Captain Kirk from mmm-yoso, a new food blogging friend in San Diego, has commissioned me, yes me! with carrying on the Five Favorite (Cook) Books meme. It originated, I think, as just "books," but when it hit the food blogosphere, it took on the twist of cookbooks. I loved reading Kirk's addendum about the handwritten notebook of recipes that his mother left him, and it's so intersting to go back through the entire daisy chain that has brought this little meme to me!
Total Number of (Cook) Books I’ve Owned
How utterly embarassing. Up until today, I could count them all one two hands, but I just received my first early birthday presents, so now I have eleven!
As far as all books, though, I don't think I could count. I keep everything. I never even let my parents come near my books from elementary school for garage sales.
Last Cookbook(s) I Bought
Every cookbook I own, either I inherited or received as a gift. Today, I just got Tyler Florence's new one, Eat This Book. (Thanks, M.A.!) I wanted to read through the whole thing right there at the dinner table when I unwrapped it. Tyler makes me wilt.
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell is the last book I actually bought for myself. Very interesting.
Last Food Book(s) I Read
In process: Tony Bourdain's A Cook's Tour
On deck: something by Jeffrey Steingarten
Five Cookbooks that Mean a Lot to Me
Because they were all given to me, each of my eleven cookbooks are extremely meaningful to me. Bouchon and Rose Pistola will always remind me of my days in the Bay area, and both of them have personal notes handwritten to me on the inside of the front cover. Precious. My three Korean cookbooks are important because Mom gave them to me, so they not only have cultural significance, but family significance as well.
Five More People I'd Like to See Carry on this Meme on Their Blogs
Gosh, I suspect I might be double-teaming on some but here goes anyway (and I'm making it six):
B from the Culinary Fool because she actually grows things, too
Clement from A La Cuisine because then I have even more reason to stare at his beautiful blog
Jennifer from Taste Everything Once because she likes Funyuns
Pam from Daily Gluttony because she's a fellow L.A. girl
Paul at FoodBlog because he knows the blogs, but I know he knows the food, too
Rachael from Fresh Approach Cooking because she's another fellow L.A. girl and a pro chef