1. Total number of (cook) books I've owned:
About 70 (including 20 mini cookbooks from Family Circle, Woman's Day etc etc), a collection which has increased exponentially in the past couple of years.
2. Last (cook) book(s) I bought:
Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Heaven
Great pics, a nice 'essentials' how-to and~~look! There are even pictures of Gordon smiling!
3. Last (food) book I read:
Indulgence: One Man's Selfless Search for the Best Chocolate in the World by Paul Richardson
A fascinating read which had me reaching for the box of Lindt chocolates with increasing regularity. This book tracks chocolate obsessions through history and throughout the world; from Aztec reverence to Spanish chocolate con churros to Parisien artisan chocolatiers.
4. Five (cook) books that mean a lot to me:
This one was a tough one. I mean, I'm not that sentimental! =) But ok...
The 1977 series of Woman's Day All Colour Book of...
It was flicking through these magical reference books as a child that I discovered common household ingredients like flour, sugar and eggs, could be converted to *shriek* yes, cakes, and biscuits, and oh, sugar, glorious, sugar, how I love you so! It was a revelation akin to monks discovering wine. Oh how my weekends were filled with those glorious baking days. The Puddings and Deserts volume, and the Cakes, Pastries and Bread volume were particularly well-thumbed.
Charmaine Solomon's Thai Cookbook was another firm bedtime reading favourite. Charmaine told me the way of the coconut, especially with reference to dessert (are you noticing a pattern here?). And I still marvel over those gorgeous marizipan fruits too.
Delia Smith's Complete Cookery Course
I had a long and intimate relationship with Delia during my sojourn in the UK. It was she who taught me the secret of toad-in-the-hole, potato Dauphinois and light-as-air Yorkshire pud. And all her recipes are tried, tested and so easy to follow.
Edmonds Cookery Book
This little book is absolutely brilliant, detailing a comprehensive spectrum of recipes concisely and in a handy little spiral bound format. The "international" section is quite amusing in a post-modern sorta way (chicken chow mein from China? How exotic!). I found this little gem abandoned on our tour truck in Morocco and should I ever be limited to one cookbook whilst travelling, it'd probably be this one. Plus I love the section on what to do with leftover egg yolks and egg whites. Perfect!
A Cook's Companion by Stephanie Alexander
1100 pages of indexed and cross-referenced recipes by ingredient? This is recipe heaven at its most organised with interesting backgrounders and plenty of traditional as well as unusual recipes. Stephanie is who I turn to when I have an ingredient, and I don't know what to do with it.
5. Which 5 people would you most like to see fill this out in their blog?
Julia from AromaCookery
Saffron from Writing on a Paper Napkin
Obachan from Obachan's Kitchen and Balcony Garden
Lynn from To Short Term Memories
Maki from I Was Just Really Very Hungry
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