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Jun 15, 2012 04:20 AM

Your 10 Essential Cookbooks?

Food 52 is asking folks to list their 10 essential cookbooks (and there's a prize btw).

Since we have at least a couple of cookbook lovers here as well, I thought I'd pose the question.

It's such a difficult question to do you possibly choose?

What are your 10 essential cookbooks?

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  1. I only have seven essential books. Eight if you count the folder where we keep the tried & trusted recipes we've cut out from magazines etc. So long as I could keep the eight, I would happily get rid of every other one in the house. Here's the pick:

    Complete Cookery Course - Delia Smith

    30 Minute Cook - Nigel Slater

    New Book Of Middle Eastern Food - Claudia Roden

    Real Fast Food - Nigel Slater

    One is Fun - Delia Smith

    Cookery Bible - Prue Leith & Caroline Waldegrave

    Ultimate Curry Bible - Madhur Jaffrey

    1. I was curious and looked at Food52 website but couldn't find it. Where did you see this, BC?

      1. Found it! If others are curious too, it is here:

        1. I could happily cook from the following books for the rest of my life...

          In no particular order:

          Gourmet Today - Ruth Reichl
          Fish Without a Doubt - Rick Moonen & Roy Finamore
          Real Fast Food - Nigel Slater
          Tender, Volume I: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch - Nigel Slater
          The Kitchen Diaries - Nigel Slater
          The Food Matters Cookbook - Mark Bittman
          The Italian Country Table - Lynne Rossetto Kasper
          The Complete Asian Cookbook - Charmaine Solomon
          The New Book of Middle Eastern Food - Claudia Roden
          Madhur Jaffrey's World Vegetarian - Madhur Jaffrey

          Bonus Books :

          Eat Right, Eat Well: The Italian Way - Edward Giobbi & Richard Wolff (2nd ed.)
          Planet Barbecue!: 309 Recipes, 60 Countries - Steven Raichlen

          5 Replies
          1. re: Gio

            I'm tickled you like the Solomon that much, cara Gio.

            1. re: buttertart

              I have had her Complete Vegetarian for many years and love it but have not cooked from it for a long time - for some reason her Armenian Potatoes stand out - super garlicy and I made the dish for a dinner party for the first time. I loved it - the guests were overwhelmed:)

            2. re: Gio

              I'm amazed (in a good way) at how the Slater books have attained such a high place on your list in a relatively short period of time. Would they have made your list before Slater was COTM?


              1. re: The Dairy Queen

                Before "Tender" and "Kitchen Diary" were COTMs I had had KD and "Real Fast Food" on my shelf for a couple of years and only cooked a few recipes from each. During their time in the sun I began to understand the way Slater put ingredients together simply to bring out the full flavor of each component to meld into a delicious dish. I truly love these books and intend to use "Tender", especially, to augment whichever book wins the July COTM voting...

                1. re: Gio

                  That was my thought, too, to use "Tender" if COTM chose to pair a vegetable book with another title. I never had a chance to delve into it as fully as I would have liked when it was COTM.

            3. Marcella Hazan, Essentials

              Julia Child, The Way To Cook

              Bittman, How to Cook Everything

              The Fannie Farmer Cookbook

              Greenspan, Around my French Table

              Hesser, The Essential NYT Cookbook

              Sax, Classic Home Desserts

              Lewis, The Gift of Southern Cooking

              Rosso and Lukins, The New Basics

              Andoh, Washoku
              I almost forgot - Goin, Sunday Suppers at Lucques! That is eleven. Well, I go to eleven.