Thursday, May 18, 2006

cookbooks

Just because I don't have any VEGAN cookbooks doesn't mean I don't have any COOKBOOKS! :)

Here's what I have:

The Ultimate A-Z Bar Guide (Sharon Tyler Herbst & Ron Herbst): a great book to learn about alcohol. I hardly ever drink, but when I do, I want to know what's in it!

The Laptop Lunch User's Guide (Amy Hemmert & Tammy Pelstring): there are some neat recipes in this teeny little book that came with my Laptop Lunchbox!

The Christmas Cookie Book (Lou Siebert Pappas): this book was given to me as a gift and I've never cooked anything out of it . . . but it's very, very pretty, and has many "old school" Christmas cookie recipes in it like springerle and peppernuts, which I might enjoy making . . . someday!

Betty Crocker's New Cookbook: I grew up cooking from an earlier version of this cookbook, and still prefer it to "Joy of Cooking." Many recipes are not vegan, but easily veganized -- I've pulled muffin, piecrust, and pancake recipes from here with great success! There are also some awesome recipes in the beans and legumes section, and handy charts for cooking times for dried legumes.

The All New All Purpose Joy of Cooking (Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker): where I turn when Betty leaves me hangin'.

Gear for Your Kitchen (Alton Brown): I love this book. It's funny and interesting, and I've had it signed!

I'm Just Here for the Food (Alton Brown): even though I don't enjoy eating meat, it's still interesting to read the science behind preparing a variety of different kinds of foods. It's broken down by cooking method, which is just plain cool.

I'm Just Here for More Food (Alton Brown): AB's baking book. Truly fascinating, for those of you who love to bake. Funny as hell, too.

The Joy of Cooking All About Vegetarian (Rombauer, Rombauer-Becker, & Becker): I have lots of recipes flagged in this book, but haven't made any of them.

Jamie's Kitchen (Jamie Oliver): another gift cookbook; I love Jamie Oliver's philosophy of stripping food down (hence, "The Naked Chef,") and focusing on a few simple, high-quality ingredients over fussy preparation methods and complicated recipes. This is not my favorite of his cookbooks, because it is mostly "restaurant food" and a little too fancy for my tastes. (Plus, it's a lot of meat, of course.) But it sure is purty. And funny. (And I give credit to Jamie Oliver's first cookbook for my ability to bake bread from scratch -- those cookbooks, and a lot of practice, of course.)

That's my cookbook library. I used to have more, but I've gotten rid of ones over the years that I didn't use and/or didn't like. I check lots and lots of cookbooks out from the library and copy down a recipe or two here and there, and if I want to cry when it's time to return the book, I write it down on my wish list. I also have found many, many good recipes on the internet, and have a vast recipe collection of my own. (I actually worked about two years ago on digitizing my recipe box -- I had outgrown a side-by-side, double 4X6 recipe box, and decided it was time to join the 21st century.) I think, ultimately, unless I'm baking, I just "wing it" -- I never make anything the same way twice, and use recipes/cookbooks as more "inspiration" than anything else.

Cookbooks on my wish list:
Vegan with a Vengeance
Vive le Vegan (hi Dreena! Is that the one with the gooey brownies in it that I read about on someone else's blog? I miss brownies . . . !)
The Vegetarian Family Cookbook
The New Vegetarian Epicure
Sinfully Vegan
World Vegearian

And not a cookbook, but sounds very interesting:
Super Nutrition for Women (Gittleman)

SO, I guess the new question would be, what (top 5?) cookbooks are on your wish list?

AND, I forgot to add something to my gadget wish list: a Salter kitchen scale. I really should bake properly.

6 comments:

KaiVegan said...

I don't have a cookbook wishlist. (They won't stay long enough in the list. I'd get anxious then buy them.) But I do have a few favorite from my own collection and the library's.

I answered your question on my blog but let me post the asian store's website here too:

http://www.unitednoodles.com/index.cfm

This is probably in your neck of the woods.

Vicki said...

these are the cookbooks i'd like to get -- i'm sure there are others that i just don't know about!

1. vegan with vengeance
2. candle cafe
3. ultimate uncheese
4. vegan planet
5. dreena's new one (not out yet)
6. jennifer's of veganlunchbox (not out yet)

Megan the Vegan said...

Mrs Shmooo over at the Vegan Lunchbox uses some cookbooks I've never seen that I'm curious about. I think they're called something like World Vegetarian and the Vegan Family.

I don't really have any others on my wish list cause I have a bad habit of cnot ontrolling my self in a bookstore. If I want it, I buy it. Hense, I have a whole bunch I don't use!

My Inner Geek said...

I would also recommend The Voluptous Vegan. Just about everything that I've made from it has been fantastic and very interesting. Also, the author puts the dishes together into little meal suggestions and then instructs you how to present the dish when complete. It's really outstanding.

As far as my not to buy recommendations: Vegan Planet--it seems to be hit and miss in my house.

And I agree whole-heartedly with your friend...a lot of people do not value the education of the future of this country/world. It's so sad.

I'm glad you signed up for that workshop. It sound great, wish I could join you!

Dori said...

Bryanna Clark Grogan, the next one ... whatever it turns out to be, cookbook or mystery novel.

Yours.

Jennifer Schmoo's, when she writes it.

Other than this I don't desire anything more. I do tend to look at cookbooks that use a variety of grains and ingredients to help me get more creative with good rotational choices while cooking for allergies.

Julie said...

I too, don't really have a 'wish list' because I get too anxious and just buy them asap!

Here are my Top 3:

Vive le Vegan by Dreena Burton
The Everyday Vegan by Dreena Burton
Vegan w/ a Vengeance by Isa