Food books, glorious food books!

victoria  —  January 8, 2007 — 4 Comments

Okay, that was a lousy Oliver Twist, but I did want to show off the new additions to my cooking library. I hear from my sister that I am a hard person to buy for in the kitchen department, though she did manage to find an adorable little sushi set for my birthday that I love. But cookbooks? Ah, I do have definite favorites as far as authors and subjects. But I am also a sucker for deeply researched or gorgeously photographed books by authors unknown and cuisines uncooked.

I’ve been collecting the Könemann Culinaria books for a few years and I was having trouble finding three or four of them. I had even written to the publisher in Germany to find out about the status of the books. The public relations person sent me a lovely email and told me about Daedalus Books. They have a wealth of titles in all fields and they are apparently the main buyer of the Culinaria series in the U.S. Anyway, I mentioned it to Keifel and told him which ones I didn’t have and lo and behold (despite the fact that he told me they were out of stock on those particular books and he had gotten other titles) the last three I wanted were under the tree. Plus, he had found the Könemann book on wine on the remainders table at Davis Kidd and bought that as a true surprise (as I didn’t even know it existed).

My other big gift was a Ken Onion Shun chef’s knife. I drooled over it at work at the Pannery. It is a thing of beauty and sharp, sharp, sharp. It has the perfect curve and I love the way it rocks on the board. It’s one of those knives that is so beautiful it makes you think maybe you should paint the cabinets.


Yum!

I love the books from Keifel and my mom and the three I purchased for myself (The Cinnamon Club, The Illustrated History of French Cuisine, Eggs) and I am over the moon about my knife, but the gift that made me cry was the mug the boychick painted for me to replace the one I dropped and broke.


I tried to get it at the right angle but inside it says, “The Best Chef and Mom”

That makes a girl feel truly special.

victoria

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4 responses to Food books, glorious food books!

  1. I collect the Culinaria series of books as well, and was having the hardest time finding Germany – it looks like many of them are back in print now, as I was able to find Germany – all I have left to find is the Asian and Caribbean ones.

  2. YOU FIND THE SOUTHEST ASIAN SPECIALTIES ONE AT BARNES AND NOBLE.COM. I JUST BOUGHT ONE AT 14.00 ITS NOW IN PAPERBACK. CHECK IT OUT. I ONLY NEED THE CARRIBEAN ONE NOW AS THE RESELLERS WANT SO MUCH FOR A COPY. I HAVE ALL THE OTHER THOUGH. THEY ARE THE GREATEST BOOKS ON EARTH FOR FOOD. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE THE LONELY PLANET WORLD FOOD GUIDES (THEY QUIT THE SERIES, BUT YOU CAN GET ALL OF THEM AT AMAZON.COM. GOOD LUCK MY FRIEND.

  3. I too love the Culinaria series. Do you know if they have a book on Portugal?

    Thanks.

    Diane

  4. Actually there are following Culinaria books in english language at ebay:
    European Specialties,Italy,Russia and Greece on ebay USA
    Germany and France on ebay Canada
    There is no Culinaria book about Portugal and the Carribean book is actually only available in german language on ebay Germany
    Maybe you also can try to find some books at Amazon worldwide
    Good luck
    A Culinaria lover

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