Country, Rustic, and Traditional Cookbooks

Joined Jan 10, 2010
If you could choose one book each for country, classic traditional, or rustic style Italian, Spanish, French, and American cuisines, what would it be?  I'm looking for recipes and techniques that grandmothers may have made.

Joined Feb 1, 2007
To meet your need for foods grannie cooked, there are two I'd particularly recommend.

The first is The Settlement House Cookbook. The Settlement House existed, way back when, to help waves of immigrant women assimilate. The cookbook was part of that process, and taught thousands of them how to cook using American ingredients and methods. As such, it is, perhaps, the quintessential American cookbook.

Second, and as an interesting complement to, and counterpoint, is Molly O'Neil's New York Cookbook. This is a rather unique approach, in which the immigrant recipes are themselves presented---sometimes by the emmigrant him/herself, sometimes by their children or grandchildren, sometimes by restauranteurs who are trying to maintain the old-world foodways. As such, it represents the culinary melting pot that is New York, in particular, and America in general.

After that we get into the country-specific titles you asked for. The list of them goes on and on, and I'll leave it to others to state their opinions. I would suggest, however, that you explore Hippocrene Books' list, as they specialize in ethnic cookbooks written by people who are both cooks and natives of the countries involved, with an emphasis on home cooking.
Joined Apr 3, 2008
The Fannie Farmer cookbook is an All-American (in an older, grander sense of the term) classic since 1896, course it was actually published as the Boston Cooking School Cook Book. I once had a scaled down pocket version but my ex-girlfriend stole it and haven't been able to track down the edition since.
Joined Nov 5, 2009
Mama Leone's Italian Cookbook (1964) and the revised Leone's will make everyone think you are Italian /img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumb.gif
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