Recipe Books

Posted by admin | Just Food Articles - writers invited | Friday 25 March 2011 6:56 am

This, believe it or not, is my collection of recipe books!
Recipe book collection
Sure, for most cooks and food bloggers this is nothing! But considering the kind of cook I am, and the fact that I cannot recall having ever followed a single, complete, word-for-word, ingredient-by-ingredient, and step-by-step recipe, and the fact that I really am no great shakes as a cook, I’m actually rather embarrassed. And shocked.
I look through them often enough. I love beautiful photographs; in fact I admit that the few I actually bought myself has been based on photographs rather than actual content. I try bits of this and bits of that and create something new in my head. And then I go back to check what’s likely to happen if I add ‘that’ instead of ‘that’, which these days, is admittedly easier to do on the internet.

In case you’re interested, starting top left and moving roughly clockwise… There is a Sanjeev Kapoor collection of Eating Healthy gifted recently by my mother. A gentle hint that I don’t eat right. Parsi Food and Customs by Bapsi Sidhwa – useful, informative, but each recipe is so involved and I never have all those ingredients in place. An assortment of recipe books that turn up with just about every kitchen appliance you buy from the pressure cooker to the non-stickware, to the microwave. For years I subscribed to Elle Decor and each issue had four little cutout-able recipes. Good to look at, but with big holes in the actual method and sometimes even the ingredients – those are the ones popping out of the envelope. Then a whole lot of “good looking” books on South-East Asian, Indian, Greek, Meze and Mexican food, including some ancient second hand Women’s Weekly collections, mostly with ingredients that for years were really tough to get. Now there are at least 2 specialty food stores in the near vicinity, but frankly, if I actually plan and get there before hand, I’m often shocked by the prices. There’s a book called “Simple Recipes for New Brides and Bachelors” which doesn’t look very good at all, but actually often suits the level of my culinary skills. Though of course, I’m neither.

At the other end of the spectrum, that grey corner sticking out, is the Larousse Gastronomique. Which in case you didn’t know is the absolute encyclopedia of Gastronomy. This I must admit is not mine, just been left with me by a friend who is between moves and had no place to put it. But it is fascinating!

Anyway, here I think I need to make a promise to myself. To see through at least one recipe, beginning to end, with (almost) all ingredients exactly as written, at least once a month.
Ahem! I’ll keep you updated.

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  1. Comment by ruSh.Me — March 25, 2011 @ 8:58 am

    Wow, that is a BIG collection.. Vishal has given me 3 Nigella Lawson Cookbooks as a birthday gift.. 😀 But to find material in them is a task big enough!

    Really need to stick to these books!

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