I admit: I am a cookbook junkie. This is the bookcase in my kitchen. And what you see is only half the truth, because this bookcase is very deep, it holds two rows of books, one behind the other. At last count there were more cookbooks than I care to admit, and that last count was quite a while ago. So go figure....
There is one book that I use more than any other, the one that I find the most useful book anybody has ever given me (it was a gift from my favorite guinea pig, my ever patient husband who is always the first who has to taste new recipes).
This is it:
The author Gee Greville moved from Hereford (UK) to Picardy in Northern France in 1993 and wrote this "French Dictionary for Cooks" and I am sure I am not the only one who is massively grateful to her. Or would you know what a "Puant de Lille" ( a stinky cheese from Lille), what "Diablotin" (thin rounds of toast with grated cheese, but also Christmas Crackers), a "Cajasse" (cold dessert of rum flavored batter with fruit, a speciality of the Périgord) or a "Vin de coucher" (newlyweds toast to their guests) are? I even finally learned the word for plonk - "Vinasse" - to be said with a dissmissive Gallic shrug of course.