Well that's not exactly true, but I'll admit that the cookery book section of our bookshelves is...ah...diverse and expanding. Exponentially. Sort of like rabbits. Which I like best as paté. Or as a ragù with papardelle. But I'm off on a rabbit trail here.
It is impossible to write a truly comprehensive list of my favourite cook books because the list would change on a monthly basis. All too often the newest is my favourite, just because I've read it the most. It falls out of favour when then next newie comes along. An so on.
Only time tells if a book is a stayer. And so my list may change tomorrow. Nevertheless, this is it today. For what that's worth. My top ten cookery books:
- The Cook's Book of Everything by Lulu Grimes
- Japanese Cooking - A Simple Art by Shizuo Tsuji
- The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon
- The Cook's Companion by Stephanie Alexander
- Balance & Harmony - Asian Food by Neil Perry
- The Complete Middle East Cookbook by Tess Mallos
- The Food of Thailand by Lulu Grimes, Oi Cheepchaiissara and Alan Benson
- Maggie's Kitchen by Maggie Beer
- Simple Chinese Cooking by Kylie Kwong
- The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
- Kitchen Garden Cooking with Kids by Stephanie Alexander
- The Silver Spoon for Children - Favourite Italian Recipes
- Cookery the Australian Way by Shirley Cameron and Suzanne Russell
- Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander
- The Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver
- Modern Classics 1&2 by Donna Hay
Ah, my recipe box. I haven't told you about that, have I? My mother was a professional cook. These are her recipes, mostly. And these are the dishes I prepare most of all.
Mum's writing a cookery book. I can't wait.