Sunday, October 02, 2005
Eight Cookbooks of Separation
I read about the Eight Cookbooks of Separation-challenge on Food Blog School a while ago, and I *meant* to post about it right away. But.. well, I didn't. Anyway, better late than never. So. The picture above shows pretty much all my cookbooks. They have an entire bookshelf to themselves. It's a pretty big shelf. But I bet many of you food bloggers easily match this collection.
Anyway, it'd be stupid to blog about each and every one, so here's a couple of my favorites and most used books.
1. Stora Kokboken (Translates "The Big Cookbook")
This used to be my grandmother's. My other grandmother had one too, which I grew up with, since she lived with us. That one is another edition, and I'm much more used to that one - but mom would never give it up, so it lives with her. Instead, I got this one when my other grandmother died. She got it for christmas in 1953. Stainfactor? Very low as in it's well protected, but very high as in used a lot. This has so incredibly many good basic recipes, it's something I always look at.
2. Jamie Oliver - Jamie's Dinners
Well, this is my favorite of Jamie's books, but I have all of them. We cook extensively from this one, and I'd have to say it has a stainfactor of 7 or so. More importantly, everything has come out absolutely perfect so far. Yum. A safe book.
3. Nigella Lawson - Nigella Bites
Again, I have all of Nigella's books, but this is my personal favorite. I have made about half the recipes in it, I think, and I love it. It's not as dependable as Jamie, but it has an even higher stainfactor. Say 8.
4. Bitchin' in the Kitchen - The PMS Survival Cookbook
I picked up this little gem in a weird store somewhere in a mall in California, many years ago. It's written by Jennifer Evans and Fritzi Horstman, and I completely fell for it straight away. Who wouldn't love a cookbook with chapters like "Chocolate", "Comfort Foods", "Sugar, Sugar", "The Salt Fix" and "Desperado Feasts"? I heartily recommend this. All recipes also come with a "piggie rating". Stainfactor? 6 or so. I don't use it *that* much, but what I've tried, I love. And it's fun just for reading. No pictures though.
Now, head over to Tomatom who thought up this cool idea, and read more about cookbooks!