And now to the shorter kitchen shelf that is actually in a real, if tacky, cabinet. This shelf, in comparison to the long plastic one I described where the thinner
books stayed in the same order year after year, changes often, always by whim.
This week's (or month's) group -
The Victory Garden Cookbook
, by Marian Morash; Alfred A. Knopf, 1982.
I see she was a Public Television presenter (I hadn't read the small print before today). I've used the book many times, it's a stalwart cookbook. I've no idea if there are new editions out there in foodland. Lots of recipes and photos, a treasure. Bought new in '82 or so, it looks well used by now.
Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone
, by Deborah Madison; Broadway Books, 1997, pristine for now. Lots of awards...
New to this shelf in order for me to look at the book more often. Why I don't drag it out all the time is that it's heavy, no excuse. Deborah Madison is the Founding Chef of Greens, easily one of my favorite restaurants. Beautiful food, beautiful building with a fair amount of glass facing out to SF Bay. I'm sure I bought the book at the restaurant one of the times I was there visiting in San Francisco.
Red, White, & Green
The Italian Way with Vegetables
by Faith Willinger; Harper Collins, 1996.
This is another book I've misused because it is too damned pretty, but it's written very smartly, thus brought to the fore on the kitchen cabinet shelf recently. Bought new in a kind of book gluttony. Still looks new.
The Vegetarian Bistro
Authentic French Regional Recipes by Marlena Spieler (who used to write for the SF Chronicle at one point). Chronicle Press, 1997. I remember her as a good writer whose recipes I generally liked, vegetarian or otherwise. Bought new and still in fair shape though it's been moderately used.
Jane Grigson's Vegetable Book
; Penguin Handbooks. Seems my edition is from 1981. This is my go to first book re vegetables, if only for the fun of it. She got me to love her with her recipe for sorrel soup. I used to grow plenty of sorrel back in Venice, but have never seen sorrel around since then, and certainly not in Albuquerque. The book is sort of grizzly looking by now.
Oops, I pushed Sent too fast.
Always on the shelf is The Italian Baker
by Carol Field; Harper and Row; 1st edition, 1985. Talk about grizzly, this books opens by itself on various pages, a true workhorse, well-loved book. In contrast with the book by Deborah Madison that I do like but use rarely, this one is also on the larger side but not as large, and is not all that heavy while still made with good paper. Of course now the good paper is somewhat stain decorated.
Tucked in on the shelf end is Patricia Wells' Trattoria
; William Morrow and Company, 1993. This one opens with a bookmark at Fresh Egg Pasta....
Right now I've turn some pages to see Tuscan Bean and Wheat Berry Soup, aka Gran Farro. I've lately learned to appreciate Red Mills Farro a lot, even use it in my burrito concoctions, so the book is going to stay on the kitchen shelf for the nonce while I re-look at the recipes.