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I can’t be the only one who has cookbooks just for the pictures, can I?

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Charlie Trotter: these were my first “pornfood” cookbooks. Close up shots of food, expertly retouched, and oh so drool-worthy.

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These gorgeous Duguid/Alford books read more like travel books. Incredible pictures of the land, the people; more than just collections of recipes, these are a window into a faraway culture. IMG_1761

Of course, some of mine are just silly. I collect wild game cookbooks, and this one’s title made it hard to resist.
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Serious, classic reference books like Larousse are well thumbed from my cooking days
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New classics from Michael Ruhlman, whose writing and attention to detail is awe-inspiring.

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