Books on Food

I have a bookrack next to my bed that houses my modest collection of cookbooks/food memoirs. Ahem...105 when I last counted them. Each time I order a new one I am asked why do you need so many cookbooks/food memoirs?

Call it a fetish, weakness or whatever...psychological disorder, anyone?

But the truth is that there are so many lovely talented people in the world each opening up their hearts and kitchens to me and there is so much to learn from them; unfamiliar cuisines, ingredients, stories behind each of their recipes, cooking techniques, writing styles plus all of them make great bedtime reading.

To my credit, I try and use them all. And trust me I DO cook a lot:)

I can’t recall the exact moment when I fell in love with the idea of spending my entire life (and money:)) with cookbooks/food memoirs but I clearly remember flipping through my mum’s very fancy cake book each day after school (it is important that I mention that we NEVER baked anything from there for it had the most complicated five tier wedding cakes) and copying recipes from the food sections of the magazines that she would rent in her diary that she still maintains.

Presenting to you my lovely readers, my precious cookbook/food memoir collection (In alphabetical order).

I am aware that just writing down the names of these books here really doesn't tell you what each one means to me and  has given me but I promise to write about each one of them in detail in the future. And in the meantime,if you have any questions regarding any specific book, just leave me a comment and I will be more than happy to answer it.

Update: Little notes on how these books have made my life more scrumptious here
  1.  100 weeknight curries by Madhur Jaffery
  2. 50 great curries of India by Camellia Punjabi
  3. 500 best ever recipes CHOCOLATE
  4. A homemade life by Molly Wizenberg
  5. A Tiger in the Kitchen by Cheryl Lu Lien Tan
  6. Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan
  7. Baking by Dorie Greenspan
  8. Bill's Everyday Asian by Bill Granger
  9. Bong Mom’s Cookbook by Sandeepa Mukherjee Datta
  10. Booze Cakes: Confections Spiked with Spirits, Wine, and Beer by Krystina Castella and Terry Lee Stone
  11. Chicken (Trident Press International)
  12. Chocolat by Eric Lanlard
  13. Climbing the Mango Trees by Madhur Jaffrey
  14. Cocktails (Rebo Publishers)
  15. Comfort food fix by Krieger
  16. Comfort me with apples by Ruth Reichl
  17. Cooking for Gracie by Keith Dixon
  18. Cooking with Coco by Anna Del Conte
  19. Cooking the Punjabi Way by Aroona Reejhsinghani
  20. Cupcakes (PR Books Limited)
  21. Cupcakes and Muffins by Ann Nicol
  22. Dearie: The remarkable life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz
  23. Desserts in Jars by Olmason
  24. Drink by Tom Hickman
  25. Eat my globe: : One Year to Go Everywhere and Eat Everything by Simon Majumdar
  26. Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia by Elizabeth Gilbert
  27. Eating India: An Odyssey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices by Chitrita Banerji
  28. Everyone Can Cook by Vikas Khanna
  29. Feast by Nigella Lawson
  30. For you mom, finally by Ruth Reichl
  31. Forever summer by Nigella Lawson
  32. Garlic and sapphires by Ruth Reichl
  33. Good Day for a Picnic: Simple Food That Travels Well by Jeremy Jackson
  34. Hajra’s recipes of life, for life by Hajra Mohammed
  35. Hallelujah! The Welcome Table: A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes by Maya     Angelou
  36. Highway on my Plate by Rocky Singh and Mayur Sharma
  37. Home Cooking: A Writer in the Kitchen by Laurie Colwin
  38. How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella Lawson
  39. How to Eat by Nigella Lawson
  40. Humble Pie by Gordon Ramsay
  41. In my mother’s kitchen: Writers on Love, Cooking and Family (Chamberlain Bros.)
  42. India by Pushpesh Pant
  43. India with Sanjeev Bhaskar by Sanjeev Bhaskar and Deep Sehgal
  44. Indian Flavors by Marut Sikka
  45. Italian Khana by Ritu Dalmia
  46. Julia's kitchen wisdom by Julia Child
  47. Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell
  48. Kashmiri Cuisine Through The Ages by Sarla Razdan
  49. Khanna Sutra by Vikas Khanna
  50. Kitchen by Nigella Lawson
  51. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
  52. Man with a Pan by John Donohue
  53. Mastering the art of French cooking by Julia Child
  54. Miss Dahl’s voluptuous delights by Sophie Dahl
  55. Modern spice by Monica Bhinde
  56. My life from scratch by Gesine Bullock-Prado
  57. My Life in France  by Julia Child and Alex Prud'Homme
  58. My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz
  59. New Concise Larousse Gastronomique by Larousse
  60. Nigella bites by Nigella Lawson
  61. Nigella Christmas by Nigella Lawson
  62. Nigella Express by by Nigella Lawson
  63. Nigellissima by Nigella Lawson
  64. Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
  65. Peace Meals by Anna Badkhen
  66. Plenty: Vibrant Recipes from London's Ottolenghi by Yotam Ottolenghi and Jonathan Lovekin
  67. Recipes and Dreams from an Italian life by Tessa Kiros
  68. River Cottage Veg Everyday by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall  
  69. Seoultown Kitchen: Korean Pub Grub to Share with Family and Friends by Debbie Lee,Quentin Bacon
  70. Shark' S Fin and Sichuan Pepper by Fuchsia Dunlop
  71. Simply Samia by Samia Ahmed
  72. Smoothies, shakes and frappes by sally Ann Berk
  73. Stuffed: An Insider's Look at Who's (Really) Making America Fat and How the Food Industry Can Fix It by Hank Cardello and Doug Garr
  74. Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table) by Ruth Reichl
  75. The Best Little Marinades Cookbook (Best Little Cookbooks) by Karen Adler
  76. The Calcutta Kitchen by Simon Parkes, Udit Sarkhel and Jason Lowe
  77. The Devil in the Kitchen by Marco Pierre White
  78. The East Indian Kitchen by Michael Swamy
  79. The Encylopedia of  sandwiches:  Recipes, History, and Trivia for Everything Between Sliced Bread  by Susan Russo 
  80. The Flavour Thesaurus by Niki Segnit
  81. The Food Trail of Punjab by Yashbir Sharma
  82. The F-Word by Mita Kapur
  83. The Gastronomical Me by MFK Fisher
  84. The Gastronomy of Marriage by Michelle Maisto
  85. The Joy of Eating: The Virago Book of Food by Jill Foulston
  86. The Language of Baklava by Diana Abu Jaber
  87. The Mainland China Cookbook by Anjan Chatterjee
  88. The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten
  89. The Mezze cookbook by Maria Khalife
  90. The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden
  91. The Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz
  92. The Press Club by George Calombaris
  93. The Settler's Cookbook: A Memoir of Love, Migration and Food [Hardcover] by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
  94. The Silver Spoon (Cooking) by Phaidon
  95. The Suriani Kitchen by Lathika George
  96. The Sweet Life in Paris by David Lebovitz
  97. The Ultimate Low-fat Indian Cookbook: The Best-ever Step-by-step Collection of Over 150 Authentic, Delicious Low-fat Recipes for Healthy Eating By Shehzad Husain and Manisha Kanani
  98. The sharper your knife, the less you cry by Kathleen Flinn
  99. Toast by Nigel Slater
  100. Travelling Diva by Ritu Dalmia
  101. Vietnamese kitchen by Bobby Chinn
  102. What Einstein Told His Cook: Kitchen Science Explained by Robert L. Wolke
  103. Will Write for Food by Dianne Jacob
  104. World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey
  105. Yes Chef by Marcus Samuelsson

1 comment:

Harshika said...

This is such a labour of love already and you plan on doing a detailed post on each one??? I have a friend who has a whole wall in her huge kitchen choc a bloc with cook books from cieling to floor. She is a brit married to a pakistani and is a fbaulous cook too. She actually uses them too! Me not so much, I dont have the patience really. Nor the space come to think of it. LOLLL. Hats off to your patience!

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