Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I have an unnatural obsession with cookbooks. I continue to collect them even though I still have a few that I haven't even tried once! I've used them to read through or learn cooking techniques from. I have also used them to learn about new foods or special ingredients. I dream of turning this blog into a 101 Cookbooks where I can try out various recipes and show you my creations. One day it will happen!

Here is a list of my collection. Let me know if there are others I should check out! I've been thinking I need a Mexican and an Italian cookbook, as well as maybe another baking cookbook in there somewhere but for right now I am on a cookbook buying ban until I work my way through some of these. The two exceptions to the ban this year are Terry Hope Romero's Viva Vegan! when it comes out in late April and Colleen Patrick Goudreau's Color Me Vegan when it hits shelves in late 2010. But that's it. I swear.

-The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen by Peter Berley
-Modern Spice by Monica Bhide
-How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman
-Eat, Drink and Be Vegan by Dreena Burton
-Cooking Light Holiday Baking
-Uncle Don's Adventure Down East Cooking by Donald Drew
-The Mushroom Lover's Mushroom Cookbook and Primer by Amy Farges and Christopher Styler
-Jewish Holiday Baking by Marcy Goldman
-Foods to Live By by Myra Goodman, Lynda Holland and Pamela McKinstry
-Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois
-World Vegetarian by Madhur Jaffrey
-The South American Table by Maria Baez Kijac
-The Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein
-The Tropical Vegan Kitchen by Donna Klein
-The Supermarket Vegan by Donna Klein
-Voluptuous Vegan by Myra Kornfeld
-The Healthy Hedonist by Myra Kornfeld
-Chef MD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine by John La Puma
-Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison
-Vegetarian Suppers from Deborah Madison's Kitchen by Deborah Madison
-Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating from America's Farmers' Markets by Deborah Madison
-Olive Trees and Honey: A Treasury of Vegetarian Recipes from Jewish Communities Around the World by Gil Marks
-A Beautiful Bowl of Soup by Paulette Mitchell and William Meppem
-Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
-Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
-Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
-Vegan with a Vengeance by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
-Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra Moskowitz
-The New York Times Passover Cookbook
-The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
-The Joy of Vegan Baking by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
-Vegan Fire and Spice by Robin Robertson
-Fresh from the Vegetarian Slowcooker by Robin Robertson
-Lucid Food by Louisa Shafia
-The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone
-Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson
-Vegan Soul Kitchen by Bryant Terry
-Love Soup by Anna Thomas
-Vegan Yum Yum by Lauren Ulm
-The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters

{Photo credit: LollyKnit}


Rachel said...

I heart cookbooks also. Yet I only ever cook from one or two of them.

Do you read EatLiveRun.com? I think you'd like it. She's a cookbook/food obsessive and posts her creations.

She also has a book deal to write a cookbook (and she's only 24) - *boggles*

Lauren said...

I *do* read Eat, Live, Run! I love it! I was wondering what she was working on since she always talks about having to get some writing done! That's crazy--I want a cookbook!

City Girl said...

Awesome list. You own a ton of my favorites,and several I have been eyeing too :)

I too have an obsession with cookbooks.

For basic Italian, I love Jamie Oliver's and Giada's books, but they are fairly meat/dairy heavy - I own the Jamie book, and adapt accordingly, especially with dairy, but decided against getting Giada's books because of her heavy emphasis on dairy.

For Mexican, my husband owned Cocina de la Familia for years before we got married - I reviewed it here - http://www.cgldaily.com/2009/04/salsa-verde.html - it's a serious Mexican cookbook, and some recipes are complicated, but it is a great reference.

Carolyn said...

WOWZA!!! YOu have an insane collection! I've been reading about Veganomicon, and I think I need it! I have several cookbooks, but unfortunately, they contain very little vegetarian options (and like NO vegan ones).

Lauren said...

Veganomicon is like the Betty Crocker basic cookbook for veganism! It has a great array of recipes (plus helpful information on ingredients and cookware). I highly recommend it!

Dr John said...

My nominees for a Mexican Cookbook, though not a bit vegan is Rick Bayless' Authentic Mexican: it was his first book, researched thoroughly, very deliberate, and great flavors: I learned a lot from it, and from working at Topolobampo x4 years.
n.b. Thanks for including my ChefMD Culinary Medicine book...some of the recipes are now free on YouTube (channel drlapuma) and chefmd.com

namaste-heather.com said...

That is an insane amount of cookbooks, but I get it! I only have a fraction of those cookbooks, but I am addicted to books in general.

Have a lovely day!

shelly said...

i love that there is also another cookbook addict out there! i "collect" them also...oddly i rarely follow a recipe though. i guess i use them for inspiration. i started writing my own this year. love your list...i do not have some of these but def going to check them out. love this post!

Phoenix Peacock said...

I will totally support you in your adventure in trying out recipes. Post them and I promise to try them with you! haha