Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Abominable Cookbook List - To Be Tamed!

I intend to cook at least 2 recipes out of each of the following, listed in no particular order:

Cooking Moroccan by Tess Mallos
The New Enchanted Brocoli Forest by Molly Katzen
A Passion for Desserts by Luchetti
Ayurevedic Healing Cuisine by Johari
The Encyclopediua of Sauces for your Pasta by Bellissino (technically I have already accomplished this, as it’s my favorite Italian cookbookc)
The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook by Jack Bishop
Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant by The Moosewood Collective
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Bittman
Kawaii Bento Boxes (no author)
Vegan Lunch box
Vegan Lunch Box Around the World by Jenniver McCann
Arabesque by Claudia Roden
Tea Cookbook by Tonia George
Pasta & Co. By Request
and Pasta & Co. Encore by the Pasta and Co. shop, Seattle, WA
Legal Sea Foods Cookbook
Asian Dumplings
True Thai by Victor Sodsook
Alice’s Tea Cup by Haley and Lauren Fox
Recipes for Creative Living (no author)
French Food at Home by Laura Calder
Moosewoo Restaurant Cooks at Home by The Moosewood Collective
The Complete Home Bartender’s Guide by Calabrese
The Best of New Orleans by Brook Dojny
The Best of Mexico by Evie Righter
The Art of American Indian Cooking by Yeffe Kimball and Jean Anderson
Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook (totally awesome split pea soup recipe in here!)
In a Persian Kitchen by Msideh Mazda
The Manga Cookbook (no author)
Japanese Vegetarian Cooking by Richfield (technically I have cooked 3 things out of here already, but I want to return to it. The shiitake mushrooms in sake are DELICIOUS)
Let’s Cook Japanese Food by Amy Kaneko (Another I’ve made korokke and several other dishes from, but deserves constant revisits)
Japanese Homestyle Cooking by Tokiko Suzuki
Three Bowl Cookbook by David Scott and Tom Pappas
Sushi For Parties by Ken Kawasumi (some of the most beautiful and decorative sushi rolls in here!)
The Essential Kitchen Sushi by Ryuchi Yoshii
Sushi by Lulu Grimes
Sushi and Sashimi by Yasuko Fukuoka
-I would like to point out that all of these Sushi books were gifts from people who knew I loved sushi… eh, it’s work a try even though I’m no sushi chef!
World of the East Vegetarian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey
Help! My Apartment Has a Kitchen! by Kevin and Nancy Mills (a gift from my Mom, and holding the greatest Yorkshire Pudding recipe I have ever consumed)
The Just Bento Cookbook by Makiko Itoh
Savor the Seasons with Herbs (no author)
Classic Breads (honestly it’s not a very good book, all the recipes come out horrible despite following the directions to a T and accounting for things like water temp, room temp and chlorination that can kill off yeast. I think it might be time to give this book a toss)
Macaroni and Cheese: 52 Recipes from Simple to Sublime by Joan Schwartz (MOST EPIC MAC n CHEEZ RECIPES EVAR! No, really… I would happily return to this book)
Indian Vegetarian Cooking At Your House by Sunetra Humband and Amy Schafer Boger
The Book of Afternoon Tea by Lesley Mackley
Quick and Easy Indian Cooking by Madhur Jaffrey
A Beautiful Bowl of Soup by Paulette Mitchell
The Vegetarian Epicure, Book Two by Anna Thomas (obvious joke? We just don’t have book one, sorry…)
Perfect Wok and Stir Fry (no author)
Tagine by Ghillie Basan (yummy kefta tagine recipe in here!)
Soup Makes the Meal by Ken Haedrich
The Food of Morocco (no author)
Classic Vegetarian Cooking From the Middle East and North Africa by Habeeb Salloum
Vegetarian (no author)
The Silver Spoon (greatest and most authentic Italian cookbook ever collected!)
Martha Steward’s Hors D’Oeuvres Handbook
Cakes & Cake Decorating
A World of Dumplings by Brian Yarvin (I have already amde 3 recipes out of this and it’s my newest cookbook. I ADORE it, and will definitely return to it! I need no more reason than the Dutch baked apple dumplings in there!
The Official Kaelin Family Cookbook

it’s probably fairly obvious that I really love Asian food (especially Japanese!) and that I’m fond of Vegetarian cooking. This is because most of the recipes I already have in my head or that are readily available online are non-vegetarian and American based cuisine. So this is representative of my search to find really good recipes outside the cultural norm. Which is not to say I don’t love pizza, but when we can get together for a vegetarian mushroom feast that leaves us feeling like we had a good steak, I am ALL for it.

As of right now if I had to recommend any 3 of these books, I would probably say the 52 recipe Mac n Cheese cookbook, A World of Dumplings and The Encyclopedia of Sauces for Your Pasta would get my votes. It contains a variety of vegetarian and omnivorian choices, has a solid hold on comfort food, and for the most part they provide very easy and delicious recipes for dinner. I, for one, cannot get enough of the Macaroni and Cheese cookbook, myself. If you don’t own it, BUY IT!! Seriously, you won’t regret it. Unless you hate mac n’ cheese. Then the terrorists are winning.

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