Saturday, June 25, 2005

Cookbook Meme

Cookbook Collection

There's this cookbook meme which has been going around on food blogs all over and Sylvie from Soul Fusion Kitchen has also tagged me to get in on the action. So here goes my answers to the five questions.

1. Total number of (cook) books I’ve owned: Okay don't seem shocked but I have as little as 12 cookbooks. And half of them are hand-me-downs from my parents. Thing is, I'm only a student who's 20, going on 21 and well cookbooks aren't the cheapest things to buy. So technically speaking, my collection is still growing, slowly. Until I have a steady income, I shall continue to rely also on Epicurious and Food Network for the bulk of the recipes I try. =)

2. Last (cook) book I bought: I actually bought two secondhand cookbooks recently, from someone who had hardly used them. One's called 'Healthy Eating' and the other, 'Sensational Vegetable Recipes'. Published by bay books, under the 'Confident Cooking' selection, the recipes in these cookbooks have been double tested by a team of home economists.

3. Last (food) book I read: It isn't really a book, but rather, an e-book. I'm not sure if it counts, but I'll put it down here anyway. It's a delectable e-book I found online. Titled 'Chocology - The Swiss chocolate industry, past and present', this book can be downloaded free and it's actually a pdf. You can actually order it online for free too.

4. Five (cook) books that mean a lot to me:

- Generation to Generation: A heritage of recipes.

Generation to Generation cookbook

This book means alot to me because I was actually part of the team who produced it. When I was still a Mass Communication student at Ngee Ann Poly, I took this bookwriting and publication module which gave us the rare opportunity of actually publishing books for not-for-profit organisations. And this recipe book was a project by some church who had enlisted us to produce this cookbook from scratch and it would contain recipes by their congregation. It was a great pleasure to be able to write and help with the food styling for this cookbook. I learnt alot and I will treasure this book forever. Most of the recipes are actually nonya ones and I got to interview the cooks and talk to them. Very memorable. And mind you, every single photo in the book was taken by my fellow student photographers who used a digital SLR and the quality and concept was superb.

- Practical cookery: Baking (published by Parragon)

Baking cookbook

Believe it or not, this was the first cookbook I bought. It was a few years ago I think. That was when I started to bake pretty often and wanted to try out more recipes. Because the thing is, my dad doesn't follow cookbooks (he learnt all his cooking from watching his mum when younger) and my mum dislikes cooking. So our shelves hardly had any cookbooks. This one I bought really spurred me on and got me going on the baking craze.

With such a small collection of cookbooks, I only found two that actually meant something so I'll not name five, as requested. I'm not sure about the rules of this meme but I do hope it's okay!

5. Which 5 people would you most like to see fill this out in their blog?

Fat Fingers
Sari Party Girl

so what are you waiting for guys, get going with this meme now! =)
p.s. if you've already done it, let me know. thanks!


Colin said...


Sylvie said...

I know your collection of books will continue to grow. Great post.

eatzycath said...

Have finally completed this cookbook meme - thanks for tagging me!

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