Kristi at Interrupted Wanderlust, mom of the Incredible Isabella, tagged me for this meme. I'm very grateful that she did, because it forced me to track down all my cookbooks, which were scattered around in different rooms. Note to self: Get organized! OK, here goes.
1. Total number of cookbooks that I've owned
I'm completely shocked to discover that I have 92 cookbooks. I keep finding more stuffed in drawers, or in the closet. I found my old battered copy of LaRousse's Gastrominique on a shelf with some old windchimes that I never use. (I never use LaRousse's Gastrominique, so I guess that makes sense.) At least half of my cookbooks came from my mom, so I had help with my collection. My core group of cookbooks are in my kitchen in a little book shelf, (which you can see pictured above). These are all books that I use as inspiration, entertainment, and sources for good recipes.
2. Last cookbook I bought.
I love Indian cooking, but am not well versed in it. I have one other Indian cookbook, but it's not very comprehensive and I wanted a better one. About a month ago I bought Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni. It's a terrific book and I am trying to decide which recipe to try first.
3. Three cookbooks that mean a lot to me
I have three cookbooks by Deborah Madison, but this is my favorite. Any recipe of hers is delicious, but this book is always the first of hers that I look at for an idea of what to cook. It has recipes in it from Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, which is one of my favorite places to eat. So, I remember those times I was there when I read the book.
Hot Sour Salty Sweet by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Diquid is a wonder. If I could have written any cookbook, it would be this one. That would mean that I had gone to different countries and lived with people, learning about their culture and the foods eaten there--as the authors did. I've only cooked two recipes from this book, but I often sit and and re-read it, looking at the marvelous pictures, imagining myself there. If you enjoy being a mental travelor, this is the book for you.
I previously wrote about this cookbook, Meta Givens Encyclopedia Of Modern Cooking. It was the cookbook my mom used when I was very young and I learned to cook with it. It has a lot of archaic recipes, but there are quite a few good ones too. The cook book was first published in the late 1940's and slightly revised over time. I was able to get a used copy published in the 1960's and it offers this picture showing a new fangled contraption called a self cleaning oven, which the cookbook predicts will be part of "modern kitchens". I love this book, because it reminds me so much of my mom--truly a book of love.
4. 5 people I'd like to see do this meme
Well, I'm going to just tag anyone who reads this post. Tag, you're it!!! Now tell us about your cookbooks!