I admit, I have a lot of cookbooks. But not, as it turns out, as many as some others. Still, I have enough that when one or another gets cooked from more than once, it’s obvious. Visit me over at Chews Wise to read about some of my favorites published this year:
When Sam asked for my short list of this year’s cookbooks, it wasn’t difficult to choose. These are the ones that have made themselves at home in my kitchen, and have the food stains and handwritten notations to show for it. With local ingredients readily available from our garden or local farmers’ market throughout the year, I view sourcing locally as less a limitation than a chance to cook with the best the season has to offer, and each of these titles have proven themselves able companions. Read more…
There’s no such thing as too many cookbooks! Well, actually there is – when you run out of space to keep them.
It’s very much a quandary. I’ve always like how writer Stephen King solved the problem by buying the house next door just to house his library.
I don’t use cookbooks too much anymore, just occasionally if there is some treat I’m craving or if I end up with something I’ve never cooked before…
I’m something of a cookbook junkie – or at least I used to be when I lived in the UK and didn’t have to take out a second mortgage to buy one. Its not unusual for a nice cookbook to cost around $100 here in Australia. Do you have Ottolenghi as well as Plenty? If so and you had to choose which would it be? I could of course be convinced I need both and put in an order with the Book Depository……
I’ve heard from friends that have recently traveled there that the cost of living was extremely high, but a $100 cookbook certainly does give pause! I do have both and if I had to choose, it would be “Plenty”, especially given your gorgeous garden! “Ottolenghi” does contain recipes for fish and meat, while “Plenty” focuses completely on vegetables.
Forgot to mention — “Plenty” draws on Ottolenghi’s column for The Guardian, and is accessible online (recently started to include meat & fish): http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/series/thenewvegetarian.
Happily I was given Plenty for Christmas – I will have to follow the online column as well – thanks for the link!
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