Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Works For Me Wednesday . . . Backwards Edition, YOU answer the question!

This week is a themed edition of Works For Me Wednesday...it's the Backwards Edition. This means *I* get to ask you a question!

The question is:
What is your favorite cookbook?


I want to know because I have a slight cookbook addiction. Luckily, I also have a library card.
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Here are some of my favorites:



It seems wrong not to mention 3 other favorites:


Man-Pleaser Salads, Wine is Fun, and How to Make Sandwiches and Box Lunches. No kitchen is complete without those!


If you haven't already, pop over, share a story about your mom (or a mother figure) and enter to win some really darling polka dot martini/dessert glasses from The Pampered Chef!

77 comments:

  1. My favorite, as in I come back to it constantly, is Beth Hensperger's The Bread Bible. A close second is Alton Brown's Good Eats: The Early Years. And while they're not exactly cookbooks, I'm always rooting around in my Food Network magazines (and other mags).

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  2. The Elsah Landing Cookbook!! It's has so many memories packed into each recipe, I can smell the small town bakery!

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  3. Great question!
    I have an old church recipe book that (looks disgusting from all the years of use) was my favorite UNTIL I got The Pioneer Woman's. It's my new favorite and not just because of the Wranglers.

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  4. You may not run out in a rush to buy my fav. cookbook: The four ingredient cookbook...
    I adore it. I do not adore cooking, so that explains it! ;)

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  5. My favorite is Simply in Season . . . I decided to cook all the recipes in it, then I found out about Julie & Julia, so it's inspired me to start my blog and I'm trying to cook all the recipes by the end of August.

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  6. My favorite is the Martha Stewart Baking Handbook. I love that one. There are SO many great recipes in it:)

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  7. I think my favorite might be one that's out of print -- the Baton Rouge Junior League cookbook. I'm on the waiting list. It will be reprinted and I hope I hear from them soon.

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  8. Two of my favorites were pictured (Hello, Cupcake! and Martha Stewarts Cupcakes), but I also love Hello Cupcake's 2nd edition, What's New Cupcake? I think the designs are even better in that one! I made a couple from it (you can see them at Nellie Cakes) and they turned out awesome! I also have a book that my dad handed down to me that I cant live without: Betty Crocker's Cookbook. I think its from the '60's (might be '70s... not sure) and its just the greatest! I never have to worry if the recipe is going to be good, because it always is! It's also bound like a 3 ring binder, so it opens and stays flat!
    Also, I have to say, your blog is amazing! Your blog makes me wish I would have started a blogger account instead of a tumblr so I could 'follow' you. I dont know what the equivalent is in blogger world... either way, you're amazing, and I hope to be as good as you some day!

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  9. Wow! That us quite a collection. My favorites are The Art and Soul of Baking, Ad Hoc at Home, The Zuni Cafe Cookbook, and the Craft of Baking.

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  10. Barefoot Contessa in Paris! Her boeuf bourguignon is SO good! Wine + beef + bacon + MORE WINE = Delicious!!

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  11. Your collection looks almost the same as mine. We have many of the same books. I am not sure I could name a favorite, because I have at least ten favorites. :)

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  12. My cookbook addiction is raging as well. One of my favorites is Bon Appetit's Fast/Easy/Fresh. It never fails me.

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  13. What a fun post! I loooove cookbooks. If I had to choose just one, maybe it'd be Holiday Home Cooking: Favorite Recipes from the Members of the Cooking & Crafts Club, compiled by Frances McCullough. I've tried lots of recipes from this book, and don't think I've come across a bad one yet. Now I've got to jot down all the books your other commenters listed :)

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  14. I LOVE ALL cookbooks...but my FAVS...
    1. The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (I HEART Ina)
    2. Barefoot Contessa Parties (Love Ina's fresh ingredients and her simplicity in her cooking, baking and decorating!!!)
    3. The BEST recipe by the editors of Cook's Illustrated

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  15. I have too many favorites to list but lately I've tended to gravitate to Pioneer Woman's Cookebook and Better Homes and Garden Pink Book. I use to read Everyday Food too, it's still one of my favorites!

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  16. I love both of the Everyday Food cookbooks and use them all the time.

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  17. My FAVORITE and most cherished is the white Martha Stewart Living Cookbook (not to be confused with the blue one!) My mom gave it to me 10 years ago for Christmas. I love it so much, several of the pages have stains on them and some of the pages have stuck together!

    Ally @ High Heels & Aprons

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  18. I love cookbooks, period!! I could never begin to pick a favorite. I have so many that I love. And I have lots of special hand-written recipes that have been given to me by family members. I love to read cookbooks, just like you would read a novel. Thanks for hosting a wonderful giveaway. Love & blessings from NC!

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  19. The one I always go back to is my Better Homes and Garden's New Cookbook. It isn't even one of the good, old versions. But there are so many basic recipes for a kitchen goof like me.

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  20. My favorite is the cake doctor returns!!

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  21. I can see you are in need of the new "What's New Cupcake"! I just received it last week from my kids as a birthday present... It's AWESOME! I love it, and Hello Cupcake the most because it continues to amaze me how many days out of EVERY week one of my kids is curled up in a corner of our home flipping through the pages. Seriously... my kids LOVE those cupcake books. I love that they love them so much!

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  22. I love "The Best Recipe" by the editors or Cook's Illustrated. They have a new version out now that is supposed to be great too! I like to learn about how things work in recipe and WHY, so the explanations of everything they tried is AWESOME!!! LOVE it. DH and I call it the "perfect" recipe, LOL. It also makes substitutions easy since you know other things that would work, though not as well :-)

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  23. Oh, and I have to say I have and LOVE a few you have pictured!!! Of course Cookie Craft, and also the Ultimate Ice Cream Book, KA, and that Betty Crocker one. Mmmmm, I need to find time to make ice cream!

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  24. So many cookbooks........I want to be like you! I have about 15 cookbooks and my favourite has to be Bake by Rachel Allen. Easy to make cakes, cookies and even savoury bakes. Plus she includes pictures of her cute children and hot husband!

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  25. RIght now I find myself turning to Sky High (for cakes), Martha Stewart's Cookies and Baked most often. Every recipe I've tried is a winner!

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  26. I don't have a favorite cook book. I used to, but it is so hard to cook for two people. However I did want to say whenever I look at your blog I want sugar cookies!!!

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  27. One of my favorite cookbooks is Everyday Italian by Giada from the Food Network! I love all of her recipes! I also love Martha Stewart's Cupcakes book too!

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  28. Hilarious! I was just about to do a post on this!!
    I love my tried and tru red checked BH&G cookbook. It's the perfect jump-off point for everyone!

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  29. What a fun post and I love the diversity in the comments! My favorites are church cookbooks (real food by real people!), Paula Deen Celebrates, Pioneer Woman, and Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I noticed one day that my three favorites are all orange! A cook book trend maybe?

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  30. My go to cookbook is the Betty Crocker bridal edition. There are recipes for just about anything in there. I also make loads of stuff out of The Pioneer Woman cookbook.

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  31. I don't really have a favorite cook book I guess because I don't have very many.....but in the last 2 months I've bought 3 LOL.....Thanks for these great recommendations!

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  32. My all time favorite used to be the Fanny Farmer cookbook; but I was kind enough (foolish enough) to let my Ex take it with him.

    My current favorite is probably the Harrowsmith Baking book. And then for main dishes, soups, etc. I use my binder of recipes I've found.

    I love cookbooks! They are such great reading!

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  33. I have too many to decide...but my favorites are Nigella Lawson and the Pastry Queen cookbooks - I have over a thousand cookbooks.

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  34. The 1963 Betty Crocker "Cooky" book which was reprinted in '02 with its original photos and layout. Definitely, the best cookie compilation ever. And the early 60s photos are terrific.

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  35. Mine is the Better Homes and Garden's cook book. It's a nice variety of a little bit of everything. And everything we've made from it turns out great!

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  36. I have too many favorites. I love the KA cookie companion too! I love my cookies:) Baking From My Home To Yours, The Perfect Scoop, The Essence of Chocolate, The Weekend Baker, Everyday Food, Moosewood cookbooks, etc. are all good. I could go on forever:)

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  37. I have too many books, more than I really use.But my favorites are Confetti Cakes for kids and Martha Stewart cupcakes.

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  38. I think I must be a little boring....I've not seen a lot of the cookbooks mentioned....I tend to stick by my tried and true BH&G cookbook and my Betty Crocker cookbook. They were a gift from my sister many moons ago. They get used all the time still.

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  39. I LOVE the 'Best Recipe Cookbook' - which is now the 'New Best Recipe Cookbook'.

    I can seriously appreciate anyone who tests recipes out over and over and over again to try and come up with the very best one EVER.

    Unfortunately, with me living at a high altitude my recipes don't always turn out just like theirs, but I still love it and can read it like a good fiction book!

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  40. I have a huge collection of recipe books, I collect them...I just got the Pioneer womens cookbook and the Farm Chicks cookbook..they are my new favorites...

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  41. Ditto on The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion. Add The King Arthur Whole Grain Baking book, Barefoot Contessa Parties, and Baking by Dorie Greenspan

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  43. I love Cookie Swap by Julie Usher, Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond, and The Art of Eating In by Cathy Erway.

    I'm a cook book junkie...always buying bargain books at Borders and looking for them at thrift stores.

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  44. My favorite cookbook has to be my family's special cookbook called "Connect".. Last year we did a family project by sending my nephew all our favorite recipes, a story and a pic.. and he put them all together to make a huge wonderful book that will last forever..

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  45. I'm jealous of your collection - I thought mine was good but its maybe 1/2 that. My favorites are Baking Illustrated, Baking from My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics and Mark Bittman - How to Cook Everything.

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  46. Well what a great question Miss Bridget!
    Let me see!
    My favorite cookbook is:
    BAKE at 350...with BRIDGET!
    I love the cover of the cookbook!
    It has splashes of PINK...
    and some polka-dots...
    with a BIG iced SUGAR cookie on the front!
    As sooooooon as I spotted it on the front table at Eagle Harbor Bookstore on Bainbridge...
    (which looks like a bookstore out of the movies by the way!)
    I said...out loud...like for everyone to hear...I said...
    OMG!!!! Let me through!
    Let me through this bookstore!
    Excuse me please...
    that is my FRIEND!
    That is BRIDGET!
    THis is the day I have been longing for!
    Bridget's new cookbook!
    This is my fantasy...
    right here and now...
    coming TRUE!
    Yep! That's my DREAM!
    That's my FAVORITE COOKBOOK!
    Can't wait my dear!
    Oh...and YOU WILL be coming to SEATTLE for a book signing!!!!! xo

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  47. I don't really have a favorite but I have loved all the recipes you have put form the King Arthur Flour's Baker Companion so I might have to check that one out!!

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  48. I have several I can't live without...Cookie Craft, Martha's Baking Handbook and her Cupcakes book. And I wouldn't be a good southern girl if I didn't say all 4 of my River Road Recipe books!

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  49. I am super happy to see that I'm not the only cookbook whore out there! I own 67 of them! *blush*

    I have a few I just simply adore, but the two I seem to always to refer to is my Better Homes & Gardens Cookbook and BH&G Ultimate Cookie Book.

    They are so loved that the spines on them are almost non-existent and are being supported with the help of both masking & duct tape!

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  50. Wow, It's like asking "Who is your favorite child?" My recent favorite is "Baked." For a tried and true I would have to go with The Silver Palate Cookbook.

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  51. I also am totally addicted to and obsessed with cookbooks! Hard to choose a favorite, but I would probably go with Baking Illustrated. Everything is always a hit!

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  52. Right before I married my sweet husband, I attended his graduation from West Point Military Academy. The Friday before the graduation I went to a "Future Army Wife" tea and was handed a cookbook appropriately coined, "The West Point Hostess". Little did I know THEN...that it would become a favorite for years and years and years. Tried and true recipes straight from ladies who entertained in grand ole Army tradition!

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  53. Oooh I do love Martha's cupcake book and my First and Forever Cookbook that I got as a wedding gift.

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  54. Barefoot Contessa - Back to Basics, or anything by her!

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  55. I recently got the camine's cookbook from carmines in NYC I love it I use it about twice a week

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  56. Alton Brown's I'm just here for more food. I love that book, the recipes are done so you can measure volumetricly (is that a word?) or if you're one who weighs out ingredients they are listed in grams and ounces! Consistent and perfect results every time! (I just quadrupled the chocolate muffin batch over the weekend!)

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  57. I'm just now really starting my cookbook collection. I love them. On Amazon, I'm always adding to my wish list, then purchase a few at a time. So far, my favorite cookbook would have to be my Star Wars cookbooks. Haha, I know. It's just so awesome to have recipes like Yoda Soda and Hideous Sidious Sorbet.

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  58. Oh... that's a tough question. It's hard enough for me to answer what my favorite cookbook TODAY is! But, right now I think I'd have to say the Whole Grain Baking Cookbook from King Arthur Flour. Love it!

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  59. I love the pictures of your cookbooks!

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  60. This sure is a toughie.. My current favourite is Martha Stewart's Cupcakes. And Chocolate Cakes too!! Just posted about a cake from that book, my gawd, it was good!

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  61. This sure is a toughie.. My current favourite is Martha Stewart's Cupcakes. And Chocolate Cakes too!! Just posted about a cake from that book, my gawd, it was good!

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  62. I have not a single one of those. I am terrible! But I did just acquire a case of cookbook envy thank you very much. ;)

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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  63. My favorites are old church cookbooks. I have some amish ones too. You know the recipes are tried and true and usually their favorite. Not much in the form of instruction, but good old recipes.
    tia

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  64. Good ol' Fanny Farmer! I see a few in your collection I have on my wish list!! One of those Cupcake ones is on my Mother's Day wishlist!!

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  65. It HAS to be a toss up between Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World and Martha Stuart Cupcakes.

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  66. i still love baking by dorie greenspan :) sooo many great recipes in one place

    i wanted to ask you what your thoughts were on this cookie cutter/decorating set since i do not do a lot of cookie decorating...is it a good price? does it look like a good set that i could get a lot of good use out of? :) or should i get some wilton stuff at michael's using a 40% off coupon? :) Thanks!
    http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/stamp-and-style-easter-cookie-cutter/?pkey=k9-1756816&catalogId=9&sku=1756816

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  67. sorry here is a tinyurl, i thought blogger would hyperlink my last link
    http://tinyurl.com/29zkrme

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  68. The America's Test Kitchen Bakers Companion, and their Family Meals one too - big binders, GREAT recipes!

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  69. Moher's day has a different meaning for me now, I lost my Mother almost three years ago to Ovarian cancer after watching her suffer for 6 years. My mother was my best friend, my confident, my mentor, and yes, maybe my enabler, but she was the first person I would go to with anything. It still hurts as much today as it did the day she died. It's hard to no longer have that, but then I think I still have her with me, in the way I treat people, the way I Mother my child, the way I keep house, the way I cook, I am a true reflection of her. I just hope I have her courage if I'm every faced with what she went through. I will still honor her this Mother's day, I'll put beautiful flowers on her grave and thank God that he gave her to me as my Mom and in everything I do in my life, I will do it the way she would expect me to.

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  70. My absolute favorite non-baking cookbook is The New England Soup Factory. Best soup EVER!

    My favorite baking book is Dorie Greenspan's From My Home to Yours. Oh, and Martha's Baking Guide.

    I'm a bit of a cookbook whore (it's shocking according to my husband)!

    BTW, thanks for recognizing my popcorn cookie attempt! I've been a blog stalker of yours for a while now. Love your stuff!

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  71. Ack! My all time favorite is in the photos! The River Road Cookbook(s)! My mom's (and grandma's) copy holds all our family recipes and now my copy she got me years ago holds mine. It's a great bible of random old fashioned recipes.

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  72. I took a picture...just for you. I'll try to update it tomorrow....I have "several"cookbooks :)
    so if you ever need a resource- I'm your gal!

    ttfn~Ada

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  73. Impossible to choose just one, but my "can't live withouts" are:

    *The Americas Test Kitchen Family Cookbook
    *Mark Bittman's How to Cool Anything
    (great go-to books if you haven't tried a dish or technique before)

    *All the Barefoot Contessa books

    *Both the 1981 and 2002 editions of the Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook

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  74. No one mentioned my favorite cookbook so I have to! :) The Greyston Bakery Cookbook. It's my go-to cookbook for all things baked. They do a lot of great things for their local community and its residents... AND they make all the brownie bits for Ben & Jerry's. YUM!

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  75. I have GOT to take a picture of my cookbook collection and send to you... its eerie how much it looks like yours, too bad my kitchen doesnt have the same output! Even my husband was amazed! I thought I was the only one with a huge stack of everyday food, etc.... and I just got the King Arthur Baking CkBk. for my birthday I've been looking through it everyday since... am I the only one who can sit down with a cup of coffee and consider a cookbook a good read? LOL

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  76. I also love cookbooks and the library!

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  77. WOW...Bridget, I thought my family was the only one with the River Roads Recipe cookbook! My uncle Jack Cullen has several recipes in there, the Jailhouse ribs are AMAZING! I'll have to sneak my mom's worn copy out of her house without her seeing, so I can peruse the pages some more!! Thanks for the great blog!
    A fellow Bridget :)

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