I have quite a big bookshelf at home, and I try to read something every day. However, I’m still human and I have my weaknesses. At least I try. A big part of my bookshelf is full of law, psychology and biography books. The other part of my bookshelf is full of cookbooks and photography books.
As you might know, I’m from Estonia. Our population is very small (only 1.3 million) and there aren’t many people who speak Estonian. Because of that, I would say that our books in Estonia are quite expensive. I still have a lot of books in Estonian and my favorite cookbooks in Estonian are the old ones from my grandmother. These classic cookbooks are always the best.
The other part of my shelf is full of books in different languages. English is my second language and because of that, I have a lot of books in English. The variety of photography and cookbooks in English is just much better. I can learn more about other cuisines and it’s just exciting to learn about all these different cuisines around the world. I still don’t know everything and I feel like I need to explore more.
Over the years I have already collected some cookbooks that I love. My favorites are The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan and Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. One of my friends recommended these books, and I’m very thankful for her. The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is indeed one of the books that you can have, and it will help you out on every occasion. I agree with the Guardian who said that “there are dozen Italian cookbooks on the market, but The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is the only one you need to buy.” That’s just so true! The book itself is cheap if I compare it to others. It’s a big book and has about 700 pages of pure wisdom.
You can learn about all the essentials of Italian cooking you need to know. It’s one of those books which can just sit on your bookshelf and you can open it whenever you like, and you will always be happy to try new recipes. I prefer to use this as a guide for my inspiration (read my post about recipe development). Many of the ingredients I don’t eat at home, but I can always learn all the techniques that these classic cookbooks offer.
The postage to Estonia is quite expensive, and the local bookstores are too expensive. That’s why I like to order all my books in English from Bookdepository (no, they didn’t ask me to write this post. I honestly like to order my books from there). I have ordered all the books in English from there over the past few years, and I have never been disappointed. This golden website is my lifesaver. They deliver all over the world for FREE! Okay, I know that the “free” means that the price might be higher but I have calculated that for me it’s cheaper. Books are heavy! If you would like to buy some books online, then I recommend this website.
This week the Bookdepository have a SALE, and I went a little bit crazy with the books. I ordered some new books and two of them were photography books. The first one is Light Science & Magic: An Introduction To Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter And Steven Biver and the other one is Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Bryan Peterson. Almost every article I have read recommended these books, and I just couldn’t resist. I like to read all kinds of photography books in general. I feel like these are helpful if I use that knowledge in food photography as well.
I put together a small list of cookbooks and photography books that I recommend and the other list for the new year. I hope some you will get some inspiration from these amazing books.
The cookbooks & photography books I have, love & recommend:
As I mentioned this book is one of my favorites. I agree with the Guardian who said that “there are dozen Italian cookbooks on the market, but The Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking is the only one you need to buy.” That’s just so true! The book itself is cheap if I compare it to others. It’s a big book and has about 700 pages of pure wisdom. I have had so much inspiration from that book that I can’t even describe it.
Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child ( Volume 1 and 2)
Who doesn’t love Julia Child? Am I right. Even if you didn’t like the film Julia & Julia, you might like the book. Just all the amazing French cooking techniques that you have only heard of. Sometimes I think that it’s almost like a cooking dictionary for French cuisines. All the wisdom from French cuisine is here in English. You don’t even need to learn French to know more about the cuisine. Read some of my posts here, here and here and find out how I have used this book as my inspiration for healthy cooking.
I got this book from my friend as a gift and I must say that it’s one of the best inspiration for creative cooking. You can learn why one flavor works with another and “examine what goes with what, pair by pair.” The book has all popular ingredients alphabetically and sometimes when I think about some combinations, then I just go and read this book. Look at my post here how I experiment with coconut and raspberry combination.
This one is another Italian cookbook. If I could choose only one Italian cookbook, then I would choose the first one I mentioned, but this one is a good one as well. Look at my post here to find out how I used this classic cookbook for a little bit healthier pizza.
I have talked about healthy fats a lot. Look at my posts here and here and find out why I just love this book. That explains very well why we should eat more fat. He has been one of the New York Times #1 bestselling authors. “It turns out, the key to losing weight, increasing overall energy, and achieving optimum wellness is eating more fat, not less.”
Baking with Julia by Julia Child (written by Dorien Greenspan)
Just a classic book for everyone who loves to bake. “This is the resource you’ll turn to again and again for all your baking needs.” I use it as an inspiration for my healthy baking. All the good techniques are there.
I read this book about six months ago and I must say it’s one of the best travel photography books I have read. Overall it gives you quite basic photography information and tips for travel photography. However, I felt that I can use these tips even for my food photography. It’s all about basic photography. It’s again one of the best-selling books and there have been many editions. It obviously shows how good the book is.
My list for 2018 (cookbooks and photography books):
Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Bryan Peterson
Chasing Light by Stefan Forster (Out of stock in Bookdepository)