I’m back from our semi-annual library sale. That’s where I get most of my cookbooks (pretty much all on regional and international cuisines), but this year there were slim pickings. I just got three, but might have scored with the first one:
– Claudia Roden’s The Good Food Of Italy: Region By Region has only one review at Amazon.com, but it’s a five-star one. Used copies retail for over $11, which suggests people are in no hurry to get rid of them. The book was published in 1990 but this copy is brand new, I doubt anyone even leafed through it. I’m glad that I could get to it first, before the book sellers took it.
I have wanted a book on regional Italian cuisine for a while, and given that I’ve started to explore the “E’s” in my international cooking project, I’ll be cooking the food from Emilia-Romana very soon.
– Hungarian Cuisine: A Gourmet’s Guide looks also brand new, though its pages have started to yellow. It’d be nice if I could reach the “Hs” this year.
– Swedish Smorgasbord and Hundreds of Favorite Recipes is a spiral-bound booklet published by the Friendship Evangelical Lutheran Church of Pittsburgh in 1949. I’ll never get to the “Ss” and this book seems to have a lot of non-Swedish recipes, but it’s still cool to have it.
In other book news, I’m planning to get rid of A Taste of Florida: The Best of “Thought You’d Never Ask, because I didn’t find any recipe there that I wanted to make and most of them are not Floridian anyway (rather, recipes from all sorts of restaurants in Florida). Clearly I’m not the only one unimpressed by the book as it retails used for 1-cent in Amazon.com (though with shipping it’s $4). But if you are near San Leandro and you want it, you can come and get it.