Dispensing Happiness

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.-Elsa Schiapirelli

That's me, the magical good cook.

Borrowing from my friend Dexygus, I've created my own food blog.

Read of my exploits in the kitchen! Salivate over the descriptions of fabulous desserts and savory meals I've concocted!

No, seriously...go ahead. It'll make my day.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Joining the 'Fun'


Anthony of Spiceblog was apparently cyber-strong-armed into posting about his cookbook shelf.

Never one to shy away from a meme, here are my cookbook shelves:

Top shelf

Middle shelf

Bottom shelf

Full view

1. Rationale behind what we're seeing?
Ethnic books on top shelf. Continuation of party/entertaining books (from middle), and subject specific-books on middle, with cooking magazines (Gourmet, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit and Vegetarian Times, being used as a bookend). Vegetarian, baking, 'retro' and ancient, and the beginning of the party/entertaining books on bottom shelf.

2. Most recommended?
New Recipes from Moosewood Recipe (that's the one with the cheese tart!)

3. Cookbook that made you what you were?
Earthly Delights: Everyday Vegetarian Cooking, by Vikki Leng
It was with this book, kindly given to me by an Aunt, that I really began to discover what the vegetarian lifestyle was like...not just potatoes and pasta!

4. Porniest cookbook?
Cocolat: Extraordinary Desserts

5. Sophie's Choice cookbook?
My original Moosewood cookbook; it's an early one...belonged to my Mom.

6. If you were a cookbook, which cookbook would you be?
The Homestyle Cook's Guide to Gourmet Cooking; or how a small-town girl learned to cook like a chef.

7. If your cookbook were extremely valuable, so valuable you might hide it with other valuables, where would that place be?
Right. Like I'm going to tell people where to look for my valuables...what do you take me for? I've watched enough episodes of Law & Order to know better than that.

And now I tag Sweetnicks; that's one cookbook collection I want to see!

9 Thoughts for food:

At 9:44 PM, Blogger Anthony said...

Great. I can feel the supports groaning under the weight of all those books.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger Anthony said...

Whoops posted too early. The Moosewood books are great and are a sad lack in my collection.

They're in that suitcase on top of the cupboard under some old clothes aren't they?

At 9:48 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

We've already crammed as many books onto those shelves as possible...there's over-flow into the dining room!

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

The Moosewood's are fantastic...I have almost all of them (the majority of my cookbooks are listed to the right of my blog).

Nope, but keep guessing!

At 9:08 AM, Blogger Cate said...

LOL -- uh oh. Looks like I'll be busy tonight after Tapas class! I, gulp, happily accept the challenge and will put my post up tonight. :)

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Wow! You've got quite a collection! I haven't found my digital camera yet (am starting to worry), but I can probably photograph all my cookbooks on my macro setting. :-)

At 12:25 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Great; I can't wait to see!

Stephanie, you could always sketch your books...if you became desperate!

At 2:06 PM, Anonymous Julia said...

Wow, impressive collection of cookbooks you've got there. The number I have pales in comparison to yours. Maybe you could add another shelf for Asian cookbooks? :)

At 2:08 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Julia!

We actually have a large number of Asian books...four or five dedicated to sushi, alone! But there's always room for more...except there isn't. Room, I mean. Even my over-flow shelf is getting full!


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