I think back to when I first got married,  I was so excited and couldn’t wait

to start cooking for my new husband.  I recall being so afraid to deviate from

the recipe and making sure to measure everything precisely to what the recipe

called for.  Things certainly have changed.  The first cookbook I ever

purchased was Betty Crocker’s Cookbook Sixth Edition.  I am embarrassed to

the state of it today, torn, tattered and pages falling out.  I loved that

cookbook and I still treasure it today.  I still refer to it from time to time for

inspiration.  Today I have so many to draw inspiration from and so many more

that I can’t wait to add to my collection.

  • Gordon Ramsay Makes It Easy
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Maze
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Sunday Lunch
  • Donna Hay, The Instant Cook
  • David Lebovitz, Ready for Dessert
  • Michel Roux Pastry
  • Michel Roux Eggs
  • In the Hands of a Chef
  • The Professional Chef 8th Edition
  • Cook With Jamie
  • Jamie’s Food Revolution
  • Mastering the Art of French Cooking Volumes I & II
  • Julia Child & Company
  • Giuliano Hazan The Classic Pasta Cookbook
  • Le Cordon Bleu Dessert Techniques
  • Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques
  • The Flavor Bible
  • The Bread Baker’s Apprentice
  • Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes
  • Martha Stewart’s Cookies
  • Giada’s Everyday Pasta
  • Giada’s Family Dinners
  • Everyday Italian
  • Giada’s Kitchen, New Italian Favorite
  • Le Creuset The Cast Iron Way to Cook
  • Bernardin The Guide to Home Preserving
  • The Ultimate Ice Cream Book
  • The Ultimate Frozen Dessert Book
  • Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream & Dessert Book
  • Sweet Maria’s Italian Cookie Tray
  • Entertaining With The Sopranos
  • Soprano’s Family Cookbook
  • Betty Crocker’s Cookbook 6th Edition (1st cookbook I ever purchased)
  • Betty Crocker’s Slow Cooker Recipes
  • Betty Crocker Italian Cooking
  • Betty Crocker Celebrate
  • Patricia Cornwall Food to Die For
  • BakeWise
  • Advanced Bread and Pastry
  • Desserts – Pierre Hermé
  • Culinary Artistry
  • Ratio

The following books are on my wish list.  I know that this list will continue

to grow and grow!

  • Elisabeth Prueitt – Tartine
  • Light of Lucia
  • Baking With Julia
  • Gordon Ramsay 3 Star Chef (signed copy)
  • Gordon Ramsay A Chef For All Seasons (signed copy)
  • Gordon Ramsay Just Desserts
  • Dianne Jacobs – Will Write for Food:  The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir & More
  • Off Duty:  The World’s Great Chefs Cook At Home
  • Michel Roux Sauces (revised & updated edition)
  • Larousse Gastronomique
  • Bite Me:  A Stomach-Satisfying, Visually Gratifying, Fresh-Mouthed Cookbook
  • Donna Hay’s Complete Cookbook Collection

If you wouldn’t mind sharing, I would love to know what’s on your bookshelf,

which ones are your favourites and why they are special to you?  I enjoy

collecting cookbooks and it would be great to add more to my collection.

Comments (61)

61 Responses to “Grace’s Bookshelf”

  1. Alexis Says:

    Can’t wait for this blog to be fully up and running! I will visit often…

    My favourite is probably “The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook”. I love Ina Garten. Never once have I been unimpressed with her recipes. They are always spectacular!

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Alexis, have everything almost set to go, should be this week. I love Ina’s recipes as well, can’t believe I haven’t picked up one of her books yet. She has an amazing shrimp scampi recipe that I go to so often.

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  6. marcellina Says:

    I have just bought “Baking with Julia” which I just love. Also a recent purchase and just published is “Light of Lucia” – recommended as a warm and fuzzy book full of memories for those raised in Italian homes. Also good for recipes, of course!

  7. Grace Says:

    Thank you for the recommendations, “Light of Lucia” sounds great, I just went to Amazon & Chapters, it’s sold out at both spots. I will pick up for sure when it becomes available.

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  13. Stay-At-Home-Chef Says:

    One of my favourite books this year is Dorie Greenspan’s “Around My French Table”. I want to make every single recipe! So far my favourite is the Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good. Amazing!

  14. Grace Says:

    I’ve thought about getting that one too. I think some of the bloggers are cooking along to the book as well. I think it would be fun. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Brandon Says:

    Bite Me is possibly my favourite cook book! It is full of humours and witty remarks! A definite book you should get!

  17. Grace Says:

    Brandon I visited their site and thought about getting the book. I will have to take another look, thanks for the recommendation.

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  19. Eleni Says:

    Thank you for your lovely blog and the wonderful recipes. I will try them for sure…!!!

  20. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Eleni Have a Happy Holiday!

  21. Kent Says:

    You asked for possible suggestions for additional cookbooks. One that I have referred to for a reference resource as well as recipes is an older copy of “La Varenne Pratique”. It was given to me by my brother for a birthday and, much to my surprise, when I looked it up on Amazon to see if it is available, my particular copy seems to be worth around $150! I wouldn’t sell it but if you decide to add it to your collection I recommend working toward the “Gateau Success”. This book can propel a successful pastry chef to celebrity status and the method is conveyed perfectly to ensure maximum success.

  22. Grace Says:

    Kent I just looked it up, looks amazing definitely going on my wish list, I think it is moving to the 1st slot. I would love to get into more intricate desserts but learning the techniques is a must. I think this book could help. Thank you so much for passing along the recommendation.

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  24. Sheila Says:

    Have a look at Nigella Lawson’s “How to Eat”
    It is a delight of a book – well written and stuffed full of recipes you will use again and again. Also Ballymaloe Cookery Course by Darina Allen, Simon Hopkinson’s Roast Chicken and other stories and finally Nigel Slater’s Tender volumes 1 and 2.

  25. Grace Says:

    Thank you Sheila, gonna take some time tomorrow and look through Google books, hopefully they will have previews.

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  30. linda Says:

    flour by joanne chang

    baked: new frontiers in baking by matt lewis & renato poliafito & their newer book,
    baked explorations

    sono baking company by john barricela

    around my french table by dory greenspan

    sarabeth’s bakery by sarabeth levine

  31. Grace Says:

    Hi Linda, thank you for the suggestions, Baked & Around My French Table are definitely two I would like but I hadn’t heard of the others, will do a little research. Thanks again for the recommendations!

  32. Karissa Says:

    The Art of Eating by M.F.K Fisher is a wonderful read as well. I still haven’t nearly finished it, it’s HUGE…but it’s classic. She’s the most elegant of writers, and I believe it is 5 of her books in one, the first one written in 1937. It’s not a book with a recipe on every page, but a story about food, about her love for food and her life. She even gives some incredible history lessons in a poetic sort of way. I need to pick mine up and continue reading it again soon. :)

  33. Hayley Says:


    take a look at Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey – it’s a lovely book and has a tv show to go with it, covers lots of Asian dishes and is healthy too.

  34. Grace Says:

    Thank you for the heads up will take a look.

  35. debbie Says:

    My all-time favourites are Nigella Lawson’s “How to Eat” and Marcella Hazan’s “Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking”, but I do have lots and lots of other cookbooks – maybe 100 or more. I love my recently purchased “Light of Lucia” and will one day read my Larousse’s “Gastronomique” cover-to-cover (I hope!).

  36. Faye Says:

    I am a cookbook collector and dessert fanatic. “Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey” by Jill O’connor is by far one of the best cookbooks ever! I highly recommend it.

  37. Grace Says:

    Thanks Faye, what a great name for a dessert book. Just checked it out on Amazon, definitely has my name written all over it.


    Hello grace.my name is tonia and i am from greece.i don’t have a book to recommend you because all the books i know are greek.although i would like if you can to tell me a book of italian deserts so i can buy it.

  39. Grace Says:

    Welcome Tonia! I wish I could recommend an Italian dessert cookbook, they are so very hard to find here in North America. I am in the process of writing one now which is due to hit the book stores sometime around Christmas. It is a market that is definitely lacking here. You will probably have more luck finding one in Europe, in fact I was online last evening trying to find one through an Italian version of Amazon.

  40. Silvana E. Says:

    You should add Joy of Cooking to your bookshelf. While it is not a visually pleasing book the 75th anniversary edition is a must for all cooks/chefs. I enjoy the rest of your books as well. I have quite the collection and hope to add some of yours to mine!Also, for visual delight David Rocco’s Dolce Vita is a great one. Thanks for your pesche dolci recipe. It was very similar to a friend of mine’s recipe but yours had a few tips that the italian ladies leave out (maybe on purpose). Ciao!

  41. Grace Says:

    Too funny to receive your comment today I was just talking about the Joy of Cooking and wondering why I hadn’t added it to my collection yet. You’re right it’s a perfect one to add, I really like books like that. I have the Professional Chef and I think it’s probably the one I refer to most often. You’re right about the ladies not passing on their little tricks, it can be so frustrating at times. It’s funny when I first started going through family recipes and close friends recipes some were so near and dear and sacred and then I started perusing online and found so many recipes that were either the same or so very similar but like you stated it was all the little things that were missing which really changed the end result that took a recipe to a whole other level. Thank you for stopping by for a visit Silvana, have a great weekend.

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  43. nicevince Says:

    reading all your posts and finish here ! waow, i’m definitly convince that you love cooking and you do it so well !!!
    I’m a little like you , fired from job 7 years ago, i start cooking for my family, but no transcription on a blog ! lol
    So to answer your question, you MUST have this book : Secrets gourmands de Pierre Hermé !
    It’s in french, but but…………i see you like pastries, this man is the best french cooker for pastries, i went lots of time to his shop and tasted so many different pastries…..
    If you can understand french you will discover that you never got idea of what’s cooking means !!!i did it , and waowwwwwwwwwwww, easy to make, and for such result it’s incredible !
    Hope it helps you !
    Nice to meet you , and will be back for sure !
    Sending a kiss from Nice , France

  44. Grace Says:

    I want that book! I used to be able to speak French in school, not perfectly but could get by. My husband was french and he used it frequently with his family and although my french was rusty by the time we married it did help to keep me up with the language, since his passing it’s been much harder to retain it. I have one of Pierre’s books and I love it. I am so jealous I would love to try his creations first hand. hugs and kisses back to you!

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  46. Jackie Says:

    My boyfriend gave me a copy of Dianne Jacobs – Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir & More, just last week. It has a lot of useful ideas, I highly recommend it.

  47. Grace Says:

    Hi Jackie I have Dianne’s book too, you are so right a wealth of information.

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