Well that family of 96 cookbooks has now grown to 99 cookbooks. Before you begin accusing me of falling prey to my cookbook habit again, I should let you know that the three new cookbooks are courtesy of my family Kris Kringle gift (thank you Aunt Carmela). You see being from a large Italian family, as I am, we participate in a yearly Kris Kringle during the holiday season. This way we don’t bankrupt ourselves by having to buy gifts for a hundred people!

Lucky me, Aunt Carmela pulled my name out of the hat. And thanks to that stroke of good fortune, I am now the proud mommy of three new cookbooks:

Artisan Baking by Maggie Glezer, the Larousse Gastronomique and Patricia Wells’ Trattoria by Patricia Wells.

Now I should probably tell you that we do make up a Kris Kringle wish list and these cookbooks did happen to be on the list. But it’s not like I twisted anyone’s arm to buy them for me. Aunt Carmela could have very easily bought the Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker or the Emile Henry items that I’ve had my eye on. But bless her little heart, she knew what I truly yearned for.

I first fell in love with Artisan Baking when I saw it two months ago. I picked it up and flipped it open to a recipe for Pandoro, which is a type of panettone, or Italian sweet bread. I have longed to make pandoro for years and when I read the recipe I thought to myself, "This is it. This is the one."

As for the Larousse Gastronomique, that’s been on my wish list for many years. I suppose it’s one of those must-haves but I always seemed to put buying it for myself aside. Now this cookery tome finally sits on my shelf for me to consult whenever necessary.

And finally Patricia Wells’ Trattoria. While I’ve often looked through this book, I never bothered to buy it. But I recently read On Rue Tatin by Susan Hermann Loomis. I was so impressed by her relationship with Patricia Wells that I decided to take a closer look at the book. I fell in love and put it on my wish list.

I cannot wait to try out these books. Never fear dear readers. You will be the beneficiaries of the results.