My Cookbook Shelf

I have spent the last 20 years collecting cookbooks. I remember moving a few years ago and having a haul-away company come clean out old junk from my basement.  I made the mistake of going to work that day and not supervising what they “hauled away.” I came home that night to find that a big box full of cookbooks was missing… tragic. Fortunately, none of my favorites were in that box and it hasn’t hindered my collection too terribly.  I love to collect books signed by the Chefs. I’ve been fortunate to have met Jacques Pepin, Emeril & Carole Walter through work over the years. I also have signed books from Lidia and Giada. For whatever reason, I just like collecting them… it makes me happy.

I think if you make one great dish from a new cookbook, it’s a good one.  All of us have cookbooks that we’ve purchased, thumbed through and put on a shelf, never to make a single recipe.  I read cookbooks like novels.  There’s always one by my bedside table. I have a small group of cookbooks that are like bibles in my kitchen. I have made many successful recipes and they’ve become repeats at our family table.  That’s the sign of a great cookbook!

Here is what sits on my cookbook shelves.


  • Great Cakes by Carole Walter
  • Baking Handbook by Martha Stewart
  • The Pie & Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum
  • The Wellesley Cookie Exchange by Susan Mahnke Peery
  • The Cake Doctor by Anne Byrn
  • Savory to Sweet Pies & Tarts by Janice Murfitt


  • Mastering the Grill by Andrew Schloss & David Joachim
  • Grill it! by Bobby Flay
  • An American Roadhouse, Dinosaur BBQ
  • The BBQ Bible by Steven Raichlen
  • Mastering Beef & Veal, Williams-Sonoma
  • The New Steak by Cree LeFavour
  • Great Grilling by Louise Pickford
  • Grill by James McNair


  • The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion by Falcinelli, Castronovo & Meehan
  • Ottolenghi by Yotam Otolenghi & Sami Tamimi
  • Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
  • Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi
  • The Silver Spoon
  • Tagines & Couscous by Ghillie Basan
  • Classic Italian Jewish Cooking by Edda Servi Machlin
  • Simply Delicioso by Ingrid Hoffman
  • Meditterranean Fresh by Joyce Goldstein
  • French Taste by Laura Calder
  • Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy by Lidia Bastianich
  • Lidia’s Italian American Kitchen by Lidia Bastianich
  • The Singing Nettle Cookery Book – South Africa, The Union of Jewish Women
  • Savoring Tuscany, Williams-Sonoma
  • Savoring Provence, Williams-Sonoma
  • Savoring France, Williams-Sonoma
  • Real Thai by Nancy McDermott
  • The Thousand Recipe Chinese Cookbook by Gloria Bley Miller
  • Every Night Italian by Giulian Hazan
  • Cooking Caribe by Christopher Idone
  • The Hungarian Cookbook by Susan Derecskey
  • The Food of Spain by Claudia Roden
  • The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Roden


  • River Cottage Veg by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
  • The Food you Crave by Ellie Krieger
  • So Easy by Ellie Krieger
  • Forks Over Knives by Del Sroufe
  • International Vegetable Cookbook by Faye Levy
  • Lowfat Favorites by The Moosewood Restaurant
  • Everyday Favorites – The Best of Cooking Light
  • Entertaining Light by Martha Rose Shulman
  • Mediterranean Light by Martha Rose Shulman
  • Provencal Light by Martha Rose Shulman
  • Potatoes, A Country Garden Cookbook by Maggie Waldron
  • Pasta Light by Norma Kolpas
  • More Smoothies for Life by Daniella Chace


  • The Art of Cooking Volumes 1 & 2 by Jacques Pepin
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child
  • The Way to Cook by Julia Child
  • The Joy of Cooking
  • The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins
  • The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins
  • Silver Palate Good Times by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins


  • Cafe Boulud Cookbook by Daniel Boulud
  • Tyler’s Ultimate by Tyler Florence
  • 365: No Repeats by Rachel Ray
    • Emeril 20.40.60
    • Everyday’s a Party
    • From Emeril’s Kitchen
    • Everyday Italian
    • Everyday Pasta
    • Giada’s Family Dinners
    • Giada at Home
    • Giada’s Kitchen
    • Weeknight’s with Giada
    • Giada’s Feel Good Food
    • The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
    • In Paris
    • Family Style
    • At Home
    • How easy it that?
    • Back to Basics
    • Foolproof
  • Cook Like A Rockstar by Anne Burrell
  • French Taste by Laura Calder
  • The Farm by Ian Knauer


  • The Southern Table by Frank Stitt’s
  • All About Braising by Molly Stevens
  • Eating Well by Burt Wolf
  • Canal House Cooking Volumes 1 & 2 by Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hirsheimer
  • Great Good Food by Julee Rosso
  • The Minimalist Cooks Dinner by Mark Bittman
  • Sarah Moulton Cooks at Home
  • All Around the World Cookbook by Sheila Lukins
  • The Frog Commissary Cookbook by Steven Poses, Anne Clark & Becky Roller
  • The Cooking Club Cookbook
  • Ravinia Festival Noteworthy & Noteworthy Two
  • Complete Book of Soups & Stews by Bernard Clayton, Jr.
  • Sensational Pastas by Faye Levy
  • Risotto by Judith Barrett & Norma Wasserman
  • Macaroni & Cheese by Marlena Spieler
  • Panini, Bruschetta, Crostini by Vivana La Place
  • Fish by James McNair
  • Simply Delectable by Sharon Glass
  • Rice by Bonnie Tandy Le Blang & Joanne Lamb Hayes


  • Fun Food by Williams-Sonoma
  • The Kid’s Cookbook by Williams-Sonoma

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