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Some people browse their cookbooks – perhaps stopping on the photo of a vibrant tomato tart about to leap off the page. Others go straight to the index and zero in on their favorite ingredient or dish. I’m not a browser. I’ve been known to dive into a cookbook as if it were a steamy beach read, taking in every chapter, every anecdote, every trick of the trade, every morsel.

My cookbook obsession began when I was a child. My mom kept a stack of her favorites next to her bed. Each night she was lulled to sleep by the promise of the perfect quiche and endless variations of Waldorf salad. Today, my own library includes many of mom’s favorites. Some, like Alice Water’s Chez Panisse Vegetables, get a regular workout with the worn, splattered pages to prove it. While others, like Marcel Desaulnier’s Death by Chocolate, are reserved for special occasions or voracious cravings. Many of my cookbooks go untouched for months or maybe even years, yet they always welcome me back like an old friend.

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Author Title
Albert Stockli Splendid Fare
Alice Waters Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook
The Art of Simple Food
Chez Panisse Vegetables
Alma Lach Cooking A La Cordon Bleu
Barbara Kafka Soup A Way of Life
Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
Betty Crocker Best Christmas Cookbook
Bill Granger Bill’s Food
Bobby Flay Bold American Food
Cooks American
Candy Coleman Lone Star Brunch
Christine Stevens with Russel Wasserfall Harvest:  Recipes from an Organic Farm
Cindy Pawlcyn Big Small Plates
Cindy Pawlcyn with Brigid Callinan Mustard’s Grill Napa Valley Cookbook
Corpus Christi Junior League Delicioso
Craig Claiborne The New York Times Menu Cookbook
David Rosengarten Taste
David Tanis A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
Deanna House House Specialties Encore
Deborah M. Schneider Baja Cooking on the Edge
Deborah Madison Local Flavors
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
Dione Lucas and Marion Gorman The Dione Lucas Book of French Cooking
Donna Hay Modern Classics Book 1
Edward Espe Brown Tassajara Cooking
Ellie Krieger The Food You Crave
Field’s Culinary Council The Marshall Field’s Cookbook
Fran McCullough and Suzanne Hamlin The Best American Recipes 1999
Giada de Laurentiis Everyday Italian
Gillian Duffy Hors d’Oeuvres
Hawaii Farm Bureau The Hawai’i Farmers Market Cookbook
Heidi Swanson Super Natural Cooking
Jacki Passmore The Complete Spanish Cookbook
Jacques Pépin La Technique
La Methode
James Peterson Sauces
Japanese Women’s Society of Honolulu Flavors of Aloha
Jean Jones Canyon Ranch Cooking
Joseph E. Dabney Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, and Scuppernong Wine
Julie Sahni Classic Indian Cooking
Lari Robling Endangered Recipes
Laurent Tourondel and Michele Scicolone Bistro Laurent Tourondel
Madhur Jaffrey Simple Indian Cookery
World Vegetarian
Marcella Hazan Marcella Cucina
The Classic Italian Cookbook
Marian Burros Keep It Simple
Marian Morash The Victory Garden Cookbook
Mario Batali Holiday Food
Mark Bittman How to Cook Everything
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
Martha Stewart Hors D’oeuvres Handbook
Ming Tsai and Arthur Boehm Simply Ming
Mollie Katzen The Enchanted Broccoli Forest
Neil Perry The Food I Love
Nigel Slater Real Food
The Kitchen Diaries
Nigella Lawson How to Eat
Patricia B. Mitchell Confederate Camp Cooking
Union Army Camp Cooking 1861-1865
Paula Peck The Art of Good Cooking
Rick Bayless Mexico One Plate at a Time
Mexican Kitchen
Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers The Café Cook Book
Italian Country Cookbook
Sam and Sam Clark Moro The Cookbook
Sarah Belk Around the Southern Table
Skye Gyngell My Favourite Ingredients
A Year in My Kitchen
Susan Herman Loomis French Farmhouse Cookbook
The Moosewood Collective Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites
Thomas Keller ad hoc at home
T. Yarema, D. Rhoda, and J. Brannigan Eat Taste Heal
Toulouse-Lautrec and Maurice Joyant The Art of Cuisine
Tracy Ryder and Carole Topalian Edible:  A Celebration of Local Foods
William Hardwick Authentic Indian-Mexican Recipes
Williams Sonoma Dinner Parties
Yotam Ottolenghi Plenty
Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi Ottolenghi – The Cookbook


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Author Title
Better Homes and Gardens Pie Recipes
David Munn The Joy of Pastry
Deborah Madison Seasonal Fruit Desserts
Dorie Greenspan Baking With Julia
Dwayne Ridgaway Pizza
Greg Patent Baking in America
Jeffrey Hamelman Bread:  A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes
John Ettinger The Bob’s Red Mill Baking Book
Marcel Desaulniers Desserts to Die For
Death by Chocolate
Death by Chocolate Cookies
Mary Gubser America’s Bread Book
Mary’s Bread Basket and Soup Kettle
Nigella Lawson How To Be a Domestic Goddess
Paula Peck The Art of Fine Baking
Richard Bertinet DOUGH:  Simple Contemporary Bread
Sara Lewis The Bread Book
Southern Living Magazine The Southern Heritage Cakes Cookbook
All-Time Favorite Cookie Recipes
Williams Sonoma Desserts


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Author Title
Andre L. Simon A Concise Encyclopedia of Gastronomy
Belle Lowe Experimental Cookery
Better Homes and Gardens You Can Can
Bob Brown The Complete Book of Cheese
Fine Cooking Magazine How to Break an Egg
Emma Callery The Complete Book of Herbs
Euell Gibbons Stalking the Wild Asparagus
Harold McGee On Food and Cooking:  The Science and Lore of the Kitchen
Herve This Molecular Gastronomy
Julia Child Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom
Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg The Flavor Bible
Laura Werlin The New American Cheese
Louis Saulnier Le Repertoire de La Cuisine
Maggie Oster Herbal Vinegar
Margaret Peters-Morris The Cheesemakers Manual
Michael Ruhlman Ratio
Ricki Carroll Home Cheese Making
Sally Anne Scott Splendid Herbs
Sharon Tyler Herbst Food Lover’s Companion
Stanley Marianski and Adam Marianski Home Production of Quality Meats and Sausages
Steve Jenkins The Cheese Primer
The Good Cook Preserving
W.M. Gibbs Spices and How to Know Them
Larousse Gastronomique
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