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I have been posting a recipe for the past one week and for a change, I wanted to post something different today. post something other than a recipe. As I was going through my drafts, I came across this one. I wanted to do this post last month, for Divya’s Show Me Your Cookbooks event but some how missed the deadline.
Today, when I pulled out all my cookbooks from my shelf, I was surprised to learn that I owned more than a dozen cookbooks! I hardly cook from my cookbooks and I do not invest much in them either. Whenever I cook from a cookbook or a blog, I don’t stick to the original recipe and most of the times its a disaster. So, whenever I consider buying a cookbook, I pickup only the ones that are on sale. The only cookbooks I bought for full price are the Blogger Aid Cookbook and Cooking with Pedatha. I don’t remember how much I paid for the Classic Indian Cooking by Juli Sahni, as that was my first cookbook. I bought it soon after I came to US and back then, there were no blogs and no cooking websites either. This book was my go to place, assisting me in my new kitchen. I picked up Cooking in Style the Costco way from my cousin. He thought I would put that book to good use than his wife and he would be quite disappointed to learn otherwise.
Over the years, I collected the above books and remember cooking very few recipes from a handful of above books. I have cooked a couple of recipes from The Fish & Seafood cookbook, made rasam powder from Cooking with Pedatha, Chili Yogurt Mushrooms from the Curries, Raj’s Chicken Cutlet & Kerala Fish Curry from the New Indian. Bye the way, I won the last cookbook, Anjum Anand’s New Indian in a free giveaway contest. I have couple of more recipes on my to try out list from this cookbook.