It's not vintage but I highly recommend "The Cooks Book", it's the best cookbook I have bought in years and totally modern and classic all at the same time.
I so know what you're saying Fanny! I bought Apples for Jam, knowing that the recipes might not jump out at me, but I just love her writing, so I couldn't help myself. Regarding new cookbooks: I keep adding to my Amazon wishlist, but none of the ones that I add has had me yearning to actually buy them, and buy them NOW. That said, I've been looking at cookbooks on specific cuisines lately, because a lot of the books I already have a more of the: this is what I'd cook for dinner in a flash-sort. I need more classics in my library - something on Thai, Indian, Mexican... No specific titles, but just throwing some inspiration your way!:-)
Morrocan Modern, by Hassan M'souli, is a treat. I just picked up a second hand copy of Mustards, a Napa Valley Grill, and made a delicious succotash in that, with white corn, haricots verts, fava beans and some other nibbles thrown in. I agree, great ones are few and far between, and many of them more art books than recipe books, but that's ok too.
Terrific photos; I'm curious, what camera do you use?
je ne peux te conseiller de merveilleux livres de cuisine, n'en ayant pas moi même, mais je tenais à te dire que je passe régulièrement sur ton blog et que j'aime beaucoup les associations que tu réalises: ici, ce plat de linguine me donne l'eau à la bouche, pourtant il est encore tôt!!
Very nice dish Fanny! Love the simplicty of fresh ingredients that make the best meals!
Yes the cookbooks dilemna. I bought a new one yesterday, but have to say that what attracts me a lot these days in cookbooks is pictures. I have so many "general cooking" cookbooks. I love Vurdock collection with titles such as Bowl Food. Great ideas for simple nice meals, and the format of the book is great! Just an idea....
Yum, this dish looks excellent! I know what you mean about getting rather bored with cookbooks, I've been looking for a new one too!
This looks like something i will get hooked on from the very first bite. I love the ingredients put together! The prawns looks succulent. I needn't say this but the photos are stunning!!! Clean, fresh, and delicious to look at.
Falling Cloudberries has all that vintage look and feel for me. I love it and would highly recommend it. It's written as a food memoire by Tessa Kiros. I've only tried making a pistachio ice cream from it which just reminds me, i have bookmarked quite a few other recipes which i should start making soon :)
I've just browsed through your cookbook collection and saw Falling Cloudberries already on it - doh! :)
I must get that one with cupcakes on the cover!
some essential vintage books to own:
anything by MFK Fisher, Andries de Groot or Bert Greene are essentials.
if you want to learn more about American cooking, Clementine Paddleford's How America Eats.
for variety, Maxime de la Falaiss'e Food In Vogue.
The Perfect Hostess Cookbook by Mildred O. Knopf is a wonderful glimpse back in time as is To The Queen's Taste by Hellen Train Hilles.
I collect vintage cookbooks and also write an occasional editorial feature on them on my blog, so feel free to contact me directly if you have any further questions or need recommendations as to where to shop for them
Just two cookbooks I haven't seen on your list and are absolutely great: 1) Nigel Slater's The Kitchen Diaries, 2) Silver Spoon.
One of my absolutely favorite cookbooks is Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking. Dinner tonight: Pan-broiled thin beef steaks with tomatoes & olives. YUM!!!!! simple & few are the ingredients, ALWAYS delish!
Love your blog!
Fanny, I could eat this pasta every day :)
Thanks to all of you for the great suggestions. I all wrote it down on my Moleskine and will have a look in Borders or Foyle tomorrow.