Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Make Me Hungry

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is right up my alley.   I immediately knew I would pick my ten favorite cookbooks.

I started thinking about this post and being on a desert island. What cookbooks would I take with me if I knew I would be marooned?   But, then I thought, “That’s kind of stupid unless the island has a well-stocked pantry.”   So, I morphed that idea into “What cookbooks would I save if my kitchen were on fire?”  (Definitely hope that’s not prophetic in any way!)

Here’s what I would save:

The Gourmet Cookbook: More than 1000 recipes by Ruth Reichl, Editor.  Shown with Pumpkin Apple Bread.



Gourmet Today: More than 1000 All-New Recipes for the Contemporary Kitchen by Ruth Reichl, Editor.  Shown with Mixed Dried Fruit Oatmeal Cookies.

The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving by Judi Kingry  (Editor), Lauren Devine  (Editor), Sarah Page (Editor, Introduction)

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders.  I’ve got a ton of her inspired-by recipes here.

Stir Ups: Celebrating 15 Yrs Boot kickin’ Flavor Lickin’ recipes from the Great Plains by The Junior Welfare League of Enid (OK).   Recipe from book shown with Oklahoma Baked Beans.    Our family favorite holiday wassail also comes from this cookbook.

Jambalaya: The Official Cookbook of the Louisiana World Exposition by by Junior League of New Orleans.   One of my favorite and easiest bread recipes comes from this book.  

The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook by Susan D. Curtis (Author), Valerie Santagto (Photographer).   Here’s a great soup recipe from this book:  Green Chile and Sausage Soup.

The Joy of Cooking 75th Anniversary Edition.  by Irma S. Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker, and Ethan Becker.  My sister uses this book more than I do and she gave me one for Christmas or my birthday.   I do agree that it’s a great go-to and complete cookbook. Joy of Cooking: Joy of Cooking: Rombauer, Irma S., Becker, Marion Rombauer, Becker, Ethan: 8601415957051: Books

For numbers nine and ten, I have to go with two “limited edition” family cookbooks.

Recipes from both Grandmothers’ families.


Here’s also a list I complied about ten years ago.  Some are still favorites.  I actually edited this recently and removed some.  (I won’t tell you which authors I removed.)   A lot of the cookbooks on this list were inherited from my grandmother.

See you next week for TTT.


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