For last week's Weekend Cook and Tell we asked all of you to share your Cookbook Keepers, the volumes that have served you best over the years. We're talking about the spatter-stained, dog-eared cookbooks, the ones that are home to the recipes you turn to again and again.
Hearing about all of your favorites gave us some heartening insight into the importance of cookbooks, making it abundantly clear that online recipe searches are no match for well-written and beautifully photographed cookbooks.
So, what are the MVPs of your cookbook shelves? Let's take a look.
Zinnia1 recently went through the heart-wrenching process of weeding out the old cookbook library. After getting rid of nearly 100 volumes, Zinnia1's number-one keeper is the Better Homes and Gardens three-ring binder. More of a reference guide than a recipe book, Better Homes and Gardens is great for proper meat cooking temperatures, microwave timing for cooking vegetables, and techniques like how to properly hard boil an egg.
While they're not technically cookbooks, Larikatz loves her Pillsbury pamphlets from the 1970s filled with no-fail recipes for glazed honey brioche, whole wheat rolls, chewy gingerbread people and the best snickerdoodles.
anniriedora is a cookbook collector after our own hearts. While anniriedora has managed to part with ancient microwave and food processor cookbooks, the Grand Diplôme Cooking Course from Le Cordon Bleu, Time-Life's Foods of the World series, and 35 years worth of Gourmet and Bon Appetit magazines cannot be be parted with.
One of ElizabethS's go-tos is The Barcelona Cookbook full of recipes from a favorite New Haven eatery. Check out her Wild Salmon Paillards with Sweet and Sour Shallots, an at-home version of a Barcelona favorite.
philandlauren have hundreds of cookbooks which means they do a lot of cooking from the books. Take a look at their Salted Beef Stir-Fried with Sugar and Shallots adapted from David Thompson's Thai Food.
Felila's of cookbook classics included many of our kitchen workhorses as well including Irma Rombauer's The Joy of Cooking, Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything, Madhur Jaffrey's Indian Cooking, Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Cake Bible, and Peter Reinhart's Artisan Bread Every Day.