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    Favorite Cookbooks?

    Seeing as my knife buying is on hiatus for a bit (really just because I'm struggling to justify buying more, as much as I'd love to), I figured it's been a while since I picked up a new cook book.

    Added a few beauties to my humble collection, some old, some recent, some used, some new. Anyways, I'm hard pressed to pick a favorite but I tend to gravitate towards a certain few - "Izakaya, the Japanese pub cookbook" when I just want something to read, Coco or Alinea when I want some mind-boggling food porn and Fergus Henderson's Nose-to-tail II for breads and such.

    I've already become attached to one of my most recent acquisitons called "Grandma Grandpa Cook", it tells the stories of 40odd grandparents in china; their youth, their families and, of course, their treasured recipes. Just a beautifully printed and written book.

    So there you go. I'm sure there must be a few members here with insane collections, so please share your favorites, and feel free to post pics

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    As of late I have been using Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc cookbook, but I also really like the whole Phaidon lineup. I have Vefa's kitchen (Greek), 1080 Recipes, and Silver Spoon.

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    There was a long discussion of this topic a while ago, you should use search and see the interesting answers!

    Lately I've been in a peasant food mood, so I'm enjoying my copy of the Rao's Restaurant Cookbook.

    I also reference Donald Link's Real Cajun and Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cookery regularly.

    I have a modest collection of 50 or so cookbooks, I had to liquidate a major collection a few years back when I moved across Canada.

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    Certainly couldn't give a favorite , but of my recent buys I'm liking William curley's Couture chocolate.

    I also recently got a hold of issues 5,6,7,8 of So Good magazine , fascinating glimpse into the very highest echelons of modern patisserie . The blown sugar apple dish on the cover of issue 7 is awesome.

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    My bad, I guess that was a little half arsed on my behalf not searching for previous threads

    Incidently, I was skimming through So Good yesterday at the shop, some of Jordi Roca's creations are insane.

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    Just looked through that thread and will just post here, didn't see a couple that really did it for me when I read them.
    Michel Bras - Essential Cuisine - This was amazing, still is. Wow.
    Anything by Stephane Reynaud - Terrines, French Feasts, new stuff all the time very French.
    Susur - A Culinary Life - As a Canadian, and Torontonian this made me realize I didn't have to go anywhere to cook good food, I just had to do it myself. Kinda silly, but whatever.
    and of course a few that did get mentioned.
    La Technique and La Methode by Jacques Pepin
    The Complete Robuchon - Joel Robuchon
    On Food and Cooking - Harold McGee
    Charcuterie - Ruhlman, Polcyn
    Larousse Gastronomique
    Nose to Tail Eating - Fergus Henderson
    Sauces and Eggs - Michel Roux
    Au Pied de Cochon - Martin Picard
    On the Line - Eric Ripert
    Kitchen Confidential and Les Halles Cookbook - Anthony Bourdain - duh

    Now time to add a few to my to buy list, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid's Hot Sour Salty Sweet on Southeast Asia - If it's good and they are from Toronto, sounds good enough to me
    Local Breads - heard this one too many times now to ignore, it's official.
    Cooking by Hand - Paul Bertolli, just remembered this one when I read it, an old chef of mine had it on the shelf, was a good one.
    Thanks for the thread, I'm a bigger cookbook addict than a knife addict so this one sparked some fire in me for some reading, time to break out Mugaritz and see if it's any good.

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    One of my favorites, just for personal use and enjoyable read is called The Unplugged Kitchen by Viana La Place. The food is ridiculously simple and clean , The philosophy is very much in keeping with my view of food, so I like it for that. Simple to the point of laugh-ability in a good way of course.
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    And another on the to get list... thanks

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    Always a dangerous thread for me, I stopped counting after 475 cookbooks...

    Lately I've been all over "The Japanese Grill" Tadaishi Ono & Harris Salat, some great ideas floating around in the book.

    One of my favorite books is not really that great a cookbook but it is noval, Blondie's cookbook Dagwood is pretty funny here

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