Favorite cookbooks, by region

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It goes without saying that I collect a lot of cookbooks. Here are some of my favorites, organized by place:


Amalfi Coast Recipes
Franny’s: Simple Seasonal Italian
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy

Lunch in Provence
Little Paris Kitchen: 120 Simple but Classic French Recipes
The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen

Leon: Ingredients & Recipes (also looking forward to: Fast Vegetarian)
River Cottage Veg: 200 Inspired Vegetable Recipes
Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch

Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art
Kansha: Celebrating Japan’s Vegan & Vegetarian Traditions
Japanese Farm Food

Korea & Southeast Asia:
Burma: Rivers of Flavor
The Kimchi Cookbook
Pok Pok: Food from the Streets, Homes & Roadside Restaurants of Thailand

Obviously not every place we love is represented here (hello, Spain?)… please feel free to fill in any blanks I might have missed and let me know some of your favorites!

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  1. I would take on of each but am especially spying on the France ones. Sending this along to my husband.

  2. Pang from circahappy.com

    OMG!!! These books are so perfect to be on my Christmas list this year. (Love your blog as always) 🙂

  3. Brandyn from southerndistinctions.com

    Great selection! Little Paris Kitchen is now on my wish list. I’ve been enjoying Essential Pepin and would like to expand.

  4. Cecile from chambrayandcoffee.tumblr.com

    Thank you! I love your recipes. They’re easy to follow and perfect for a cooking novice, like myself. Also, kimchi is Korean food (East Asia)! It can be a hard dish to cook with, because of its spiciness and pungent smell. But it’s so good for you. It’s great to see more chefs are using it!

  5. Like you, I am also a bit of a cookbook nut. Am fast running out of shelf space!

  6. Medha from farmonplate.com

    I have new found love for Japanese food and cooking, I am going to check out your suggested books. Thanks for putting list together:)

  7. I adore books and have quite the collection. There are already so many cookbooks on my wishlist but now I need to add a few more after seeing this list… 🙂

  8. Shirl

    You really must have Ottelenghi’s ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Plenty’. Life without Middle Eastern food is unimaginable. I adore these books. Love your selection 🙂 Particularly ‘River Cottage Veg’.

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