The Guardian published its list of the 50 best cookbooks of all time this weekend, naming Richard Olney’s The French Menu Cookbook as its No. 1 pick.
Olney’s book finds itself in predictably excellent company: There’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking at No. 21, Diana Kennedy’s The Art of Mexican Cooking at No. 45, Deborah Madison’s pioneering The Greens Cookbook at No. 32, and Marcella Hazan’s The Classic Italian Cookbook at No. 8.
But while it’s an impressive and obviously well-considered list, it’s got a few holes. Where, for example, are any of Julie Sahni’s cookbooks, which introduced legions of home cooks to Indian cooking? Or at least one of Paula Wolfert’s many indispensable guides to Mediterranean cuisine? Likewise, where are books from the likes of Edna Lewis, Mark Bittman, Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid, or James Beard? And couldn’t the editors make room for at least one baking cookbook among all of the slots reserved for volumes dedicated to continental European cooking?
And most troubling of all, where on earth was the Twilight cookbook?
[Via Grub Street]