Thirteen cooks who inspire me

Food and I have a close relationship – I love talking food, cooking and sharing recipes, and searching out the best local offerings. All this has been influenced by several great cooks and cookbooks. Some have been inspiring me for years, others are fairly new to the game. And for this Thursday Thirteen, 4th edition, I offer you these thirteen cooks who have influenced and shaped my cooking:

  1. my Mom
  2. my Aunt Pat
  3. Good Housekeeping (this was my first cookbook)
  4. Alice Medrich
  5. Julia Child
  6. Marcella Hazan
  7. Martha Stewart
  8. Alice Waters
  9. American Heart Association
  10. Junior League of San Francisco
  11. Mark Bittman
  12. Steven Poses, Frog Commissary
  13. Cooks Illustrated


  1. Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook from *mumblemumble* years ago was my first cookbook. I still use it.

    Alice Audreys last blog post..Thursday Thirteen 37: Things I Can See From Where I’m Sitting.

  2. Thats a great list. I still rely on my Purity cookbook, its older than old. But I love it, it has everything in it.

    Happy TT!!!

    Mirandas last blog post..Thursday Thirteen #2

  3. I’m not huge on cooking, but I do have a love of fancy cake decorating books.

  4. Can we say Rachel Ray? 🙂

    Otherword Diner (Cheryel Hutton)s last blog post..

  5. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    ah, Rachel Ray. I used to watch her show way back when she was just getting started. Nowadays, I look on her as a guilty pleasure – I will buy her magazine when I travel, or at the grocery store, and only watch her show occasionally. I am not sure why I have this response to her, maybe it has something to do with mass jealousy over her success in the kitchen?! 😉

    And, what is your favorite kitchen gadget?

  6. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    Alice Audrey, I still use my Mom’s Betty Crocker Cookbook from 1957 (or there abouts). I love the older cookbooks, especially as they indicate so much about the social norms of the time.

  7. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    Miranda, I have never heard of the Purity cookbook, so I looked it up – it is a Canadian Cookbook, and after reading the reviews, I might have to get one myself! Thanks for the introduction!

    Do you have a favorite kitchen gadget?

  8. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    Qtpies, I started out with appetizer cookbooks, so fascinated by making cute little miniature things. That evolved into more adventurous cooking. Of course, I think one of the hardest things is making a birthday cake for my family!

    What’s your favorite kitchen gadget?

  9. And, what is your favorite kitchen gadget?

    A big old knife. Really. Nothing is better for stess relief than chopping up some nice crisp veggies. 🙂

  10. Hi Kitchen Gadget Girl!! So nice to read your blog and the article in the MP Almanac!

    Here are two of my favorite cookbooks: The first two Silver Palate cookbooks – still some great recipes all these years later. And anything by Dianne Worthington — her recipes are unfussy and relatively simple to prepare and always tasty.

    My favorite kitchen gadget?? My parmesan cheese grater — the kind that kind of looks like a garlic press, only with a bigger “box” to hold the cheese, and a handle to rotate the grinding surface.

  11. Kitchen Gadget Girl

    Hi Nancy! Great to hear from you 🙂

    My sister swears by her Silver Palate cookbook – I think they came out with special 25th anniversary edition this year. I will have to look up Dianne Worthington, she is new to me.

    And, you can never go wrong with a good cheese grater 🙂


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