This is how I (Dana) came up with this list of essential cookbooks on Joel’s behalf….these are the ones that have permanent residency in our kitchen, the one’s that Joel regularly stuffs into a backpack (can you tell) to take with him for some ‘light reading’, or wind up stacked on the bedside table (yep, he reads cookbooks in bed) They are dog-eared, and have remnants of ingredients past between the pages. If they had them the dust jackets are long ago discarded or ruined. These are the one’s I always see him scribbling notes from, the ones that he sticks his nose into and comes out a few hours later brandishing something delicious for me to eat. A lot of them aren’t actually ‘cookbooks’ in the ‘full of recipes to follow’ sense. Joel rarely uses a recipe and tends to use cookbooks for inspiration or as reference manuals for his cooking and preserving ‘experiments’. On more than one occasion people have referred to him as ‘the mad scientist’ (people who know him well, and people who don’t).
In no particular order (well…top to bottom in the picture)
River Cottage Handbooks (eg: No.2 Preserves, No.13 Curing and Smoking)
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