts that Have Killed Better Men than Me (OMG!!!!) Frank Stitt's Southen Table and a bunch of church/community/school books. Forgive my omissions, please! :blush::laugh:

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After hitting a couple books sales last month and picking up some gems, I brought my total to 73. Those can be added.

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- Anthony Bourdain

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I made the STUPID mistake of buying something called " Grandmother's Kitchen Wisdom" I thought it would be old timey hints and tips; instead its a badly edited least-common-denominator book fit only for semi-literate first year Home Ec students. YUCK! Waste of money, big time! :angry:

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Add two for me, The Texas Cowboy Cookbook, and Rogov's new one, Rogues, Writers and Whores. I must say, that while the latter is a very good, funny book, Rogov needs to Canonize his illustrator, fire his editor and crucify his proofreader. Erata all over the place, a recipe with dead end ingredients (listed in the ingredient list, but never used in the instructions) pages missing, etc. Still in all, it's a great read! :wub:

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  • 5 weeks later...

Four Mexican-themed books for me, including one on the way.

Zarela Martinez – Zarela’s Veracruz: Mexico’s Simplest Cuisine

Susana Trilling – Seasons of My Heart: A Culinary Journey through Oaxaca, Mexico

Aida Gabilondo – Mexican Family Cooking (I checked this book out of the library years ago, and it includes my go-to flan recipe)

The fourth book is only tangentially related to food, but inspired by Rachel Laudan's recent foodblog and culinary history research:

Charles Mann - 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus

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I am planning to move some books around... That might give me a good opportunity to count my cookbooks because, well, I'd like to know! I know it's over 100 (like I posted before), but just HOW MUCH over, I don't know.

Well, I recently counted. My food-related book collection numbers 360.

My name is Drew, and I'm a cookbook-aholic.



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