1. Favourite Recipes of the YWCA
    I worked at the YWCA for eight years and we decided to get up a cookbook. I really enjoy looking at all of the recipes and remembering my wonderful coworkers!
  2. Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten
  3. Alice Eats: a Wonderland Cookbook by Pierre A. Lamielle and Julie Van Rosendaal
    This is a Made in Calgary cookbook. It is Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland with wonderful illustrations by Pierre Lamielle (a local artist) and all of the recipes in the story reimagined by Julie Van Rosendaal (a local chef and food writer). I appreciate the art just as much as the recipes!
  4. Soup Sisters Cookbook by Sharon Hapton
    Another Made in Calgary cookbook. I love cooking soup — so delicious and satisfying and only one pot for washing up!
  5. One Pan, Two Plates by Carla Snyder
  6. Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
    The classic. It belongs in every kitchen.
  7. Audrey at Home by Luca Dotti
    This book was written by Audrey Hepburn's son Luca Dotti and it contains beautiful memories of his mother, never before seen photographs, funny family anecdotes, and tender reflections on his mother's career, beliefs, and style. There are also dozens of her recipes.
  8. Sara Moulton Cooks at Home
    Scrumptious meals with minimal fuss. There are no shortcuts or loose ends. This woman, quite simply, taught me how to cook. Her recipes always, always work and they always taste delicious.
  9. I Love Alberta Beef
    Another local cookbook. The section on stews is my favourite bit.
  10. The Veggie Lover's Sriracha Cookbook by Randy Clemens
    A vegan cookbook right next to the all beef one! I love myself! Homemade Sriracha, delicious spicy veggies ... What is not to love?
  11. The Best Soup Coobook by Marilyn Crowley and Joan Mackie
  12. 365: No Repeats | A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners by Rachel Ray
    There are a lot of good recipes in here but they all take an hour to make, not half an hour as advertised. Nevertheless, there are creative concepts and the flavours are very nice.
  13. Sara Moulton's Everyday Family Dinners
    - delicious salad dressings - beer bread - basic peanut sauce - eggs for dinner - no fail recipes
  14. Country Classics
    Another local cookbook with a really good pancake recipe and a loving inscription in the front cover from my grandma who gave it to me.
  15. The Western Stock Growers Association Centennial Cookbook
    Another local product, this one to celebrate the 100th anniversary of an organization that my great-grandfather helped to found in 1896! Also includes recipes for fly spray, homemade shampoo, pomanders and fingerpaint.
  16. Down by the Sea and Farm
    A collection of the Atlantic Coast's seafood recipes and farm recipes. This local cookbook is from faraway but links to my Acadien heritage. Alas, fresh seafood is not easily come by in my landlocked location so my mouth waters in vain!
  17. United Farm Women of Alberta Cookbook
    This one has handwriting from my great-grandmother in it, including poems she recorded that celebrated her strong Christian faith.
  18. Southern Alberta Hereford Belles Cookbook | 1974
  19. Bride's First Recipes by Irene Chalmers
    My mom's cookbook when she was a young bride, and mine.