For some reason, last night it seemed like a great idea to organize my cookbooks. I need to do a little culling of the herd so I decided to finally get them in good order.
There are a lot of them. My father raised us to read cookbooks like novels–stories of flavor, technique and gathering those you love and feeding them. We all have a lot of them and we fiercely protect them–my sister and I have been stealing the Kathleen’s Bake Shop book from each other for years (for the record, I have it now) and I have a borrowed Craig Claiborne book that my dad calls about hourly.
I decided to organize into categories–magazine books, people, places, vintage (I’m looking at you Franklin Habit) and, my very favorite, community cookbooks. It seemed like a good idea to gather all my favorites into one shelf regardless of category which got me to thinking–what cookbook would make me go into a full out meltdown if the guy from Hoarders asked me get rid of it.
The answer was easy: The Silver Palate New Basics. It was a gift from a lovely woman (who was also a knitter) for my 27th birthday. Funny to see how food has changed. Ingredients that seemed so exotic or hard to get (goat cheese!) I can now buy in any old grocery store.
So what’s your favorite and why?