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skat's picture

3 Cookbooks (post #62597)

I know that you have done the 'favourite cookbook' theme over and again, but this is a slight variation.


What are the three cookbooks that you think every public library should have in its collection?  :)

Wolvie's picture

(post #62597, reply #1 of 19)

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child comes to mind.


Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time - Abe Lincoln.

 

Jangomango's picture

(post #62597, reply #7 of 19)

Agree.


That and all the books by Elizabeth David were my essentials for years.


Edited 4/5/2003 11:59:08 PM ET by Aussie

Adele's picture

(post #62597, reply #2 of 19)

'The Settlement Cookbook', the older the better.

But, but, its SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

Biscuits's picture

(post #62597, reply #3 of 19)

The Joy of Cooking, latest version.


The Way to Cook by Julia Child.


I'm thinking...I'm not sure...


 


 


wtf    - Biscuit

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sailor's picture

(post #62597, reply #8 of 19)

'The Settlement Cookbook', the older the better.


Adele, my aunt picked one up at a garage sale-28th edition 1947 and call "The way to a man's heart---The Settlement Cook BooK"  I must say I have never actually referred to it for anything.


Edited 4/6/2003 10:44:22 AM ET by Galley Slave

Adele's picture

(post #62597, reply #11 of 19)

LOL- Mine doesn't have a way to a man's heart on it.

I use it for basic stuff, had it before Joy. Plus, what if you ever needed to skin a squirrel? Or make gruel?

But, but, its SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

skat's picture

(post #62597, reply #12 of 19)

Thanks for the list of suggestions.  I'm currently compiling an order for the library I work at, and want to make sure our collection at least has what many would consider 'the basics.'. 


We seem to be lacking quite a few of these.  While I unfortunately can't order every title (right now), the Marcella Hazan book is definately going to the top of the list. 

madnoodle's picture

(post #62597, reply #14 of 19)

I vote for Baking with Julia--if only because I took it out of the library a million times before I finally broke down and bought it.

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skat's picture

(post #62597, reply #15 of 19)

This one, thankfully, we have!

favorablyimpressed's picture

(post #62597, reply #16 of 19)

I just want to let you know how much I utilize the cookbook section of our public libraries in the area.  We are fortunate to have unusually well stocked cookbook sections.  I took a two-page list of the new cookbooks that came out before the holidays and asked if they could order some of these from my list.  To my amazement, orders had already been placed for the majority of them.  In addition, she put me on the "hold" list, so I was the first to review them. I loved that!


I end up buying about 75% of the books I review.  It's wonderful to be able to know before buying if this is a book that I really want to add to my own library.


 

Jean's picture

(post #62597, reply #17 of 19)

When I die, our  library is going to have a fantastic cookbook section too.  :)


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skat's picture

(post #62597, reply #18 of 19)

Jean, its great people like yourself who have really rounded out many areas of our collection.  :)

MarieLouise's picture

(post #62597, reply #19 of 19)

We have a library at Sea Ranch that is all donations. To make room for new cookbooks, I donate my least-used ones to the library. Checkout is on the honor system, and you keep them as long as you like. Funny thing, every time I go there, NONE of my cookbooks are on the shelf. I figure,oh well, at least someone's using them.

sailor's picture

(post #62597, reply #13 of 19)

what if you ever needed to skin a squirrel


You're not kidding squirrel and muskat are hot items in some parts down here. Maryland is the south, even though it dosen't seem like it is, being so close to NY and PA.

Tuck's picture

(post #62597, reply #4 of 19)

Hi s'kat.  Only three, that's tough because there's so many -


Jacques Pepin's La Methode and La Technique
Madeleine Kamman's The New Making of a Cook
Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking


 

~tuck
"Crisp crusts crackle crunchily"

Wolvie's picture

(post #62597, reply #5 of 19)

I was considering Marcella's, too. Great book.

Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time - Abe Lincoln.

 

Tuck's picture

(post #62597, reply #6 of 19)

Yes it is.  I forgot to mention the Harold McGee books.


~tuck
"Crisp crusts crackle crunchily"

sandermom's picture

(post #62597, reply #9 of 19)

Coyote Cafe by Mark Miller
Joy of Cooking by Rombauer/Becker
The Wolfgang Puck Cookbook by himself

Klaatu Barada Nikto

chiffonade's picture

(post #62597, reply #10 of 19)

The New Professional Chef
The Joy of Cooking
The Cake Bible


Not necessarily in that order.

*You're a REAL person, eat REAL food."

Chiffonade