My family knows that I have gone through periods of having an unhealthy addiction to cookbooks. Now this is a strange thing, because mostly I cook by instinct or imagination or what ever and just use cookbooks for inspiration. I love all the ideas and the beautiful pictures but rarely follow a recipe exactly, often not even closely. And the fact that I can thrift cookbooks makes them even more dangerous, they are cheaper, so hey, I can buy more. But I have been trying valiantly to reduce the number of cookbooks I have and here are just a list of a few of the cookbooks or cookbook authors I refer to regularly.
Nigella Lawson. Not only do I have a cookbook addiction, I used to be addicted to cooking shows, and Nigella’s was one of my favourites. I love her cookbooks, she is unapologetic about enjoying the sensual nature and pleasure that food brings.
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. I love his River Cottage TV series and have watched them all. I love his cookbooks and how he tries to teach people where our food comes from and how it should be ethically and locally sourced.
Irma S. Rombauer. Her “The Joy of Cooking” is an absolute must for any beginner or advanced chef. She talks about everything from how to trim meat to making the perfect meringue.
The Canadian Living Cookbook. This book was given to me as a wedding present in 1988 by my mom’s best friend Liz Bayne and although it has lost it’s dust cover and part of it’s binding due to excessive use, it is still a valued and loved cookbook.
The Best of Clean Eating. This is a great cookbook for focusing on healthy clean eating, I love lots of recipes and ideas from this book. I love the magazine too.
Cooking Light Complete Cookbook. This is another cookbook based off a magazine that I love. The waffle recipe is the best I have ever eaten, I just make it gluten-free for me. So good.
Hot Sour Salty Sweet. A fantastic culinary journey through Asia. The pictures are amazing and I have made many a recipe inspired by this book. My copy is a bit beat up from use and it was purchased second-hand.
Julia Child. I loved her cooking shows and I love her cookbooks. I have read her biography and autobiography. She had the most amazing life and the greatest laugh.
Jamie Oliver. I loved his shows as well. I have several of his cookbooks on my shelf and refer to them often.
Jeff Smith. “The Frugal Gourmet” was a popular cooking show years ago and I rarely missed it on a Saturday afternoon. I have used his “On Our Immigrant Ancestors” cookbook to try out lots of different ethnic cuisines. An oldie but a goodie.
These are just a few of my favourite cookbooks or cookbook authors. What cookbooks can you just not live with out? I would love to hear as I am always on the look out for a new one to add to my collection of over 50 cookbooks (conservative estimate). Cheers, Michele