And here they are:
1. French Provincial Cooking by Elizabeth David
2. Vieilles Recettes de cuisine provencale, by C. Chanot-Bullier
3. When French Women Cook by Madeleine Kamman
4. La Cuisine alsacienne by Pierre Gaertner and Robert Frederick
5. Honey from a Weed by Patience Gray
6. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan
7. Giuliano Bugialli's Foods of Naples and Campania by Giuliano Bugialli
8. Cooking by Hand by Paul Bertolli
9. Provence the Beautiful Cookbook by Richard Olney
By his own admission, Behr is biased toward French and Italian cooking, particularly the kind found upon leaving the major cities and making friends with the locals. Behr's love for each of the cookbooks listed above and the foods contained within them is evident in his lengthy description of each book - descriptions that read less like dust jackets and more like a toast at a best friend's wedding.
Why nine cookbooks? Behr says he wanted to include only seven, but just couldn't do it. Even as it is, Behr says "the list leaves me feeling exposed; I might rethink."
If you had to narrow your cookbook collection down to just a few, which would you be sure to keep?
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