I’ve sworn to never buy another cookbook. As with most good intentions, I’m expecting to break it, but there is one thing in my favour: Cookbooks have become coffeetable fare and I am very, very selective when it comes to the high prices of coffeetable books.
Jamie’s Italy is a good example of the coffeetable cookbook. It has glorious photos and rustic-inspired graphic design. It has engaging text. It’s even linked to a television series — and yes, I watched it. I’m a Jamie fan. But for everyday cooking, is it my go-to book? No.
My you’ll-only-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-hands cookbook is the PMWU. I think that stands for Presbyterian and Methodist Women’s Union. It’s very similar to the famous CWA cookbook, but (heresy) I think it’s better. It was a chance find in Myers years ago and is now, I think, out of print.