What’s on YOUR Cookbook Shelf?

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In a few of my posts, I have mentioned a terrific site for cookbook lovers: http://www.eatyourbooks.com. For a small annual fee, you can add as many cookbooks to your “shelf”, as you want. (other plans are also available) The site has more than 150,000 cookbooks on their “shelf” and by selecting those that you have in your own collection, you have instant access to a huge searchable database. You can then “search” through your own cookbooks to look for a specific recipe: by ingredient, ethnicity, occasion, food type, author, etc. The possibilities are astounding. If you have more than a couple of dozen cookbooks, you’ll immediately understand how useful this site is. No more “now where on earth WAS that recipe for Khanate of the Golden Horde that I liked so much?”  Instead of hauling book after book down from your real shelf, you can quickly and easily consult the virtual shelves of Eat Your Books. There are no recipes (due to copyright issues), but the idea is to save time and hair pulling by finding the recipe in a book you already have. The best thing since sliced bread!

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There are numerous other searches one can conduct on the site, and other members can view what cookbooks you have on your own (real) shelves. One of the interesting searches is to find out what other cookbook lovers are reading. Eat Your Books has thousands of members worldwide, so their audience is huge. By searching their library as to “popularity“, one can instantly see the number of cookbook lovers who have that particular book on their shelves. A search I did a few days ago revealed some interesting trends. I arbitrarily selected the most popular 25 cookbooks among Eat Your Books members:

Plenty
by Yotam Ottolenghi
Categories: Vegetarian; Restaurants & celebrity chefs; Vegetables

ottolenghi

 

 

 

 

 

Jerusalem
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs; EYB Pick – UK; Middle Eastern

jerusalem

 

 

 

Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals: A Revolutionary Approach to Cooking Good Food Fast
by Jamie Oliver
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs; Quick / easy

 

 

Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume One
by Julia Child and Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck
Categories: French french

 

The Silver Palate Cookbook
by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins
Categories: General

silver

 

 

 

 

Ottolenghi: The Cookbook
by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs

Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life
by Jamie Oliver
Categories: Gardening; Seasonal

Joy of Cooking (Sixth edition)
by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker
Categories: General
joy

Jamie’s Italy (USA)
by Jamie Oliver
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs; Italian jamie's italy

 

 

 

The Naked Chef (USA)
by Jamie Oliver
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs

Nigella Express: 130 Recipes for Good Food, Fast
by Nigella Lawson
Categories: Quick / easy; Restaurants & celebrity chefs nigella

The Return of the Naked Chef
by Jamie Oliver
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs

Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking
by Marcella Hazan
Categories: Italian itlian

The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
by Ina Garten
Categories: General

The Silver Spoon
by Phaidon Press Editors
Categories: Italian
spoon

How to Cook Everything: Simple Recipes for Great Food
by Mark Bittman
Categories: General
everything

Ad Hoc at Home
by Thomas Keller
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs

ad hoc

 

 

 

 

 

Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics: Fabulous Flavor from Simple Ingredients
by Ina Garten
Categories: General

Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook
by Jamie Oliver
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs

Vegetarian Cooking For Everyone
by Deborah Madison
Categories: Vegetarian vegetarian

How to Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food (UK)
by Nigella Lawson
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs; General

The New Basics Cookbook
by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins
Categories: General

Plenty More
by Yotam Ottolenghi
Categories: Vegetables; Vegetarian; Restaurants & celebrity chefs; EYB Pick – UK plenty more

Happy Days with the Naked Chef
by Jamie Oliver
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs happy days

Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again
by Ina Garten
Categories: Restaurants & celebrity chefs

Of the 25, I have 15 on my real bookshelf. I must confess I am totally unfamiliar with Yotam Ottolenghi, but as this author’s books seem to be very popular, I may have to investigate to see what I’ve been missing! Most of these books have been around for a while and are not “hot off the press”, as far as I can tell.  I call them “substance” cookbooks.

Take a look at http://www.eatyourbooks.com and see what you’ve been missing! (no, I’m not getting paid for giving them a little publicity. I just think they came up with a very ingenious tool for cookbook lovers!)


My EatYourBooks cookbook collection

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About vintagecookbookery

Cookbook lover and collector with a burgeoning collection of cookbooks. Reading and researching food trends, history of cooking techniques and technological advances in cooking, what we eat and why and cookbooks as reflectors of cultures is a fascination for me. As of November 7th, 2013, I hold the current Guinness World Record title for the largest collection of cookbooks: 2,970 at the official count on July 14th, 2013 (applaud now, thank you very much!) The current (unofficial) number is now 5,851. What next? More cookbooks, naturally (small ones !)
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