Must Haves

As I work my way through my library of cookbooks this year I thought about grading or ranking them, but thought better of it.  Thought I’d just divide them up into a couple of categories.

Must Haves – Cookbooks I think everyone should own

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook by Yotam Ott0lenghi and Sami Tamimi – Middle Eastern inspired, simple tasty dishes, particularly the salads.

Thai Food by David Thompson – The bible on Thai food by the master of Thai food, nuff said.

The Essentials Of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan – First cookbook I ever bought and still use it regularly, a classic.

Arabesque by Greg and Lucy Malouf – Greg Maloufs first and best book on Middle Eastern food – a great reference book.

The Cooks Companion by Stephanie Alexander – THE reference book for cooking in Australia.  If I was forced to keep only one book, it would probably be this.

Cookbooks I Love – Cookbooks that I would loathe to lose

Barossa Food by Angela Heuzenroeder
Charmaine Solomon’s Asian Favourites by Charmaine Solomon
The French Kitchen – A Cookbook by Joanne Harris and Fran Warde
MoVida by Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish
MoVida Rustica by Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish
Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi
Williams-Sonoma Cooking at Home by Chuck Williams and Kristine Kidd
Kitchen Garden Companion by Stephanie Alexander
Moro by Sam and Sam Clark
Tender, Volume 1 by Nigel Slater
Maggie’s Kitchen by Maggie Beer
Mexican Food Made Simple by Thomasina Miers
Secrets of the Red Lantern by Pauline Nguyen

2 Responses to Must Haves

  1. Hi David, I only have the first of your must haves. Thought I don’t think I have quite as many cook books as you, mine have taken over two shelves now in the kitchen. I would love to know a bit more about your must haves and the ones you love, so that I can justify buying yet more cookbooks…. now I”m going to read some more of your posts, best wishes, Joanna

    • David says:

      Hi Joanna, I have been meaning to pad out the ‘must have’ page with more info as to why, so I guess now U will have to get onto it. Cheers, David

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