My Favorite Cookbooks

My Cookbook Shelf

My son recently asked me how many books do read at a time, my reply; three. I keep a book in each of my favorite rooms. I like to read fiction in my bedroom, lying down on my big comfy bed. I read non-fiction in the living room or sun porch and cookbooks in the kitchen. I love cookbooks, to me, they're more than a collection of recipes and techniques, they're armchair travel guides.

I don't have a giant collection of cookbooks, I don't have the room or the budget, but I do have a wonderful public library that has an outstanding selection. Below are my favorite, current and all time, cookbooks. Some are basic how-to's, some are cuisine specific, and some are just plain fun.

Books I Keep at Hand and Often Cook From

From a Southern Italian Table, Arthur Schwartz

Naples at Table, Arthur Schwartz

Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich (also goes in the classic section)

Italian Farmer's Table, Matthew Scialabba & Melissa Peligrino

Italian Slower Cooker, Michele Sciolone

From My French Table, Dorie Greenspan

New England Soup Factory, Drucker & Silverstein (Excellent soup cookbook)

Taste of Persia, Najmieh Batanglij

Indian Cooking, Suneeta Vaswari

Kraken Classics

Silver Palate Cookbook, Julie Rosso and Shelia Lukins

Silver Plate New Basics, Julie Rosso and Shelia Lukins

King Arthur Flour All-Purpose Baking

Cooking at Home with Julia and Jacques, Julia Childs & Jacques Pepin

Soup, Debra Mayhew

Best Soups in the World, Wright

Kitchen for Kids, Jennifer Low

Teen's Vegetarian Cookbook, Judy Krizmanic

I'm Happy the Owns Library

Sweeter Side of Amy's Bread,  Amy Scherber, Toy Kim Dupree

Amy's Bread, Revised and Updated,

Mark Bittman, Any of his books

Plenty, Yotam Ottolenghi

Make the Bread but the Butter, Jennifer Reese


Current Library Book: Super Natural Every Day, Heidi Swanson

Super Natural Every Day

Best Cookbook of All: My Collection of Recipes!


My Collection of Recipes

Tell me what are your favorite cookbooks?



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