Talk about being behind. I was offline for much of June and July, and didn't even realize I had been tagged by Helen of Grab Your Fork  for this way back then, until I was looking up something and stumbled on it. If someone else tagged me also I apologize. I have been tagged for other memes but being perpetually behind on my reading, I've decided to give most of them a miss. This one I couldn't pass up though.
So here we go:
1. Total number of cookbooks I've owned: Full-size cookbooks, about 100. I also have about 80 back issues of Today's Cooking (or in Japanese, kyoh no ryouri), a monthly publication from the NHK (the Japanese equivalent of the BBC). It's the companion magazine to the daily cooking show of the same name that has been running on NHK forever. The magazines are collectively my bible for Japanese cooking. Another magazine collective I acquired this year is the complete 80-volume collection of original Fanny Cradock Cookery Programme magazines from the 1970s. I am making my way through these and should have an article up here about these shortly...
2. Last (cook) book I bought: Well, I have Nigel Slater's The Kitchen Diary  on order, but let's see... I think the last cook book I got was Les Recettes de Légumes de l'Oustau de Baumanière , by Jean-André Charial, the genius owner-chef of l'Oustau de Baumaniere  in Les Baux, Provence (a 2-star Michelin restaurant and fabulous (and frightfully expensive) hotel). This is one of the few books that breaks the rule I have below about not buying cookbooks from professional restaurant chefs - it's filled with delicious vegetable dishes using the wonderful produce of Provence. (There is supposed to be an English translation out but I haven't found it at any online bookstore...)
3. Last (food) book I read Hungry Planet,, which I have reviewed here  extensively. It's fascinating!
4. 5 (cook) books that mean a lot to me: Hmm, I am not sure if they mean a lot to me per se, but I do refer to these a lot:
Bonus: Cookbook authors I tend to stay away from: