Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How many~is enough?

~Most of them~

When I worked as a gardener on a nearby estate, I became friendly with the chefs. The first was a woman who authored at least two cookbooks. She once told me, "When you purchase your second cookbook, you have started a collection". The second chef was a bit eccentric and rarely used a recipe. I thought him to be a master at his homeland Moroccan cuisine. Back to the first-the lady author. She gave me a signed copy of one of her cookbooks, making that my second... and that, was the beginning of my cookbook collection.


~There are two copies of The Joy of Cooking. One is pretty old and tattered, and the newer one is the updated edition.

~The complete works of Ina Garten~The Barefoot Contessa. These are my 'go-to' books. I love the way this woman entertains and if I could have dinner with but one cookbook author it would be this lady.

~The New York Times Cookbook-this is my husband's favorite and is his 'go-to' book of choice.

~I am a soup maker and lover so there are several good soup cookbooks. Most of those were gifts from my wonderful son and daughter-in-law~Jonathan and Amanda.

~Two great Maine cookbooks are the Marjorie Standish-Cooking Downeast and Keep Cooking the Maine Way.

~I love Classic French Cooking by Elizabeth Luard for the fantastic recipes and its whimsical illustrations.

~The New Basics and The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins are great sources as is, Great Good Food by Julee Rosso.

~I love Dean & Deluca The Food and Wine cookbook-pairing dishes with complimentary wines.

~From Maine-The Arrow's Cookbook by Clark Fraier and Mark Gaier. My husband and I have had the pleasure of dining at Arrow's in Ogunquit-it was memorable.

~There are a couple of cupcake books for those times that our Granddaughter Erin visits and we feel like baking.

~I treasure my Mother's old copy of Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook.

~I don't eat meat, so there are few good vegetarian books.

~More Joy~

~The Black Dog- Summer on The Vineyard and The Martha's Vineyard Table are perfect for summer fare.

~I was raised by my a strong Italian Mother and my Dad who loved my Mom's ancestral dishes, so there are some good Italian cookbooks.

~I have folders of clipped recipes and favorites from family and friends. I enjoy two wonderful cooking groups where we choose a theme and contribute to a splendid evening of sharing.

I would love to hear about your favorite recipes and some of your 'go-to' cookbooks.

p.s. I love everyday recipes from Cooking Light magazine- Oh yes... cooking magazines~ that's a whole other post...

Please join me in visiting ~ A Day That Is Dessert ~ A Perfect Beginning ~ PVE Design. They too will be sharing their cookbooks with us over the next several days.


  1. Wonderful food for thought! Sharing good food has always been part of my day. I know of that Moroccan cook and his glorious meals.
    This is all making me hungry - off to scrounge some toast and eggs for breakfast!

  2. Ahhh... yes the cous-cous he once prepared for us was such an experiance! I get such pleasure cooking for others. I'm afraid my breakfast may be an apple on the run today!

  3. Well, according to the sage wisdom of your cook friend, I too have a cook book collection. Some of my favorite recipes are hand written on notebook paper from my mother. Her pumpkin bread is out of this world!

  4. Oh Deb, I love your collection of books! I have yet to post but I will!! Pink swear!
    Your job sounds interesting I would love to hear more about it someday.
    Have a sweet day my friend!! xoxo
    PS were your ears ringing yesterday?! I spent the day with my mom and sister telling them both about you and Patricia.

  5. Wonderful collection Debra!! I see we have many cookbooks in common: Joy of Cooking, Dean & Deluca, Silver Palate, Barefoot Contessa.... too bad we don't live close enough to have dinner parties together!

  6. Debra, I love going to my Kansas City Junior League Cookbooks; Beyond Parsley, and Above and Beyond Parsley. Also I go to Four Star Desserts often. My mother really has some of the best, hand me down recipes. I have given many of my cookbooks to my daughter, and still have lots!

  7. I love getting a peek at your cookbook collection! I'm always looking to add more to my own. I just found your blog through Joyce's. I have to say, the illustration you created of her front door is fabulous. I love it... and what a thoughtful gift.

    Love your blog!

  8. Julia~ Loved the outfit on your post today. Thanks for dropping by. I'd love to see your cookbook collection.

    Joyce~ Is that what that ringing was? Can't wait to see your cookbooks. Maybe we'll meet and I can tell you all about those adventures!

    Lecia~ It would fun cooking along side of you and setting up a dinner party with our mutual blog friends - wouldn't it?

    Kotori~ Welcome! That Joyce- she's a master at getting people together. Thanks for visiting- please come back soon!

  9. Karena~ Those Junior League cook books can be great- holding all of the 'secret', wonderful recipes. I hold very dear my Mom's handwritten recipes.

  10. Wow, Debra, you have quite a collection and it's inspiring. Ina Garten is my favorite too - I'd love to be invited to her home for dinner or even a snack! LOL. I bet your mom gave you some amazing Italian recipes - Italian is still my favorite!

  11. Hi Debra! Thanks for visiting! We have a lot of the same cookbooks! But don´t tell me you don´t have What´s Cooking at Moody´s Diner. A classic...Ha! Ha!

  12. Hi Debra: We share alot of the same cookbooks. I smiled when you mentioned the Betty Crockers cookbook. My Mother gave me her copy, and I used it religiously when first making pie crusts as a teenager. Many of the pages are separated from the 3 ring binder.

    Karena: Four Star Desserts by Emily Luchetti. She is my sister in law. I love her baking philosophy: simple, practical and delicious!

  13. Anne~ Suppose if we say to Ina G. "We'll paint for food"....that would work?

    Jane~ Well I guess Moody's is world famous! That is where my husband asked me to marry him... over a hot turkey sanwich! So glad you stopped by!

    Purple Flowers~ That one is a classic-I do use it! Thanks for visiting!

    Karena~ I'm going to look for that one- I need one more! Thank you.

  14. What a fun collection! The Joy of Cooking is a must-have, and one of the few in my small collection. I am definitely a novice but when I do cook, I usually do it by eye. My husband is the cook of the house and loves to make soups and sauces:)


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