And the Best Cookbook of All Time Is ...

cookbooksI adore cookbooks and collect them like ... the dust that collects on many of their covers since I don't actually have much time to use them these days.

Still I was intrigued by a list of the 50 Best Cookbooks of All-Time put together by the Observer out of the UK.

It's an interesting list that makes me itch to start cooking more creatively again. Some of my favorites are on it, but there are a lot more that I've never seen.

Here's the top 10:


10. Great Dishes of the World Robert Carrier (Marshall Cavendish, 1963)

9. Sichuan Cookery Fuchsia Dunlop (Penguin, 2003)

8. The Classic Italian Cookbook Marcella Hazan (Papermac, 1973)

7. Thai Food David Thompson (Pavillion Books, 2002)

6. English Food Jane Grigson (Ebury Press, 1974)

5. Roast Chicken and Other Stories Simon Hopkinson with Lindsey Bareham (Ebury Press, 1994)

4. Kitchen Diaries Nigel Slater (4th Estate, 2005)

3. The Book of Jewish Food Claudia Roden (Penguin, 1996)

2. French Provincial Cooking Elizabeth David (Penguin, 1960)

1. The French Menu Cookbook Richard Olney (Ten Speed Press, 1970)

I own and can attest to the greatness of numbers eight and four, and I've made recipes from a handful of the others, including number one.

The entire list of 50 provides a great assortment from a variety of authors that explore many different cuisines.

There are so many on it that I would like to cook and learn from, but I have to admit that with the proliferation of recipes on the Internet, I tend to cook from my computer rather than a book more often than not.

That doesn't mean I won't possibly pick up a few from the list though ... they look so pretty and inspirational sitting there on my shelf.

Are your favorite cookbooks on this list? Do you use cookbooks still or do you find more recipes on the Internet?

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