Sunday, August 15, 2010

What is your top cookbook?

If your kitchen was burning down, which cookbook would you grab?

Maybe one that features in the 50 best cookbooks of all time list published recently by the Observer?

Their Top 10 was revealed today and it tempted me a little more to add Elizabeth David's classic French Provincial Cooking or any of Nigel Slater's books to our kitchen.

Do you agree with their choices? What would you add? Interesting to imagine what might be included in an Aussie Top 10 too!


  1. I'm not familiar with lots of the books on the Top 50 list, but I absolutely love anything by Nigel Slater - I highly recommend Tender, the latest one on vegetables. I haven't got Kitchen Diaries, which is on the list, but I definitely have to get it!

    And I also love The Cooks Companion. So those would probably be my two picks.

  2. The cooks companion is perhaps my most valuable book in the kitchen- I use it all the time for recipes as well as a reference book.

    I also love my ingredients book which is a visual encyclopedia grouped into fruits, nuts, grains, meats, etc. It's a total food perve!

  3. Stephanie Alexander (or as I like to call her The Kitchen Oracle) reigns supreme as far as cook books are concerned. The cooks companion is by far the most useful of cook books around - when in doubt check with Stephanie i say!

  4. ...ok, i recently acquired Harold McGee's On Food & Cooking and i'd have to add that to my must-have list of cook-books. Its not a cook book per se, but it is a wonderful book for all us food nerds who want to take reading up on food to the next level.

    Do yourself i favour i say!


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