<<<====== If you couldn't all ready tell, I am a bit of a cookbook fiend. My collection is at 54, and it shows no signs of stopping. My partner's uncle is also a collector and he passes along the ones he doesn't want to me along with old issues of Cook's Illustrated
. My partner's mom also knows of my habit and she helps me along during gift-giving seasons. At the beginning of my obsession, I got sucked into one of those buy 1, get 4, blah, blah, blah deals and surprising to no one, I fulfilled the requirements to buy however many more pretty rapidly. Also, I work at a university campus whose bookstore often has interesting cookbooks at heavily reduced prices. I usually try to restrain myself.
Currently my favorites are: The Gourmet Cookbook
, Book of Middle Eastern Food
, The Savory Way
and Vegetarian Suppers
I am awed and slightly terrified by: Home Baking
and The Zuni Cafe
I am less than impressed with: Vegetables
(Peterson's narrative style makes him sound like an eurocentric egotist), Thyme in a Bottle
(It's more memoir than cookbook and I missed the boat on her husband's life), and Vegetarian Planet
(Emmons was nominated for a Beard, but her recipes have odd combinations of flavors or turn out flat).
My most current purchases are: Gourmet Cookbook, Home Baking
and Ripe for Dessert
. I paid $8 dollars for first two combined (!), and $9 for Ripe
. Yay for bargain hunting!