Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Cookbook Library

A few weeks ago, I was inspired by Jules to do a post on my Unread Library. Since then, I've decided to also do a post on my collection of cookbooks. Because here in lies another issue of mine: buying cookbooks and then creating barely any of the recipes out of them, or even (gasp!) none! A few of these have been gifts, but I have bought a lot of them- and even though it has been with good intentions- the madness has got to stop somewhere.

So I will not be buying any more cookbooks until I've tried at least 4 recipes from each of the ones I already have. And believe me- this is harder than it sounds- because I have a lot.

And I've already been tempted- Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc (which I've been wanting to buy FOREVER) was on sale at Gilt for $28 and I stood strong (even though I added it to my cart 3 different times).

So here is my Cookbook Library:

  1. *Easy Entertaining- Ryland, Peters, & Small
  2. *Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey- Jill O'Connor
  3. *The Athlete's Palate Cookbook- Yishane Lee
  4. *Food & Wine, The magazine's annual cookbook 2007
  5. *Food & Wine, Best of the Best vol.10
  6. *Weekends- Katie Brown
  7. *The New Best Recipe- From the Editors of Cook's Illustrated
  8. *Mastering the Art of French Cooking- Julia Child
  9. *What's A Cook To Do- James Peterson
  10. *Everyday Italian- Giada de Laurentiis
  11. *Real Kitchen- Tyler Florence
  12. *Barefoot Contessa Family Style
  13. *Open House Cookbook- Rachael Ray
  14. *Feast- Nigella Lawson
  15. *How to be a Domestic Goddess- Nigella Lawson
  16. *Harumi's Japanese Cooking
  17. *At Home with Michael Chiarello
  18. *Nestle Classic Recipes
  19. *Cookies- Martha Stewart
  20. *Cupcakes- Martha Stewart
  21. *Mrs. Field's Cookie Book
  22. *Food for Friends- Fran Warde
  23. *Instant Entertaining- Donna Hay
  24. *Baking Handbook- Martha Stewart
  25. *The Essential Pasta Cookbook- Bay Books
  26. *Simple Chocolate- Gina Steer
  27. *Pie & Tart- Williams Sonoma
  28. *Emeril's Delmonico- Emeril Lagasse
  29. *Sweet Serendipity- Stephen Bruce
  30. *The Martha Stewart Living Cookbook
  31. *Sunshine Cocktails- Ben Reed
  32. *Hershey's Classic Recipes
  33. *Top Secret Restaurant Recipes- Todd Wilbur
  34. *How to Cook Everything: Mark Bittman
  35. *Book of Great Chocolate Desserts: Maida Heatters
  36. *The Desperate Housewives Cookbook- Christopher Styler


How big is your cookbook library?

6 comments:

  1. wow that's an impressive library! even with my small library, i have a few cookbooks that i haven't used. bad me.

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  2. Yum, is it weird that those cookbook pictures made me drool? I have the ad hoc book - I recently made the panna cotta and cherry compote recipes from it. They were great!

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  3. I should set a similar goal for myself. I have a ton of cookbooks that I haven't made a single recipe out of! (But I have to say that I do love my Ad Hoc cookbook. I've made 5 recipes out of it already.)

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  4. I trimmed our cookbook library down when we moved. I think we have about 10-15 right now. I really want the Ad Hoc cookbook.

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  5. I see you're a Food Network fan? Me too! I tend to forget my cookbooks and turn to googling recipes, but I am going to try and be better about using my books this fall and winter! Something about the weather changing makes me want to play chef.

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  6. Big Apple and Mrs HC- I'm so jealous that you have the Ad Hoc cookbook... once I reach my goal I will too

    M and C: that's crazy you have 10- 15 after trimming down- you must have had a lot before!

    jduck: Yes- I totally am! And I do the same thing- I always end up googling or looking on foodnetwork.com for a quick recipe for the ingredients I have on hand

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