On Cookbooks
May 14th, 2005

Encouraged by so many other patients participants in this recently initiated meme exercise, I found enough support and momentum to finally come out and admit: My name is Nicky, I’m 31 years old and I am a cookbook addict, too.

For more background to this interesting meme please see Anthony’s original post.

1. Rationale behind what we’re seeing?
Apart from the stacks of post-it like notes (food magazine ripouts, printouts, handwritten recipes) the cookbooks photographed are only the ones that ganged together, single ones that are scattered all over the place were not considered for the shooting – most of them are constantly relocating, even to most unexpected places. Yes there are also a few next to the bathtub…
And not to forget food magazines…give me a convincing coverpage (and some interesting topics, too!) – your mine.

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2. Most recommended?
I have a great short term memory, I guess that is why I typically recommend the last ones purchased. The one I’d pick right now is “Stylish India” by Monisha Bharadwaj, it has a great design, delicious food images in contrast to some original and old Indian pictures.

3. Cookbook that made you what you were?
Certainly the “Bayerisches Kochbuch” (Bavarian Cookbook) from Maria Hofmann & Helmut Lydtin. First published in the 1930′s, the revised version I have (from the 70’s) contains over 1700 recipes and quite out of fashion or “old-school” photography. My grandma lived by it, making most wonderful dishes. I inherited it, including all the good memories.

4. Porniest cookbook?
All my cookbooks are PG-13… ;) Edit: Since I’m a little hooked on design/photography, I consider lots of my books quite “porny” – impossible to pick just one.

5. Sophie’s Choice cookbook?
Probably a Donna Hay one, because of the pure and simplistic layout and one of a kind photography of mouthwatering dishes. When I discovered her books quite a while ago, it felt a bit like discovering a whole new world. (Thanks for clarifying this question here, “That is- “if I had one to save. Something less obscure”.”)

6. If you were a cookbook, which cookbook would you be?
Can’t honestly say what my title would be, as there is no real preference for a given cuisine, dish or direction – or maybe desserts?
Anyway, I would want to be on top of one of my stacks :)

7. If your cookbook we’re extremely valuable, so valuable you might hide it with other valuables, where would that place be?
I’m glad we don’t live in a rough neighborhood, but if I really had to, it’d be the place next to O’s golf clubs and all possible worries would dissolve immediately…

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