To Read, To Eat: Favorite Cookbooks

If you were to come into my kitchen, you would notice, if you looked under the countertops, that I have lots and lots of cookbooks.  Blame it on spending several years working in a used book store, and the fact that I spent a good portion of my young adulthood trying to figure out how to prepare interesting and flavorful meals.  As I was looking through Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian for a Meatless Monday meal, it occurred to me that my cookbook preferences and references have changed over time.  I wonder how many of you out there have thought about using your cookbooks as ways to journal your cooking and eating trajectory.  So, to chronicle my cooking history (from recent to distant past), see below:

Cookbooks I refer to regularly today

  • How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman
  • How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Mark Bittman
  • Better Homes and Garden New Cookbook

How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food [Book]  How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food [Book]  Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book [Book]

As a new mother

  • Woman’s Day: The Only 25 Recipes You’ll Ever Need
  • Monday-to-Friday cookbooks, Michele Urvater

Woman's day: the only 25 recipes you'll ever need [Book] Monday to Friday cookbook [Book] Monday-to-Friday chicken [Book]

In Bolivia

  • The Joy of Cooking
  • Cocinando in Cochabamba

"Rare ""1975"" Cookbook ""Joy Of Cooking"" by Irma S. Rombauer - ...

As a graduate student

  • What to Cook When You Think There’s Nothing to Eat in the House
  • Twenty-Minute Chicken Dishes, Karen A. Levin
  • The Moosewood Kitchen Cookbooks
  • The Silver Palate Cookbooks
  • Family Circle Great Meals on a Tight Budget

What to Cook When You Think There's Nothing in the House to Eat: More Than 175 Easy Recipes and Meal Ideas  Twenty-Minute Chicken Dishes: Delicious, Easy-To-Prepare Meals Everyone Will Love

The Silver Palate Cookbook Cover Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant: Ethnic and Regional Recipes from the Cooks at the Legendary Restaurant (Cookery) by Moosewood Collective

As a child

  • Peter Rabbit’s Natural Foods Cookbook, Arnold Dobrin

  Peter Rabbit's Natural Foods Cookbook


Of course, these are just the tip of the iceberg.  I have many more “targeted” cookbooks, and many others that have been resold or borrowed from the library.  Spending just a few minutes looking at my favorite cookbooks over time has reminded me of many favorite meals, and of the resources that I have at my fingertips…


One Comment to “To Read, To Eat: Favorite Cookbooks”

  1. I like how you organize your cookbooks according to your stage of life–it’s like a snapshot of what was important to you during those times!

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