My top ten this week is all about cooking. My best cookbooks. I cringe when I hear of people getting rid of their cookbooks because "every recipe is on the internet." Is that true? So what if it is? I love cookbooks. Don't you love cookbooks?
I do have a bookmark file of recipes too, and a binder full of recipes pulled from newspapers and magazines, printed off the 'net, and handwritten. But I do love to sit down with a cookbook and browse.
1. The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook/Dedicated to the Pure Joy of Baking: Anything you want to bake. Great instructions for making yeast bread, and how to use alternate ingredients. The best scone recipe ever.
2. San Francisco Chronicle Cookbook (Volumes 1 and 2) OK, that's two books, I know. Volume 1 is really the best, but I have to count Volume 2 as well because of Super Rica Rajas and its spinoff, Arroz con Rajas Y Crema. Heaven on a plate. Serve as a side dish to some healthful main course and finish off with the Spanish Flan from Volume 1.
3. Madhur Jaffrey's An Invitation to Indian Cooking: The one that got me started cooking Indian food. The seminarian owned this before we were married so it's a sentimental favorite too.
4. Madhur Jaffrey Indian Cooking: We love Indian food the best.
5. Wholesome Cookies by Jane Marsh Dieckman: Out of print but worth picking up used. It's just a little book full of good cookie recipes using whole wheat and other flours, fruit, granola... just a little more healthful than your everyday tollhouse cookie.
6. Better Homes and Garden's Biggest Book of Cookies: Just about every cookie you could want to bake.
7. New Basics: Just a great all-around cookbook. I'm on my second copy; the first fell apart because I used it so much.
8. Cook's Illustrated Magazines Best Recipes: Oh, the carrot cake.
9. Cover and Bake, also by Cook's Illustrated: Quick and/or easy. Crockpot meals too - good ones, which are not always so easy to find.
10. Flavor it Greek!: Purchased at a Greek Festival in Portland, Oregon; put together locally. Eggplant salad, tzatziki. Octopus recipes, too - maybe someday I'll try one of those.
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