Sunday, September 23, 2007

My Cookbooks ~ My Passions

Well this is a post on my most favorite topic - cookbooks. I have always been fond of reading novels and other fictions since childhood. When I entered my 20's, I found I was referring more to cookbooks and its wonderful dreams it used to weave. We have yearly Book Fair thats held in Jan and this is the place we can get to see so many varieties of books that have hit the market. As a kid, it used to be Tintin and Asterix books that I used to buy, later this changed to cookbooks. Infact I have bought so many that I don't have space at my place, so many are still with Amma. But unfortunately I have never tried even one from any of these fancy ones, except Sanjeev Kapoor's or the Chocolate Delights.

Below are my books that I refer with so much joy.

Book on Indian and far Eastern Cookbook is one with beautiful pictures. Home Encyclopedia is one that was gifted by my friend for my marriage. That has so much of info for a newly married one. Say Cheese was of course bought when I became obsessed with chesse!
Each one shows the period I was interested in that way of cooking.

This collection is the one thats most used. The one on the far right came with Nippo Electric cooker. We have prepared most from this book. My recipes on Chicken Biryani and Bisi Bele Huli Anna are adapted from this book. My most favorite and the only cake I have been eating for the past 15 years is from Milkmaid book . Of course, the microwave cooking from Mallika Bradrinath is another good one.
This is the one I was talking about in my Channa Pulav post, I had filed it because I couldn't entertain myself better. But it turned out to be a most enjoyable one. I have three such files with full of cut outs from Hindu and other dailys. I had indexed and numbered it.

When I feel bored and jobless, I used to browse through the colourful pictures these used to come with.
This is a leaf from my hand written cookbook. I have due to various reasons, have some 5 different dairies of notebooks with recipes.

And finally this is the 3rd file thats never remains in its file. Amma always removes them and wouldn't know where to put it back. She tells me that somehow this one is not following suit like the other 2.

I enjoyed taking pictures of these. Sending this to Nags of 'For the cook in Me", who is hosting an event called 'Show Me Your Cook Books'. Well we don't have to cook for this event. So its no work but pure fun.

All the books and files that I have with me are my favorite, but the most I like is the one from Nippo. Its because it has all easy and most interesting ones that come out exactly like its said.


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Vcuisine said...

This looks like library Valli. Good collections. Viji

Nags said...

lovely array of cooking references :) thank you so much srivalli. see you at the round up :)

musical said...

I like those pamphlets too :). Very cute collection, am especially in love with your hand written notes and the newspaper clippings!

Suganya said...

You are so organised. I shouldn't let you peek into my file.. Hehe!

Apple said...

Good collection.....I do not have atleast one :(....Loved your recipe dairies

bindiya said...

how nice, you have quite a collection!and shows your love for cooking!

Roopa said...

oh my what so many books thats gonna be very interesting stuff you have :)

Cinnamon said...

Thats a very good collection Valli!!! Even I collect the recipes from magazines and newspapers.... A suggestion is to get them binded into a book, that way you will not lose the papers!!

zlamushka said...

Great collection :-)

I am very happy that there is somebody else with '3 type cokbook colection´ (handwritten, books and paper bits)... ME too...

It s piling up, but I cannot get enough... ;-)

Asha said...

Great collection Sri, love those. I have Mallika B's Microwave cooking too!:))

TBC said...

Wow!you have quite a collection of cookbooks & clippings.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

wow....huge collection :-))

ramya said...

hey you have a good collection of books and oh my u file so many recipes.i start noting down and cut them but never filed so neatly.good job.this means u r well organised.

Happy cook said...

Lovely collection of cooking books.
I am sure you have special memories from the one you wrote it down yourself

Cynthia said...

Srivalli! That is a treasure trove you have there. And I am not talking about the actual cookbooks, I am referring to the hand written notes and recipes, the cut-outs, the files! Incredible. That's one of the best entires for this event that I've seen.

A kitchen scientist & a white rat hubby!!! said...

Ooooh my god!!..that's one solid collection!!!!..phewwww!!!!!

Raaga said...

half my books are in Bangalore or at my mother's place... Only 2 shelves and the internet here :-)

Srivalli said...

Viji, thanks for your lovely comment

Nags, glad you hosted such an event, loved showing off my collection

musical, glad you liked them, and very nice of you to say so

Suganya, thanks...but that would be fun!

Apple , thanks come out with such nice ones with out a single one...thats great

bindiya, thanks...nice of you to say that

Roopa, yeah I never get tired of going through each of them

Cinnamon, thats very nice to know...thanks will do that...

zlamushka, wow thats very nice indeed. Infact I felt little embrassed thinking how it might be if I showcase my clippings! but guess I have company!

Asha, thanks, I know. When I was mentioning that I remembered your post!

TBC, thanks...but I feel not enough by the recipes that come out from all the blogs!

Sirisha, thanks

ramya, thank are making me blush!

Happy cook, can't agree less with what you say...thats why each of my post is quite lengthy before I get down to recipes

Cynthia, thats really the most wonderful praise I can get! I just love my cookbooks and collections and this appreciation makes me feel wonderful...thanks for the lovely words

Sona thanks

Raaga, good to know..:)

Padma said...

Sri, you have such a good collection, I remember even I used to preserve the paper cuttings from TOI...I miss them now after seeing those pics..

Latha Narasimhan said...

My God! so many cook books! I liked your handwritten ones!I have my best recipes hand written from my mom, aunts and some close family friends whom I consider as best cooks in the world!:))
Now the best cook books are the blogs like yours from where I pick new recipes and cook!:))

Sharmi said...

waw you have a huge collection in there with a lovely handwriting and very organized.

Srivalli said...

Padma, thats great to know..we have lot of things in common...

Lathamma, thats indeed so sweet of you to say! and feel honoured to think a great cook like you like my recipes...thanks for the encouraging words..means a lot esp on my handwritten ones...I was always very particular on my hand writing...My Dad's is beautiful, very cursive and neat. His is very legible unlike most doctors, I always wanted to be like him in all ways and thought mine was not good. Now your words makes me happy.

Sharmi, thank you, very nice of you to say so.

SeeC said...

Excellent collection. I only refer to my mom.

Linda said...

Hi Srivalli, I agree with Cynthia -- a real treasure trove! You have such lovely handwriting, it must be a treat to cook from those handwritten books. I'm not so organized :) Thanks for showing your lovely collection!

Anu said...

Hi Srivalli,

I like your blog, the way you have presented the recipes.

i would like to know the details of Home Encyclopedia Book, can you let me know the author or other details. I would like to get one :) Thanks !

Srivalli said...

Anu, thank you. Glad you like my presentation.

Abt the book, below are the details

Home Encyclopaedia, Eighth Edition
Author J.B.LOBO
Publishers LOBO Publishers
J.B. Lobo Road,
Lower Kottar Ashok Nagar Post
Mangalore - 5750006
Phone - 458971

Let me know if you need any other detail

Anu said...

Thanks Srivalli, I will try getting one :)

Voiceinme said...

Please I am desperately looking out for a copy of the home encyclopedia cook book. Any idea where can I find one?

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