I was browsing my mothers zillion cookbooks yesterday. I asked her how many cookbooks she owns, and she confessed it was in the arena of six to eight hundred. Cookbooks on anything you could imagine, jams and jellies to meat to the classics. Many, many dessert cookbooks–she’s always been a champion baker–and antique cookbooks. She gave me my first for my birthday when I was seven or eight, the ubiquitous Betty Crocker Cookbook for Children. A born social historian, she points to the history of food as (in part) the history of women, and there is a lot of truth in that.
But what I stumbled over yesterday was the chocolate cookbooks. Ultimate Chocolate, which has the most amazing photos, and 1001 Chocolate Treats and The Chocolate Cookbook. It made me think about the great cookbook I discovered while writing Elena, and weirdly, about a special on honey I saw the other day–the way bees make honey and how they create the combs, and what you can do with honey when it is put in jars–and about other luscious things.
Do you have a favorite cookbook? A favorite novel with recipes? What is your favorite sinful food treat?