The First Annual Christmas Cookbook Contest Page One

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  1. Julie Walker says:

    My favourite cookbook is The Margaret Fulton Cookbok which was given to me as a wedding present in 1973. It is extremely “dogeared” and stained and this book has seen me through Christmas dinners (her Christmas pudding recipe is to die for) and many a dinner party. It covers everything from traditional English cooking and baking to Ceviche and Satays. This woman was way ahead of her time.

  2. KL Mitchell says:

    James Barber’s Fear of Frying and GInger Tea Makes Friends bought when I was living on my own for the first time many long years ago. His simple and delicious recipes writ out in comic drawings encouraged me to just go for it with what was at hand and sparked a true enjoyment of the process of cooking. Over the years I have introduced friends and family to his fabulous Eggplant Tomato Spaghetti and now we think of each other when we make it. In fact I just made it last night because my sister told me she’d made “The Classic” last week and I immediately craved it!

  3. Monica Tang says:

    Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison is my favorite. I have never had a recipe fail from this book–it just works everytime. I wanted a vegetarian cookbook that I could use as a reference book as well–this is like the Joy of Cooking with gorgeous pictures–great recipes, and terrific explanations and techniques that then allow you to use your own creativity to produce unique dishes. Yummy!

  4. Brenda Wagner says:

    My favourite is the original Joy of Cooking. I love the information about the inredients and the substitutions. It is always a great place to start with a recipe although I often make some adjustments. It was also a great way to train my husband how to carve the various meats we eat and I still use it for selecting cuts of meats for various recipes.

  5. Ted Vance says:

    My favorite cookbook is
    The Food of Italy – Whitecap one of the series of International cookbooks.
    This book is a treasure trove of Italian culture, photos and oh yes, recipes! My wife and I honeymooned our way through Italy last year and this book brought back wonderful memories (visual and gastronomic).
    The selection of recipes is very thorough and each has an excellent photograph and very clear, simple instructions.
    We have tried lots of the recipes and each has been a hit, whether for entertaining or just making everyday meals.
    If I could only have ONE Italian cookbook this would be it!

    Ted Vance

  6. Nicole Milkovich says:

    My favorite cookbook would have to be the Betty Crocker cookbook that I have grown up with. It can teach you all the basics and my copy, which is an edition from 1963, even teaches a young lady like me how to set the table and receive guests. Eeeek. However, it is very informative all the way back to how to boil an egg.

    Mostly this book hits my top 5 list because it was my first cookbook.

    (Donna Hay’s Books are numbers 2-5 in my top 5 list)

  7. Barb Latham says:

    Favourite? I’m not much of a cook so I begin at the beginning of a cookbook, and work my way through it, recording notes on the page as I go. So the one that has the most notes, and is falling apart is JUST THE BEST produced by L.E.A.F as a fundraiser back in 1992. Many of the recipes were visionary in terms of trends for 2003. Recipes are donated by top chefs and food writers back then.

    HOpe I win this new crop. I could use them!


  8. Linda Page says:

    The Rebar Cookbook by Audrey Alsterberg and Wanda Urbanowicz is my favourite right now. I’ve been enjoying the recipes and find everyone a winner. Our book club, which is really a “cook club” does wonderful pot-lucks at each and every meeting. When it came to my turn to choose the theme, I had everyone select and item from Rebar. What a meal! The recipes are challenging to some degree but the results are complex, and provocative. I’m proud to nominate a cookbook from Victoria for an all -time great and proud to say it’s a vegetarian delight.

  9. My favourite cookbook is Seductions of Rice by Alford and Duguid because all of the recipes are fabulous, flavourful and easy to make. Not to mention the fabulous photos and the wonderful food philosophy of the authors.


    …Roland roland AT

  10. Enoch says:

    The French Laundry Cookbook, here’s a link to my blog entry about it: link to

  11. deb hind says:

    My favourite cookbook would have to be The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook. It was one of the first books I used when I “left the nest” . The book is well illustrated, clear instructions and covers everything from soups to menu planning for 50+people.

  12. eileen says:

    I must confess that 2 of my favourite cookbooks are, one, a church fundraiser from a little country church where ther are some wonderful cooks and secondly a cookbook that was created as fundraiser for a school my children attended when they were younger. Outside of those two I think that the book I use the most would be LOONEYSPOONS by Janet and Greta Poleski. It is a low fat cookbook and it is so much fun to make each of the recipes because there is some great low fat information. This information is presented in a funny, funny manner. The recipes are truly delicious and they are low fat to boot.

  13. Tim says:

    Hi Don – Listen to your show on CBC most mornings on the way to work- Really interesting recipes you present from around the world- I dont do a huge amount of cooking but after hearing your show this morning I decided that my favorite cookbook is not really a book but actually a box. My mom taught all her children to cook mostly from the recipe card box with all her favorite recipes that her mom taught her. We all copied these favorites and now they are being passed on to my children. I think Nana’s Ice box ginger snaps are everyones favorites from our recipe box!

  14. Denise says:

    I have so many cookbooks, that I’m having great difficulty decideing on my favorite! It must be “the New Canadian Basics Cookbook” by Carol Ferguson. It’s great because it really is everything basic and if you don’t know the answer about how to do something or where to find it, the answer will be there! Time and again, I go back to this book.

  15. Edna Boland says:

    My favourite cookbook–that is a tough one! I
    am very fond of Marcella Hazan’s Essential’s of
    Italian Cooking. For me she captures the very
    essence of Italian cooking. My other favourites would have to be the Silver Palate Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins and the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks by Ina Garten. I love cookbooks so choosing one is impossible for me!

  16. Good morning Don.
    My favourite cookbook is bound to be one very worn-out, hard backed copy of ‘Perfect Cooking’ by Margeurite Patten, circa 1972. The year I graduated in the UK. Shortly after this event my mother thought I should go forth and make my mark on the world and if nothing else, at least learn to cook and fend for myself. This book will take the reader from: how to hold a carving knife and boil an egg to creating dinner for eight, with four or five courses and feeding ones guests with simple but entertaining meals and serving cheeses with port at the correct temperature. To this end, I now have a wife of 23 years who also loves to cook, thanks to this publication and our friends are numerous on both sides of the Atlantic and always wish we were closer at this time of year as we have a crab dip to die for.
    I wish you a very Merry Christmas and love your input on the CBC. Long may it last. Cheers.

  17. megan says:

    Hi Don,
    I’m ashamed to admit that I don’t have a well-worn, adored cook-book. My favourite thing to reach for when it’s time for nourishment is a huge folder of printed off or hastily scrawled recipes. alternately, I’ll do a quick web search for recipes including the ingredients I happen to have around the house…..perhaps I am in serious need of your cookbook prizes!!
    I love hearing you on the Early Edition!

  18. Kay Whelan says:

    My very favorite cookbook is The Silver Palate by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. This book was a gift to me by my sister several years ago. It contains recipes which have become family favorites. While they all contain ingredients that are easy to find, the recipies themselves are great for even the most elaborate entertaining. Some of my favorites are Carrot Orange Soup, Sausage Ragout and Scallop Bisque.

  19. Andrea Furlong says:

    Hi there!
    My favorite all time cookbook is Low Fat Favorites Vegetarian Cookbook by Moosewood Restaurant.

    Why do I love it? Well, I fell in love with the cookbook when I was a student. I found that meat did not always fit into my budget but I wanted to eat healthy and balanced and of course eat yummy food! I was introduced to Moosewood by vegetarian friends of mine who always made the best food and when I discovered that the meals in the cookbook were easy to make, with on hand ingredients and each meal made lots of leftovers (which is excellent for students with busy, cheap lifestyles) I was sold!

    The cookbook also taught me a lot about cooking. There is a great index that educated me on various ingredients and the entire cookbook taught me to be creative and daring with my cooking. There is also a ‘healthy lifestyle’ sectio, again teaching not preaching.

    This cookbook was my first and still the best cookbook that I have ever bought. The cookbook still acts as a reference for conversions and cooking times for various ingredients i.e. beans. And altough I have developed into a cook who will try anything to please my dinner guests ( recipes from many cookbooks0, I must admit that the Low Fat Favorites Mooswood icookbook is still (7 years later) the cookbook that I will go to as a sure way to wow guests – veggie and non veggie ppl because flavour and impressiveness are the most important themes in the cookbook, they also include menu suggestions with each recipe! I can say no more, only that whomever have eaten meals that I have prepared from this cookbook usually have it on their ‘cookbook wishlist’ very shortly! Thanks! Happy Holidays!

  20. Marcia Trail says:

    My favorite cookbook is the “Joy of Cooking”. My sister gave me this as a gift when I graduated from university in 1973. I have several other good cookbooks but the “Joy of Cooking” provides all sorts of information about the particular food-making pie crust for example. It also features a section on entertaining-how to set your table properly, accompanied with pictures. My husband still digs it out when his job is table setting for our dinner parties. It also provides detatiled descriptions about cooking methods-whenever I need to know something about food preparation that is the book I choose because I always find the information I am looking for and good recipes as well. To me. it is more like a how-to book-something all cooks need at one time or another.

  21. Carol Best says:

    I have dozens of cookbooks in the cupboard and often search the Internet for new recipes. But the one cook book I always fall back on, my cooking “bible” you might say, is the red, hard cover Better Homes and Gardens cookbook that my mother gave me in 1978 when I left home to make my way in the world. It truly has the most “best” recipes of any books I have ever tried. Like our favourite brownies and sugar cookies, BBQ sauce and more.

    And now that I live across the country, the BHG cookbook is there, when mom isn’t home to answer the phone and my questions about the temperature and time to cook a turkey just the way she does, or how to artificially sour milk.

    Last month, my son asked me to make candy apples (like the red sticky ones you find at carnivals). I searched the internet and tried 3 different recipes, all failures for one reason or another. But the BHG cook book explained clearly that once the syrup reached a certain temperature I was not to stir, not even once. And those candy apples were fantastic, just like when I was a kid.

    So that is my vote – the traditional Better Homes and Gardens book!

    Carol Best
    Goose Bay, Labrador

  22. Nancy in North Saanich says:

    My favourite and most referred-to cookbook is called “The Cash Book”, a compilation of family recipes kept in a cash ledger. The recipes go as far back as the late 1800′s. In addition to the unbelieveably wonderful Mary’s Plum Chutney or Aunt Dot’s Green Tomato Relish, there is even a recipe for homemade hand cream! On the commercial side, my choice would have to be The Gourmet Cookbook Volumes I and II (1979). It’s not the actual recipes and stunning photographs that are appealing (who has madeira or truffles on hand???) but it’s the fact that they were given to me by my mother – one of the all-time great cooks – on the occasion of my 21st birthday, when my skills as a maker of lump-free sauces were just being honed. My siblings were likewise recipients of her generosity and to this day, we all LOVE to cook.

    Bon appetit!


  23. Jason Miller says:

    Hi Don.

    My favorite cookbook is any of Jamie Oliver’s series (Particularly his first… I use it the most!). Three years ago I had the luxury of watching an episode of Jamie’s first show, The Naked Chef, broadcasted on the Food Network. So after watching some episodes I though I’d look out for his book, with the same name. Now if anyone knows me, I rarely read little alone cook, but there was something about his great awareness of my generation, and that we work 9-5 a day and live off fast food. I didn’t have the 2 hours to prepare a meal when I got home from work. Before Jamie, most cook books were creating boring dull dishes which seemed to take forever to make and that only you’d serve once every couple of years to company. Jamies dishes, however, are something you can put together relatively fast and easy for friends or yourself. Jamie doesn’t use culinary jargon or waste time with processes. It is almost like he would take a fine dining recipe, cut the time, and hard-to-get ingredients and make it better than the original. Cutting the recipes to a “naked” like state. The combination of watching the recipe made by him on the series and referring to the book I soon got use to making meals I would never attempt before. His books are easy to read, well presented and you can read a little about himself in each book. And so this is why I would pick the “Naked Chef”. Not only does this book educate a “wannabe” chef like me but it achieves what a cookbook should do – get you to try recipes you originally never would.

  24. Diane Green says:

    My favourite cookbook is “Fanny Farmer”. I purchased it on my honeymoon 38 years ago and as a new bride I found it pretty well “had it all” for the basics. I have returned to it many times over the years when I wanted some common-sense cooking and ideas, as it has information on pretty well everything. My husband retired two years ago and has taken on much of the cooking and I’ve noticed he’s been using it on occasion. I think I would give it as a wedding gift as it served me very well when I gave it to myself as a wedding gift.

  25. Dianna Anderson says:

    My favourite cookbook of all time is likely little known by those outside of my home-town of victoria. it is Erik Akis’ “everyone can cook”. Erik is a weekly “epicure” columnist for our local paper and puts a few of his recipes in a local grocery store flyer. All of his recipes are fairly simple to make, but what draws me to his recipes are these things: 1)most recipes in this book are minimalist… meaning they have few ingredients, but are full of flavor, and 2)they cover a wide range of ethnicities. I have never before had a cookbook where every recipe is one i want to try. This book is full of scrumptious recipes that do not fail to please. And best of all, none of them have (that i’ve noticed) appeared in his column!

  26. Noah Brunn says:

    My favorite cookbook is the “Fanny Farmer” cookbook. I grew up watching my mother cook large meals for our family or for work crews, sweets for our many visitors, and much more. Invaritably, the she’d have an old book opened on the counter. Its cover long gone, and all binding retired over the hears. A peice of brown leather covered its yellowed loose pages, and as a child I always thought it was magic.
    It wasn’t until I grew up that i found out its name, and now that I entertain my own guests, im proud to have my own copy.
    Now, more then ever, I think there is a bit of magic in that book.

  27. sally brett says:

    My favorite cookbook is “The River Cafe Cook Book” by Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers. My sister In-law gave it to me for my Birthday one year and i haven’t put it down since. its all about seasonality,simplicity Tuscan food at its best. I have made just about every recipe in this book and it has never let me down. I have cooked for family and friends and the raves just keep comming. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone who loves food and family and entertaining. Getting them all involved in the meal preparation and eating and eating and enjoying everyones company. Fantastico!!!

  28. judy chrysler says:

    Greetings from Lakelse Lake, BC.

    I would like to nominate my favourite cookbook as “Mamma Never Cooked Like This” by Susan Mendelson. I bought it December 6, 1980 and used it for our group Christmas dinner in our Kitsilano shared house. Five of us lived behind Olympic pizza in an old house.
    As I recollect between courses, the five of us and our several guests danced to Talking Heads.
    Today,my tattered and splattered copy remains a family favourite. I wooed my husband with several of the recipes in the years following.

  29. Griff says:

    Good Afternoon Don;
    “Mrs. Beeton’s ALL ABOUT COOKERY” is my favourite cookbook. The first reason is that is a hand-me-down from a favourite old aunt, Aunt Grace. Secondly, this history of cookery in the format of a generous dictionary with its dedication, “Art of all arts, that aims to ‘cure the ills that flesh is heir to’ and save doctor’s bills.” keeps one’s spirits singing as one labours on. Last but not least are the detail procedures for the recipes, challenged only by occasional difficulty measures such as ” 4 blades of pounded mace”.
    Aunt Grace would delight to know her generosity continues to inspires the pleasures of cookery.
    Season Greetings!

  30. Rae Sutcliffe says:

    My favorite cookbook of all time is: ‘JOY OF COOKING”, IRMA ROMBAUER.
    Why? MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE MADE TWO LONG OFFSHORE VOYAGES IN OUR SAILBOAT, THE FIRST, 4 YEARS LONG, AND THE SECOND, 5 YEARS. NOT HAVING A LOT OF ROOM ABOARD, I TOOK ONLY “JOY OF COOKING” WITH ME. IRMA NEVER LET ME DOWN, NO MATTER WHAT EXOTIC AND UNFAMILIAR, WEIRD VEGIE OR FRUIT OR FOOD I FOUND IN THE LOCAL MARKETS ROUND THE WORLD, I COULD ALWAY TURN TO “JOY” and find out what to do with my strange find!! Hats off to “Joy of Cooking”! On a more mundane day to day level, if anything puzzles me in my more glamourous books filled with lovely pictures, I can alway turn to “Joy” and find my answewrs. Rae Sutcliffe

  31. gisele coffey says:

    I have a whole bookshelf of wonderful cookbooks, bought in all corners of the world. But, I must admit, although most of them are covered with stains of a variety of ingredients and “dog-eared”, I still love to make things up as I go and experiment with flavours, colours and textures. My use of a good “basics” cookbook has been most important. The one I use is called “Canadian Cook Book” by Nellie Lyle Pattinson; Published by Ryerson Press in 1961.
    It’s one of those books that has all the recipes my mom used to use. I also have a special fondness of this book as it was awarded to me as the “Foods 11 Home Economics most promising cook”. Don’t know how promising I am, but I still love to cook and continue to collect cook books.
    Cheers, Gisele (Victoria, B.C.)

  32. Anne Sullivan says:

    I really like your cookbook suggestions. My very
    favourite cookbook of all time is called, “Baking Bread, Old and New Traditions”, by Beth Hensperger and Photography by Joyce Oudkerk Pool. This is simply the most wonderful bread book especially for anyone starting to bake bread. It virtually launched me into popularity among family and friends and into a lifelong committment to artisan baking. This book is full of beautiful photos of various delicious and interesting breads. The recipes and instructions are clear and easy for most anyone to attempt with excellent results. I love this book and have used it so much that my first copy got so tattered that I had to buy another copy. I have also purchased all of her other cookbooks and they are all worth owning.
    Anne Sullivan

  33. Suzanne Prendergast says:

    I would have to choose my old stained and greasy original edition of the Joy of cooking as my all-time favourite cookbook. I bought it from the Book of the Month Club when I was thirteen. At first, I spent hours happily browsing the recipes and then began to practice on my family. And my love of cooking was born. I have acquired and been inspired by many other cookbooks since then but the Joy of Cooking was my “first”.

  34. claudette says:

    one of ny favorite cookbooks is anne lindsay’s “light kitchen”. it is easy to use, has some excellent ideas and some of the proceeds go towards united way and that is a good thing.

  35. Jessica McDiarmid says:

    MY favorite cookbook is the Joy of Cooking. I have a newer edition that includes heaps of info about how to buy, store, and prepare different ingredients including popular vegetarian items that were not in previous editions. The first edition was published in 1932. My Mom had an older edition when we were growing up that detailed (with pictures!) how to skin squirels and rabbits. My sis and I got a lot of squeal mileage out of those diagrams. I love this cookbook because it has almost everything you can imagine in it- all the basics from which to start and very detailed methods. I refer to the ‘Joy Of’ almost daily. The layout is perfect, is all info and little gloss, and is a plain good read to boot. At over 1100 pages there is very little material it does not cover.

  36. Pamela Latham says:

    The Indian Recipe Book
    by Shehzad Husain and Rafi Fernandez
    This wonderful book became mine because my mom got it as a present! She didn’t ever try anything out of it as she thought Indian cooking is too involved. So did I until I started trying recipes from this cook book. Without fail each recipe I make turns out wonderfully and most can be ready to eat within 30-45 minutes. I have so much faith in it that I made an all Indian meal for my sister’s birthday (for five people) using four recipes never before tried…big success!

  37. Nick Turner says:

    One of my favorite cookbooks is Looney Spoons – as a young college student, living away from home for the first time it saved me from a steady diet of beer and chips. Lots of simple, easy to follow, low-fat recipes for the cooking novice.

  38. Patricia St. Thomas says:

    My Betty Crocker cookbook is over 35 years old, has a stove burner burn mark on the red and white board cover, and many pages with food scraps and bits of cookie on to testify to it’s use in my home. It is not beautiful any longer, shows the wrinkles one would expect from a life full of filling my family’s taste buds.

  39. Cathy DeMerchant says:

    My favourite cookbook is “Kate Aitken’s Cook Book” (1964). I now have my grandmother’s copy, and when I was living at home in the early 1970′s, I cooked my first ‘gourmet’ meal using my mother’s copy of the cook book. I don’t remember what meat I served that evening, but I do remember making “Potatoes au Gratin” and “Baked Alaska” from Kate Aitken’s book. I suspect that my fondness for this book is because early success with some of the recipes gave me confidence in the kitchen.

  40. Christine McCubbin says:

    Like others, I don’t have one favourite cookbook, but several.
    There are the small town, church fundraiser type of cookbook, which have contributors’ names and comments: I love to read what each person has said about their recipe. I have a number of these cookbooks, some of which I have bought myself, and others which were given to me as gifts. They are all special for different reasons.
    Then there are the tried-and-true cookbooks which have all the basics: the ones I turn to the most are the relatively small, but basic Guide to Good Cooking by Five Roses, and the New World Encyclopedia of Cooking, by the Culinary Arts Institute.
    In addition to a lot of specialty cookbooks, I find I use two others a lot: the three Harrolwsmith Cookbooks, and The Northern Cookbook, which was published by the Dept. of Northern Affairs for people living ‘in the North’.
    My 16 year old son has developed a real interest in cooking, and when exploring the coobook shelves, he goes to the Harrowsmith Cookbooks very frequently.

    Christine Ladysmith

  41. Miriam in Victoria BC says:

    Hi Don
    A chance to rave about a favourite cookbook!

    First, I’ll give you the provenance: Red Roses > Fanny Farmer > Vegetarian Epicure > Kitchen Culture > Mama Never Cooked Like This > Joy of Cooking. One day I discovered The Cook’s Book by H Hillman, an encyclopedia of food ingredients with info on origins, storage, affinities, classic uses. It was like getting a toolbox for Christmas!

    And now I own the Craftsman toolbox of cookbooks: The America’s Test Kitchen Cookbook. This tome contains the results of test-kitchen/taste-testing of a fabulous range of recipes, from apple pie to winter suppers.

    The authors explain what variations of each recipe were tested, what the results were, what made the bad bad and the best just that. They then improve the best and provide those recipes, plus many ways to vary them. Lots of quality photos, illustrations, and very readable text.

    I really appreciate learning more about the science of success… it makes me a more confident cook. Everything I’ve made from this book has been a hit!

    And may I recommend to you ‘Polenta on the Board: Italian family cooking, Abruzzese style’ by Victoria author Valerie Mitchell. Her Tacchino di Mama (My Mother’s Turkey) and other recipes are delizioso. Lots of regional info and archival photos… a pleasure to read and cook from.

  42. Bob Plummer says:

    The cookboooks published by the Culinary Institue of America are my favorites. They are easy to read and they take the mystery out of preparing restaurant style/quality food. I really enjoy how they challenge me on ways to present elegant looking food. When we entertain at the house, no longer does simple dollop of smashed potatoes on the plate suffice.

  43. Carol Anne Caulfield says:

    What a conundrum! Narrow it down to one? I first started ‘cooking’ when I was 19 and hired as a cook’s helper at a geological exploration camp in Dublin Gulch, Yukon…our cook went off on an ‘excursion’ with the cat skinner one night and didn’t return to cook breakfast for the drillers and crew of about 40. The driller foreman offered me the job and I used the radio phone in his truck to call my Mom in the Lower Mainland…”Hi Mom, guess what? I’m the cook now!! How do I make gravy?!” It was an adventure…A cook from a placer operation nearby helped me out immensely and eventually I managed a chinese feast for 50, an Iranian geologist imparted some of his favourite dishes and skills and so on. I somehow obtained a copy of “Five Roses A Guide to Good Cooking” from the nearest town of Mayo and it is the most dishevelled, dog eared and stained cookbook in my collection. I must have succeeded with my basic cooking, because helicopter pilots would appear out of nowhere just when the cinnamon buns came out of the oven and I continued to cook during the summers to pay for my university degree in dietetics. Now, as a dietitian, I think the biggest challenge is to get people to take time to prepare and enjoy their food. I recommend a lot of different cookbooks, especially those written by our wonderful Canadian food writers but when I have a question or problem I most often go back to the good old Five Roses Guide to Good Cooking and of course, my Mom! I still have all of her hastily written sheets that she sent off in the mail to me in the Yukon, and now she has compiled hers and our family recipes into a cookbook on the computer with recipes that have come from Scottish and English generations…she only recently divulged the famous Bennett family Plum Pudding recipe, which she makes every year to flame at the Christmas dinner table, and I can’t wait for it! My Goodness! I have gone on, but your request just sparked a gold mine of memories!! Merry Christmas to you!

  44. Kirk Meldrum says:

    The favourite book, from which I can cook,
    Has been in the family generations,
    It is basic yet diverse, complete details that are terse,
    The foundation of our cooking collections,
    It’s a managable size with an index to prize,
    “Fanny Farmer” has my acclaimations.

  45. Kristen Neil says:

    My all time most used and favorite is … the Fanny Farmer cookbook. It’s not beautiful but it is so useful. I give a copy to any of my friends who move away from home, get married or in somecases – divorced. I learned so much about the fundamentals of cooking from this book. I love big glossy page cook books to pour over during breakfast or lunch to get ideas for dinner, but without Fanny Farmer, I couldn’t have gotten started.
    Merry Christmas!
    Kristen Neil – Ontario – heard you on CBC, all in a day.

  46. Sarah Power says:

    My new favorite cookbook is actually more of a cooking magazine called “Cook’s”. This inspirational publication is put out six times a year and has become a staple educational tool in my kitchen. A few characteristics that makes “Cooks” so helpful are-

    1) The “Notes from the Readers”. In this section anyone can write in and ask their quirky questions like “Why does ketchup clean copper tarnish” and readers can also offer up there own handy kitchen advise.

    2) The “Quick Tips” section is fully illurstrated and packed with helpful hints.

    3) The delicious recipes are created in America Test Kitchen and they have tested and rated everything from different preparation techniques, kitchen tools, cooking methods and quality/value of products.

    4) Last but not least there is an oh so helpful “Recources” page which tells you where you can find different premium products.

    This great publication is fully illustrated and is small enough (around 35 pages) to not be overwhelming.

    I definitely recommend that other people who like to cook or want to learn to cook check “Cooks” illistrated Magazine.

  47. Miriam Fraser says:

    My favourite cookbook is Kate Aitken’s COOK BOOK, given to me by my Mother for Christmas, 1977.
    While much interested in eating I had little interest or talent in food preparation or presentation.

    Kate Aitken first resulted in passable meals from my kitchen and then led to a much greater interest and success in cooking. I continue to use the book regularly to recreate meals I remember from our family kitchen table.

    I also still use the Table of Equivalents, Fruit Yields, Substitutions included in the book.

    I have now “graduated” to The Joy of Cooking as my cooking bible but could not have done so nor could I have gone on to the many other cookbooks I now use without the basic cooking knowledge I gained from Kate Aitken.

  48. Sue Batchelor says:

    Had my mom written a cookbook, I would pick hers, no question. She turned out consistently flawless rib roasts, pie crusts (Crisco and cool hands), and (without the aid of a microwave) meals with components arriving at the table all at the right temperature. I’ve not tasted more satisfying rice pudding or split pea soup nor have I been able to re-create them; she never recorded these or any of her other regular standbys.

    Thankfully I do have her recipe for shortbread (borrowed), the special cake she baked for birthday celebrations (from a Wesson oil label), and her mother’s mincemeat (but not the scales she used to weigh ingredients). I don’t have a feel for food yet I’m always checking out recipe books, drawn to them with no particular goal in mind–it occurs to me as I write this, I’m probably looking for recipes of old favourites that sound as if they just might turn out to taste as good as mom’s did.

  49. Jane Leach says:

    My very favourite cookbook is “Almost Vegetarian” published by the Australian Women’s Weekly. I’m not a vegetarian myself but a number of my family members are and this necessitated my search for good nutritious recipes. I found what I needed in this cookbook, fabulous recipes with great pictures! I love it.

  50. Lori Hamoline in Ottawa says:

    What a great contest! Not only can I share my favorite cookbook, I now have more great cookbooks to look up!!

    My family has always seemed like natural cooks – we all learned to cook on the farm in Saskatchewan and while our fare was relatively simple back then, we had the basics of flavour and experimentation behind us. As a result, for years while I loved to buy and read cook books,I couldn’t seem to bring myself to follow a recipe….until I discovered “Cooking A to Z, The Complete Culinary Reference Tool” by the California Culinary Academy, edited by Jane Horn. This book has everything from the basics to international culinary delights and it got me hooked on following (and modifying) recipes to broaden my experience and menus. I’m still buying and reading cookbooks but always consult this book before making my final decision on how to prepare any particular dish.

    This has been fun – Merry Christmas!!

  51. Darlene A. Jones-Moar says:

    I heard you on the Radio today on my way home from work……all the books you spoke about sound great!! My favourite cookbook is “Vegetarian Comfort Food” by Jennifer Warren. It is a warm and wonderful book filled with amazing recipes and each one has an interesting anecdote. I highly recommend it.

  52. bettina bobsien says:

    The best cookbook ever? No contest- “The Joy of Cooking” in one of its many incarnations. The name says it all- the human pleasure of cooking and eating good food. Where else can you find a good recipe for Roasted Beaver Tail, Squirrel on a Spit and how to treat ‘possum for a few days before you eat him?(feed him milk and cereal to improve flavour)On a more serious note, whenever my whole shelf of cookbooks fails me in a search for a cooking method for some obscure offering, the “Joy” always comes through in the end.It is also a great source of somewhat old fashoined recipes no one else bothers to publish. That plus a really neat picture on how to make a champagne fountain

  53. Jen says:

    First “unofficial” choice: My Mom’s falling apart, decades old spiral notebook with pasted-in entries from various magazines, newspapers and hand-written recipes by friends and family.

    First “official choice”: Anything by Jamie Oliver. If a cookbook can get me excited about cooking, it has to be pretty inspiring and empowering. Jamie’s writing style is friendly, funny and full of warmth–makes you feel as if you are cooking with moral support!

  54. Mark Johnston says:

    HI Don,
    Although it is hard to choose only one title, I would have to say that my favorite is The Original Moose Wood Cookbook. My wife and I were given it when we were first married. The recipes are relativly simple and very good. Also I have a strong personal attachment to that book as it reminds me of many good meals with my wife. This post is comming to you from victoria British Columbia

  55. Dawn Stoll says:

    Rebar Modern Food Cookbook

    Moved from Victoria, and miss the city and the restaurant with the best vegetarian food around. Specialty is intersting food combinations and fairly sraight-forward recipes.

  56. Erica Wheeler from Victoria says:

    50 Great Curries of India! By Camellia Panjabi, published in 1994 by Whitecap Books of Vancouver. This book is a wonderful sensory and educational experience. The introductory pages include well-written short essays on: the philosophy of Indian cuisine; What exactly is a curry?; and cultural and historical influences on culinary India. As a botanist interested in where our food comes from, I really appreciate the photos of plants such as green cardamom, Kashmiri onions and fenugreek. The richly flavourful recipes can be easily made from basic ingredients found in most well-stocked grocery stores. Each recipe is beautifully illustrated with a photograph and the outer margins of the pages are warmly decorated with images of Indian fabric and tapestry. In addition to the recipes, the author does an excellent job of explaining how complex flavours, colours and aromas emerge from basic ingredients and techniques. It’s the kind of book you curl up with in front of a fire and dream about exotic flavours and places! On a practical note, the publishers had excellent foresight when they placed this book inside a plastic sleeve to protect it from the inevitable splashes of curry. I love it!

  57. Margot G. says:

    My favourite is not a book, but a box. A small, maple recipe box, made by my father for my mother in 1941 when they got engaged. Do people have recipe boxes anymore? There is family history in that box. A card, yellowed and stained, written by my grandmother in beautifully old-fashioned penmanship, a recipe for cookies that includes the instruction “Add fifteen cents worth of walnuts”. Seven minute boiled icing..on every angel food birthday cake of my childhood. Sausage rolls..I remember she made those for bridge parties. Sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies, every Christmas and only at Christmas. Grandma Kearns Peanut Butter cookies; mum nearly disowned me when I copied it and gave it to a friend, without security clearance! Great Grandmother Hynd’s Fruitcake…nothing like those god-awful fruitcakes everyone seems to loate. Porcupines – meatballs with rice, Curlers’ Chicken (can stand up to several hours of being in oven if the bonspiel goes too long). Bits of recipes cut from magazines, notations on cards such as on the Date Squares (Dad likes these with brown not white sugar) etc. My grandmothers, my mother, my aunts and their friends, are all gone now, but their handwriting, and the love they put into baking and cooking for their families is still with me, in a little maple box, in my kitchen. Perhaps someone should consider a good-oldfashioned book called “My Mother’s Recipe Box”…no truffles, no asiago cheese, no endive..just good nutritious guaranteed-to-work and be-loved-by-families food. Jello, layered with fruit cocktail, marshmallows and coconut (yuck) may be edited out, but you can’t edit out the love.

  58. Dawn Dalley says:

    My favorite cookbook is Rose Reisman’s “Light Vegetarian Cooking”. It has some great nutritional advice at the beginning and the recipes themselves are easy to make with common ingredients. She also provides Serving Sizes, Tips and a “Make Ahead” section on the side of every recipe as well as nutritional information. I have made so many of these recipes for friends and dinner parties. They are guaranteed crowd pleasers! AND…a portion of the proceeds go to the National Breast Cancer Fund.

  59. Peter Wright says:

    My favorite cookbooks are the Fannie Farmer cookbook and The way to Cook By Julia Child. The both are so good for a person who is learning the art and I mean art of cooking.I live in Windsor Ont. and have access to great fresh produce year round. I do travel a bit and always go to the best restuarants then come home to try to replicate the food. This got me interested in cooking. These two books have been sooooo helpful. That along with web site.
    Well That is my take .Happy HOHO to all.

  60. Dan Shugar says:

    My favourite cookbook is without a doubt the Horn of the Moon Cookbook, written by Ginny Callan, the owner of the vegetarian restaurant of the same name in vermont. I bought the book at one of those book sales they have this time of year in various malls across the country. It has no photos, but that’s precisely the reason I love it so much. Don’t get me wrong – I love great photography in a cookbook but the Horn delivers the same salivating qualities in just the names of the dishes. Never have I watered at the mouth like I do when flipping through that book! Names like barley and hazelnut salad, spicy Mexican bean burgers, and asparagus and mushroom rice with a zesty cheddar dijon sauce! Anyway, it’s certainly my favourite cookbook, even though I might prefer certain recipes from other cookbooks.
    Cheers, Dan

  61. Martin Jones says:

    My favorite cookbook is “Out to Brunch : At Mildred Pierce Restaurant” by Donna Dooher and Claire Stubbs. I love it because I LOVE brunch. It’s my favorite meal. Life should be one long brunch, I think. It has some deliciously decadent recipies that are also not too complicated (you don’t want to stress yourself out at brunch!). I highly recommend it, especially the Roasted Pepper and Basil Strata. Yum!

  62. John Nicolle says:

    My favourite cookbook is not mine. I have about 75 cookbooks but one that my mother has is my favourite. “Mrs. Beeton’s Household Management” was my grandmother, (Mom’s mother-in-law). It is interesting just to read it and the many recipes that were popular many years ago. There are still things that we just today. Christmas would not be the same with out Mrs. Beeton’s Hard Sause for Christmas Pudding. Happy Hollidays. John Nicolle, Newfoundland.

  63. Jerry Corso from ON says:

    My favourite cookbook is the ‘Great American Favourite Brand Cookbook’. It is a book that has basic everyday recipes. This book has great areas to use the recipe and make small changes to suit your own needs.

    Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season

  64. Jim Costello says:

    My favorite cookbook is “Simply Delicious Cooking 2” by Ron Kalenuik. This cookbook was bought at a school sale many years ago, in fact, 1994. It has a wide variety of meals from appetizers, game, desserts and even meatless dishes. What sold me on the book is its colorful pictures and easy preparation. My wife and I often refer to this book in times of need, which is quite often. It has never let us down.
    When both of us retired we thought we would have lots of time for cooking. In reality we have less time. We’re always busy doing something but this book is “an old reliable”. The pages are worn. It is a good thing there are 800 pages. There’s one slight problem, I can never get my dishes to look as good as the ones in the picture. However they taste pretty good and that’s the main thing.

  65. Janelle Hoos says:

    My favorite cookbook of all time is the Better Homes and Gardens CookBook. My Mother bought it for me when I got married. It was a book-form cookbook and it quickly became a staple. I used it all the time. I loved that it had so many pictures and I loved the layout of the recipes. They are logical and easy to follow. I also love that the oven temp and prep/cook times are listed at the top of the recipe. My cookbook became so well used that there were stains all over it and the pages were falling out. Loyal fan that I am, I shoved the pages back in and kept using it. I have now been married for 5 years and I just went out and bought myself the deluxe binder Better Homes and Gardens New CookBook. I will never have to worry about pages falling out again.

  66. Deanna Clarke says:

    My favorite cookbook is the Downhomer Household Almanac and Cookbook 2. I find as a Newfoundlander this book is filled with easy to prepare traditional recipes with added Newfoundland warmth and just the right touch of humor. Just the right things as we prepare for our Newfoundland winter

  67. Arline says:

    My all time favorite is my 1975 Joy of Cooking….where else can you find a recipie for cooking beaver tail stew, porcupine or wonderful dreamy chiffon cakes and this time of year holiday treats. Happy Holidays.

  68. Linda A. Boulter says:

    Talking cookbooks, it’s a toss up between “The Moosewood Cookbook” and “The Enchanted Broccoli Forest”. They are both well-loved and well worn. In fact, I have given up taping them back together and instead neatly stack the pages almost in numerical order. Since I must choose one, it would have to be “The Moosewood Cookbook”. The reason I love it and the other is the friendly comments, important info on prep time, cooking time, easy-to-follow instructions, humourous little tips and tidbits. And as tattered as they are, I wouldn’t be without either in my kitchen. I’m sure any and all of the books you are recommending for a Cooking Christmas would look wonderful on my or a friend’s shelf.

    Linda A. Boulter
    Sunny Mill Bay, BC

  69. eric colbourne says:

    I have collected many excellent cookbooks over
    the years but my favourite has always been “The
    Encyclopedia of Fish Cookery” by A.J. McClane and
    published by Holt, Rinehart in 1977. It is a true
    treasure trove of fish and shellfish information,
    recipes, and spectacular photos. This magnificent
    volume is a celebration of all that our rivers,
    lakes, and oceans have to offer.
    The cookbook was a gift from a member of my staff
    in 1979 when I was a school principal in Arviat,
    an Inuit community on the west side of Hudson Bay.
    On Xmas Eve of that year our community power plant
    was destroyed by fire and for the next eleven days
    we endured one of the coldest and stormiest periods on record. It was the only gift I opened
    that Xmas and it helped me through those eleven days. It has remained an inspiration for the many
    fish dishes I have served over the years.

  70. Justin Hodkinson says:

    Your cookbook contest, certainly brings back a
    special memory of my University years.
    I guess you can say that my favourite cookbook is
    one titled “How To Boil Water”. It is simple to
    use, to the point and hey it got me through school feeding myself on a student loan.

    Perhaps the main reason why it is my favourite is that although I have now progressed to bit
    beyond the basic of cooking, it reminds me of
    simple pleasures. In the our current complex world which we live in, it is important to remember the basics. Sometimes, the simple things
    taste the best.

    Thanks for your consideration,


  71. Tom Lawson says:

    It was November of 1994 & we had selected as our post marathon meal, Mesa Grill in New York City. We sat down on cowboy upholstered seats & started perusing the menu. The lady from the next table leaned over & said: “Don’t bother reading it. Order anything. You’ll love it.” She was right.
    When we left the restaurant we wanted to buy the cookbook from the hostess but she whispered in our ear: “Go get it @ Barnes & Noble tomorrow. It’s 10% less there.”
    So began our love affair with cooking Bobby Flay’s recipes from “Bold American Food.” I think we’ve cooked almost every recipe in the book (some pages are very sticky).
    We love it for the burst of flavours in every recipe. The flavours are intense, the combinations inventive & the ingredient listings quite manageable. It exposes you to items you may not often make like tamales, grilled fish in banana leaves and lots of roasted peppers. Like the lady said @ Mesa: “you’ll love everything.”

  72. Linda Bradford says:

    My favourite cook book is “The Sticks and Stones Cookbook” by Ted Reader and Kathleen Sloan. It was a gift to my husband who now cooks the most amazing barbeque dishes like planked salmon with roasted vegetables and maple planked brie with garlic and peppers. Because he loves to do really interesting meals on the barbeque, I get most of the summer off from cooking! I take over again in the winter and like to make soups, stews and pasta dishes. We came to Ontario from Britain 13 years ago and I still use a lot of older style English country recipes, adapted to ingredients readily available here. Keeping food interesting for a vegitarian daughter can be a challenge at any time of the year.

  73. Edwin says:

    Hi Don,

    I have a collection of cookbooks from Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls from grade school to Larousse Gastronomique. You never know when you need a recipe for Puffy Mallow Snowballs or a Bean Weenie Dip or Confit de Canard or Paris-Brest… I use all my treasured books for cooking as well as for light reading. My favorite book is the Dean and Deluca Cookbook by David Rosengarten with Joel Dean and Giorgio Deluca. This book has delighful information –from “the etymology of squash to the history of bisques, from cassoulet controversies and gazpacho wars to trends in miniature corn.” Recipe instructions at its clearest without any pictures!

  74. jocelyn kelland says:

    i was going to say that my favorite cookbook was my betty crocker, but then i thought no,,,, perhaps my old world is my favorite, but then,,, my new potato cookbook is fabulous as is the cookbook i bought to give as a christmas gift and now reposes with all my other cookbooks. my favorite cookbook, to be honest is any one i am reading at the moment. i read them like novels savouring each recipe, imaging how it will smell, look and taste. any cookbook is a feast for the senses ansd they are all my favorites.

  75. Carolyn Tavenor says:

    Hi Don
    I have two favorites. One is Better Homes and Gardens “All-Time Favorite Recipes”. Along with the many sucessful dishes I’ve tried, It has roasting guides for Beef,Turkey,Pork and Ham that I’ve referred to on countless occasions. My other favorite is actually a cookbook published by the United Church in my hometown of Corner Brook. I have the 8th edition(the 1st was published in 1941.) The recipes are amazing – everything from Caulcannon and fishcakes to souffles and candy.

  76. Shirley Harvie says:

    My favourite cookbook of all times is The Best of Bridge. I have four but if I had to pick one, it would be ENJOY! More Recipes From The Best of Bridge. I have never tried a recipe in these books that have failed. They are well written, many with photos, fun, varied. You have to try the Super Blueberry Lemon Muffins and the Fantastic Fudge Brownies – Amazing:) I’m writing from Newfoundland.

  77. Wayne Jackson says:

    Biba Caggiano’s Trattoria Cooking (1992) is a book that I return to regularly. It contains straightforward recipes for simple food with great flavours. As rewarding as a trip to Italy without the expense of a flight.

    A more recent kitchen companion is Judy Rodgers’ The Zuni Cafe Cookbook (2002). The collection of inspired recipes borrows from the French, Italian, Mexican… and Californian culinary traditions. Readers cannot but benefit from Rodgers advice regarding many food preparation techniques.

  78. Maureen says:

    Hands down, the ultimate cookbook for the delinquent chef has to be Cottage Life’s Summer Weekend Cookbook.
    I received a copy of it this year as a hostess gift. I don’t think a week goes by that I’m not flipping through the pages.
    Within the easy to read pages are helpful tips on preparing fascinating meals in a pinch.
    There are lots of great pictures, insightful suggestions and above all else, few ingredients, which for this inept kitchen crusader – makes all the difference in the world.
    From student to cordon bleu chef, this book has something for everyone; soups, appetizers, main dishes and best of all – barbeque ideas.
    Simple. Easy. Incredibly delicious.

  79. Vivien Steele says:

    I see that I am not the first to mention this Cook Book as my favourite “all time” CookBook….Good Housekeeping Cookery Book. My book was published in 1948 and I grew up learning to cook from this book at my mother’s side. I feel the same way about this book as you mentioned about dining at the family table. Every page holds fond memories for me and is still used today when I look up any recipe it is always the first book I turn to and 9 times out of ten it has just what I need. Throughout the book are wonderful old advertisements for ingredients, that I remember well from my mother’s pantry in England. Looking through old cookbooks belonging to relatives are almost as good as looking through old photo albums. I enjoy listening to your articles on the CBC and would love to be entered for the draw for the cookbooks which I’d love to add to my ever growing collection of Cook Books which began with this Good Housekeeping Cookery Book.

  80. Lynda Stade says:

    I live in Canada’s most southern town of Kingsville, Ontario.
    My favourite cook book is Edna Staebler’s “Food that Really Schmecks” It was given to me as a wedding gift in 1974. Her Roast Turkey recipe is really steamed & unbelievably moist. I cooked my turkey the way she says, many times here in Canada, but when we lived in South America it was the only way to cook turkey. I didn’t have an oven big enough for a turkey, so we cooked it on top of the stove like she says. We had Canadian Thanksgiving with all the other Canadian missionaries in town. We supplied the turkey, and everyone else brought main course & dessert special to their traditional Thanksgiving here at home. What a feast!! We fed 50 adults (we didn’t count the kids) & they all Raved about my moist delicious turkey. You have to try it to believe it.

  81. C Feldinger says:

    My favorite reference I return to over and over for new dishes to try and recipes that have become favorites is the Harrowsmith Cookbook, Volume 1. I have all three volumes plus the other Harrowsmith specialty cookbooks. I appreciate that the ingredient lists are all whole foods, not cans of this or packages of that. There are comments from the testing staff (what a plum of a job) on what they liked about each recipe, the name and city of the contributor as well as pictures of some of the dishes. The only drawback is that the process of indexing the names of the dishes changed over time, but I’ve almost memorized which cookbook is organized a specific way. I have never had a recipe fail to please either myself, family or guests.
    Several years ago I started to write the date I first tried a recipe, for what occasion and who was with us to share it. So these cookbooks are now part instructions, part diary and are somewhat splashed by ingredients and wines from over twenty-two years of use.

  82. Berry Wijdeven says:

    I’ve got a new favorite cook book every year or so and right now I’m crazy about the Rebar Modern Food CookBook. I’m not even a vegetarian, but enjoyed the food at the Rebar restaurant so much I had to buy their cookbook. It’s a bit more work than my usual cooking and you can’t always get the ingredients up here in Haida Gwaii, but the delicate depth of flavours is just unbelievable. I never thought that, often using simple ingredients, I could prepare food that tastes so delicate and sophisticated. The food is fun and slighty off-beat. And yummy!

  83. Steve Lapp says:

    I am a self confessed “Cook-Book Junkie”! I have devoted 2 full kitchen cupboards so far and no end in sight. I just love to pull down an armfull of books and browse for inspiration while listening to good jazz or CBC of course.
    Of all the books I own, my faithful standby is “The New Basics” by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. There are no enticing photos or glitz, just an endless supply of excellent recipes. My copy is from from 1989 and it’s in tatters. The binding is broken, the pages are barely i n order, there are notes throughout and I just love it! I wouldn’t trade it for a brand new edition because it’s just like an old friend, flaws and all.
    Love your column,
    Steve Lapp, Victoria BCe

  84. Barbara Hay says:

    Shortly after I started living on my own, my godmother sent me some money for my birthday. I bought myself a copy of Earth, Water, Fire, Air by Barbara Friedlander. The book has full-page black and white photos. Each page suggests a book or piece of music. I have a few favourite recipes from this book, but it is the whole book itself I enjoy.

    For cooking, I always go back to the Joy of Cooking to get on track with things. Any of the Moosewood cookbooks are also favourites.

  85. susan in champlain heights says:

    I first learned to cook at the heels of my mother using The Good Housekeeping Cook Book, copyright 1942, 1944, 1949 by Hearst Magazines Inc. when I was eight or nine years old. My first experience of cooking something entirely on my own without her supervision was Christmas of 1956. My parents were at a neighbour’s home attending a cocktail party and my mother had put a roast of beef in the oven. Yorkshires were required to top off the meal, and she sent my neighbour’s daughter and I home to our house to make them. She must have had the utmost confidence in both the instructions in the cookbook and my capabilities as a budding cook, because we made the recipe for “Yorkshire Puddings” using a muffin pan with individual cups instead of a cake pan. They turned out beautifully and were two inches above the top of the muffin pan! It was a huge hit with the family and became one of the items I was requested to make whenever we had a Sunday roast of beef. One day, shortly after I married, my husband and I were waiting in a line-up to go into a movie theatre. There, in the window of a used book store, was a copy of the very book I learned to cook with. You guessed it -I ducked into the store, purchased the book, and have it to this day. Everything I’ve ever made from the cook book has been as successful as the Yorkshire Puddings I made that day back in 1956 and to this day even though the book is tattered and torn, I’ve never regretted the purchase and continue to use it for recipes and ideas!

  86. Kevin Atkinson in Ottawa says:

    Thanks to my friend Lori for putting me up to this….
    I have two favorites:
    The first is the redoubtable Purity Cookbook, published
    by the Purity Flour Company since the early 19XX’s and
    basically unchanged through the decades. My grandmother
    used it, my mother used it, and I was lucky enough to find one.
    Unparalleled in it’s lack of culinary correctness, it’s
    recipes harken to a time when salt and lard were good for you;
    full of good basic recipes for bread, molasses cookies,
    apple pie, baked beans, and the like. Unbeatable as an
    introduction to cooking solid food. Just thinking about this
    cookbook takes me back to warm rooms full of wonderful
    tastes and smells.
    My second choice(s) would be any of the Jamie Oliver cookbooks.
    Once I was able to divorce myself from the “Naked Chef” media-
    induced cult of personality, I was pleased to discover collections
    of clear and refreshingly simple recipes with great taste and
    suprising elegance. Most of my day-to-day cooking comes from his

  87. Birgit Jackson says:

    My favorite cookbook is Fannie Farmer. I bought my first copy in 1981 and it travelled with me from Thunder Bay Ontario to Peterborough and back. It was in three peices when my husband and I bought our first house in 1993 and I finally bought a new copy in 1995. Fannie has everything. Warm scones were wipped up in my student days and sauted mushrooms wrapped in chicken breasts for my first dinner party. I have about 40 cookbooks but Fannie remains a favorite.

  88. Jodi Campbell says:

    Hi Don

    My favourite cookbook is not very exciting, but it is very dependable. I love my Fanny Farmer Cookbook. I used to have 2 paperback copies of the James Beard version and the hardcover of the Marion Cunningham version, but I loaned out the 2 paperbacks over the years to people and they have not been returned. I think that speaks to their usefulness – there isn’t any comfort food ( you know the kind that Grandma makes) that I haven’t found a recipe for in this book. There is also lots of factual information at the beginning of each chapter and even the inside book covers have lots of information about converting measurements and substituting ingredients. This book has never failed me and I have made many great meals and treats using it. I have learned my lesson and now buy a copy for anyone that needs a great, basic cookbook.

  89. Sheelagh Callaghan says:

    Wow, I found an acquiantance from Sackville, NB, where I live within the first few comments. I was curious to see if I was the only “Silver Palate” fan out there. When perusing my cookbook shelves, I choose the most tattered of my books and the original Silver Palate won the prize. The recipies are not too complicated and ingredients that are unavailable in smaller towns are easily substituted for local fare. I received this from my sister in the early eighties and would go to it often to find something a little exotic. Now, it’s become a staple as much as my Joy of Cooking and Beard on Bread.

    Love to wake up to your show Don. It’s on at about 6:45 in New Brunswick, so I catch it when I haven’t gotten myself up and out for a run. That seems to happen more often as we begin the darkest days of winter.
    Sheelagh Callaghan
    Sackville, NB

  90. Lisa says:

    I see that I am not alone with my favorite cookbook – The Joy of Cooking. It is not so much because of the recipes it holds but more because of the memories it evokes! My Mom always had “The Joy” when I was growing up with its evidence of “meals gone good” & “meals gone not so good”. I received my copy of “The Joy” in my early 20′s and it too now harbours evidence of “meals gone good” and “meals gone not so good”. I look forward to the day when my children will open their copy of “The Joy” and remember cooking with their mom.

  91. Cathy Holmes says:

    The cookbook most used in my household is the Good Housekeeping Illustrated Cookbook, copyrighted 1989, which my husband bought with birthday $$$ from his Grammy back then. It provides beautiful photos of dishes, clear step by step instructions, with classic recipes for everyday cooking, to fancy recipes for entertaining. I can always find inspiration when I pull this book out!

  92. Angela Aubé from Ottawa says:

    This was a tough one…but I must say, since it was given to me, I have relied on my Harrowsmith Cookbook, in particular, Volumes 1 and 2 for basic and delicious, home-cooked meals. The layout of the each recipe is very visually appealing to me…simple, clear and concise, with a short list of ingredients which are normally always a part of my pantry. What I especially like are the little comments provided by contributors from across Canada. Many are cherished family recipes that are tried and true. All of the ones I have tried are delicious, easy to assemble and have been prepared for my family and a host of guests as well. This was a particularly difficult choice as my Canadian Living Cookbook is also a family favourite. Again, the recipes turn out just like the pictures and taste even better! Consistently good quality and taste experiences. I trust these recipes so much that I never hesitate to serve a new, untried one to company. Both will be gifts to my children once they leave the nest!

  93. Rick Harmer says:

    A number of years ago,while single,I determined that I needed to improve my cooking skills if I wanted to improve my dating opportunities.To that end,I took cooking classes.As luck would have it,the Cookshop was only a few blocks from work,so I joined up for a few different classes,one being Thai cooking.The class that I first took introduced me to Nathan Hyam,a bearded and garrulous chef who made every dish seem so simple to prepare.I took several more classes with him and enjoyed them all.I commenced to improve my cooking,and my dating life,thankfully!
    A few years later,while browsing at Book Warehouse,I found “new thai cuisine”(Whitecap Books)by the same Nathan Hyam.A wonderful surprise and immediately purchased.Reading the recipes and the anecdotal information made it seem like I was back in class.
    So,this book has gotten a heavy workout in the last couple of years.The pages of my favourite recipes are worn with use,and stained by my enthusiastic cooking.I wonder if those stains are of the same foodgroup as found stuck to my kitchen ceiling?

  94. liz duff says:

    My favourite cookbook is an old Red Roses Cookbook, and what I love most about it is that I can never forget what I’ve cooked out of it because the pages are stuck together and during one unfortunate incident I put the cookbook down on a hot burner and although my lemon loaf was cooked to perfection, the book was a little overcooked. Thanks very much

  95. wanita says:

    I have a favourite cookbook and its not because of the recipes because I have never cooked a thing out of it.

    I got it a garage sale and it is tiny with a blue cover and it says “The New Galt Cook Book-Practical Recipes by Canadian Housekeepers.”

    It is dated 1898, and there is not one photo in it and the recipes are very basic and don’t seem to have a temperature indicated for cooking. I guess it was the old wood stove.

    For example here is the recipe for shortbread.

    Two pounds of flour, one pound butter, one-half pound brown sugar. Work it well and bake in a moderate oven.

    This cookbook also has a chapter on Cooking for the Sick and Simple Cures. It is great reading, and it even has a recipe for a cure for hiccoughs. (hint slippery elm bark boiled and made sweet with sugar. yummm)

    Merry Christmas

    wanita in st. john’s

  96. Beate Geoffrey says:

    My favourite cookbook is my 1965 copy of Joy of Cooking. When my son moved out he asked if he could “borrow” the book. Eventually, I bought him a cookbook of his own – more modern than the Joy of Cooking with lots of pictures, instruction and explanation. That was the only way I was getting my book back.

    I am now a bit of an armchair cook but enjoy reading cookbooks from all over the world. People chose cookbooks for me not only for their recipes but also for their reading enjoyment. I own a nice collection of cookbooks and other favourites are Jamie Oliver, Best of Bridge (all of them!), Harrowsmith and so on.

    Happy Holidays,


  97. Jacki Northcott says:

    My favorite cookbook of all time has to be the Bentley Club Cookbook published for the United Church in my city of Corner Brook, Newfoundland in 1960. My mom owns this book and there are recipies in it that are staples in her home and now in mine. It is full of dog-eared pages, buttery finger prints and contains many memory inducing recipes. It’s will be a book to be passed on for several years to come.

  98. Ruth McCullough says:

    I collect cookbooks so to pick one is very difficult. Should I pick my Gourmet cookbooks that I use whenever I want something very elegant, or my Northern cookbook that I use when I’m looking for some special ingredients related to the kinds of natural foods we have up here in the Yukon. Or, I could recommend my old Purity cookbook with the coupons in the back that I can send in $1.00 and get another book (and given the shape of that book, I should probably give it a try).

    Then I remembered the cookbook that I return to most often. It’s called “The Encyclopedia of Herbs Spices and Flavorings” and is by Arabella Boxer, Jocasta Innes, Charlotte Parry-Crooke & Lewis Esson. This book covers all the various spices, herbs and flavorings, giving their origins, how to prepare them, where they come from and a bit of their history. It has fabulous photos and while I never actually follow a recipe from start to finish and usually use them as a guideline, the way the book is written, I can always produce a wonderful dish. I cook an 8 course meal every New Years eve for a group of friends, and this book is always a part of that menu.

    The other reason that I love this cookbook so much is that it was given to me by my late father in law, who like me, also loved to cook.

    A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Yukon.

  99. Evelyn Olson says:

    When it comes to a very favourite cookbook of all time, that is a difficult choice. I love cookbooks and have a large selection. I love to cook and grew up in home where my mom made homemade bread every week and also baked cookies and pies. My mom had an old Blue Ribbon Cookbook and I able to obtain a copy. It is a plain and simple book and I have the ingredients on hand. I love to experiment and try new recipes. I love to listen to your show and it is interesting that people cook differently in other regions of Canada.

  100. Tamara Jones says:

    My husband and I received LA Varenne Pratique as a wedding gift this summer. It is a wonderful ‘how to’ guide with easy to follow steps and wonderful recipes. It has really improved our cooking skills and has allowed us the opportunity to cook together in the kitchen. What better way is there to enjoy wedding!

  101. Janet Buchan says:

    To select one cookbook – not possible but I can narrow the field to my top 3 – Dean and Deluca by
    David Rosengarten; The River Cafe Cook Books by Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers (3 of them) and my italian mother-in-law (okay not quite a cookbook but has helped me create my own little book filled with wonderful classic italian dishes); all these inspire me to create new dishes, try the classic dishes and reinforce that food simply prepared is the best of all. Cookbooks are like novels – they introduce characters that enrich your palate, and your plates with new awareness of a large variety of cultures around the globe, which can awaken a new treasure trove of ideas that inspire you to new adventures – and it’s so easy to aspire to these possibilities when you crack open a new cookbook to delve into….


  102. Elizabeth Mercer says:

    My favourite cookbook has got to be one called Grandma’s Favourites. It’s a collection of recipes from all over the world and I have used it often. One of the best recipes I have ever made (layered pasta salad) came from that book and it’s guaranteed that whenever I make that dish my partner can eat the whole thing alone.
    Whenever I’m looking for something interesting to cook, I always go to this book.

    I don’t remember where this recipe book came
    from, and I’ve never seen it for sale anywhere.
    I have a respectable collection and always look for newer editions of my favourites.

    Thanks for the opportunity to talk about a subject near and dear to me!

    Enjoy the holiday season.



  103. Joanne Clark says:

    Although I like to try new recipes and make a lot of things from scratch I can always rely on Better Homes that I received as a present about 25 years ago when I first got married. It has all the basics that one needs to make almost anything. My copy (hard cover ring) is so tattered – I’m presently trying to find another one to replace the one I have.

  104. Anne Lanevschi-Pietersma says:

    I have a little story to go with one of my favourite cookbooks.
    I have european roots with a roumanian father and spanish mother, and grew up in Montreal where I had always known kitchens with exotic and enticing smells from around the world through friends of many backgrounds like myself. Years back, when I was studying in eastern Washington State far from home and flavours from around the world and REALLY on my very own, I found myself gradually getting more interested in cooking (!). I’d browse second hand bookstores for cookbooks to learn the basics, improve my skills and create some home-cooking aromas of my own. And yes, my second hand Joy of cooking found in a basement bookstore is still in use but it’s not my favourite find though much used still….my high point in cookbook discoveries was when I stumbled upon “The Food and Wines of Spain” by Penelope Casas when I wasn’t even looking in a yard sale a few doors down from my mobile home in a small little student town of 300….! Out in the middle of nowhere really! It taught me a lot of the basics in spanish cooking like my favoured almond tort from the less known northwestern part of Spain where my mom comes from,… and more. And the best part: pretty easy recipes for a beginner like me (which I still am years later). For a young adult far from home, this book found and holds a special place in my heart. And I highly recommend it for someone who wants to experience and delight in discovering authentic spanish cooking.

  105. Angela Henry says:

    Without a doubt, my favourite cookbook is the REBAR Modern Food Cookbook by Alsterberg & Urbanowicz. We have for years enjoyed the exquisite vegetarian food at the REBAR Restaurant in Victoria and were delighted when they published their wonderful recipes. I have never experienced a cookbook before where everything you try is spectacular. The recipes often have one or two more steps that take a bit of time but the results are worth it. We planned a whole wedding around this book. Great contest idea, Angela

  106. Mimi Golding says:

    My favorite cook book, hands down is the Betty Crocker Cook book circa 1954. My mother received this book during her first year of marriage. It’s falling apart, stained, pages are stuck together identifying favored recipes. Hand written notes identify childhood preferences, the one’s that “didn’t work”, and modifications to recipes that were “too rich”. The pictures of the test kitchens, the historical notes about Mrs. Archie Campbell’s recipe, the history of the Orginal Tollhouse Cookie, the cheery reminders in the white spaces, and the colorfully rich pictures make this cookbook more then a reference for good eats; it’s down right fun to read. It entralled me as a child. I love it more today.

    15 years ago I conducted a successful book search to find my older sister a copy, as she and I had fought over the original for years (to a point where I begged my mother to put it in her will.) When my mother replaced her copy with a newer 1954 version in mint condition found at a yard sale I received the much loved book with enthusiasm.

    I love my cookbook for the family history it has preserved, the social history it presents, and for all the time-tested recipes. Yum! Yum!

  107. Sandra says:

    It was my first cookbook, ‘The Starving Students Cookbook’ that opened up the wonderful world of cooking to me. Although there have been many more cookbooks since then, for quite some time I kept returning to it for the basics and a great spaghetti sauce recipe!

    The cookbook has now been passed onto a cousin, and I can only hope that it will provide them with the foundation, confidence and love of cooking, as it did for me. I still remember many of the recipes and how they would use the most basic of kitchen utensiles and applications – even listing the kitchen sink as a tool in making a party punch! One pot meals, simple ingredients and how to boil an egg – what a great place to start for a new cook!


  108. Rhonda West says:

    My favorite cookbook is Donna Hayes’ “Off the Shelf”. It’s full of really great recipes that use staples from your pantry. I haven’t had this book for long, but already I’ve used it more often than any other book I have. It’s really great! P.S. I’m from Saskatoon, Sk

  109. Mark Higgins says:

    My favorite cookbook is “How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bittman. It’s premise that simple meals cooked properly with quality ingredients mean that there is never an excuse not to cook from scratch, and my wife says she prefers to eat at home because it is almost always better than the food we could get at a restaurant.

  110. Erika Pittman says:

    Everybody I know loves the Moosewood cookbook. But, I can’t use a cookbook if it doesn’t have great full colour glossy pictures of completed recipes. I need the inspiration. I guess my imagination isn’t enough. I can’t just read a list of ingredients and know if something is going to be fabulous or not. I need to see it. I guess it’s true what they say, presentation is everything… well at least a big part of it.
    And I guess I am judging a book by it’s cover… So here it is – my favourite recipes all come from the Chez Piggy cookbook by Rose Richardson and Zal Yanovsky. Great pictures and easy gourment recipes. My nice glossy pages are all stained with olive oily finger prints now, but that’s the sign of a good cookbook to me… a history of great meals recorded in splashes, drips, and spills.

    St. John’s, Newfoundland

  111. Annelle Johnstone says:

    Christmas Greetings from Saskatchewan. In the world of cookbooks, my favourites always trace back to my prairie upbringing. “The Weldon Figure Skating Cookbook”, the “Birch Hills School Cookbook(s)” but probably taking the top prize is the Canadian Lutheran Ladies “Family Favourites Cookbook” which I received from a dear relative in 1990. When I’m searching for something abit special, I browse the many,many excellent recipe websites on the net, one of which is Pacific Palate…Thank You.

  112. Shelagh Molloy says:

    I love to read cookbooks, and one of my favourites is “The Joy of Cooking”. It’s so thorough, with much useful science about the properties of different ingredients, and the mechanics of many processes. It means that I can apply that info to other recipes, or use the data when I adapt those I choose to try. Thanks for your work to keep food fun, flavourful, etc.

  113. Susan in Winnipeg says:

    Betty Crocker’s International Cookbook, one of the first in my kitchen library in the mid 1970s, introduced me to new flavours and types of food, not to mention a life long (so far!) cookbook addiction. I may use other books more often now, but the BCIC had a huge impact on my interest in food preparation. As for favorites, now I think about authors (Dan Atkinson, Beth Hensperger, Cook’s Illustrated) rather than individual books. It improves my chances of retrieving a favorite recipe!

  114. Cathy Currey says:

    If you have not had the pleasure of discovering the pleasure of opening cookbooks published by the Mennonite Central Committee/Herald Press (Kitchner, Ont.), I encourage you to discover them this season. The ‘More-with-Less Cookbook’
    (suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world’s limited food resources), by Diris Janzen Longacre, is a practical guide for cooking literally, all kinds of basic foods from around the world.
    The collection is based on recipes that MCC mission staff have collected during their years of service. It provides simple substitutes for commonly used products, and gives those with not a lot of experience, full confidence to experiment. It’s also liberally laced with a number of international ‘foodisms such as
    “A full stomach says:
    A ripe guava has worms.
    An empty stomach says:
    Let me see.”
    Creole proverb

    As well as a cookbook, it simply a good read, and a reminder about being thankful for our local gifts, and a push for simplifying our lifestyles. This quote always makes me pause….
    “An empty sack cannot stand up.
    A starving belly
    doesn’t listen to explanations.”
    Creole proverb

    When you have graduated to step 2, wanting to cook foods by nationality, check out
    “Extending the Table … a World Community Cookbook”, by Joetta Handrich Schlabach. This book indexes recipes by country… incl. less known countries such as Libya, Paraguay, and Chad.

    Both the books bring memories back of great friendships – esp. when moving in with another
    teacher, and as we got to know each other, talking about favourite books, at the same moment
    we each pulled out the More-with -Less, saying how
    it was a favourite for each of us.

  115. Cliff Dacre says:

    There are so many!! — The cookbook that I always refer back to is old but really good. First printed in 1950 and reprinted with up to date information in 1992, “Kate Aitken’s Cookbook”.
    The book gives down-to-earth information and uses the most common ingredients without having to buy obscure stuff. If I have questions about how to cook something even when I’m using another book, I alway refer to “Kate Aitken’s Cookbook”.

  116. Jim Standen says:

    I am writing from Calgary, Alberta

    Without doubt, my favorite cookbock is the Rebar cookbook from
    the reastaurant of the same name, in Victoria, Canada. The recipies
    have a strong vegitarian influence, but not excusively so.

    The books also strongly recommends sourcing organic ingrediants for
    their health benefits and flavour. This fits my own bias.

    The photos are great and the recipes, very easy to understand.
    And there are helpfull ingredient substitution and additions as well.

    Although the recivies are fabulous, I think the
    most interesting fact is the unexpected ingredients one find
    during the process. For example adding small pieces of dried
    apricots to chocolate ckip cookies creates a great cookie.
    And, my favorite recipe is the corn dance cakes which
    taste fantastic with the addition of smoked salmon
    (which we source from our favorite supplier on Salt Spring Island)

    Unfortunately, I have never eaten in the restaurant itself. I have
    missed tow opportunities to date having arrived to date to be able to
    get through the line ups in time.

    Getting hungry ….

  117. Tracey says:


    There are so many good cookbooks out there, but the one that I turn to again and again is the soup bible by Debra Mayhen. This book has every kind of soup imaginable! When I have a specific ingredient to use up or I just need inspiration it is invaluable. It features soups from all over the world, and is perfect when I need a simple family meal idea or a dish for a dinner party. I have found that many of the soups double as excellent sauces such as the curried apple carrot soup which is perfect over rice and steamed veggies. Also many of the soups are easy to adapt for my vegetarian friends such as the smoked turkey and lentil soup that is easily converted by adding smoked tofu instead of the turkey. It is a very versitile cookbook…and who doesn’t love soup?!

    Thanks for all the great tips on CBC!

    Protection Island, B.C.

  118. Jo says:

    This is my pick. “Not-so-humble vegetables” from The Australian Women’s Weekly. This cook has great pictures, concise recipes, cooking methods and other useful information. This cookbook gives good ideas for presentation of dishes.

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  120. Jane Watson says:

    The cookbook I keep returning to time after time is a dilapidated copy of Guide to Good Cooking Compiled by the Makers of Five Roses Flour. The copyright is 1936. I acquired it sometime in the fifties and it’s literally falling apart. It has cardboard covers, dark crimson with art decoish lettering in black and silver–very thirtyish. There are some colour illustrations. There is a lot of instruction about good dietary practices–for instance, on page 6 we are told that adults should consume 1 pint of milk daily and children, one and a half to 2 pints daily. “Not more than two cups of tea or coffee daily No tea or coffee to be given to children who are not fully grown.’ The tone of this information is didactic and a bit condescending as though the average Canadian housewife was not too bright and needed a lot of help. Some recipes sound a bit weird by any standards. For example: if you have left over cooked cereal you can shape it into flat cakes, put butter and grated cheese on top, bake it and serve it with cheese or tomato sauce. Doesn’t that sound yummy? There are recipes for Cherry Vinegar, Sally Lunn, Cream Scones, Dolly Varden Cake, Banbury Cakes, Christmas cakes and puddings, a lot of croquette recipes, sweet dumplings, aspics, tripe, chou pastry and Yorkshire Pudding. In fact, a lot of the recipes sound British, although it’s a Canadian book. But the bread recipes are good–not designed for a breadmaker, of course–and the popovers, and the one-, two-and three-egg cakes and the orange and raisin cake and the best gignerbread ever. There’s even a recipe for Yorkshire Parkin which is an acquired taste. Shortening is used in most recipes with a complete disregard for trans-fats–hardly surprising. I only found out what they were myself last week. Most recipes are too sweet for present day tastes; I reduce the quantity by one quarter. Two pages are devoted to home-made soap. You can tell this book was first published during the Great Depression. There’s a recipe called Mince Meat of Unusual Flavour which calls for 2 cups of minced lean cooked beef, 2 cups of beef suet, apple jam, grape jam, peach jam and grape juice, along with a lot of other stuff. I’ve never tried it. I suppose the reason I keep coming back to this book is that it contains not only basic standard recipes but recipes that I can’t find in any of my other books, recipes that I’ve used for years and that I know will work. It’s a funny, quirky, eccentric compilation and I wouldn’t be without it. Jane Otta

  121. arthur says:

    My favourite cookbook is ‘The Complete Hot & Spicy Cook Book’; edited by Emma Callery, published by New Burlington Books.
    The reason:
    historical review of ingredients and their geographical sources.
    good review of equipment and cooking techniques
    well designed pages illustrating recipes, preparation, and photographs of completed dishes.

  122. dale says:

    My favorite cookbook is “How to Cook Everything” by Mark Bitten. What I love about this book is that it is written by a man who cooks every day for his family and his friends, so the recipes are usually fast, easy to prepare and accessible. At the same time, he believes that cooking should be creative, so he presents a basic recipe or technique, then suggests ways to create your own variations. I have dozens of cookbooks, but this is the only one that I take on vacation!

  123. Katie Kyle says:

    My totally favorite cookbook is called
    “Tasty Titles” from the Southeast Regional Libararies of Saskatchewan. It was written in 1995 in dedication to Saskatchewan Librarians.
    My sister gave me this book as a Christmas gift and wrote inside the cover that there was 2 special pages to look at… of course they were her recipes!
    Anyway, this book has been a life saver to my family really!!!! I was the youngest of the family and never had to cook as I was growing up, someone else always had it done when I came home! So when I married and had children… I was useless!
    This book has provided me with delicous, easy, fun recipes that come from many different cultures and family traditions. Easy to exotic, fussy to simple. It is the only one I own which is full of grease spots and dog earted corners!!

  124. Paul Durksen says:

    My favorite cookbook is Pasta & Company By Request written by Marcella Rosene. Our family loves Italian cooking and this cookbook offers recipes used by the Pasta & Company restaurants from the Seattle area. The recipes don’t involve ingredients too obscure to obtain [even in Medicine Hat, Alberta :)]. We have never been disappointed by any of the meals we have prepared from this book – especially the Lasagne and the Minestrone soup. This cookbook has become our “comfort food” oasis!

  125. Bev Denning says:

    My favourite cookbook is “The Encyclopaedia of Canadian Cooking” by Madame Jehanne Benoit. I bought it when I first moved out on my own, more than 30 years ago now. Everything that my mom didn’t teach me I learned from Madame Benoit–meat, vegetables, desserts. My first edition fell apart, and now the replacement is almost as disrepetutable. But I still pull out my “Madame Benoit” when I want to make applesauce cake, or bread pudding, or basic turkey stuffing. I have, over the years, learned to reduce by half the sugar and fat recommended in her recipes.

  126. Annika Junger says:

    Thanks for this opportunity to have a bash at winning these wonderful sounding cook books. It’s almost impossible to single out a favourite, but I love Anna Thomas’ Vegetarian Epicure which I’ve been using for many years, both volumes, with their thick newsprinty paper, simple drawings and exhortation to serve an after-course for those who might indulge in a post-prandial herb that isn’t strictly culinary. The recipes call for cream and eggs and cheese — not for those worried about the state of their arteries.


  127. My favourite cookbook is a standby that has been in my family since my parents were married in 1953. My mother received the Culinary Arts Institute Encyclopedic Cook for a wedding gift. That book has everything including 2,000 food facts, pages of menus for every day of the year, advice for shopping and outfitting your kitchen, directions for setting a formal table, pages of basic recipes such as stocks, breads, desserts, and main courses. It also has more exotic fare like springerli cookies and pigeon pie. In my opinion, it beats The Joy of Cooking, hands down. When my sisters and I were married, my mother discovered the book had been reissued in 1970 and gave us each one as a shower gift. Mine is stained and held together with binding tape, but I would not be without it.

  128. Alexandra says:

    Hi there Don,

    My Favourite Cookbook Of All Time is: “Country Egg, City Egg” by Gayle Pirie and John Clark.

    This small book is written by a couple who worked the Brunch shift at the wonderful Zuni Café in San Fransisco. It has just over 5 dozen recipes.

    I LOVE eggs! They are my desert island food.
    I always have eggs in my fridge, and when I need a fresh idea for a meal, I don’t have a lot of time to do “research” in any of my meatier (if you’ll excuse the pun?) cookbooks due to my 8 month old daughter Elizabeth, so I simply flip through this sweet little book and I invariably find something simple yet delicious.

    The recipes range from the classic (such as Ouefs à la coque ) to the ethnic (Vietnamese Egg Soup or Japanese Savory Custard) to the exotic (Bagna Cauda Scrambled Eggs).

    You can read a review if you like at link to

    This is one fabulous little cookbook featuring the world’s most fabulous food. And no, I do not work for the Egg Marketing Board or anything of the sort. I am simply a devoted egghead.

    Alexandra in Montréal, Québec

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