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Mar 8, 2014 05:53 PM

If I could only keep the cookbooks of one author/chef/cook that author would be:

Hello friends,

mr bc asked me this question tonight. He told me I had 20 seconds to answer. My answer was:

Donna Hay

OMG, I'd miss all my Italian books that are the most predominant category in my collection but DH has a bit of everything. As an Aussie, her recipes have an Asian influence that I so love.

What about you? Whose books would you keep?

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  1. My "20 second" response was David Tanis.

    Thinking about it for a little longer, I might instead say Yotam Ottolenghi.

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    1. re: drongo

      Totally agree with you about Ottolenghi drongo...good point!

      1. James Beard.No foreign influences other than perhaps European, but lots of good, well-described recipes; and in some books good technical instruction.

        Or maybe Pepin (+/- Claiboune, whose NYT cookbook is great)

        Yes Pepin, for all the reasons I cited for Beard, but he's better.

        1. Ina Garten. I really learned how to cook by watching her show and her books were some of the first I owned. Whenever I need a great recipe, especially for parties or company, I usually end up with one of hers.

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          1. re: juliejulez

            Oh, Ina. I love Ina as well julie..good one!

            1. re: juliejulez

              I have to vote for Ina Garten too.

              She's not my favorite cook and I have scores of wonderful cookbooks by other cooks I prefer, but if I had to pick only one author and her cookbooks, it would have to be she. Not only do her cookbooks offer an excellent range of dishes that I could eat every day, the recipes are so perfectly tested and the results are excellent and there's enough variations to keep me satisfied and interested. In short, I could only cook from Ina Garten and never get bored of either the food or recipes.

              1. re: Madrid

                Another vote for Wolfert.

                But it's not like there aren't others that rush to mind: Pepin, Hazan...