Yes, I do have and use cookbooks. I have quite a library, arranged by type of cooking. I have baking books, books by nationality, and general cookbooks. I also have some old books that are no longer in print, but if you can find them, I highly recommend them.
Newest CookbookMy newest book is The Southern Cooking Bible by Paula Dean. My grandmother was originally from Texas, and my grandfather’s family was in the South. I have Southern roots, and this cookbook has a lot of recipes for dishes my grandmother used to make that I haven’t been able to find anywhere else. I love my new book!
Not only that, it’s a signed copy. Spane and I went to Barnes and Noble on October 24, 2011. We waited in line to see Paula and her husband. She was just so nice, and I told her that next time she came to Glendale to check out the local shops. When I mentioned Rose Petal and Young Walnut preserves, her eyes got as big as saucers. I told her to check out The Good Plate. Her husband asked Spane to Hi-5 him, and Spane did. Spane doesn’t know his own strength – I hope Paula’s husband is okay!
Also In the Collection
I am listing the books that are still available with their link on Amazon, so you can get a copy yourself. Try Ebay or older bookstores for ones that are out of print.
- The American Woman’s Cook Book – I love this book. Mine is the War Time edition (World War II that is), and even though the spine is almost gone, I consult this book a lot. Everything is in here, from how to set the table (a lost art I think), to how to arrange your kitchen.
- The Joy of Cooking – Yes, Julia Child had this book in her library, and I do, too.
- The Mafia Cookbook: Revised and Expanded – If you like truly good Italian food, the select recipes in here are wonderful, and the stories the author tells about his time in the Mafia ain’t bad either.
- Rosie’s All-Butter Fresh Cream Sugar-Packed Baking Book If I want to know how to bake something, this is where I look. Everything in this book turns out perfect, every time.
Out of Print
I had the fortune of going to the Dollar Book Store in Burbank, and was able to pick up some out of print books to add to my collection.
- Jeff Smith’s Frugal Gourmet Series. I used to love watching the Frugal Gourmet when it was on PBS. No matter what Jeff Smith did, he is and always will be a good cook, and an excellent teacher. I already had The Frugal Gourmet Cooks with Wineand regularly used it for reference. Here’s what I was also able to pickup:
- The Frugal Gourmet – the book that a started it all
- The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American
- The Frugal Gourmet Cooks Italian (my favorite)
- The Frugal Cooks Three Ancient Cuisines Greek, Italian and Chinese
- Woman’s Day Encyclopedia of Cookery – my mother and I had the complete set when I was a little girl, and these are the books gave me my cooking skills (and The American Woman’s Cookbook). These are wonderful books, if you can get them. They have been republished a few times, but I like the original ones that my mother and I had. I was only able to find four of them, and am still missing nine books. If you find em, let me know!
Other Recipe Resources
There is only one cookbook that I want that I cannot have! If any of you have read any of the wonderful Faye Kellerman’s books, you know about Rita Decker. I want Faye Kellerman to write Rita’s cookbook. I want to make what Rita’s making – and I am going to email Faye Kellerman until she agrees!
My other source of recipes is BigOven, and I often copy a frequently used recipe from one of my cookbooks to my cookbook program, then publish it on-line (of course giving credit to the author and the cookbook), where I can find it without being at home.