Follow petcha on Twitter
Amazon Associate

If you see books or music or tools on this site that you would like to buy through Amazon, click here and thus i have seen will get a small percentage of the purchase price of the item. Thank you. 

The Elements of Typographic Style

Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Pullover

Minding the Earth, Mending the Word: Zen and the Art of Planetary Crisis

North Face Base Camp Duffel (Medium)




« Cellphone in Uganda | Main | Ginger »


Let's just say that I am not a very creative cook, but that I can follow instructions pretty well. I use a lot of books when I cook. My portion of one of the shelves in the kitchen is shown above.

From left to right: 1) Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer; this was my mother's, well-used and taped; 2) Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian; encyclopedic, my go-to book on everything, use it a lot; 3) Cuisines of India by Smita and Sanjeev Chandra; good book, but I don't cook Indian food so much anymore and some ingredients can be hard to find; 4) Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison; one of my oldest and dearest cookbooks, this is a great book; 5) Veganomicon by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero; for the vegans, great recipes, fun to read; 6) Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman (see Parade of Turkeys); recent Christmas present, fantastic cookbook; 7) Tassajara Bread Book; what can I say, "the dhammapada of breadmaking" (see Waiting for the Snow); 8) The Bread Baker's Apprentice by Peter Reinhart (see Baguette); everything that you will ever need to know about making bread; 9) 100 Great Breads by Paul Hollywood; some great breads, some OK breads; there are some typos and mistakes in this book, I'm sad to say; 10) The Tassajara Recipe Book; another delight by Ed Espe Brown, check out the Oatmeal Shortbread cookies; 11) Market Vegetarian by Ross Dobson; this little book has some great recipes; 12) Appetite for Reduction, another vegan delight from Isa Chandra Moskowitz; 13) 3 Bowls by Seppo Ed Farrey and Nancy O'Hara, vegetarian recipes from an American Zen monastery; 14) The Greystone Bakery Cookbook by Helen Glassmen and Susan Postal; this book may be out of print; a gift from Susan Jion Postal.

[NOTE: Sorry for the long post and link excess. I started talking about each book and couldn't stop. Happy, healthy cooking to everyone]. 

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>