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Photos of your Cook Book Shelves

Alright let's have 'em.

Here's mine, most were bought used for around $5-15.

Comments? Suggestions? Jealousies?

Some standouts for me are... From My Chateau Kitchen by Anne Willan, all the James Peterson books, All About Braising, Julie Sahni's books, Moosewood Daily Specials is awesome (what are the other good Moosewood books? Sundays is a new one for me, only made a soup from it so far), Ajanta..

Techniques of Heatlhy Cooking taught me a ton about food and cooking in general.

Oh and most useless books... Lobel's a bit because I can't afford to eat like that, Silver Spoon didn't like it much, Cooks Catalogue is a bit of a headscratcher I guess. Good to see what you might be missing in the kitchen though.

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  1. Hi Socks, oh what fun to take a peek at your cookbook shelves. I really enjoyed looking at your photos. I have a serious cookbook addiction and the bulging bookshelves to prove it! We have a number of books in common and it’s always fun to discover new books and authors.

    Some comments and questions about your books:

    Julie Sahni’s Indian books: This was a new author for me. I immediately Googled her and was really impressed with her background. I have quite a few Indian books but am always willing to consider adding to my collection. Do you get a lot of use out of these books? If so, what appeals to you about the books/recipes? If anyone is interested, here’s the author’s website:

    http://www.juliesahni.com/

    Green Cookbook – First book on your 3rd slide. I couldn’t make out the title of this book….

    My Vue by Shannon Bennett – This is a new-to-me book and author. Have you cooked from this book socks?

    Ajanta – I’d never heard of this book/author but reading the Amazon reviews and learning of the restaurant, I’ve added it to my Wishlist

    Recipes From America's Small Farms: Fresh Ideas For The Season's Bounty by Lori Stein and Joanne Lamb Hayes – I love produce cookbooks! Is this a good one?

    Thanks so much for sharing your photos, it was fun to look through your shelves!!

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    1. re: Breadcrumbs

      The Sahni book was a COTM so there are lots of recipe reviews from that month. I really like her book tremendously. She was not included in the "Great Cleanout of 2010."

      [EDITED: Here is a link http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/656234 ]

      1. re: smtucker

        Thanks very much smtucker, I don't know how I missed this book as a past COTM. Once I discovered the COTM's here I added all the "pre-Breadcrumbs" books to my Amazon Wishlist and somehow I must have missed this one! I never feel bad about purchasing a book when I know it's a past COTM as I know I'll use it. I have a "Historical COTM" bookmark in EYB and whenever I'm looking for a new recipe to try, I search here first.
        Thanks again for mentioning this smtucker, I've added this book to my Wishlist now!

        Please tell me more about the "Great Cleanout of 2010" ....did you document it here? I'm about to embark on a purge as well and I'd love to hear about yours.

        1. re: Breadcrumbs

          No. Didn't think it was worth a post. Basically, my adult daughter moved home last Fall to start her graduate program. I spent two weeks reorganizing the kitchen area so that we could share the space. I lost a long shelf where I stored cookbooks so I went through my titles, one by one, and eliminated books that just hadn't sparked interest for whatever reason so that the remaining books could fit comfortably on the living room shelves.

          It was a lot of work, and it was hard to give away some books that once upon a time, I had high hopes for. The net result was a friend who is thrilled to have 20 new-to-her books, and I still did all the cooking when the kid was living here. And now, 14 COTMs later, I need more shelf space.

          Funny that several of the books on Socks' list were among the books that I gave away.

          1. re: smtucker

            "....And now, 14 COTMs later, I need more shelf space." ...LOL smtucker, I know that feeling!

            I've been thinking a lot about purging some books. Some choices will be easy, EYB has helped me understand a lot more about how I choose a dish/recipe and which books I favour (or not). Other choices will be much tougher as there are many books I've purchased w high hopes but.. time is the enemy and I realize that with only so much time to cook and, long work days, the likelihood I'll prepare dishes in certain books is remote. I may post a thread as I go through the process as I'd hate to part w a treasure or, keep a dud.

          2. re: Breadcrumbs

            :: "Historical COTM" bookmark in EYB ::

            Brilliant idea which I am stealing this minute...

            1. re: ellabee

              ... what's an EYB?

              1. re: SocksManly

                Eat Your Books - great way to maximize your cookbook usage and know what's in your books.

                http://www.eatyourbooks.com/

        2. re: Breadcrumbs

          Its Jill Norman 'The New Penguin Cookery Book' that is in the third slide.

          1. re: suzigirl

            Oh thanks suzigirl, much appreciated. I have one book by Jill Norman. It's The Cook's Book: Techniques and Tips from the World's Master Chefs. Some interesting info about the author from EYB:

            "Jill created the Penguin Cookery Library in the 1960s and 1970s, bringing many first-class authors to the list. She has since become a Glenfiddich trophy winner in her own right, and is a leading authority on the use of herbs and spices. She is the literary trustee of the Elizabeth David estate, and worked with Mrs David for many years."

          2. re: Breadcrumbs

            Thanks! Julie Sahni's books... I'd say her recipes are very authentic, and I like that there's many dishes I haven't found in Indian restaurants. Sometimes simple things like spicy ground beef, what was it called.. Kemi? No... Keema.. "Dry Cooked Spicy Ground Meat" in the book. Works great in many situations, like stuffing other things, or for indian flavoured tacos, etc. Also since 80% of Indians are vegetarian, I always look to their cuisine for the best vegetable preparations. A billion vegetarians over thousands of years can't lead you wrong. Absolutely an essential part of any collection.

            My Vue says "Modern French Cookery" on the frist page, first published in 2004. It's definitely high end stuff, but I love the font, there's lots of pictures, and he writes a lot of background info. I don't think I've made anything from it, but I'm happy to own it. :) The potato section alone was worth it. Mouth watering stuff. I've included some pictures.

            Ajanta I've cooked from many times, it's my go-to chicken curry book, and doesn't disappoint. They break things into "whole meals" ie a meal plan for a big dinner, maybe a curry, a rice, a bread and a dessert - based on a part of India. So there's a section for Hyderabad for example, another for Punjab, etc.

            Recipes from America's Small Farms is a good book, I bought it quite a number of years ago when I had no clue what I was doing (now I have a very small clue...) and it's come in handy many times. Lots of info on buying, storing, preparing, etc of each vegetable family, and most of the recipes are quite simple and easy to tackle. It might be too simple if you have a lot of cook books, not exactly ground breaking stuff, but I like the book.

            Glad you enjoyed, now go get your camera. ;)

            1. re: SocksManly

              Sorry forgot the pics. Here they are, 3 from My Vue, and 1 from Recipes from Small Farms

              http://imgur.com/a/12VZ3#0

              Look at those "Pommes Soufflees" on the first page, bottom left...

              1. re: SocksManly

                Thanks for those additional photos socks!! I ended up ordering Julie Sahni's book and Cucina Simpatica. I have a very very large collection of Italian cookbooks including On Top of Spaghetti and I had totally forgotten about Cucina Simpatica. I can't wait for it to arrive...

          3. I enjoyed looking at your cookbook collection-
            I have some of the same books.

            1. SocksManly, I notice your first mention is for "From my Chateau Kitchen". Is it first for it's general gorgeous lifestyle/picture aspects, or for the actual recipes -- ? Or just a random pick?

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              1. re: blue room

                Bit of everything I guess. It has much more story and dialogue than most cookbooks, and I usually don't like that, but it works here. Almost every recipe in the book makes me want to eat it, the photos are gorgeous, just overall a really well executed book. Also the recipes are surprisingly approachable. Says (c) year 2000.

              2. Fun! Thank you for sharing. I'd reciprocate but a) my camera's batteries are dead and I seem to have temporarily misplaced the charger and b) it would then reveal how disorganized I am as I have cookbooks stored in 4 different rooms of the house...

                As others have noted, we have many in common. I've never cooked from my Lobel's either!

                How do you like that Cooks Illustrated Best 30 Minute Recipe? I checked it out from the library, but didn't get around to cooking from it before I had to return it.

                You're missing some of my favorite books: Dunlop's Land of Plenty and Revolutionary Chinese (though I see you have Mastering the Art of Chinese Cooking) and Ottolenghi. Also, Andrea Nguyen's Into the Vietnamese Kitchen or Pham's Pleasures of the Vietnamese Table (probably just one will do.)

                ~TDQ

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                1. re: The Dairy Queen

                  Thanks for the recommendations, I'll get some of those. The Cooks Illustrated book is good, though since I work from home it's maybe less useful to me since I do have the time to spend. Some of the tricks they give you really are useful. I'm happy to have it, but I should cook more from it.

                2. Since I've yet to realize my dream of having a room in my home dedicated to a cookbook library, I currently have cookbook shelves (and random cookbooks) strategically located throughout the house. I have a bookcase in my laundry room (just outside the kitchen) that houses whichever books I'm using at a particular time of year. At the moment, this is where I'm keeping my seasonal, farm market and single ingredient books along w books I tend to use more frequently than others. In the late fall, I'll replace the produce, farm market books w my braising, stew & soup books etc. Here are some shots of this bookcase...hopefully they're not too small to make out titles:

                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
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                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                    Well, The Barefoot Contessa has everyone beat for pretty colors, doesn't she?

                    1. re: blue room

                      So true blue room. Though not on these shelves, I also love the dust jacket of Purple Citrus & Sweet Perfume. I have a book stand in my kitchen that I use when cooking so my books stay open. When not in use for cooking, I display that book as it's just so beautiful.

                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                        That IS a beautiful book. Have you cooked much from it? I've used it a lot and really enjoy what I've made so far.

                        1. re: chefathome

                          This book is a relatively new addition to my collection c-a-h so I've only admired it so far and haven't cooked anything. Funny you should ask though as I tabbed an eggplant /aleppo pepper recipe on the weekend jic I can get a nice eggplant at the market this weekend. If there are any dishes in particular you'd recommend, I'd love to hear of them if you have the time.

                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                            Of course. I have the book right here. Starting at the beginning I would recommend:

                            Suzme Rolled in Za'atar
                            Haydari - Yogurt and Feta Dip
                            Tahini, Lemon and Sumac Sauce
                            Lamb and Pistachio Kofte with Tahini and Pistachio Sauce (I dislike currants so leave those out)
                            Toasted Citrus and Nastursium Flower Aioli
                            Avocado and Sumac Whip
                            Chilled Sweet Pea and Watercress Soup with Rose Petal Cream (I used peppergrass instead of watercress as it was what was in my garden at the time) - this is the stunning photo on the cover
                            Tomato, Pomegranate and Sumac Salad with Pom. Dressing
                            Pomegranate Glazed Kebabs with Spiced Pomegranate Chutney
                            Pink Peppercorn and Cardamom Meringues with Mulberries and White Chocolate

                            They really are incredible and look and taste as great as in the pictures.

                            1. re: chefathome

                              Thank-you so much c-a-h! I've created a personal note in EYB and pasted your recommendations. I'm thinking that tomato salad might just have to go on the menu this weekend. I'll have to take a look at the recipe. Thanks again!

                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                You are more than welcome. This book is a pleasure to cook from! This food can make you very, very happy. :) ETA: I liked sumac pre this book but now love its versatility. I find this book very inspiring.

                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                          :) when I "display" a cookbook, it pretty much always has dessert on the cover!

                      2. re: Breadcrumbs

                        You have a lot of vegetable books it seems, got a favourite?

                        1. re: SocksManly

                          My produce/farm market book collection is getting much bigger, especially over the past few years as local farmers have been growing a greater variety of vegetables. The bottom two shelves of that bookcase used to house grilling books but as you can see, my produce books have pushed those books out (only a couple left!) I'm going to see if I can convince mr bc to take photos of some of my other shelves to post here - he's a far better photographer than I am and those shelves are all longer so I'd have no idea how to capture all the books in one shot.

                          As for the veggie books, I couldn't pick one but here are a few faves:

                          Vegetables:

                          Vegetable Love by Barbara Kafka
                          Smith & Hawken Gardener's Community Cookbook - Victoria Wise
                          Victory Garden Cookbook

                          Farm Market:

                          The Farm (a new favourite)
                          Santa Monica Farmer's Market Cookbook

                          Other:

                          Sur La Table Eating Local

                        2. re: Breadcrumbs

                          I don't know Breadcrumbs...Barefoot Contessa seems to have moved from the kitchen to more racy things, as displayed on the TV:

                           
                          1. re: HeBrew

                            That's great HeBrew!! Too funny! Poor Jeffrey, I wonder if he was in that episode?!! ; - )

                            1. re: HeBrew

                              That's sooooo funny! Maybe it has something to do with (un)dressing the salad. :-)

                              1. re: HeBrew

                                That is a total riot. Thanks for the laugh. Breadcrumbs...I heard Jeffery co-starred.

                            2. We have bulging culinary cookbooks in our living room upstairs, one of our spare bedrooms upstairs, our bedroom, the downstairs living room and both the downstairs bedrooms. I...uh...own rather a lot. They all have their placees, too!

                              1. I'd love to hear your thoughts on Ajanta, SocksManly. What have made and enjoyed? I've had it for several years, but have yet to cook from it. I've enjoyed many meals at the restaurant over the years.

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                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                  I really like it, I wrote above that it's my go-to curry book, mostly chicken. I like that it shows you how to cook the various indian breads too with good instructions.

                                  I always buy a bag of cheap chicken legs with thighs attached to make the curries from that book, takes forever though.. :)

                                  1. re: SocksManly

                                    Thanks, I'll have to take another spin through it. My mother gave it to me when it was released, inscribed by the author. She was a regular at his first restaurant, and is at Ajanta as well. It is a beautiful book.

                                2. I am always on the lookout for a good Canadian cookbook. Do you recommend A Taste of Canada?

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                                  1. re: Jules M

                                    It was a gift, and it turned out to be a good book. I have cooked from it but I don't remember what off hand. The recipes are pretty simple, and I like that it isn't all weird game meats like some Canadian books feel a need to do. There's even a recipe for Pad Thai in here somehow. I'd say overall though everything looks appetizing and approachable.

                                    1. re: SocksManly

                                      Thanks. This is a great post.

                                  2. My collection started in 1966. Sorry the spines in little pile on the upper right are hidden- many little gems in that pile.

                                     
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                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                      Berheenia what a wonderful collection. I mentioned up-thread that your photo reminded me about Cucina Simpatica and I've since ordered it. I have a very big Italian cookbook collection and I'm excited to add this book. I need to look at your photo from my ipad where I can zoom in ...I'd hate to miss something!

                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                        Huddled next to it is 'They Called It Macaroni' by Nancy Verde Barr, a very thoughtful book. She really did her homework. It has our go to spinach ravioli recipe, not that we've made it recently.

                                        1. re: Berheenia

                                          Berheenia I have "They Called It Macaroni" - Last year there was a thread on "Your Favourite Italian Cookbooks" and roxlet recommended the book. Of all cuisines, I tend to cook Italian most often so of course I had to have the book. I've now made a note of your recommendation for the spinach ravioli...thank-you!

                                          I probably have about 200 Italian cookbooks yet I can't seem to pass up a book recommended by another hound! I have a strong sense this is going to be a very, very dangerous thread indeed!!

                                          Here's a link to roxlet's post if anyone is interested in that thread (or Italian cookbooks):

                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7732...

                                    2. Yikes. This is clearly an obsession...

                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       
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                                      1. re: THewat

                                        THewat, I chuckle because my copy of Plenty is just like yours, with a forest of little white paper scraps. Every time I look through it, I notice something new I want to try.

                                        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                          Caitlin - I love that it's the forest of scraps that you see!

                                          1. re: THewat

                                            You know Ottolenghi has a new cookbook coming out, right? Jerusalem, co-written with Sami Tamimi, like the first one. Sept. in the UK, Oct. in the US.

                                            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                              What good timing! A birthday gift for me! :-)

                                        2. re: THewat

                                          oooh THewat, I can't wait to take a closer look at your collection, I just had a chance to take a quick peek and I've already seen something new-to-me....Paula Wolfert's Couscous book looks very interesting. Is this a book you've done some cooking from?

                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                            Breadcrumbs - no, I haven't cooked much from it. Maybe before the next photo I should reorganize the shelves into "books I can talk competently about" and "books I wish I could talk competently about." (With a very small but present section of "what is this & how did it get here?") I have just noted in the Wolfert book that you're curious about it - if I'm motivated over the next month or so to cook from it I'll look for you to report.

                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                              Did you see the discussion of the Couscous book on the recent COTM nominating thread?

                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8626...

                                              I've made a few recipes from the book but not many because her directions for preparing the couscous is very time consuming and onerous and jury-rigging a couscousiere is a bit of a pita. The recipes, however, were superb.

                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                Joan thank-you so much for pointing that out, I'd missed it all together and actually had placed a copy of Couscous in my cart @ Abes. You've saved me the cost of a book as I did receive Food of Morocco for Christmas (from santa breadcrumbs!!!). Despite visiting Morocco in the blistering heat of the summer,the spicy sweet aromas of the country always evoke images of autumn for me so I hadn't paid much attn. to the dialogue about the book as a summer COTM. I'm sincerely grateful for your mentioning this.

                                                Couscous is one of those dishes that makes its way onto my menu because I can take it from dry to table in under 10 mins. I actually had to google couscousiere...who knew!! My couscousiere will continue to look a lot like a small pot I'm afraid!! ; - )

                                            2. re: THewat

                                              I love that you have Jeff Smith Frugal Gourmet. I have his Italian cookbook and cooked a lot from it.

                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                There are a whole set of books that either came from my parents' house or I've picked up at library sales because I remember them at my parents' house - Frugal Gourmet, the Lee Bailey books, the New Cookbook for Poor Poets, the I Hate to Cook Book, the NYT Cookbook. Owning (and sometimes using) the books does not make my cooking as good as my father's, but I do find having them comforting.

                                              2. re: THewat

                                                Thanks for posting! What do you think of the Lord Krishna Indian Vegetarian book?

                                              3. These are the shelves that are in my Butler's Pantry. There are many more scattered other places in the house, but these are the ones that get the most use.

                                                 
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                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                  Maybe I should get rid of the dishes in my butler's pantry and just go for books. That is inspiring. Actually, ever post of pictures is inspiring to me.

                                                  1. re: smtucker

                                                    Actually, we have dishes and glassware on the other side of the Butler's Pantry. When we redid our kitchen 4 years ago, a bookcase in the kitchen was #1 on my hit parade. We had to move a drain pipe and make the doorway to the hall smaller, but we got it to fit, and we are so happy with it.

                                                  2. re: roxlet

                                                    be still my beating heart roxlet....this is cookbook porn!! I can't wait to get back home from my errands to take a look at your collection. Beautiful!

                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                      Yes, it's totally cookbook porn.

                                                      1. re: THewat

                                                        The big guns are beginning to show. I know cristina in Mexico has over 300 cookbooks, and a camera...:)

                                                        1. re: Veggo

                                                          I used to be at 550 but now I have about 475.

                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                            Astounding! Makes me feel like a Chowhound molecule...

                                                            1. re: Veggo

                                                              I think Breadcrumbs might have me beat.....!

                                                    2. re: roxlet

                                                      Roxlet - is that a Mackenzie Child's plate I spy on your bottom shelf? I am afraid I can't read most of the titles, but I do recognize many of the spines from my own shelves. Will have to upload some pictures of my own later.

                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                        Yes, it's a Mackenzie Child container that holds the dog biscuits. The bookcase has closed doors below, also stuffed with cookbooks. And there are cookbooks in the sun room bookcases, in the living room, and upstairs in the office for the least used most unloved books that I refuse to part with. I'll have do do closer photos of the shelves, but they're all pretty much listed on EYB!

                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                          It's a Mackenzie Child dog biscuit holder that was a gift from a friend when we first got our dog 8 years ago. If I ask my dog if she wants a cookie, she walks over to it and waits. If I ask her if she'd like a carrot, she walks over to the refrigerator and waits. She's a very smart dog who is, if you pardon the expression, a real chowhound!

                                                          1. re: roxlet

                                                            Dogs really can learn whatever you're willing to teach them - they are wonderful and smart!

                                                        2. re: roxlet

                                                          Roxlet, what's the last book on the top shelf in the first case? And in the same case, what's the top book on the stacked pole on the bottom shelf?

                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                            I'm not 100% sure what you're referring to, but I think it's the left bookcase, so top row, far left is Jacques Pepin's Celebrations, and far right is Maida Heatter's Book of American Desserts. Is one of those what you were asking about? The stack you're referring to changes frequently (usually it contains the newest books), but I think the one on top in that picture is Alice Medrich's new book, Sinfully Easy Delicious Desserts.

                                                          2. re: roxlet

                                                            roxlet...is there any chance we can get some close-up shots of your collection? Pretty please??? ; - )

                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                              I'll try. Maybe tomorrow I can get to it.

                                                              1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                OK, here are the photos of most of the books...

                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                 
                                                                1. re: roxlet

                                                                  Wow! Totally jealous thanks for posting, you have some great books.

                                                                  One thing, if you have all your pics in a directory on your computer, go here: http://imgur.com/ simply drag all of the pictures at once onto any part of the page, click upload and voila. Post the link here, and that way we can see the pictures at full size to make out the details, and it's very easy.

                                                                  1. re: SocksManly

                                                                    I have all my books (or most of them, anyway) on eatyourbooks.com.

                                                                    1. re: roxlet

                                                                      Great thanks I'll have a look. Still, there's something special about looking at the spines no? :)

                                                                      1. re: SocksManly

                                                                        http://roxlet.imgur.com/all/

                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                          Almost! :) roxlet's images are not publicly available.

                                                                          1. re: SocksManly

                                                                            Try again.

                                                                    2. re: SocksManly

                                                                      I am trying to post my pictures via imgur as SocksManly suggested. Hope it works.

                                                                      http://imgur.com/a/0N9rg#0

                                                                      Click on this link and if I did it right you should be able to see my shelves!

                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                        Nice collection! I recognize many books from my own shelves!

                                                                        1. re: dkennedy

                                                                          Beautiful! Love the Baking Cookbooks shot with "Fat Belly Diet" in the middle. There is some irony there!

                                                                      2. re: roxlet

                                                                        What a beautiful sight it is!

                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                          Roxlet, was wondering what you thought of The Blackberry Farm Cookbook. I found their site and would love to go there. Don't know if that would ever be possible based on the cost, but thought the ccokbook might have to do. Thanks

                                                                          JulesLP

                                                                          1. re: JulesLP

                                                                            I have The Blackberry Farm Cookbook and really enjoy it. The pictures alone are worth the price of admission. But the recipes will have you wishing you were on your porch swing sipping lemonade.

                                                                            1. re: JulesLP

                                                                              I gave that to my husband one year for Christmas after reading a glowing review. It went on the shelf, and there it has remained. I do need to take it down and figure out what convinced me to buy it for him in the first place...

                                                                      3. Before reading this thread I thought I had too many cookbooks. Now I think I don't have enough! It's fun to look through the pictures to see which ones I own and which ones I've considered owning.

                                                                        1. There's a big bookcase right outside the kitchen door but it is more than full, It appears that we share very few, if any, titles. Mine tend to lean French and Italian and I'm lucky enough to sometimes find the big expensive ones at our library bookstore for maybe 20% of the list price. (Cucina Simpatica is in the bookcase...great recipes from Al Forno in Providence.)

                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                          1. Wow...I'm a cookbook amateur! But I do look up a lot of stuff online and my printed recipes could make another book. I also have (not pictured) a cookbook that my grandmother had, it was one of those types where a group of people got together and typed up a bunch of everyone's recipes. I'm not sure how old it is but it's from the days when phone numbers were short and still had letters.

                                                                             
                                                                             
                                                                             
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                                                                            1. re: HeBrew

                                                                              Ummm... that wasn't all that long ago. My first phone number began with PE8. I was 10 when we left that house in 1970. ;-0

                                                                            2. Don't be afraid to upload pictures to imgur.com (drag and drop anywhere on the website to upload) because then we can see the photos in their original size to make out the titles.

                                                                              Enjoying the thread I hope we get a lot more submissions.

                                                                              1. SocksManly,

                                                                                I just added From My Chateau Kitchen to my collection a week ago, would love to hear your recommendations from this book.

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                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                  Fun to go through this book again. I have a terrible memory, I know I've cooked out of this book but what probably won't help you much, because it's more the simple things that are really just techniques (like I believe I learned to baste often with butter when roasting a chicken for great skin from this book). Or a gratin, or Pork Chops with Mustard and Bacon.. Nothing you haven't seen before.

                                                                                  However. What strikes me about this book is how I want to eat everything on every page. And the recipes are so simple, they make you feel silly for not cooking more. Very approachable stuff. Also there's lots of fun side things like ice cream recipes, ratafia, preserves, breads, etc.

                                                                                  Page 128 is the picture on the cover of the book, Appe Gateau Le Fey.. Apples, butter, sugar, orange zest - just 4 ingredients, 12-14 hours in the oven, and 2 optional caramel sauces.. Who doesn't want a piece of that...

                                                                                  Oh I do remember making the 7 hour leg of lamb... I'm sure it was good. :)

                                                                                  1. re: SocksManly

                                                                                    Sounds like I am going to enjoy this book. The cover recipe is what drew me to this book in the first place. The look of it reminded me of an apple cake I am very fond of out of AMFT. Can't wait to try this recipe and to see all the other delicious offerings.

                                                                                    1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                      Socks,

                                                                                      My copy of From My Chateau Kitchen arrived today and your description, and others, did not do it justice! I was already looking forward to it, based upon all that I've read about it, but now that I have it in my hands, it is so much more than I could have hoped for.

                                                                                      Beautiful layout....

                                                                                      Beautifully written....

                                                                                      I can't wait to take this into my cozy chair and curl up with it.

                                                                                      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

                                                                                    2. re: SocksManly

                                                                                      This book looks SO great. Just the idea of the chateau is terrific; the caretaker/gardener, and the team who worked on the recipes. MUST buy...

                                                                                      Thanks for sharing socksManly - great thread idea!

                                                                                  2. mr bc took photos of some more of my cookbook shelves today. I'll create separate posts for each case or group of books.

                                                                                    This shelf houses my Asian & Mexican cookbooks - tall books are on the bottom shelf regardless of which of the cuisines they are.

                                                                                     
                                                                                     
                                                                                     
                                                                                     
                                                                                     
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                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                      BC, your shelves are so pretty! I better not stare at them too long, it is like staring at the sun. I can't wait to see your other groupings.

                                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                        Great stuff! Keep it coming! This is a fun thread...

                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                          So pretty! BC, I see that you and SocksManly both have China Moon - do you cook from it? I learned how to make perfect steamed rice from that book; how to highlight the plain flavor of just rice (without salt) - it was a real eye-opener.

                                                                                          1. re: sandylc

                                                                                            Thanks everyone. I'm actually pretty excited to have photos of my shelves...I don't have to travel the house anymore to see what books are where!! Big thanks to Socks for this thread!

                                                                                            sandy I was really excited w China Moon when I got it, there are so many amazing sounding recipes and I recall reading some great reviews from folks who had cooked from it. Unfortunately I haven't cooked from it yet but thanks for the reminder...I recall it had many recipes that would work for weeknight meals and i'll have to pull it off the shelf.

                                                                                          2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                            Ooops - forgot to mention my French books are in the final shot (sharing space w tall books)

                                                                                          3. I'm not even sure if my Italian shelf photos will fit in one post but we'll see!

                                                                                            These books are organized alphabetically by author however, I've separated the general "Italian & Pasta" books (top left shelf) and the regional books are on the bottom 2 shelves along w the too tall to fit elsewhere books! Here goes...

                                                                                            ETA: Yup, they all fit!!

                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                             
                                                                                            1. Photo 1 - Indian & Vegetarian (along w books that don't fit piled on top)

                                                                                              Photos 2 & 3 - Baking

                                                                                              Photo 4 - Gourmet & Bon Appetit

                                                                                              Photo 5 - Food & Wine (I love these books!)

                                                                                               
                                                                                               
                                                                                               
                                                                                               
                                                                                               
                                                                                              1. Ethnic Books not including Asian, Mexican, Indian & Italian (photos up-thread)

                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                1. Photo 1 - Single Ingredients/Subject & Cooking Methods

                                                                                                  Photo 2 - Sauces, Stews, One Pot, Soups

                                                                                                  Photo 3 - Entertaining, Appetizers etc.

                                                                                                  Photo 4 - TV & Quick Cook

                                                                                                  Photo 5 - Reference & Too Tall To Fit Elsewhere!

                                                                                                  Photo 6 - Magazine Books including one of my favourites....Donna Hay

                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                    :: dropping jaw ::

                                                                                                    What a beautiful collection.

                                                                                                    1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                      Thanks smtucker. I love books in general but my cookbook collection is my biggest treasure.

                                                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                        Well, it is amazing. Actually, it's awe-inspiring! I can hardly remember what books I have sometimes (yes, EYB helps!), but I can't imagine trying to use all of yours!!

                                                                                                        1. re: roxlet

                                                                                                          I can see these photos being very helpful to have on hand as I dont always remember where I've shelved something, especially crossover books (eg. Italian Soups...w my Italian books or under Soups...)

                                                                                                          My "Cookbooks by Author" is likely the biggest segment of my collection and I haven't posted that as yet.

                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                            In awe, BC... and there is more to come. I need more cookbooks. Sigh.

                                                                                                    2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                      Thank you Breadcrumbs for making me feel like my own collection is not completely nuts! I don't think I will manage to do pics shelf-by-shelf like you have (there are 30 of them) but I will take pictures of the two walls of books in my office once I have tidied up a bit!

                                                                                                      1. re: JaneEYB

                                                                                                        No Jane, we want to see every shelf! I have to get mine up. I only have 8 shelves, then 3 baskets and two additional stacks. But who's counting?

                                                                                                        1. re: JaneEYB

                                                                                                          I'm w dk Jane....we want your books in all their shelf-by-shelf glory! I need to look at this thread on my ipad so I can make all the shelves bigger and really have fun looking through everyones collections.

                                                                                                      2. General cookbooks are likely the biggest category in my collection. They're organized alphabetically by author (roughly).

                                                                                                        Photos 1 - 7: General Cookbooks (by Author A-Z)

                                                                                                        Photo 8: mr bc's bbq shelf (note the books don't fit because I've evicted him from the additional real estate he had on the shelf above!!) ; - )

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
                                                                                                        1. OK, we all need to fess up with numbers.

                                                                                                          1. I'd just like to announce that Breadcrumbs has officially won this thread.

                                                                                                            I'd offer up a cookbook as a prize, but it would be a duplicate :/

                                                                                                            How many recipes does your EYB account say??

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                                                                                                            1. re: SocksManly

                                                                                                              Oh, but wait. We haven't seen Jane's shelves yet. I bet she could give BC a run for her money!

                                                                                                            2. My goodness, all of these collections are amazing! My very small collection of about 15 cookbooks would feel very self-conscious in this thread. I am curious about how you all choose what to add to your shelves? I usually go to Amazon to read reviews or come here for COTM feedback before I pick up a new cookbook, in an attempt to avoid potential duds.

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                                                                                                              1. re: Aravisea

                                                                                                                Aravisea I'd love to see your collection and I hope you''ll re-cosider sharing it. A collection doesn't have to be big to inspire others...in fact when I see smaller collections I pay special attention as I appreciate that someone is more discerning than I am and I'm keen to see what they've chosen.

                                                                                                                I love to cook and, I'm a voracious reader so I've been collecting recipes and cookbooks since I could express my age as a single digit!! Primarily it's food that appeals that attracts me to a book. Since joining this wonderful CH community I've further expanded my hoizons (& bookshelves) taking inspiration from others here. My collection has also expanded since I joined EatYourBooks (EYB) since i can now search my collection by ingredient, dish etc and get far, far more use out of it.

                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                  Count actually came to 23. I was very lucky with the Borders going out of business sales and was able to pick up several I'd been eying at discounted prices.

                                                                                                                  I just found EYB earlier today! and have already registered and put my collection on there. What an incredible resource.

                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                  1. re: Aravisea

                                                                                                                    It's great if you don't have a collection pushing 500.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Aravisea

                                                                                                                      Aravisea, you have a WONDERFUL cookbook collection. Many of your books are on the "top 10" or "essential" cookbook lists of a number of Hounds. Not sure if you've seen the "Essential Cookbooks thread but I'll paste a link jic.

                                                                                                                      You have some books I'd love to hear your thoughts on:

                                                                                                                      American Pie: has been on my Amazon wishlist for almost a year now. Have you made any pizzas or doughs from this book? Pizza is mr bc's favourite food and I'm so tempted to get this book.

                                                                                                                      Crescent City Cooking: is totally new to me. We've haven't had the privilege of travelling to New Orleans yet...I see you also have Paul P's book. How does this compare...would you recommend the book? We love New Orleans/Cajun cuisine.

                                                                                                                      Fat: another "new-to-me" book...how did you come to learn of this book/author? Love the concept!

                                                                                                                      Your Betty Crocker book is beautiful...I'm so envious! What year was it published. So pretty.

                                                                                                                      Thanks so much for posting Aravisea and I'm so glad you're an EYB member now! Isn't it fantastic? I've made and reviewed over 600 recipes since joining in 2010 (you can see your # of notes in your profile now... a recent site enhancement) and I would never, ever have used my cookbooks this much without it. Prior to EYB I tended to use Epi because I could search by ingredients there and my poor cookbooks were totally overlooked!!

                                                                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                        I tried each of the pizza doughs in American Pie, and we chose our favorite. I always have some in the freezer so I can whip up a flatbread anytime. Always make fresh when we are actually making pizza.

                                                                                                                        Now, I only use two pages of the book, but they are great pages indeed.

                                                                                                                        1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                          high praise indeed smtucker, thank-you! Out of curiosity, how many pizza doughs are there? What a great experiment!

                                                                                                                          1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                            Love the "using only two pages" comment. I use three. The All-Purpose Marinara Pizza Sauce is my go-to. When my grandsons are coming, there's always some in the freezer.

                                                                                                                            1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                              Oh. I haven't tried that sauce. Generally, I do pesto or garlic-oil, but mr smt would LOVE to try a new Marinara sauce. √ CHECK

                                                                                                                              1. re: JoanN

                                                                                                                                Funny one of your pages is marinara Joan...for all the cookbooks I have, I have a page from a long since forgotten magazine taped inside one of my kitchen cabinets for "my" marinara sauce. None of my cookbook versions have come close for our tastes.

                                                                                                                                Lately I've been contemplating the "great cookbook purge of 2012" and I've put books back on the shelf because of that "one" or "two" diamonds in the rough recipes.

                                                                                                                            2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                              Thank you, Breadcrumbs! I think I will be able to give much better answers to your questions after a few months on EYB :) as I haven't cooked from all of these yet.

                                                                                                                              American Pie was given to me for Christmas last year and I haven't cracked it yet, so am definitely noting all of the comments here on that one.

                                                                                                                              I've only done one thing out of Crescent City Cooking - the roast chicken - and it was quite good. The dishes are much more refined/sophisticated than Paul P. I picked up this book to try to force myself out of ruts. For some reason most of the recipes, as great as they apparently are from all the reviews, just don't "grab" me, so I think I'm hoping that at some point I'll open the book randomly, force my way through a recipe I wouldn't usually try and find an unexpected gem. If anyone else has used this book, please share! Paul P's book, of course, is amazing. Just revisited the Cajun meatloaf - which I know is a hit with many hounds - and I think it makes the absolute best cold meatloaf sandwiches, on plain bread with just mayo. Mmm. Anyway!

                                                                                                                              Fat...I can't remember how I found that one, but it's another I haven't cooked from yet. However, while playing around on EYB I saw that there's a Bearnaise sauce recipe in there (?!) where I would never have thought to look for one, so I suspect I'll have much more to say on it in a few months. :)

                                                                                                                              I can't find a publication year on Betty, but the whole thing is a time-warp back to the 50s, so it's roughly from around there. You can't tell in the picture but the whole cover has been carefully covered in packing tape to hold it together. I read this cookbook during meals as a child, so it has a special nostalgic place on the shelf, though I don't actually cook from it.

                                                                                                                              I was tickled to realize that almost a third of my collection are Keller, Dunlop or Julia books.

                                                                                                                              Very, very much looking forward to using EYB - I think I registered within 3 minutes of reading about how it worked.

                                                                                                                              EDIT: Remembered another thing I tried from Crescent City - the Cream of Garlic soup was absolutely fantastic.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Aravisea

                                                                                                                                I think you will love EYB. Has changed how I use my cookbooks.

                                                                                                                      2. What's one more shelf at this point? Since mr bc took the shot, I'll post it. This is my tiny cookbook shelf in the kitchen. This is where I keep the books I'm currently using/having a better look at etc, My issue w this shelf...It's not big enough!!!! Sadly, I have even more books! The rest are old or vintage+ that aren't in EYB or, books I've packed up as I need to have a look at them and decide what to do w them (eg. books purchased in a box lot @ auction)

                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                          BC, I noticed that you have Small Bites on your kitchen self - have you cooked from it yet? I found an inexpensive copy on Abe's but would like to hear your opinion before committing to it.

                                                                                                                        2. This is the top cookbook shelf of two in the kitchen, with closer-ups of the left and right sides*. The file boxes are full of recipes clipped by my mother from early 1950s through the 1980s. The Joy of Cooking was hers, from 1953; used it just this week for fried okra.

                                                                                                                          The three-ring binder lying flat holds my small collection of synthesized favorite recipes (plus spice orders, freezer inventory, and the like.) The magazines are Cook's Illustrated special issues.

                                                                                                                          *Apologies for the flash glare. Worst affected are (left) The Kitchen Garden Cookbook by Sylvia Thompson, The Herbfarm Cookbook by Jerry Traunfeld, and Marion Morash's Victory Garden Cookbook; (right) Essentials of Cooking by James Peterson, Vegetarian Cooking Under Pressure by Lorna Sass, and Small Batch Preserving by Ellie Topp and somebody else.

                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                          1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                            And here are the left and right sides of the lower kitchen shelf. The rabbit doorstop is keeping space open in front of an electrical outlet.

                                                                                                                            Julia Child's MAFC 1 was my mother's, as was the Encyclopedia of Chinese Cooking by Wonona Chang and others.

                                                                                                                            The Silver Palate Good Times and New Basics cookbooks (on the upper shelf in post above) were acquired by my father after my mother died. He did no cooking for the previous 45 years, and his notes are a hoot.

                                                                                                                            The least readable title is in the right-hand image, the little book to the left of Thai Food; it's Real Thai by Nancie McDermott, a gift from a friend who cooks Thai food often enough that she no longer uses a book.

                                                                                                                            There are another fifty to eighty cookbooks that my parents collected in the sitting room, but don't look for pics of them here any time soon -- although I have cleaned up and organized those shelves since Eat Your Books has made it so much easier to locate recipes of interest in them. I sent elsewhere all but two of my parents' issues of Gourmet magazine from the 1970s and '80s, which I now regret.

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                            1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                              Two other unreadables:

                                                                                                                              In the upper left, the green book to the left of Plenty isn't primarily/only a cookbook. The Herb Society of America's Essential Guide to Growing and Cooking with Herbs is three books in one: an authoritative reference, a collection of 250 recipes contributed by HSA members, and a detailed guide to the national herb garden at the USDA's National Arboretum in Washington DC. (Proceeds support the herb garden, so worth a look if you're interested in any of the three aspects of the book.)

                                                                                                                              On the lower left shelf, the skinny blue book beside MAFC is Julia's Kitchen Wisdom, a Christmas gift. I don't use it much; it may move to the sitting room to keep MAFC vol 2 company.

                                                                                                                            2. What a great idea! Here is a photo of my shelf of cookbooks in the kitchen (don't even ask about regular books.) As many have noted, it is indeed an obsession. There is a double row of books behind each of these. I am including two drawers I have of books below. And I have two huge boxes stored in the basement.

                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                              1. I've just discovered Chowhound and it's great! I'm a cookbook nut and also love Eat Your Books....attached is a photo of my cookbook collection. I actually love to cook and love reading cookbooks, much like most people like reading fiction....still collecting!

                                                                                                                                Sue

                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                1. re: lotsofcookbooks

                                                                                                                                  You've found your home, Sue. Welcome. You might be interested in joining us in Cookbook of the Month. Take a look here to see what's been happening for the past 6 years: http://www.chow.com/cookbook_of_the_m...

                                                                                                                                  1. re: lotsofcookbooks

                                                                                                                                    Please join in here. I know a fellow traveler when I see one!!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: lotsofcookbooks

                                                                                                                                      Very impressive!

                                                                                                                                      1. re: lotsofcookbooks

                                                                                                                                        Welcome lotsofcookbooks....rest assured you're safe here!!! Unless of course you don't want to add any more cookbooks to your collection in which case....for the sake of your sanity and your pocketbook....step away from Chowhound, avert your eyes! ...as someone wisely said recently - we're enablers here!

                                                                                                                                        I've ordered 11 books (maybe a little more but who's counting!) as a result of this thread alone!! I'm hoping this long weekend allows me some time to post here as I have some catching up to do!!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                          Thank you, thank you! I feel like I'm in a safe haven....but I don't think I need any enablers...I've got that down pretty well! I don' t know if I can step away...TOO LATE! I told my dear patient spouse that when I find a copy of Salvador Dalis' "Les Diners de Gala' at the thrift store, I'll stop!

                                                                                                                                        2. re: lotsofcookbooks

                                                                                                                                          Welcome Lots! You have found your enabler group, right here.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: lotsofcookbooks

                                                                                                                                            Well, I saw your shelves, and I was floored.

                                                                                                                                            And then I saw the little wooden shelving unit to the left and I started to laugh... :D

                                                                                                                                          2. WOW! Some of you could open a cookbook store...roxlet, breadcrumbs, lotsa, you know I'm talking to you!

                                                                                                                                            I have a bookshelf on the side of my island, tall and wide as standard cab depth, chock full and more in cabinets in my laundry room. A few years ago I made an effort to declutter and downsize to use only those spaces for cookbooks Some are in tatters and splattered from use, but still many haven't been cracked open since they were first purchased or given to me. You know how it is, a few pictures or recipes catch your eye and you purchase it. Now the internet is my go to for new recipes or inspiration so I haven't bought many new ones, but it's hard to think about weeding out again. I think I'm a cookbook hoarder! :>)

                                                                                                                                            So wondering, do you guys use all of your books? Purge often?
                                                                                                                                            Do any of you save cooking magazines?

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: Island

                                                                                                                                              I did a big purge 8 years ago when we moved to our current place. Threw out 12 years of Gourmet and a bunch of old Bantam International series that were yellow with age. But those were the books I learned to cook from in the late 60's and 70's. Before Julia and all the cooking shows came on TV it was just me and the Joy, with Art of French Cooking for dinner parties.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: Island

                                                                                                                                                Island....I've seen that show, 'Hoarders", which freaks me out, but honestly, my cookbooks are all neatly arranged and I don't have to step carefully over stacks of them....and there are no dead cockroaches or dried banana peels squished between them ! (yuk!)

                                                                                                                                                I'm curious as to how many of you also collect vintage, out of print books, advertising cookbooklets from the early 1920's through the 1950's, etc.? I have a favourite book, entitled 'Feed the Brute !', published in 1925 in London, by Marjorie Swift....and to quote from her book ''The 'brute', who in most cases has to work very hard to provide for his family, is rightly considered, in connection with culinary affairs at least, the most important member of the household. The well-fed man is a happy man - and a very easily 'managed' one too'. (end of quote!). Recipes include Stewed Pigs Head, Sheep's Head Rissoles, etc. Delightful book. I love to trace the culinary history of our changing appetites and from country to country....I recently purchased a book with Icelandic recipes, heavy on seafood of course. Chowhound is a great site!

                                                                                                                                                Sue

                                                                                                                                                1. re: lotsofcookbooks

                                                                                                                                                  Funny Lotsof. I didn't mean you guys. I'm the one that's bought cookbooks I don't use and don't get rid of. No banana peels (or worse) in my neatly stacked purty shelves either, but not much cooking either!
                                                                                                                                                  Not as easy to thumb thru at bookstores since sadly so many close by have closed, but it also means I'n not as easily swayed to purchase. They say never shop for food when hungry? I say never pick up a cookbook in the bookstore when hungry!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Island

                                                                                                                                                    I completely agree with that last statement. I have a really bad habit of getting a few if i go garage sale hopping. I am the worst if it is cheap and predates the eighties. I may even salivate on them if its a good one. Best one ever is an 1880's cookbook for 12 dollars at a yardsale. Its a smidge tatty, but uber cool.

                                                                                                                                              2. Here are my shelves:

                                                                                                                                                http://imgur.com/a/0N9rg#0

                                                                                                                                                I also posted these above in response to someone else's link, but I wasn't sure if it would get missed so I am reposting here. Most of my books are visible here, but there are a few that are hidden out of view. Tried to pull as many as possible out so you could all see.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                  Arrrggggh... I saw your big Mexico Beautiful Cookbook up there with the others (didn't realize there were others!) and like you, I had mine under my shelf because it's so big.

                                                                                                                                                  But unlike you, mine was given away by my wife to some chick we'll never see again. Le sigh. It was a really good book too.

                                                                                                                                                  I'm going to recommend you try to cook Mole De Olla. It's like a thin brown coloured soup with chunks of meat, a cob of corn cut in half or a third, green beans, etc. One of my favourite Mexican home cooked dishes. I've only ever eaten it in homes in Mexico, never seen it at a restaurant or on the street there. The recipe in that book did it pretty good justice.

                                                                                                                                                  Thanks for posting! Good use of Imgur too :)

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SocksManly

                                                                                                                                                    Thank you for the recommendation. I will try the Mole and get back to you. I love soup!

                                                                                                                                                2. OK so I have been following Cookbook threads on Chowhound for sometime and have never posted until now. I am a long time cookbook collector - starting with my first Peanuts Cookbook back in the late 60's when I was a young child up to my current collection of over 1500 books(if you include all my softcover and pamphlet type books)
                                                                                                                                                  Thanks to Chowhound I have discovered Eat Your Books and find it to be a wonderful way to catalog most of my books and find recipes. I am fortunate to have a very understanding husband. Like a lot of you, I joke that I am a cookbook hoarder(actually true), but all my books are shelved and organized and neat so I do not feel too bad about it. I love seeing all of your bookshelves and will have to post some of mine.
                                                                                                                                                  We are in the process of getting ready for a cross country move and I have been culling lately, in the name of de-cluttering, so we can put our house up for sale. I will have to box up some of my books from the freestanding shelf in the kitchen and basement since I have cookbooks all over the house. However, this has not stopped my from adding to my collection(damn you The Good Cook for your book bundle sales....)
                                                                                                                                                  My largest category has to be baking and desserts, since I am a baker at heart, and my most prized possession is my copy of Cooking with Master Chef's autographed by Julia Child! I do not consider it my favorite Julia book, but it is autographed to me! I really want to see her kitchen at the Smithsonian one day soon.
                                                                                                                                                  This feels a bit like a self help group where I can come and feel better about my freakishly huge cookbook collection and get suggestions for more books to add to my library. : ) Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: nadiam1000

                                                                                                                                                    I think you should have begun your post, "Hello, my name is nadiam1000, and I am a cookbook hoarder," lol. Welcome! Your secret is safe here, where you will meet many fellow travelers. Your collection sounds amazing, but I don't envy you have to move your stash. When we moved into our house 15 years ago after moving 3 times in a year, I told my husband that the next move would be in to the nursing home!!! Maybe you should take pictures of your shelves before you dismantle them as a basis for reconstructing your shelves when you land in your new house. Are you moving east to west, or west to east?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nadiam1000

                                                                                                                                                      1000,

                                                                                                                                                      Your comment about this being like a self help group really struck home. I often feel like I am at a Weight Watchers meeting, gratefully looking around the room and realizing I have less to lose than many of the others. For me, its less than 300 books, and I often feel ridiculous that I want to acquire another one, like right now. Hearing about people with much bigger collections keeps me sane.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dkennedy

                                                                                                                                                        The first time through nadiam1000's post I read that phrase as "shelf help group" ...

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                                                          lol nice :)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                                                                            Good one ellabee, "shelf help" I like that.
                                                                                                                                                            roxlet, we are moving east(Pittsburgh, PA)) to West(Modesto area, CA). We have moved many times over the years and I do get comments from movers regarding the amount of cookbooks(heavy from a weight standpoint). But, like my pets, they all come with :) I think the suggestion to take photos of my shelves before I start packing up is a good one. I have to admit, it does not feel like home until I get all my cookbooks out and in their proper place - which varies depending on the house. You guys are great and I will try to post some of my photos once I take them.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: nadiam1000

                                                                                                                                                              We have done several cross-country moves, all paid for out-of-pocket. Quite a few of those trips, it was cheaper to send the books via Parcel Post, media rate. The Groves Encyclopedia alone was a huge savings this way.

                                                                                                                                                      2. This thread motivated me to revamp my bookshelves and start figuring out my camera - thanks!

                                                                                                                                                        Hopefully this will work.

                                                                                                                                                        This is a small bookshelf just off the kitchen which holds books I reference frequently plus a few binders that I keep my own recipes and notes in.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. This album is of the living room and has 12 shelves of books.

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                                                                                                                                                          I'm about half finished now!

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                            I would love to hear your impressions of your sausage making books!

                                                                                                                                                            Lovely collection, btw.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: smtucker

                                                                                                                                                              They were packed away for the last 5 years since I was living with a very tiny kitchen which had perhaps 18" of working counter space!

                                                                                                                                                              I need to look them over a bit and I'll report back. I'm hoping this winter to spend some time making sausage now that I have a workable kitchen.

                                                                                                                                                              Thanks on the compliment! This project was a nice push to get them sorted out and arranged in a more useable manner.

                                                                                                                                                          2. This album is the rest of the living room by geographic region:

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                              Have you cooked from New Food of Life, meatn3? I've had it sitting on my Amazon wish list (to keep it in my consciousness) for a few years, and I love Persian food, but I'd love to hear some personal reviews from anyone who's used the book.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                                I purchased this at a thrift store just before I moved last fall and have not cooked from it yet. It is gorgeous and this copy doesn't appear to have ever been looked at.

                                                                                                                                                                The book is very nicely done. While not every recipe has a photograph there are plenty - beautifully composed and full of visual info useful to a cook. There are also a good number of reproductions of historic/ancient text and illustrations relating to cooking. The visuals are quite lush and rich in color, texture and ambiance. You come away with a strong sense of place and culture.

                                                                                                                                                                At first glance many of the recipes seem more involved than you might want for a work night. Upon closer inspection you realize that often it is just a great many spices, not really lots of chopping. An experienced cook with an adventuresome palate will probably have most of the ingredients. There are some items which most will need to seek out, such as quince blossoms (fresh or dry) and barberries. The only area which could use improvement would be a lengthier section describing/explaining ingredients for someone without familiarity of the foods of the area.

                                                                                                                                                                The only process photo's I noticed were of making baklava- with homemade dough! It is thicker than filo, but thinner than pie crust. A food processor is used. It is nice to see traditional renditions paired with techniques which work with real life.

                                                                                                                                                                Each chapter has a recipe listing at the beginning. There are menu suggestions and information about ceremonial food. Every recipe has an English name and the traditional name in the English alphabet and in Persian script. Recipes are clear and provide detailed information regarding servings, prep time, soak time, total time and additional notes.

                                                                                                                                                                It really looks to have very good prospects. From your posts over the years I think you would be happy to add the book to your library. I'm moving it to my "cook from" pile!
                                                                                                                                                                I'm glad it caught your eye and you asked.