First, for the cookbooks I have amassed over the years, then the Q&A part. I have three overflowing bookcases (11 shelves total) in my home office, and as you can see, they are in DIRE need of reorganization.
The madness doesn’t end there. In my filing cabinet, I have two overstuffed drawers of “Recipes to Try.” These are all clippings from various magazines and printouts from the internet. They are contained in very specific files (i.e., Scallops, Mexican, Trifles, Tarts, Cod, Beef, Cocktails, etc.) to make it easier if I’m hunting to fill a hole in a menu.
Not photographed are the overflowing tubs of recipes TO file in the TO TRY filing cabinets, and the hundreds of magazines to read. I try and do a little bit of filing and organizing every night, but some days are better than others.
Now for the Q&A:
1. Rationale behind what we’re seeing?
Although I’ve run out of space and desperately need to reorganize so I can get another bookshelf in here, there is some method to my madness. All the “like” books are together, i.e., all the tapas, all the Better Homes & Gardens cookbooks, all the Cooking Light cookbooks, all the Cuban cookbooks, all the same authors are together, etc.
2. Most recommended?
That’s a really hard question. I’d have to say probably Barefoot Contessa first. Never had a failure from her, and her recipes are easy and never cease to WOW and impress.
3. Cookbook that made you what you were?
Another hard question. I really don’t think there’s one cookbook that defines me or my cooking style. I tend to pull from all different sources, depending on the mood, event, need, etc.
4. Porniest cookbook?
Definitely Booty Food from Bobby Flay’s sidekick, Jacqui Malouf.
5. Sophie’s Choice cookbook? Now that Stephanie has filled me in on what the movie is about (having never seen it myself), I can answer this question … definitely my Tried-and-True file, without a doubt.
6. If you were a cookbook, which cookbook would you be?
Another vote for the Barefoot Contessa. I think her easygoing style is closest to what I try to achieve, especially when entertaining.
7. If your cookbooks were extremely valuable, so valuable you might hide it with other valuables, where would that place be?
Like Stephanie, I ain’t coughing up where I hide my valuables. I will say, however, that the most valuable part of my collection is most definitely my Tried-and-True file. Completely irreplaceable.
That’s it — show’s over. And next in line, I’m nominating SueBob over at Snackish. Have fun with it! :D
Tomorrow is my turn to bring lunch for the office, and we’re having company for dinner, so tune in to find out what I made. Until then…