So here goes:
1. Total number of (cook) books I’ve owned:
At last count +/- 50 or so.
2. Last cookbook(s) I bought:
I'm waiting for my latest Amazon delivery, so those don't count. So it's Land of Plenty by Fuchsia Dunlop. A really super book.
3. Last food book(s) I read:
Land of Plenty by Fuchsia Dunlop, I've really developed an appreciation for Sichuan food, and this book is really a treasure trove of information.
Chinese Food Finder by Carl Chu, not just a listing of restaurants, but Carl also gives a listing of dishes representative of the specific type of cuisine.
4. Five (plus 2) cookbooks that mean a lot to me:
This is really tough, so I decided to list my favorite cookbooks that I use on a regular basis.
Chinese Cook Book Volume I by Fu Pei Mei. Known as the Julia Child of Chinese Cooking, Fu Pei Mei was a respected and almost deified Taiwanese cooking instructor who had her own cooking show in Taiwan. Her Chinese Cook Book Vol I is probably the most accessible. Fu Pei Mei passed away from cancer on Sept 16th, 2004, and had a great long career for someone who only learned to cook after she got married. Easy basic Chinese recipes!
50th Anniversary Best of our favorite Recipes 1946 - 1996 by The Maui Association for Family and Community Education. OK, no laughs, but since I can't up and call Mom when I have a question, I just reference this. This is a compilation from various community cookbooks over a 50 year period. I've never, ever been able to copy a recipe "ver batim" and have it come out right - probably explains why I can't bake! So I look for references and guidance in my cookbooks.
The Legacy of the Japanese in Hawaii: Cuisine by The Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii. Good source for "local style" Japanese recipes. For example, if you want to make Nishime, or other Japanese - Hawaiian type dishes it's really hard to find a good recipe source.
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. Alright, time to come clean, I don't actually own this cookbook, but have borrowed it from the local Public Library at least 8 times (not including renewals). Great comprehensive source of basic recipes, and now my guilt has resulted in my purchasing this from Amazon, so will actually have my own copy in a week or so.
The Way to Cook by Julia Child. I've been without my Joy of Cooking for over a decade so this fills the spot - my "Bible" of cooking.
The Choy of Cooking by Sam Choy. Very easy down to Earth Pacific Rim. Made me understand what a great place Hawaii is with regards to food.
The Food of Paradise by Rachel Lauden. More of a well researched study in Food Anthropology than cookbook. Well researched and very informative, if you wonder why we eat what we eat in Hawaii, this really explains alot.
5. Which 5 people would you most like to see fill this out in their blog?
I'm really too new at this for me to fill this out, but I'll try to give you a few:
Sarah at The Delicious Life
Jo (yes, Jo) at Truly Thankful
Elmo at Monster Munching
Pat at Eating LA
Whew, this has been more work than I thought it would be. But finally, my really most important "cookbook" is one where I've never tried any recipes:
After my Mom passed on in 1996 I found this "cookbook" with hand written recipes. There were many loose sheets, some of which were recipes written before I was born. Some were full of info from my Mother's life before "me", we never talked much about these "things" in our household, but I found this so interesting: