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One Woman's Journey through Her Cookbooks

My Little Library!

Ok, so I thought I should share my little library of cookbooks with you so you can see firstly what a compulsive problem I have with buying them and also to see where my food journey is heading. It’s a random mix of books that is ever expanding; I like to think of it – and me – being rather eclectic! I’ve thought about how best to list them but have decided for the moment just to list them more or less as they appear on my bookself with a rough categorisation {I may change my mind and get all organised but if that did actually happen, we’d most likely have rain for a century!}. What I will do, though, is separately post little reviews on my favourites.

As you know, I haven’t actually cooked from a lot of them. If you have any of these books already, please point me in the direction of wonderful recipes you’ve cooked so that I may try them, which ones to stay away from or {dangerous suggestion here now} let me know if you think I’d like a cookbook that doesn’t appear on this list!

Here goes:

  1. French Brasserie Cookbook by Daniel Galmiche {French cuisine}
  2. Impress for Less by Hope Fox {General}
  3. Cake Pops by Molly Bakes {Baking}
  4. Christmas Made Easy by BBC Good Food {Christmas Cooking}
  5. Irresistible Macaroons by José Maréchal {Baking}
  6. Vegetarian Balti Cooking by Mridula Balhekar {Vegetarian}
  7. Cooked in a Flash by Jenny Bristow {General}
  8. Innocent Smoothie Recipe Book by Innocent {Drinks}
  9. A Foreign Flavour by Rose Eliot {Vegetarian}
  10. Small Food by Many {Entertaining}
  11. Freezer Cookbook by Many {General, Freezing}
  12. Step-by-Step Cocktails by Dilip Chabbra & Hemant Mehta {Drinks}
  13. Bread by Sara Lewis {Baking}
  14. River Cottage Handbook No. 2 – Preserves by Pam Corbin {Preserves}
  15. Let’s Preserve It by Beryl Wood {Preserves}
  16. Ottolenghi The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi {General}
  17. Barbecues and other Outdoor Feasts by Hugo Arnold {BBQs, Picnics}
  18. Biscuiteers Book of Iced Biscuits by Harriet Hastings & Sarah Moore {Baking}
  19. The Clatter of Forks & Spoons by Richard Corrigan {General, Irish}
  20. Avoca Café Handbook by Hugo Arnold {General, Irish}
  21. Pie by Angela Boggiano {Pies!}
  22. From Brenda’s Kitchen – 100 Favourity Recipes by Brenda Costigan {General, Irish}
  23. Food for Friends – Simply Delicious Menus for Easy Entertaining by Fran Warde {Entertaining}
  24. The Little Paris Kitchen by Rachel Khoo {French cuisine}
  25. The Café Paradiso Cookbook by Dennis Cotter {Vegetarian, Irish}
  26. Claire Macdonald’s Entertaining Solo by Claire Macdonald {General, Scottish}
  27. Leiths Simple Cookery by Viv Pidgeon & Jenny Stringer {General, Great Britain}
  28. Cooking for a Crowd – Menus, Recipes and Strategies for Entertaining 10 to 50 by Susan Wyler {Entertaining, American}
  29. The Complete Rhodes Around Britain by Gary Rhodes {General, Great Britain}
  30. Marguerite Patten’s Best British Dishes by Marguerite Patten {General, Great Britain}
  31. The Modern Pantry Cookbook by Anna Hansen {General, Great Britain}
  32. The Fabulous Baker Brothers by Henry Herbert & Tom Herbert {General}
  33. Ham, Pickles & Jam by Thane Prince {General, Preserves}
  34. Trattoria – Italian Food for Family & Friends by Ursula Ferrigno {Italian}
  35. Cake Pops – Tips, Tricks and Recipes for More than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats by Bakerella {Baking}
  36. Lunchboxes by Annabel Karmel {General, Kids}
  37. Bill’s Open Food by Bill Granger {General, Australian}
  38. Bill’s Sydney Food by Bill Granger {General, Australian}
  39. Holiday by Bill Granger {General, Australian}
  40. Feed Me Now by Bill Granger {General, Australian}
  41. Everday by Bill Granger {General, Australian}
  42. Passione – The Italian Cookbook by Gennaro Contaldo {Italian}
  43. Rose’s Heavenly Cakes by Rose Levy Beranbaum {Baking, American}
  44. Barrafina, A Spanish Cookbook by Sam & Eddie Hart & Hieves Barragán Mohacho {Tapas}
  45. Miette by Meg Ray with Leslie Jonath {Baking, American}
  46. New Tapas – Today’s Best Bar Food from Spain by Fiona Dunlop {Tapas}
  47. Tapas – Simple Combinations, Striking Flavours by Carlos Horrillo & Patrick Morcas {Tapas}
  48. The Book of Tapas by Simone & Inés Ortega {Tapas}
  49. Neven’s Real Food for Families by Neven Maguire {General, Irish}
  50. Home Chef by Neven Maguire {General, Irish}
  51. Neven’s Food from the Sun by Neven Maguire {General, Irish}
  52. Full on Irish by Kevin Dundon {General, Irish}
  53. Great Family Food by Kevin Dundon {General, Irish}
  54. Simple Soirees – Seasonal Menus for Sensational Dinner Parties by Peggy Knickerbocker {General, American}
  55. InStyle Parties by Jennifer Tung {Entertaining, American}
  56. Dinner Parties – Inspired Recipes & Party Ideas for Entertaining by Georgeanne Brennan {Entertaining, General}
  57. Diva Cooking – Unashamedly Glamorous Party Food by Victoria Blashford-Snell & Jennifer Joyce {Entertaining, General}
  58. French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David {French cuisine}
  59. Rick Stein’s Taste of the Sea by Rick Stein {Fish}
  60. The Best Casserole Cookbook Ever by Beatrice Ojakangas {Casseroles!}
  61. Bake me I’m yours…Cake Pops by Carolyn White {Baking}
  62. Pop Bakery by Clare O’Connell {Baking}
  63. Party! Easy Recipes for Fingerfood & Party Drinks by Fran Warde {Entertaining}
  64. An Irish Butcher Shop by Pat Whelan {General, Irish}
  65. All About Salads & Dressings by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, Ethan Becker {Salads}
  66. Tender, Volumes 1 & 2 by Nigel Slater {General}
  67. The Kitchen Diaries by Nigel Slater {General}
  68. Real Food by Nigel Slater {General}
  69. Real Cooking by Nigel Slater {General}
  70. Appetite by Nigel Slater {General}
  71. Bake me I’m yours…Christmas by Lindy Smith et al {Baking}
  72. Food for Friends by Mary Gwynn {Vegetarian}
  73. Twelve – A Tuscan Cook Book by Tessa Kiros {Italian}
  74. Mary Berry’s Ultimate Cake Book by Mary Berry {Baking}
  75. 101 Easy Recipes – Low GI by Lynda Brown {General, GI}
  76. The Vegeterranean – Italian Vegetarian Cooking by Malu Simões & Alberto Musacchio {Vegetarian, Italian}
  77. The Silver Spoon by Many {General, Italian}
  78. Lazy Days and Beach Blankets by Many {BBQs, Picnics}
  79. Outdoor Entertaining by Many {Entertaining}
  80. The Claire Macdonald Cookbook by Claire Macdonald {General}
  81. Rose Eliot’s Complete Vegetarian Cookbook by Rose Eliot {Vegetarian}
  82. Romantic Cakes by Peggy Porschen {Baking}
  83. Cake Chic by Peggy Porschen {Baking}
  84. Unwrapped – Green & Black’s Chocolate Recipes by Caroline Jeremy {Baking}
  85. Good Housekeeping New Step-by-Step Cookbook by Many {General}
  86. Cook Simple by Diana Henry {General}
  87. Cordon Vert by Colin Spencer {Vegetarian}
  88. Tony & Giorgio by Tony Allan & Giorgio Locatelli {General, Great Britain & Italian}
  89. Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten {General, American}
  90. Reader’s Digest Fresh Fruit & Desserts by Many {Desserts}
  91. Reader’s Digest Perfect Poultry by Many {Fowl}
  92. Winter Food – Seasonal Recipes for the Colder Months by Jill Norman {General}
  93. Long Nights & Log Fires by Many {General}
  94. Cook Up a Feast by Mary Berry & Lucy Young {General}
  95. Cook Now, Eat Later by Mary Berry {General}
  96. Real Food – Fast by Mary Berry {General}
  97. Mary Berry’s Family Sunday Lunches by Mary Berry {General, Great Britain}
  98. Just One Pot by Lindsey Bareham {General}
  99. The Green Cookbook by Deborah Madison {Vegetarian}
  100. The Fussy Eaters’ Recipe Book by Annabel Karmel {Kids}
  101. Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg & Zoë Francois {Baking, bread}
  102. New Covent Garden Soup Company’s Book of Soups by The New Covent Garden Soup Company {Soups}
  103. The French Menu Cookbook by Richard Olney {French cuisine}
  104. Supper Club – Recipes & Notes from The Underground Restaurant by Kerstin Rodgers {General}
  105. The Skinny French Kitchen by Harry Eastwood {French cuisine}
  106. DOUGH: Simple Contemporary Bread by Richard Bertinet {Baking, bread}
  107. Friends at My Table by Alice Hart {General, entertaining}
  108. Home Made by Yvette Van Boven {General}
  109. Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan {French cuisine}
  110. Cornucopia at home, the Cookbook by Eleanor Heffernan {Vegetarian, Irish}

And tomorrow I’m expecting to take delivery of Chloe Coker’s”Super Cute Cookies: 35 easy to make and decorate cookie projects”, Richard Bertinet’s “Pastry”, Rick Stein’s “Mediterranean Escapes”, and finally Beatrice Peltre’s “La Tartine Gourmande: Recipes for an Inspired Life.”

Time for coffee….

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