The Five Cookbook Meme
I am ashamed to say I was one of the first three people in the food blogging community to be tagged by Amy for what has since morphed into "The 5 Cookbook Meme". Yesterday I was tagged for it again by David Liebovitz who is 'currantly' making me tres jealous with his wonderful photos of berries in Le Neubourg Market an hour from Paris. I just rooted through my mail and saw that Amy tagged me way back on May 20th. Since then, scores have taken part, as Ana from Pumpkin Pie Bungalow illustrates in her brilliant post entitled The History of the 5 Cookbook Meme which tracks the geneaology of, and particpants in, this series of posts. So with a nod to Amy and David but without any further ado, here are my answers...
This is my USA-centric Recipe Book collection which includes a few I have bought recently, some oldies that have found their way into my transatlantic luggage on trips back to the UK and some that have been given to me as gifts.
1. Total number of cookbooks I've owned:
Well over a hundred. Maybe more, even. I am a cookbook addict, I have been all my life. I remember at one point, during the 90s, still in my early 20s, when I found I had amassed well over 50 books, so I decided to clam down. I trimmed them down, giving my least favourite to the charity shop. I tried to use my willpower to stop myself from buying anymore but I was weak and then started furiously collecting them again. Unfortunately, since I moved to the US, most of my recipe books are gathering dust in my parents' attic. I do think about them sometime (my parents, as well as the books.)
2. Last cookbook I bought:
The last book I bought displays the influence of Fred. Really - I am not sure I would have bought it had I been by myself in the bookstore. It is Le Cordon Bleu at Home. It seems to be well laid out and it covers a lot of the French classic dishes. So when Fred is yearning one dish or another from his homeland, I hope this book will help me out. I used it to make the gougere last week but I wasn't so impressed with the recipe. I would have preferred them puffier and more airy! Could have been my fault, I think I was still half asleep when I made them.
3. Last food book I read:
I am not sure if flipping through the Avoca Cookbook my sister sent from Ireland for my Birthday counts. Other than that, the last food book I read from start to finish was Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl.
4. Five cookbooks that mean a lot to me:
I totally loved this book when I was a kid. It fuelled my imagination. I am going to have to ask my mum if she still has it somewhere because I would totally love to revisit some of the stories and the recipes. Here is a description:
A simple cookbook for children employing the medium of magic to convey the wonder of the chemical changes which produce good food. 8 pages of terms explained as "Basic Abracadabra" followed by A Munchkin Brunch, Lunchin Lilliput, Huckleberry Finn Raft Picnic, Dinner With Davy Crocket & finally, Eskimorsels!
Apparently I have mislaid this book. And now it seems to be out of print so I would do anything to get it back. I can't seem to find it for sale anywhere online. In fact, the only mention of it is by Delia Smith who republished the jam roly poly recipe on her site. It is very dated but I miss it for the basics, even though I do know the Victoria Sponge recipe off by heart.
I am not sure of the exact title of this book or where it is. I hope my mum still has it somewhere. After all, it contains the family favourite pavalova recipe which was meant to feed 8 but which the four of us never had any trouble polishing off in one sitting. I think in the past I probably made more recipes from that book than any other, except Marguerite Patten's book mentioned above.
|I am going to tag the following three people with this meme: Stack of Toast - Tedamenu Tucker - My Little Food Blog. I checked and I don't think they have been tagged before.|
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The Five Cookbook Meme