My son recently asked me how many books do read at a time, my reply; three. I keep a book in each of my favorite rooms. I like to read fiction in my bedroom, lying down on my big comfy bed. I read non-fiction in the living room or sun porch and cookbooks in the kitchen. I love cookbooks, to me, they're more than a collection of recipes and techniques, they're armchair travel guides.
I don't have a giant collection of cookbooks, I don't have the room or the budget, but I do have a wonderful public library that has an outstanding selection. Below are my favorite, current and all time, cookbooks. Some are basic how-to's, some are cuisine specific, and some are just plain fun.
Books I Keep at Hand and Often Cook From
From a Southern Italian Table, Arthur Schwartz
Naples at Table, Arthur Schwartz
Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (also goes in the classic section)
Italian Farmer's Table, Matthew Scialabba & Melissa Peligrino
Italian Slower Cooker, Michele Sciolone
From My French Table, Dorie Greenspan
New England Soup Factory, Drucker & Silverstein (Excellent soup cookbook)
Taste of Persia, Najmieh Batanglij
Indian Cooking, Suneeta Vaswari
Silver Palate Cookbook, Julie Rosso and Shelia Lukins
Silver Plate New Basics, Julie Rosso and Shelia Lukins
King Arthur Flour All-Purpose Baking
Cooking at Home with Julia and Jacques, Julia Childs & Jacques Pepin
Soup, Debra Mayhew
Best Soups in the World, Wright
Kitchen for Kids, Jennifer Low
Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook, Judy Krizmanic
I'm Happy the Owns Library
Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread, Amy Scherber, Toy Kim Dupree
Amy's Bread, Revised and Updated,
Mark Bittman, Any of his books
Plenty, Yotam Ottolenghi
Make the Bread but the Butter, Jennifer Reese
Current Library Book: Super Natural Every Day, Heidi Swanson
Best Cookbook of All: My Collection of Recipes!
Tell me what are your favorite cookbooks?
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