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I love quotes that add meaning to my life. Here are a few to live by:

We can dramatically increase global food availability and environmental sustainability by using more of our crops to feed people directly and less to fatten livestock.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
—Michael Pollan

Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.
—Craig Claiborne

People who eat according to the rules of a traditional food culture are generally healthier than those of us eating a modern Western diet of processed food.
—Michael Pollan

Our Treasured Cookbooks

Who doesn’t own a cookbook?  In the age of social media,  one click can find you countless recipes from a wide range of sites including popular FOOD52, Epicurious, Allrecipes, Food Network, and Vermont based Eating Well.  I’ve also discovered clever named sites  like, Yummly,  Chowhound, and Spoonful.  Locating the perfect recipe from any one of these websites and others can be extremely helpful when you don’t have time to peruse your cookbook collection. These days people are on the go, and search on-line for finding almost everything.   However, despite the ease of on-line perfectly suitable recipes, which have a place in today’s world, I believe that there is always room for cookbooks.

As we begin gearing up for the holidays, I thought a little seasonal COOKBOOK fun was in order.   It’s simple too!   Post the name of your favorite cookbook or two in the comment section on this blog and you will be entered into a drawing to win a cookbook- The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones.  It’s a delightful read complete with helpful cooking tips and the recipes can be easily modified for more than one person. And if you want to add the name of your favorite recipe from that cookbook to your entry- even better!

I love cookbooks!  They are constant companions in my kitchen. Over the past few decades, I have compiled three simple, spiral bound collections of recipes have been enjoyed by countless friends.  In 2004, I collaborated with two of my friends and created the third book, Atlantic, Pacific and Green Mountain Recipes. From Soup to Salmon Friends Share Favorites with Friends and Family.  My favorite of the three, complied with two  dear friends,  Anne from Boston’s south shore, and Andrea, from Seattle  shared some of our treasured recipes, from coast to coast.   Our collective friends and family have enjoyed our cookbooks – a regular “go to” for many.

You can tell a lot about a person when your browse their cookbook collection.  Perhaps the largest and most diverse collection I have seen belonged to  Judith Jones’ collection  and graced the walls of every room in her NYC apartment where she had upwards of 1000 cookbooks.  In her beloved Vermont retreat Bryn Teg, shelves brim with almost as many.  After her death, a substantial portion of her collection was donated to Sterling College, located in Craftsbury Vermont-  and now able to be enjoyed by students, faculty and friends!  What a bountiful and beautiful legacy, made possible by Bronwyn Jones Dunne.

As I browsed my personal cookbook collection, I discovered a 1943 edition of the Joy of Cooking tucked in a corner which hadn’t been touched in decades.  Old, worn and tattered, it is the most popular cookbook in America, but honestly compared to the current cookbooks, I find it somewhat plain and boring.  One of the United States most published cookbooks, it has been in print continuously since it was originally self published in 1936. Almost 20 million copies are in print today.  Well known books by Alice Waters, Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi, Madhur Jaffrey, and Lidia Bastianich,  and an all time favorite,  Julia Childs, Mastering the Art of French Cooking…. among many more are front and center on my kitchen shelf.

Recently I saw a very interesting film called Nothing Fancy, a documentary on Diana Kennedy, who is iconic for her numerous Mexican food cookbooks and influence on Mexican Cooking.  Bronwyn was the photographer for her author photo for her cookbook, The Tortilla Book in the 1980’s.  A charming and engaging film brought to Burlington by the Vermont International Film Festival, I highly recommend.   Kennedy put Mexican cooking on the map and at age 96,  is quite a character.  Vermont draws well known cookbook authors – during the past few years, Alice Waters and Jane Nathan are just a few that have visited here. Julia Child drew such a large crowd in St. Johnsbury 25 years ago that the event had to be relocated to the school gymnasium.

Cookbooks today have evolved significantly over the decades.  They are often iconic and designed to be owned offering colorful and enticing photos, and text that engage you.  This new brand of cookbooks invite you to read them cover to cover, and not simply for following a recipe.

Legendary Judith Jones put many of our current well known and famed cook book authors on the map because she believed in them.  We can be grateful for her ability to recognize talent and worked diligently to publish countless now well -known authors.  She penned several of her own including, Love ME Feed ME,   dedicated to her dog Mabon, and an autobiography,The Tenth Muse, as well as the aforementioned The Pleasures of Cooking for One.

Earlier this fall, I traveled to Rochester Vermont for a wedding and visited one of my favorite haunts-Sandy’s Books and Bakery, an eclectic café /bookstore.  Next door they have a smaller space, The Bookery and Annex, that is brimming with an extensive used cookbook collection.  It’s worth a road trip to this sweet small Vermont town, located 50 miles south of Stowe.

Peruse your cookbook collection and share with us your favorite cookbook. We will draw a name from all submissions on Monday, December 2nd, and share the list of favorites in our next Blog post. Feel free to name a favorite recipe as well.

The Lost Kitchen by Erin French in on my holiday wish list.  You can never own too many cookbooks!

Laurie Caswell Burke

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As we begin gearing up for the holidays, I thought a little seasonal COOKBOOK fun was in order.   It’s simple too!   Post the name of your favorite cookbook or two in the comment section on this blog and you will be entered into a drawing to win a cookbook- The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones.  It’s a delightful read complete with helpful cooking tips and the recipes can be easily modified for more than one person. And if you want to add the name of your favorite recipe from that cookbook to your entry- even better!

I love cookbooks!  They are constant companions in my kitchen. Over the past few decades, I have compiled three simple, spiral bound collections of recipes have been enjoyed by countless friends.  In 2004, I collaborated with two of my friends and created the third book, Atlantic, Pacific and Green Mountain Recipes. From Soup to Salmon Friends Share Favorites with Friends and Family.  My favorite of the three, complied with two  dear friends,  Anne from Boston’s south shore, and Andrea, from Seattle  shared some of our treasured recipes, from coast to coast.   Our collective friends and family have enjoyed our cookbooks - a regular “go to” for many.



You can tell a lot about a person when your browse their cookbook collection.  Perhaps the largest and most diverse collection I have seen belonged to  Judith Jones’ collection  and graced the walls of every room in her NYC apartment where she had upwards of 1000 cookbooks.  In her beloved Vermont retreat Bryn Teg, shelves brim with almost as many.  After her death, a substantial portion of her collection was donated to Sterling College, located in Craftsbury Vermont-  and now able to be enjoyed by students, faculty and friends!  What a bountiful and beautiful legacy, made possible by Bronwyn Jones Dunne.

As I browsed my personal cookbook collection, I discovered a 1943 edition of the Joy of Cooking tucked in a corner which hadn’t been touched in decades.  Old, worn and tattered, it is the most popular cookbook in America, but honestly compared to the current cookbooks, I find it somewhat plain and boring.  One of the United States most published cookbooks, it has been in print continuously since it was originally self published in 1936. Almost 20 million copies are in print today.  Well known books by Alice Waters, Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi, Madhur Jaffrey, and Lidia Bastianich,  and an all time favorite,  Julia Childs, Mastering the Art of French Cooking…. among many more are front and center on my kitchen shelf.

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Cookbooks today have evolved significantly over the decades.  They are often iconic and designed to be owned offering colorful and enticing photos, and text that engage you.  This new brand of cookbooks invite you to read them cover to cover, and not simply for following a recipe.

Legendary Judith Jones put many of our current well known and famed cook book authors on the map because she believed in them.  We can be grateful for her ability to recognize talent and worked diligently to publish countless now well -known authors.  She penned several of her own including, Love ME Feed ME,   dedicated to her dog Mabon, and an autobiography,The Tenth Muse, as well as the aforementioned The Pleasures of Cooking for One.



Earlier this fall, I traveled to Rochester Vermont for a wedding and visited one of my favorite haunts-Sandy’s Books and Bakery, an eclectic café /bookstore.  Next door they have a smaller space, The Bookery and Annex, that is brimming with an extensive used cookbook collection.  It’s worth a road trip to this sweet small Vermont town, located 50 miles south of Stowe.

Peruse your cookbook collection and share with us your favorite cookbook. We will draw a name from all submissions on Monday, December 2nd, and share the list of favorites in our next Blog post. Feel free to name a favorite recipe as well.

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As we begin gearing up for the holidays, I thought a little seasonal COOKBOOK fun was in order.   It’s simple too!   Post the name of your favorite cookbook or two in the comment section on this blog and you will be entered into a drawing to win a cookbook- The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones.  It’s a delightful read complete with helpful cooking tips and the recipes can be easily modified for more than one person. And if you want to add the name of your favorite recipe from that cookbook to your entry- even better!

I love cookbooks!  They are constant companions in my kitchen. Over the past few decades, I have compiled three simple, spiral bound collections of recipes have been enjoyed by countless friends.  In 2004, I collaborated with two of my friends and created the third book, Atlantic, Pacific and Green Mountain Recipes. From Soup to Salmon Friends Share Favorites with Friends and Family.  My favorite of the three, complied with two  dear friends,  Anne from Boston’s south shore, and Andrea, from Seattle  shared some of our treasured recipes, from coast to coast.   Our collective friends and family have enjoyed our cookbooks - a regular “go to” for many.



You can tell a lot about a person when your browse their cookbook collection.  Perhaps the largest and most diverse collection I have seen belonged to  Judith Jones’ collection  and graced the walls of every room in her NYC apartment where she had upwards of 1000 cookbooks.  In her beloved Vermont retreat Bryn Teg, shelves brim with almost as many.  After her death, a substantial portion of her collection was donated to Sterling College, located in Craftsbury Vermont-  and now able to be enjoyed by students, faculty and friends!  What a bountiful and beautiful legacy, made possible by Bronwyn Jones Dunne.

As I browsed my personal cookbook collection, I discovered a 1943 edition of the Joy of Cooking tucked in a corner which hadn’t been touched in decades.  Old, worn and tattered, it is the most popular cookbook in America, but honestly compared to the current cookbooks, I find it somewhat plain and boring.  One of the United States most published cookbooks, it has been in print continuously since it was originally self published in 1936. Almost 20 million copies are in print today.  Well known books by Alice Waters, Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi, Madhur Jaffrey, and Lidia Bastianich,  and an all time favorite,  Julia Childs, Mastering the Art of French Cooking…. among many more are front and center on my kitchen shelf.

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Legendary Judith Jones put many of our current well known and famed cook book authors on the map because she believed in them.  We can be grateful for her ability to recognize talent and worked diligently to publish countless now well -known authors.  She penned several of her own including, Love ME Feed ME,   dedicated to her dog Mabon, and an autobiography,The Tenth Muse, as well as the aforementioned The Pleasures of Cooking for One.



Earlier this fall, I traveled to Rochester Vermont for a wedding and visited one of my favorite haunts-Sandy’s Books and Bakery, an eclectic café /bookstore.  Next door they have a smaller space, The Bookery and Annex, that is brimming with an extensive used cookbook collection.  It’s worth a road trip to this sweet small Vermont town, located 50 miles south of Stowe.

Peruse your cookbook collection and share with us your favorite cookbook. We will draw a name from all submissions on Monday, December 2nd, and share the list of favorites in our next Blog post. Feel free to name a favorite recipe as well.

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As we begin gearing up for the holidays, I thought a little seasonal COOKBOOK fun was in order.   It’s simple too!   Post the name of your favorite cookbook or two in the comment section on this blog and you will be entered into a drawing to win a cookbook- The Pleasures of Cooking for One by Judith Jones.  It’s a delightful read complete with helpful cooking tips and the recipes can be easily modified for more than one person. And if you want to add the name of your favorite recipe from that cookbook to your entry- even better!

I love cookbooks!  They are constant companions in my kitchen. Over the past few decades, I have compiled three simple, spiral bound collections of recipes have been enjoyed by countless friends.  In 2004, I collaborated with two of my friends and created the third book, Atlantic, Pacific and Green Mountain Recipes. From Soup to Salmon Friends Share Favorites with Friends and Family.  My favorite of the three, complied with two  dear friends,  Anne from Boston’s south shore, and Andrea, from Seattle  shared some of our treasured recipes, from coast to coast.   Our collective friends and family have enjoyed our cookbooks - a regular “go to” for many.



You can tell a lot about a person when your browse their cookbook collection.  Perhaps the largest and most diverse collection I have seen belonged to  Judith Jones’ collection  and graced the walls of every room in her NYC apartment where she had upwards of 1000 cookbooks.  In her beloved Vermont retreat Bryn Teg, shelves brim with almost as many.  After her death, a substantial portion of her collection was donated to Sterling College, located in Craftsbury Vermont-  and now able to be enjoyed by students, faculty and friends!  What a bountiful and beautiful legacy, made possible by Bronwyn Jones Dunne.

As I browsed my personal cookbook collection, I discovered a 1943 edition of the Joy of Cooking tucked in a corner which hadn’t been touched in decades.  Old, worn and tattered, it is the most popular cookbook in America, but honestly compared to the current cookbooks, I find it somewhat plain and boring.  One of the United States most published cookbooks, it has been in print continuously since it was originally self published in 1936. Almost 20 million copies are in print today.  Well known books by Alice Waters, Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi, Madhur Jaffrey, and Lidia Bastianich,  and an all time favorite,  Julia Childs, Mastering the Art of French Cooking…. among many more are front and center on my kitchen shelf.

Recently I saw a very interesting film called Nothing Fancy, a documentary on Diana Kennedy, who is iconic for her numerous Mexican food cookbooks and influence on Mexican Cooking.  Bronwyn was the photographer for her author photo for her cookbook, The Tortilla Book in the 1980’s.  A charming and engaging film brought to Burlington by the Vermont International Film Festival, I highly recommend.   Kennedy put Mexican cooking on the map and at age 96,  is quite a character.  Vermont draws well known cookbook authors – during the past few years, Alice Waters and Jane Nathan are just a few that have visited here. Julia Child drew such a large crowd in St. Johnsbury 25 years ago that the event had to be relocated to the school gymnasium.



Cookbooks today have evolved significantly over the decades.  They are often iconic and designed to be owned offering colorful and enticing photos, and text that engage you.  This new brand of cookbooks invite you to read them cover to cover, and not simply for following a recipe.

Legendary Judith Jones put many of our current well known and famed cook book authors on the map because she believed in them.  We can be grateful for her ability to recognize talent and worked diligently to publish countless now well -known authors.  She penned several of her own including, Love ME Feed ME,   dedicated to her dog Mabon, and an autobiography,The Tenth Muse, as well as the aforementioned The Pleasures of Cooking for One.



Earlier this fall, I traveled to Rochester Vermont for a wedding and visited one of my favorite haunts-Sandy’s Books and Bakery, an eclectic café /bookstore.  Next door they have a smaller space, The Bookery and Annex, that is brimming with an extensive used cookbook collection.  It’s worth a road trip to this sweet small Vermont town, located 50 miles south of Stowe.

Peruse your cookbook collection and share with us your favorite cookbook. We will draw a name from all submissions on Monday, December 2nd, and share the list of favorites in our next Blog post. Feel free to name a favorite recipe as well.

The Lost Kitchen by Erin French in on my holiday wish list.  You can never own too many cookbooks!

Laurie Caswell Burke"
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17 responses to “Our Treasured Cookbooks”

  1. Bronwyn says:

    I already own, The Pleasures of Cooking for One, and it a delightful, fun cookbook. I have enjoyed many of the recipes, and they are even more special having had the great pleasure of knowing Judith Jones in her later years.
    Laurie

  2. Kelly Austin says:

    Half Baked Harvest by Tiegan Gerard
    Given to me by a friend; everything I have made from it has been delicious!

  3. Carole Bugge says:

    My Facebook is Simca’s Cuisine by Simone Beck.

  4. Bronwyn says:

    Thank you, Kelly, for your submission to the drawing. I haven’t heard of the cookbook but that’s what’s fun about sharing. Discovering new cookbooks is always a pleasure for me.

  5. Angela Drexel says:

    I’m not someone who reads cookbooks voraciously. However, one cookbook that has inspires me to cook is “With a Measure of Grace” – The Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. I love the integration of story, locality and food that all come together so beautifully at Hells Backbone Kitchen and in the book. The Mac N Cheese is yum!

  6. Faith R. says:

    While I’m trending toward more online recipe browsing, I still find the Silver Palate to be one of my go-to cookbooks with some favorite and reliable recipes, like their Chili for a Crowd.

  7. Laurie says:

    I have SO many favorite cookbooks that I love to read and cook from. Like many of you have shared I also tend to go on-line and love the New York Times recipes and Food52. My current favorite cookbook is The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. It’s beautifully designed with great cooking tips.

  8. Lisa says:

    I try to choose a cookbook to cook from each month and have found (re-found) many favorites. My current favorite is Six Seasons, we love the flavors and how we’re eating more vegetables.

  9. Kelly peers says:

    This may sound like baloney but it’s not…one of my favorite cookbooks is “The World of Cheese” by Evan Jones. I bought it at the culinary institute’s swap meet in St. Helena at least 20 years ago. It has this cheesecake recipe. Which I have made at least 50 times. Which brought me to your website, hoping to find and pin it in case anything ever happens to this book! Happy thanksgiving…I’m making it again today! Bronwyn=cheesecake celebrity in this Napa house!

  10. Bronwyn says:

    What a lovely Thanksgiving gift! Thank you, Kelly! I still think after all these years that the cheesecake recipe I contributed to my father’s book is the best I’ve ever eaten. The story behind it involves a mother-in-law’s cook and her recipe that didn’t work for numerous tries until finally I got the baking time right. So, I really have to thank the fact that good cooks don’t always “share” everything they know. I was forced to tweak this one until it really worked! I’m glad you enjoy my father’s book on cheese -the first written by an American. He loved cheese!

  11. Corrie Austin says:

    My favorite is Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. I actually posted my favorite recipe, winter root soup, on this blog already!

  12. Bronwyn says:

    Thank you Corrie. Heading to the winter Farmers Market on Saturday and you have inspired me to purchase many root vegetables to make this soup- the winter solstice is on the horizon! Laurie

  13. Janet says:

    Bakery Lane Soup Bowl Cookbook-was beloved restaurant in Middlebury, VT

    Beer cheese soup and chocolate cheesecake recipes are favorites.

  14. Bronwyn says:

    Janet- you brought back so many memories of this beloved restaurant in Middlebury. I still have my copy but it is literally falling apart and been taped together countless times! Truly a lovely cookbook! Thank you dear friend for the memories….
    Laurie

  15. Lovely article drawing attention to our favorite & cherished cookbook collections…how to choose one! It is so simple to google recipes based on what’s available in the refrigerator, but curling up in a comfy chair with a favorite cookbook or two and perusing recipes before a cooking opportunity is an unmatched delight. I, too, love Judith Jones’ Cooking for One, easy to double and a simple collection of delightful French cooking. I almost must add Julia Child’s The Way to Cook — and especially love the Reine de Saba — I prescribe to Julia’s philosophy — ‘everything in moderation’ and ‘if you’re going to make one, make two and freeze’! Currently, I’m loving Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street print and digital subscription (special $1/yr) for a glimpse at contemporary cooking!

  16. Bronwyn says:

    Laurie Shares: Thank you Anne for this lovely sentiment as I know you adore cooking and I love that you use Judith Jone’s cookbook that I gave you last year as a holiday gift! I think we will all benefit from your lovely post! You make a great point about freezing which can be very efficient which you always are!

  17. Laurie says:

    Laurie shares: Anne I also want to express my gratitude for the lovely Andi’s People design that graced the cover of our cookbook. Adding it to this Blog post brought back so many memories. Andi’s People cards and art are unique and so special. Thank you Anne!

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