Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Cookbook Bonanza for a Cookbook Addict: Is this a Good or Bad Thing?



I was good.  I didn't buy or acquire a cookbook for a long time.  At least six months.  My husband was proud of me for not clogging up yet another bookshelf with treasure troves of recipes I would never make.

Then Christmas came.  And the cookbooks came wrapped in pretty paper from friends and family.  Okay, some came wrapped in a Barnes & Nobles bag hidden in my car and bought by me.  But that's not the point.

I asked for the Momofuku cookbook, which my brother bought for me at the flagship restaurant, signed by David Chang.  Oh this is a good one.  I devoured the stories, and I actually did cook from the cookbook (more to come in future posts).

My friend Bonnie Klein recommended Urban Italian, and the food writing is absolutely delectable. Andrew is also a fellow Clevelander, and I applaud him, Michael Symon, and Michael Ruhlman for raising the town's culinary profile.

My husband gave me The Flavor Bible, which I really wanted.  A reference book, I like this one a lot since it doesn't have recipes but lists of ingredients and complementary ingredients.  For those of us who don't do too well following recipes and like to free flow cook, this book inspires and promotes creativity in the kitchen.

While my bookcases are overflowing now, there's always hope.  I can make a New Year's resolution to not get any more cookbooks.  And we all know how New Year's resolutions work out ...


8 comments:

Anonymous said...

As a cookbook addict myself i say the best thing to do is to build more shelves!

Pamela said...

It's a tough habit to get control of. But everyone usually benefits, right? Enjoy!

claracupcake.blogspot.com said...

i love your blog!!

cusinera said...

Before, I was contented on just waiting for our twice Lifeline Bookfest every year to buy 2nd hand cookbooks but reading about raves on the newer books, it's hard to resist...I got a growing pile next to my side of the bed. I don't buy magazines anymore, I lurk the Ebay and bookstores around where I live to find the lowest possible price. And once I know I got a bargain, there's this certain high/euphoria that my husband doesn't understand! I am Cusinera, and am also a cookbook addict=P LOL!

La Table De Nana said...

Cake Pops too! What fun..you have a lot of inspiration in those books..Good for you..what nice gifts books are!

Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said...

I am an addict too! Never have too much of cookbooks. It's a collection, like shoes.

Culinary Cory said...

I'm a cookbook addict myself. I love all kinds but tend to gravitate to those with amazing pictures of the food. All I can do now it keep building more shelves because the addition will never go away.

Table Talk said...

Hmmm...hoping you will have room for one more (mine) when it comes out April 15, 2011~ Friends at the Table: The Ultimate Supper Club Cookbook

I am a cookbook junkie myself!