Tour of my Bookshelf.
When I was younger, I loved to read.
I was that kid who wanted every book at book fairs.
I had the entire Nancy Drew collection as well as a good portion of that Goosebumps series [Anyone else remember these?].
In fact, I’m pretty sure I still have most of my favorite childhood books back at home in New Jersey.
I also dreamt about having one of those old fashioned studies. You know, the ones with bookcases as walls with a giant ladder that swung around the room.
The point of this story?
Well when I moved into to Charlotte, I had a hard time leaving most of my books in Jersey.
I had to make some tough cuts and only bring the essentials. I mean I was moving into a one bedroom apartment not a mansion after all.
So my dreams of swinging from a ladder in my old fashioned study were diminished to this $10 bookshelf from Target.
Womp, womp, womp…
Well a girl can still dream.
I decided that since I made food my career I should bring the bulk of my cookbook collection to Charlotte with me. So I did.
Plus a few extra books just for good measure.
So I thought I would take you guys on a little tour of my “study” aka bookshelf.
• CIA: The Professional Chef [Essential to any culinarian.]
• CIA: Garde Manger [Another essential.]
• JWU: Culinary Fundamentals [My college textbook.]
• Two Cooking Light cookbooks [Bought pre-culinary school when I started to really cook for myself.]
• The Essential Mediterranean Cookbook [One of my favorite cuisines!]
• Food Network cookbooks: Giada’s Family Dinners, How to Boil Water, Food Network Kitchens cookbook and Dave’s Dinner. [More pre-culinary school buys.]
• Solo Suppers [I think I bought this when I was in a major cooking slump somewhere for cheap.]
• The Essential Bartender’s Guide [Essential, duh.]
• The Big Book of Breakfast [Who doesn’t love breakfast?]
• Stack of old magazines [that need to be tossed]
• Food Network Favorites Book [Not sure where this came from.]
• Cookie Swap book and a Christmas cookbook [Both Christmas gifts.]
• Finger food [Bargain book]
• Carolina Cooking [Trying to get a better idea of southern cooking.]
• Two Tyler Florence cookbooks [I went through a phase, plus he’s pretty dreamy, let’s face it.]
• A bunch of Food & Wine annual cookbooks [My Grandpa sends me them.]
• Two Bobby Flay cookbooks [One signed by him.]
• Food Lover’s Companion [A bookshelf staple.]
• Kitchen confidential [Anthony Bourdain. A cook’s essential read.]
• National Geographic’s The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography [For guidance of course.]
• Cheesy, romantic, chick books by Sophie Kinsella, Emily Griffin, etc. [Don’t judge!]
•A few Chuck Palahniuk books [ex. Fight Club]
• A Few Stephen King stories.
• Classic poetry collection [Bargain at Borders. Everyone needs a little poetry every now and then.]
• Intuitive Eating and Superfoods Healthstyle [Research for healthy eating suggestions. Good resources.]
• Spellbound [An Alfred Hitchcock book. Love his movies.]
• Chick books by Harriet Evans.
• Ode to Heidi: Super Natural Everyday and Super Natural Cooking [Genius, healthy cookbooks.]
• Plate to Pixel [by the lovely Helene Dujardin. Food photographer’s essential!]
• Small Bites [Cutest cookbook featuring small, tapas style dishes. I use it as inspiration.]
• Chez Panisse Vegetables [Alice Waters and her simple approach to vegetables. Love it. I want to go to Chez Panisse, like really bad.]
• The Essential New York Times Cookbook [Christmas gift filled with amazing recipes!]
• Daniel Boulud: Letter to a Young Chef [More inspiration].
• Hot Shots [Photography tips and tricks]
So that concludes your tour. I hope you enjoyed it. Assuming you didn’t get bored and leave after seeing cheesy, chick books.
I’m going to need a bigger bookshelf soon. This thing is stuffed!
Off to fold some laundry! See ya!
Question for you: What’s on your bookshelf?