Cookbook Pile-Up.

It’s a bit of a crazy week for me; my parents are in town, along with about fifteen of my Filipino relatives — which may sound like a lot, but considering that over half of them are still in the Philippines, this is just a teensy percentage of my family.  I’ve been playing tour guide and chauffeur, as well as putting my apartment up as a rest stop in between shopping sprees and lobsters.

CookbooksSo, in the midst of this all, the cookbooks I ordered arrived in a series of packages — with the exception of two (more on those in a second).  I love cookbooks, but I tend to buy them in a bunch like so many tulips, and I almost always buy them used, as they inevitably end up battered and splattered.  I’m super-excited to stick Post-Its to the recipes I’ll try first, make shopping lists, pair sides with entrées…

The two cookbooks I mentioned earlier are Michel Guérard‘s La Cuisine Minceur, which my mother let me steal the last time I was in New York, and Jamie Oliver‘s Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life, an unexpected early birthday gift from my friend Ben.  He included a note:  “I love this cookbook — the design, the layout, the recipes.  Plus, I bet you can have fun with it with your CSA stuff, so it couldn’t wait until October.”  How nice is that?

Here’s a list of the other cookbooks in the stack, which I am sure I will be referencing quite a bit in the near future:

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