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Lamb with a Plummy accent /Mutton Aru Bokhara

The Cook Next Door-Just the ticket

Nupur of One Hot Stove tagged me for The Cookbook Meme and I was so delighted. If it is one thing I am mad about it is books and cook books...those are irresistable.
It was easy to trace the Meme's origin with historical tracking all done by Ana of  pumpkin pie bungalow.

To take off from Nupur's introduction in her blog I could completely identify with the urge to stop hoarding and to keep things minimal. Having personally reached that stage last year , I too have divested myself of much accumulated baggage, when many earthly goods found other homes and gardens. What a relief. But... the books remained.


And then, having created much space, I am now filling it up again ...with new ideas and thoughts and, well, books.

Total number of cookbooks I own:
Probably about a 100 or more. Cook books and books about food and notebooks filled with recipes. Some I have never opened...Mughal Microwave for example.

Last cookbook I bought: Keep it Simple by Marian Burros from a second hand bookshop.This was a bestseller till the '80s and may still be for all I know. Simplicity, for me, is the key word in cooking. All the recipes are 30 minute meals from scratch, many with an international flavour and the author has worked it out in menu form, with a shopping list ( good for a scatter brain like me) and a game plan . Most of the listed ingredients are easily available in India as well. I havent tried out any thing as yet but it looks interesting.

Last food/cook book I read: Supper of the Lamb by Robert Farrar Capon, an absolutely rollicking read( though I keep wondering if he should have called it Supper of the Fowl because of his name).

Five (cook) books that mean a lot to me:
1. Indian Cookery by Madhur Jaffrey. I learnt Indian cooking from this book, far away from home, family and friends, with plenty of time on my hands and dying for something chatpata.( hot and tangy).

2.Do you see that completely spineless book in the photo? That is one of my most useful cookbooks ...what else but The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer given to me as a wedding present by a dear friend, Rani Mathew...a joyful cook if there ever was one.

3. Recipes printed by the Time and Talents Club , Bombay given by Deepa Dhanraj, another friend, great cook ( and documentary filmmaker), when she saw me struggling in the kitchen many moons ago. With a most eclectic collection of recipes and now out of print, it is one of my most precious possessions.

4. Memories with Food at Gypsy House by Felicity and Roald Dahl. My first introduction to beautifully thought out menus and gorgeously presented food...check out those photographs. Books on food and cooking have been quite basic in this part of the world with cheap paper, bad fuzzy pictures and printing, and dull as ditchwater (till about 12 years ago when everything , not just cook books, began to change).

5.Rasachandrika : compiled by the Saraswat Mahila Samaj in Bombay. I love this style of Indian cooking. It uses all the vegetables possible in such a down to earth way.

I would love to get my hands on: Ferran Adria's E Bulli cookbook, my own copy of Bartolomeo Scappi's 'Opera' or 'The Private Chef of Pope Pius V' and many many others.

Which five people would you like to see fill this out in their blogs?I would really like to see Alberto of Il Forno fill this out but I think he has been tagged a very, very long time ago. And how about Tan and from tancancook?