November 15, 2007

BUT WHO ONLY HAS ROOM FOR 20 BOOKS?:

If you only have room for 20 cookbooks ... (, November 08, 2007)

The James Beard Book Awards Committee recently named these the "20 Essential Books to Build Your Culinary Library" (from books still in print): [...]

"The King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook"

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2007 2:09 PM
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Anything by Child, Pepin, and Bayless can't miss. Not on the list, we have used several of Jane Brody's cookbooks with good success. Aidell's "The Complete Meat Cookbook" or "The Complete Book of Pork" should have honorary mentions if for the names alone.

Posted by: Rick T. at November 15, 2007 6:21 PM

oj,
Fanny Farmer
Joy of Cooking
Famous Dave's
Sunset Crockery
Heartland Crockery Favorites
Let's see that's five, the only five you'll ever need for cooking!
The other fifteen books you need can all be found at Orrin's review site. Beginning with the single best book I've ever read, "Falls the Shadow".

Posted by: Mike at November 15, 2007 10:00 PM

Patricia Wells' Bistro Cooking can replace the vegan tract in the list.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 15, 2007 10:54 PM

When I and my roommates were learning to cook in college, the Joy of Cooking was known as "Irma," after the lead author. "Ask Irma," was commonly heard in the kitchen around dinner time.

It's nice to know the Beard people hold her in high regard, too.

Posted by: Ed Bush at November 16, 2007 9:31 AM

I've used the "Baker's Companion" so often that I've had to replace the spine - it was falling apart.

Posted by: Shelton at November 16, 2007 12:44 PM
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