What Do Your Cookbooks Say About You?

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Photo: Barb Magee

If you’re a fellow cookbook lover who also happens to read them like novels, you may have noticed you’re having some physical feelings of withdrawal and longing, right? Gone is the constant pre-holiday parade of newly published cookbooks found on the shelves of local bookstores. Until the spring book launch begins, consider the example set by blogger Anthony St. Clair, author of the popular Eugene-based blog AntSaint.com

Recalling one of his posts, in which he wrote about his favorite back-up cookbooks, got me thinking about how much we can learn about someone by the company (er, cookbooks) they keep. I love his budget-friendly approach to infusing his cooking with some old standbys. Remember to check out independent used bookstores and local libraries where you live and travel…they’re sure to be ripe with flavors from kitchens past.

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  • I would like to mention this fabulous cookbook called Muffins and Quick Breads, written by Linda Fraser. This cookbook has been a family favorite since I was a young girl, and every single recipe is sure to please your taste buds! This cookbook has over 75 recipes, which include various kinds of sweet muffins, sweet quick breads, savory muffins, savory quick breads, biscuits, and popovers. Perfect for cooking up and keeping in the freezer for future use, or for fresh-baked goods straight out the oven–my personal favorite!

    “There is nothing like the smell of home baking and few things are more delicious than muffins or tea breads served straight from the oven.”


  • Give me a beautifully photographed cookbook, mix in some really great, fresh, easy recipes and I’m lost for days in the pages. Lately, my faves have been The Family Chef by Jewels and Jill Elmore (private LA chefs), Tyler Florence’s Family Meal, and Mother’s Best from the iconic restaurant in Portland. Don’t bother asking if I’ve read the latest novel on the New York Times bestseller list, but you can sure inquire about the latest recipes I’m into!

  • I love cookbooks, especially the ones with gorgeous, mouthwatering food photos!! My faves at the moment are: Weber’s Real Grilling by Jamie Purviance, Portland’s Palate by the Jr. League of Portland, Fresh Every Day by Sara Foster, Perfect Recipes for Having People Over by Pam Anderson, The Grand Central Baking Book by Piper Davis and Ellen Jackson, and the Barefoot Contessa books by Ina Garten. I could keep going but my kids are calling me…

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