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:

101 cookbooks

David Lebovitz

A Gardener’s Table

Melissa Clark

Orangette is my favorite.

A Way to Garden

Well Preserved See Well Preserved (the book) above.

You Grow Girl