My spouse and I disagree about whether or not we should own more cookbooks. Clearly, we should. One can really never have enough. Naturally, you will never cook everything in a cookbook (my cousin did, once, you can read about it at My Year with Jamie Oliver). That said, you shouldn’t wait until you cook every single thing in a cookbook until you try a new one! If you didn’t, you’d end up eating all of the gross lamb dishes (personal opinion). Anyway, let’s talk cookbooks!
PS: I’ve linked these to Amazon.com with affiliate links, which means that should you click through and choose to purchase, I will get a tiny portion of the price, at no cost to you. Some of these are Canadian books and are therefore mostly unavailable, or obscenely priced, at Amazon.com!
Cookbooks I Think Everyone Should Own
This is the bible of cooking. It tells you how to clean a turtle, it tells you how to make broth, it tells you how to scramble eggs and it tells you how to set a table. There are literally thousands of recipes in this book. If the power goes out or you don’t have internet, you can turn to this handy tome!
Disclaimer: I don’t actually own this one. It’s sitting in my Amazon wishlist. However, everyone I know who owns this really loves it.
Similar to the Joy of Cooking, this lays down the laws of the kitchen for you, covering all sorts of things-you-ought-to-know.
Some of My Favourite Cookbooks
I had no idea these cookbooks existed until my Mom gave me some for Christmas. Now I have all three and they are absolutely delightful. If you need dinner party foods, these books will do you no wrong! From simple to complex, they are all delicious, and cover the gambit from vegan to gluten free to seafood to roasted lamb.
This cookbook is the product of a restaurant of the same name in Victoria, BC. It’s all vegetarian food, but you would never notice. There are all sorts of delicious recipes for fresh salsas, healthy waffles and more. I’m drooling a bit thinking about the recipes in there.
Cookbooks I Want to Own
If you want to know how to carve lamb and such, this is the book for you. (That someone is not me, we’ve discussed my dislike of lamb already!) This book doesn’t have all of the fancy pictures of new books, but it is my friend Adrienne’s absolute favourite cookbook, for good reason. It teaches you many, many things and it is chock a block full of recipes. It’s basically the Joy of Cooking, for Indian cuisine.
I’ve made a few recipes from the Oh She Glows blog… and I want this one. A friend has it already and tells me it is delightful.
My sister in law says this book really impressed her, which surprised her. The front of the book has pictures of every recipe, grouped by what type of cookie they are, for example crunchy, soft, jam filled and whatnot. My SIL gave her sister a copy of this, with commentary written in on the front pages, noting which were her favourites, which were easy to make, etc. I could go with the same as a gift, hint hint!
I am sure that I am forgetting some, and that there are many, many more cookbooks that I would like to own, but here is a start. What are your favourite cookbooks, that I should add to my Cookbook Wish List? (Oh ya, that’s all in caps, because this is important stuff people!)