My mother says she believes my interest in food stems from an incident in my youth...right before she gave birth to me, she ate a doughnut, and thus began my interest in food. I am not an excellent cook, nor a particularly inspired cook, but I'm a good cook. Creative and experimental with a touch of native ability handed down from my grandmothers. I collect interesting recipes, so don't hesitate to pass along interesting recipes.
This page primarily existed to give me a means to carry this list with me everywhere. However with the acquisition of a PalmPilot (later replaced by the TRGPro using the same OS and data) a robust, full-figured, but slender palmtop computer. The Pilot and an excellent database program created for the Palm called JFile , by the excellent John Lehett, I have allowed me to bypass this wide webbish world and carry my library comfortably in my purse. As such, I'm not sure what there is to do with this page. Technically it's no longer needed, but I've gotten so many comments on it and people who were interested in the list of the books and in finding them for me, I will leave it and continue to update it.
Note: Not even a week after I put this new information up, I received intelligence that this list was being handed out some sort of authoritative collection. It isn't. In this intelligence was a request to add dates to the information I include. I willingly comply.
14 December 00 - I actually do think I have a complete set (of books, I haven't purchased any of the supplements, on account of I'm not sure what/why they are) now with the addition of both Middle Eastern and Indian cooking books. For those of you who are still looking, you might try alibris, an out of print book webtailer **. A "buyer, beware" on them, though, the books are priced by the individual sellers and some of them are higher than I think is reasonable and they don't seem to have any boxed sets at all.
16 April 02 - I received a binder in the mail yesterday Recipes from Foods of the World. Thank you to the sender, Thomas A. Miller of Glass and Books of Rochester, NY . I hadn't even realized such a thing existed. If you'd like some free publicity for your book and glass store, please send a URL or contact information and I'll gladly recommend you. (more directly than I have.)
11 December 03 - I actually picked up the Kitchen Guide somewhere along the way. It's a bit dated, but not bad.
*I think I've finally decided that this book doesn't exist and the person who brought it to my attention was thinking of Latin American Cooking. I'm leaving it here anyway because I'm strange, and you can't stop me.**Standard disclaimer, I have no affliation with this website or any other book retailer. I have purchased from them and had good experiences. Take that for what it's worth. firstname.lastname@example.org