Wednesday, April 14, 2010

0 A Few of My Favorite Things.....

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I'd like to share with you a list of some of my favorite things, namely favorite cookbooks and kitchenware. :)

While I might've mentioned a few of the below cookbooks before in previous posts, there are also many on this list that I haven't yet mentioned or discussed... until now. Cookbooks are something I like to collect, not only for their wonderful recipes, but also because they tell stories, evoke memories, and of course, contain lots of useful tips and ideas. I'll admit to owning many, many cookbooks -- Cookbooks are kind of like shoes; a person can never seem to own enough of them. :) While I generally try not to amass too much stuff (i.e., if it doesn't have a place to comfortably fit in the house without creating clutter & chaos, it's not going to make it's way into the house in the first place!), they're definitely one of my splurge items.

In fact I have an entire bookcase dedicated to cookbooks, that happens to be conveniently located right next to the kitchen. :) Below is an artistic Photoshop rendering of that bookcase. The photo is actually cropped a bit for aesthetic reasons; the bookcase is actually much larger. :)

Anyhow, I wanted to share the below list with you, just in case you wanted to add a few new cookbooks to your collection.

Favorite Cookbooks:
Indian Home Cooking (Suvir Saran and Stephanie Lyness) -- One of the most interesting & accessible Indian cookbooks I've seen in a while.
The Dean and DeLuca Cookbook (Rosengarten, Dean, DeLuca) -- The gold standard for ethnic-infused American fare.
Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant (The Moosewood Collective) --Great ethnic & regional recipes.
From the Recipe Files of the C.I.A. (Culinary Institute of America) -- Excellent for holidays & celebrations.
Mangoes & Curry Leaves: Culinary Travels Through the Great Subcontinent (Jeffrey Alford & Naomi Duguid) -- The food of Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, & Sri Lanka.
The Best of Mexico: A Cookbook (Evie Righter) -- This tiny cookbook packs a mighty punch.
The Middle Eastern Kitchen: 75 Essential Ingredients with Over 150 Authentic Recipes (Ghillie Başan) -- A good basic recipe reference by ingredient.
Brasil: A Cook's Tour (Christopher Idone) -- The recipes are as awe-inspiring as the photos.
The New Moosewood Cookbook (Mollie Katzen) -- This cookbook brings back many fond memories.
The Frog Commissary Cookbook (Poses, Clark, & Roller) -- I grew up with this cookbook.
The Instant Cook (Donna Hay) -- Good for those days when time is of the essence but you still want a delicious, wholesome meal.
Intimate Gatherings: Great Food For Good Friends (Ellen Rose & Jessica Strand) -- This cookbook has been my go-to recipe source for countless dinner parties.
Extra Virgin: Cooking with Olive Oil (Clare Ferguson) -- A wonderful cookbook full of inspiring pictures and fabulous recipes.
Flavors (Donna Hay) -- A simple, straightforward cookbook with tantalizing images, organized by, you guessed it, flavors.
The Visual Food Encyclopedia: The Definitive Practical Guide to Food & Cooking (François Fortin, Editor) -- A useful visual food guide, organized by ingredient & sprinkled with recipes throughout its pages.
The Essential Kitchen: Basic Tools, Recipes, & Tips For a Complete Kitchen (Christine McFadden) -- A great visual checklist for essential kitchen tools, with details explaining uses & techniques.

If you'd like to purchase any of the above cookbooks, feel free to visit my Amazon Store, which contains a complete library of the above cookbooks, with more details on each cookbook and corresponding purchase links. I get a referral bonus if you purchase the cookbooks through these links, so if you're going to buy them, I'd really appreciate the referral as a small token of your appreciation for these suggestions. :)  Thanks so much!

Also included on my Amazon Store website are some recommendations for kitchenware items, which I own and absolutely adore. All of them are basic tools which have made my cooking and baking experiences SO much easier. I use them so frequently that I honestly can't imagine cooking or baking without them!

Hope you find all of the above kitchen resources as useful as I have.

Have a great night!
-C

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