My Cookbooks ~ My Passions

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Well this is a post on my most favorite topic – cookbooks. I have always been fond of reading novels and other fictions since childhood. When I entered my 20’s, I found I was referring more to cookbooks and its wonderful dreams it used to weave. We have yearly Book Fair thats held in Jan and this is the place we can get to see so many varieties of books that have hit the market. As a kid, it used to be Tintin and Asterix books that I used to buy, later this changed to cookbooks. Infact I have bought so many that I don’t have space at my place, so many are still with Amma. But unfortunately I have never tried even one from any of these fancy ones, except Sanjeev Kapoor’s or the Chocolate Delights.

Below are my books that I refer with so much joy.

Book on Indian and far Eastern Cookbook is one with beautiful pictures. Home Encyclopedia is one that was gifted by my friend for my marriage. That has so much of info for a newly married one. Say Cheese was of course bought when I became obsessed with chesse!
Each one shows the period I was interested in that way of cooking.

This collection is the one thats most used. The one on the far right came with Nippo Electric cooker. We have prepared most from this book. My recipes on Chicken Biryani and Bisi Bele Huli Anna are adapted from this book. My most favorite and the only cake I have been eating for the past 15 years is from Milkmaid book . Of course, the microwave cooking from Mallika Bradrinath is another good one.
This is the one I was talking about in my Channa Pulav post, I had filed it because I couldn’t entertain myself better. But it turned out to be a most enjoyable one. I have three such files with full of cut outs from Hindu and other dailys. I had indexed and numbered it.

When I feel bored and jobless, I used to browse through the colourful pictures these used to come with.
This is a leaf from my hand written cookbook. I have due to various reasons, have some 5 different dairies of notebooks with recipes.

And finally this is the 3rd file thats never remains in its file. Amma always removes them and wouldn’t know where to put it back. She tells me that somehow this one is not following suit like the other 2.

All the books and files that I have with me are my favorite, but the most I like is the one from Nippo. Its because it has all easy and most interesting ones that come out exactly like its said.


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  1. I like those pamphlets too :). Very cute collection, am especially in love with your hand written notes and the newspaper clippings!

  2. Thats a very good collection Valli!!! Even I collect the recipes from magazines and newspapers…. A suggestion is to get them binded into a book, that way you will not lose the papers!!

  3. Great collection ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am very happy that there is somebody else with ‘3 type cokbook colectionยด (handwritten, books and paper bits)… ME too…

    It s piling up, but I cannot get enough… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. hey you have a good collection of books and oh my u file so many recipes.i start noting down and cut them but never filed so neatly.good job.this means u r well organised.

  5. Srivalli! That is a treasure trove you have there. And I am not talking about the actual cookbooks, I am referring to the hand written notes and recipes, the cut-outs, the files! Incredible. That’s one of the best entires for this event that I’ve seen.

  6. Viji, thanks for your lovely comment

    Nags, glad you hosted such an event, loved showing off my collection

    musical, glad you liked them, and very nice of you to say so

    Suganya, thanks…but that would be fun!

    Apple , thanks come out with such nice ones with out a single one…thats great

    bindiya, thanks…nice of you to say that

    Roopa, yeah I never get tired of going through each of them

    Cinnamon, thats very nice to know…thanks will do that…

    zlamushka, wow thats very nice indeed. Infact I felt little embrassed thinking how it might be if I showcase my clippings! but guess I have company!

    Asha, thanks, I know. When I was mentioning that I remembered your post!

    TBC, thanks…but I feel not enough by the recipes that come out from all the blogs!

    Sirisha, thanks

    ramya, thank are making me blush!

    Happy cook, can’t agree less with what you say…thats why each of my post is quite lengthy before I get down to recipes

    Cynthia, thats really the most wonderful praise I can get! I just love my cookbooks and collections and this appreciation makes me feel wonderful…thanks for the lovely words

    Sona thanks

    Raaga, good to know..:)

  7. My God! so many cook books! I liked your handwritten ones!I have my best recipes hand written from my mom, aunts and some close family friends whom I consider as best cooks in the world!:))
    Now the best cook books are the blogs like yours from where I pick new recipes and cook!:))

  8. Padma, thats great to know..we have lot of things in common…

    Lathamma, thats indeed so sweet of you to say! and feel honoured to think a great cook like you like my recipes…thanks for the encouraging words..means a lot esp on my handwritten ones…I was always very particular on my hand writing…My Dad’s is beautiful, very cursive and neat. His is very legible unlike most doctors, I always wanted to be like him in all ways and thought mine was not good. Now your words makes me happy.

    Sharmi, thank you, very nice of you to say so.

  9. Hi Srivalli, I agree with Cynthia — a real treasure trove! You have such lovely handwriting, it must be a treat to cook from those handwritten books. I’m not so organized ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for showing your lovely collection!

  10. Hi Srivalli,

    I like your blog, the way you have presented the recipes.

    i would like to know the details of Home Encyclopedia Book, can you let me know the author or other details. I would like to get one ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks !

  11. Anu, thank you. Glad you like my presentation.

    Abt the book, below are the details

    Home Encyclopaedia, Eighth Edition
    Author J.B.LOBO
    Publishers LOBO Publishers
    J.B. Lobo Road,
    Lower Kottar Ashok Nagar Post
    Mangalore – 5750006
    Phone – 458971

    Let me know if you need any other detail

  12. Please I am desperately looking out for a copy of the home encyclopedia cook book. Any idea where can I find one?

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