The Cookbooks I Kept
After decades of inadvertent collecting, I decided to donate my tonnage (485 volumes before I lost count) of cookbooks to the Berkeley Public Library. The ones I couldn't/wouldn't part with include:
- •Joy of Cooking (original)
- •Mastering the Art of French CookingSigned to me by Julia herself!
- •On Food and Cooking (Harold McGee)Best how/why reference at all, anywhere, ever.
- •The Tassajara Bread BookMy first cookbook. Hippie classic by Ed Brown. BPL will have to pry my tattered copy from my cold, dead hands.
- •Mediterranean Grains and Greens by Paula WolfertPlus everything else by the unparalleled PaulaW.
- •The Greens CookbookPlus everything else by Deborah Madison.
- •The Art of Simple FoodJust this one, from AliceW. Plus the Vegetables one. Not so much the others.
- •The Zuni Cafe CookbookBy the late, great Judy Rodgers. Huge influence on many of us, but she never blew her own horn. So missed!
- •The Vegetarian TableGorgeous now out-of-print series from Chronicle. Worth finding.
- •China Moon CookbookBy the brilliant Barbara Tropp, who was taken from us too soon.
- •The Classic Cuisine of the Italian JewsRecipes + Memoir of a Vanished Way of Life, by Edda Servi Machlan. Probably out of print; well worth a search.
- •Silver Palate CookbookThe original, by Rosso & Lukins.
- •The Vegetarian FeastFirst edition of one of the ground breakers, by a very young (and cute) Martha Rose Shulman. (Hi pal!)
- •CookwiseScience and dryly humorous high intelligence from the inimitable Shirley Corriher.
- •The Vegetarian EpicureBy my friend and mentor, Anna Thomas.
- •The Splendid TableNorthern Italian heartland classic by Lynn Rossetti Kasper. One of the first Italian regional missives.
- •World of the East Vegetarian CookingQuiet magnificence from Renaissance woman Madhur Jaffrey.
- •Bringing up the rear (I thought this list would be shorter...)Holding on to anything by the vastly under-discovered Michele Anna Jordan, plus, of course, @gabimoskowitz 👭and a couple other wonderful blogger pals who are branching into books. Cheering you on! Oh, and I kept copies of my own, too.