These are the cookbooks, cook’s books, and books about cookbooks on my shelf. Some I use all the time. Others I’d like to get to know better.
Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darina Allen. Sometimes I daydream about quitting my job and running off to the Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery School.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Simone Beck, Louisette Bertholle & Julia Child Last Christmas my mom gave me her very well used 40 year old copy and I got all weepy.
Local Flavors by Deborah Madison
Artisan Breads Every Day and The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart
The Ball Blue Book of Home Canning, Preserving and Freezing
The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
Williams-Sonoma Pasta, Soup, Chicken and Salad. These were the very first cookbooks I ever owned and they are how I learned to cook. I don’t often crack them open anymore, but that’s mostly because I can make most of my favorites from them without looking at the recipe.
Well Preserved by Eugenia Bone. Eugenia Bone is my canning hero.
Put ’em Up! by Sherri Brooks Vinton
The Joy of Pickling and The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and other Sweet Preserves by Linda Ziedrich
The Sweet Melissa Baking Book by Melissa Murphy
The Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts A handful of recipes from this book have become old standbys.
Lidia’s Family Table by Lidia Matticchio Bastianich
The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual by Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli
The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters.
Tender by Nigel Slater is about growing vegetables and cooking them. It’s the most beautiful cookbook I’ve ever seen.
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler
Canal House Cooking by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and The Food Matters Cookbook by Mark Bittman
The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
Rick Bayless’s Mexican Kitchen
On Food and Cooking by Harold McGee
American Food Writing by Molly O’Neill
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
The Tenth Muse by Judith Jones
My Life in France by Julia Child
As Always, Julia The Letters of Julia Child and Avis De Voto, edited by Joan Reardon
A Homemade Life by Molly Wizenberg See Orangette below.
I subscribe to a lot of cooking and gardening blogs, but I get pretty excited when new posts show up on these ones:
Orangette is my favorite.
Well Preserved See Well Preserved (the book) above.