29 Responses to “What’s your favorite…”

  1. Cate December 29, 2008 at 3:38 PM #

    I adore Ina Garten: she makes elegant simple.

    And of course, Nigella:

    There are some yummy recipes there. 🙂

  2. Phyllis D December 29, 2008 at 4:03 PM #

    My husband’s family is originally from Calcutta so I’ve really enjoyed The Healthy Cuisine of India by Bharti Kirchner.


    It has a lot of really good recipes from the Bengal region.

  3. lys December 29, 2008 at 4:04 PM #

    I am reading Dewey and I enjoyed the Last Lecture.

    I also got a PMC (Precious Metal Clay) book for Christmas, but I have not started it yet.

  4. Kristen December 29, 2008 at 4:06 PM #

    I was going to say Ina Garten also, or Michael Chiarello.

  5. Lili December 29, 2008 at 4:09 PM #

    I am fond of On Food And Cooking, which goes into the science of why food behaves the way it does, which lets one cook better. And it’s well written. A similar book is Cookwise, which, with its companion Bakewise are the two books I would get for any cook. I’d even get two copies of each because one will certainly get spattered, burnt, splashed, and loved to death. Or because they are such awesome books cooks will want to spread the joy.


  6. Cathy M December 29, 2008 at 4:10 PM #

    We are big into Simply Italian around here, and can always find something great to create from any of Giada DeLaurenta’s cook books.

  7. carolyn jean December 29, 2008 at 4:18 PM #

    I’ve been meaning to post on this book because it’s one of my all-time fave non-fic books: The Gift of Fear by Gavin Becker

    It is hands down one of the most fascinating books I’ve ever read. I mean, it’s valuable as a book about staying safe as a woman, but I love it for the meaty psychological insights and the stuff about instincts and things. Also, I think as a writer of sometimes scary stuff, a lot of the information in this book has been priceless to me.

  8. ms bookjunkie December 29, 2008 at 4:36 PM #

    The New Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen

  9. Diane M. December 29, 2008 at 4:36 PM #

    This is my favorite cookbook. I use to make so many things ahead of time.


  10. Bree December 29, 2008 at 4:38 PM #

    I love my Stitch ‘n Bitch sooooo much.

  11. Angie December 29, 2008 at 4:41 PM #

    I can tell that I’ve just made this more difficult on myself because I have hundreds of dollars worth of books in my cart and I don’t have that much money, lolol. These recommendations are great! You guys are recommending cookbooks and books that I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of for sure.

    Ms. BookJunkie: I actually have the old version of that cookbook. It was used by my mom over 20 years ago (originally published in 1977!) and has her notes in the margins.

  12. Angie December 29, 2008 at 4:42 PM #

    Bree–I’ve always wanted to learn to knit. I keep saying some day….

  13. Ally @ The Cata Network December 29, 2008 at 4:43 PM #

    I have three recommendations for you:

    Cookbook: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2
    Non-fiction: We Might as Well Win by Johan Bruyneel (a great and inspirational book…even if you know nothing about bike racing)
    Non-Fiction: Brain Rules by John Medina (fascinating read, fun, quick, easy, will change the way you think about life)

  14. Memory December 29, 2008 at 5:26 PM #

    I second the Nigella recommendation. How to Be a Domestic Goddess is my favourite cookbook of all time.

  15. Nicole December 29, 2008 at 6:17 PM #

    Well, there’s Bonk: the Curious coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach.

  16. Amy December 29, 2008 at 7:26 PM #

    Since you have a daughter the age of my daughter, I found this cookbook VERY helpful on getting her to eat her vegetables, and incorporating healthy good stuff in the basic things that kids love.

    The DH and I love some of the recipes as well.


    It’s written by Jerry Seinfeld’s wife. My favorite recipe is the Mac and Cheese with Cauliflower and the kidlets and DH love the Chicken Cigars.

  17. Fedora December 29, 2008 at 7:32 PM #

    My most used these days is probably either the Joy of Cooking or Cook’s Illustrated’s Best Recipe. For sheer amusement, I’ve been a sucker for little knitted and crocheted animals like Creepy Cute Crochet or Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet… And for non-fiction, I’ve really enjoyed Mary Roach and Malcolm Gladwell’s stuff. And Freakonomics was fascinating, too… Happy book shopping! (Not much more fun than that!)

  18. Debra Parmley December 29, 2008 at 7:37 PM #

    Well, these aren’t cookbook, I don’t really buy those, for for nonfiction relating to food and drink, I like M.F.K. Fisher and this one is on my bookshelf. I am fascinated by food from all around the world, as well as food rituals.


    And this one is a new book I have in my to be read pile of nonfiction, if you like Rum.


  19. Petra December 29, 2008 at 7:49 PM #

    I’ve had the same cookbook for nearly 30 years, The Cookery Year, sadly I can’t recommend it, its out of print, but for a good non fiction book, that inspires, I always come back to my absolute favorite.

    Women who run with the wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. If you don’t already have it, then I highly recommend getting it.

  20. Sarah December 29, 2008 at 7:56 PM #

    I think my favourite book that I use a great deal is Jamie’s Dinners from chef Jamie Oliver. Here at Amazon

    For Christmas I got Tana’s family kitchen. Yum!

  21. Jody W. December 29, 2008 at 8:02 PM #

    I adore Lori Notoro’s nonfiction essays, and I got my SIL a copy of Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank, and Other Words of Delicate Southern Wisdom, by Celia Rivenbark. I got it for her because she likes humor, not because of the way she dresses her children (she has no children). Hilarious stuff!

  22. Thien-Kim December 29, 2008 at 8:13 PM #

    I recommend The Splendid Table How to Eat Supper or Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.

    As for craft books. Sheesh! Taking Flight by Kelly Rae Roberts

  23. BevQB December 29, 2008 at 8:41 PM #

    I used to be a cookbook junkie but stopped collecting them when cooking became a chore instead of a creative outlet (i.e. when the kid count reached 4).

    However, even with hundreds of cookbooks, there are three I refer back to more than any others and consider them essentials:

    1-The Joy of Cooking
    2-Better Homes and Garden Cookbook (that’s the one that always has red and white plaid on the cover)
    3-Better Homes and Garden JUNIOR Cookbook- I still have the one my Mom bought for me when I was a kid and I also have a newer addition for my kids; It will be great for Brianna, but YOU will find some good ideas in it too.

    But, really, my absolute best suggestion is that you need to go into a brick and mortar bookstore and browse through the cookbooks. It’s really the only way to get a feel for them.

  24. dd03 December 30, 2008 at 3:33 AM #

    I’m a Paula Deen freak. Love her cooking show & cookbooks. Her sons have one out too. I personally like them. Of course, I have a thing for cookbooks….and I don’t cook much. O.O Also, I have a milk allergy…and EVERYTHING Paula makes if full of BUTTAH!! LOL

    Oh, biographies for Paula Deen and Sandra Lee are interesting.
    *whispers* can you tell i’m a foodnetwork junkie? o.o

  25. Karen December 30, 2008 at 3:54 AM #

    Honestly, I’m more a ’30-Minute Meals’ kinda gal. I love Rachael Ray. I can definitely recommend her ’30-minute’ gumbo recipe (only I use the file’, not the thyme).

    Also, for a general non-fiction book, I’d recommend ‘Uppity Women of Medieval Times, by Vicki Leon. Very amusing and educational at the same time. Here’s a very short excerpt about Mary Queen of Scots that cracked me up (She liked to play golf, BTW):

    “…Her last episode was a Nielson’s ratings winner, though. Mary had a date with the executioner for another sort of hole-in-one.”

  26. Kelly Maher December 30, 2008 at 11:10 AM #

    My all-time favorite cookbook, and more for the food history than the recipes: American Century Cookbook – http://www.amazon.com/American-Century-Cookbook-Popular-Recipes/dp/0517225980/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230653316&sr=8-1

    The latest craft book I bought (because I too had an Amazon GC to use): Custom Knits – http://www.amazon.com/Custom-Knits-Designer-Improvisational-Techniques/dp/1584797134/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1230653429&sr=1-1

  27. marie December 30, 2008 at 4:58 PM #

    My favorite is Ellie Krieger’s The Food You Crave. The recipes are healthy, easy to make and yummy. I also love her earlier book Small Changes, Big Results. It’s about eating well and living healthy. Her books are inexpensive too. What’s not to like?

  28. Kristi December 30, 2008 at 10:07 PM #

    In our house, we swear by the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook (done by the same people who do the Cook’s Illustrated magazine, which is also unbelievably good). I’ve never had a recipe from the book turn out bad.

    Or, if you’re trying to avoid the whole milk, heavy cream, and butter that are so liberally applied by ATK, the Cooking Light yearbooks are great. They contain every recipe and a handful of articles from the entire year of magazines. I have books from the last 3 years, and I use them all the time. They have lots of handy meal-planner sections so you don’t have to flip all over for suggestions on side dishes.

  29. Elle December 31, 2008 at 1:54 PM #

    You can have my first edition copy of Nigella’s How to Be a Domestic Goddess if you want to give it away for a prize. I found I never used it. One of my new lighter fare favorites is Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook. I also like the added convenience of for spiral binding in a big cookbook. Eating Well’s Healthy in a Hurry is also up there for me. As for a craft book, one of my new to me favs is Amy Butler’s In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects.

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