Cooking and Baking

Weekend Cook and Tell: Cookbook Keepers

Welcome to Weekend Cook and Tell. Every Wednesday we browse the food sections of various national newspapers in search of inspiration for a weekend cooking project. We hope you'll cook along with us and share your experiences, recipes, and photos here.

This week Amanda Gold of the San Francisco Chronicle writes about the heart-wrenching task of paring down her cookbook collection. With a library of over 200 cookbooks, Gold's collection outgrew her small apartment. In order to suss out which books were worth keeping, Gold and her husband decided to cook their way through her cookbook shelves.

After months of nightly cookbook-inspired meals Gold and her husband settled on ten books a piece, all of which produced stellar meals. If you have to pare down, Gold's method seems spot on and both top ten lists were filled with lots of winners, some expected and others a surprise.

For this week's challenge we want to hear about your tried and true cookbooks, those that you turn to for inspiration or for never-fail recipes. But we don't just want a list of the cherished cookbooks on your shelves, we want to see the meals that you create using them. We're looking for the timeless pastas of The Essentials of Italian Cooking, the hors d'oeuvres of The Silver Palate, and the American classics of The Joy of Cooking. We want to see what sorts of meals your favorite cookbook is capable of producing.

Show us photos of your go-to cookbook creations on Photograzing (make sure to include "Cook and Tell" in your submission title), and tell us about your recipes here! If you'd like to blog the experience, please leave a link in the comments below. We'll post a round-up of your cookbook inspired recipes, ideas, and experiences next Wednesday.

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