30 July 2011

Weekend Cooking: A Look at My Cookbook Shelves 2

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It's been a long time since I showed you my bookshelves, so thought I give you a peek (click to enlarge). This (bad) photo shows part of one of my walls of cookbooks. Yes, I have two walls of cookbooks, cookbooks on the floor, cookbooks in several rooms. I keep telling myself to cull them, but I guess it ain't gonna happen.

So what do we have on these shelves? A mishmash of old and new--some I use a lot and some I hardly ever look at.

I'll give you a quick overview of the books that I particularly like in case you want to find a copy for yourself. Many of these deserve their very own Weekend Cooking post, and I hope to feature them in the coming weeks and months. If you click on the photos, you'll be able to read the spines.

Upper shelf:This seems to be a shelf of heavy-hitters. There are a couple of books by Bert Greene (including a memoir with recipes), two by Simone Beck, the first M. F. K. Fisher book I read, two by Waverly Root, and an Edna Lewis. I see a couple on the foods of Britain and even one called Time for Tea.

Upper middle shelf:
Another shelf with some famous names, such as James Beard, Michael Field, Diana Kennedy, more Bert Greene, Guiliano Bugialli, and Elizabeth David. Featured flavors are South America, Russian, Southern USA, and a variety of vegetarian and vegetable books. There is also the original paperback edition of On Food and Cooking, which was updated and re-released last fall.

Bottom middle shelf:
This shelf seems to hold some media giants, like Nigella Lawson, Bobby Flay, Sara Moulton, and Lynne Rossetto Kasper (from The Splendid Table). You can also see some of my Moosewood cookbooks and a number of bread cookbooks.

Bottom shelf:
You can barely see these books, I know! On this shelf you'll find Madhur Jaffrey and Ruth Reichl plus books on Thai, Italian, Brazilian, Southern, West Coast, and vegetarian cooking. Oh, and that little brown paperback next to the Segram's book is Laurel's Kitchen. A vegetarian cookbook from the mid-1970s, and one that everyone in those days cooked out of at one time or another. It's kind of a hippie classic.

As I said, looking over just these partial shelves has given me ideas for future Weekend Cooking posts and has reminded me of what fun it can be to browse one's own cookbook collection.


Rikki 7/30/11, 6:42 AM  

OMG, I can't believe how many cookbooks you have! The veggie cookbook from the 70s sounds very interesting.

Uniflame 7/30/11, 6:44 AM  

wow! You have so many! I have 1 shelf of cookbooks. But it is packed! And I already think I have too many ;)

Gnoe (@graasland) 7/30/11, 6:46 AM  

LOL that's a LOT of cookbooks! I tend to keep my collection as small as possible -- use the internet a lot! ;)

Lenore Appelhans 7/30/11, 6:52 AM  

You weren't kidding when you said you have a lot of cookbooks!

Have you ever done a post listing your list of say 10 essential cookbooks? I'd like to shore up my collection. I am looking for easy, healthy recipes that don't require tons of exotic ingredients or lots of cooking gadgets.

Anonymous,  7/30/11, 6:57 AM  

That's a lot of cookbooks. It must be great fun to just take out a book and find a random recipe - and get another great idea for a meal.

Pam (@iwriteinbooks) 7/30/11, 7:25 AM  

Oh WOW! That's a huge number of books! I have a lot of BOOKS but not more than like three cook books. I am NOT a cook. I'm VERY impressed.

Sandy Nawrot 7/30/11, 7:31 AM  

Holy crap girl. I think you have more cookbooks than I have regular books! I have to keep my cookbooks in order, as I don't have the room. I get most of mine from the library, copy the recipes I like, and keep them in a binder. Consider me impressed!

TheBookGirl 7/30/11, 7:56 AM  

What a wonderful collection :)

I'm wondering if in preparing this post you turned up books that you had forgotten you had?

Beth F 7/30/11, 8:08 AM  

@ThatBookGirl: absolutely! It was fun to look at those shelves more closely.

Anonymous,  7/30/11, 8:31 AM  

I showed your photo to my husband and told him he can't complain about my little bread rack of books. LOL

Beth F 7/30/11, 8:36 AM  

@Beachreader -- always glad to help. LOL

caite 7/30/11, 9:13 AM  

wow...I have one shelf in my pantry. I feel so inadequate..lol

Anonymous,  7/30/11, 10:08 AM  

I love it! A fellow book hoarder!

Marg 7/30/11, 10:16 AM  

Um Wow! that's a lot of cookbooks!

The one thing that I regretted leaving behind when I moved back to Australia from the UK was my cookbook collection!

Julie Goucher 7/30/11, 11:28 AM  

What a great post, I am off to have a more detailed look at your cook book collection. I might do something similar for next weeks post - I am now suitably inspired!

Joy Weese Moll 7/30/11, 11:34 AM  

Love all of those cookbooks! What a fun hobby to collect them all.

Nari @ The Novel World 7/30/11, 11:34 AM  

That is so many cookbooks! I have to constantly go through mine and donate the ones I never use. But I have an entire bookshelf dedicated to cookbooks in the kitchen.

Margot 7/30/11, 11:39 AM  

How much fun it must be for fellow foodies to visit your food library - and with you too. You have an amazing collection. I'm looking forward to future posts about books from your library.

Zibilee 7/30/11, 11:59 AM  

That is quite an impressive collection! I have only just begun my cookbook collecting and have one shelf in the dining room where I store them all. It's neat to see that you have some dating so far back, like the vegetarian book.

Leslie (Under My Apple Tree) 7/30/11, 12:31 PM  

My one shelf of cookbooks is very jealous!

Beth(bookaholicmom) 7/30/11, 12:56 PM  

That is one impressive cookbook collection! You must never run out of ideas of what to cook!

Kate {The Parchment Girl} 7/30/11, 12:58 PM  

I envy your cookbook collection! I own precisely one cookbook; I get most of my recipes online.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook 7/30/11, 1:05 PM  

And I thought I had a lot, WOW! I should show my husband your pics so he'll stop saying I have too many! What a great collection, a little of everything, too! Love it!

Dawn @ sheIsTooFondOfBooks 7/30/11, 1:12 PM  

Two *walls* of cookbooks!??

I'm going to bookmark your show-and-tell page, for the next time J asks me, "Don't you have *enough* cookbooks?"

What a great resource your kitchen library is!

Nan 7/30/11, 3:15 PM  

I so love my Laurel's Kitchen. There's a newish one called Laurel's Kitchen Caring, supposedly for someone caring for a convalescent, but I've found it full of great recipes for anyone. Do you cook something from each of your cookbooks?

Peaceful Reader 7/30/11, 4:57 PM  

I love this view of your cookbooks and I don't feel so bad for my several cabinets of cookbooks!

I've been meaning to do a post on some of my own favorites!

Unknown 7/30/11, 4:58 PM  

I love your cookbook collection! It is interesting to see the authors as (apart from Elizabeth David) I don't recognise many. I wonder if it is a country difference or I'm just not very informed about cook books - probably a mixture of the two!

Nise' 7/30/11, 7:15 PM  

Awesome collection! Mine would not take up 1/2 of one shelf.

Julie P. 7/30/11, 8:03 PM  

Hello... my name is BethFish Reads and I'm an addict....

Unknown 7/30/11, 9:59 PM  

Wow! That's a lot of cookbooks! I think we own..uh..2. And..they are both baking books that I wanted. lol

bermudaonion 7/31/11, 7:41 AM  

Wow, you could open a cookbook library! I feel like I don't have any cookbooks now.

Beth Hoffman 7/31/11, 9:24 AM  

Holy-bulging-shelves, Batman!

You have more cookbooks than my local bookstore!!!

Gilion at Rose City Reader 7/31/11, 12:21 PM  

Oh, how wonderful! I see some old friends there, and plan to spend time browsing for new ones!

Rebecca Rasmussen 7/31/11, 1:04 PM  

Wow C, this is amazing! I envy your cookbook shelves :)

Sheila (Bookjourney) 7/31/11, 2:43 PM  

My mom had shelves and shelves of cook books like that. She would always buy two copies - one for her and one for me and she would write in the inside cover the date and where she bought it. These books are treasures to me now that she is gone, even though I am more likely to grab a recipe off line on a whim then I am to go through cook book after cook book. :)

Sorry about the double linking... did not realize I had a post tag on the end of my name on the first one. So embarrassing....LOL

Sharon Galligar Chance 7/31/11, 5:50 PM  

I love cookbooks too! Had to pare mine down when we moved and it broke my heart! But I've been building it back up again!

Col (Col Reads) 7/31/11, 10:28 PM  

Fantastic post. I would love to have more book shelves for cookbooks! I'm going to show this to my husband. :-)

chrisa511 8/1/11, 11:06 PM  

I loved this post so much :D I love cookbooks but I don't have NEAR enough of them :p Certainly not as many as you, lol

Michelle 8/6/11, 4:41 PM  

Holy cow, that's a whole lot of cookbooks!

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