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    I have too many cookbooks, but I keep buying more. I find funky vintage ones in thrift stores and at yard sales, and I buy new ones, too. They give me inpsiration, comfort and make me hungry, all at the same time.

    The old editions of Joy of Cooking
    How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman
    The Healthy Hedonist, Myra Kornfeld
    The original Silver Palate Cookbook
    The New York Times Cookbook, Craig Claiborne
    The New Spanish Table, Anya von Bremzen
    Sublime Vegetarian, Bill Jones
    Delia Smith's Summer Collection
    Delia Smith's Vegetarian Collection
    the original Lighthearted Cookbook, Anne Lindsay
    A Century of Canadian Home Cooking
    Supercookery
    and several "church lady" compilations courtesy of my mother, including a great old Blue Ribbon cookbook from the '30s
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    Oooooh... my mom has this old, worn copy of Betty Crocker's Dinner for Two.... she gave it to me a few years ago. It's come in handy many times.


    And of course, the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook is an old standby.


    I also used to have a crockpot cookbook that was great, but I lost it when I moved.

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    Anything by Nigella Lawson and a fabbo cheap paperback called "The Indian Housewife's Cookery Book". I have tried most of the recipes from all these books and every one is a winner. Nigellia is my kind of cook - she just throws stuff together without getting too technical and the results are wonderful (and easy). I have a shelf full of poncy 'gourmet' cookbooks and freely admit I never use them. I LOVE to create a meal, but refuse to get precious about it. Eat to live, not live to eat.
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    I loooooooooove cookbooks! I have way too many, but here are a few that I use and peruse a lot:

    How To Eat by Nigella Lawson
    How To Be A Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
    Nigella Bites by Nigella Lawson
    Forever Summer by Nigella Lawson
    Feast by Nigella Lawson
    The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
    Barefoot Contessa Parties by Ina Garten
    Barefoot Contessa Family-Style by Ina Garten
    Barefoot In Paris by Ina Garten
    Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook by BH&G
    Better Homes & Gardens New Baking Book by BH&G
    King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion by King Arthur Flour Co.
    1000 Italian Recipes by Michele Scicolone
    The Italian Soup Cookbook by Joe Famularo
    Southern Country Cooking From The Loveless Cafe by Jane & Michael Stern

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    OH yes Barefoot Contessa and I actually like Rachael Ray's 30-minute meals Cookbook. I collect cookbooks like crazy.

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    My favorite cookbook (although I rarely use it) is an old one that you write your own recipes in. My sister was selling them when she was in high school and my mother bought one. It has alot of things by my sister, mother and Grandomother. It is special to me because my sister died in a car accident 15 years ago. It's kinda like having a little part of her around the house. While I don't cook out of it ( I know the recipes by heart!) I do just look through it from time to time...
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    My old Joy of Cooking (pre microwave recipes) and I still have a large collection of the Frugal Gourmet's books. I know, I know, but I loved his show and his ideas about food.
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    I guess I use Delia more than anything, but other favourites are The Really Helpful Cookbook by Ruth Watson, which as well as having good recipes in is a good read too. Mary Berry is a bit old fashioned but makes brilliant cakes, and I also like Nigella.

    Oh, and I have a book on Indian cookery by Madhur Jaffrey which I use an awful lot. Yum.
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    I have a bunch of Nigella and Jamie Oliver books.

    A friend bought "Falling Cloudberries: A World of Family Recipes" any one got that one? I am wondering whether to buy it.

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    I like the Companies Coming series by Jean Pare. They are simple yet delicious, I am not a gourmet cook so alot of the currently popular books are out of my expertise.Company's Coming - Canada's Most Popular Cookbooks & Recipes
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    damn that link took a long time to connect
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    Hands down for me...excellent go to basics that can be built on and the meat temps hold up. A lot of the older books will have you eating shoe leather if you follow their temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msdeb View Post
    damn that link took a long time to connect
    I should never have posted that. *embarrassed* I was just in a rascally mood I guess? I think(hope) that cookbook is just a joke.
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    Whole Foods from The Whole World and Whole Foods for the Whole Family by the LaLeche League are the best! I also really like Not Just Beans, by Tawra (I forget her last name). I like to cook on the cheap, and these books certainly help you do that while keeping everything delicious and healthy.
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