There are some drawbacks to having an embarrassingly large cookbook collection: you need ample storage; you are embarrassed to tell new aquaintences exactly how many you have so you begin talking very vaguely when it comes to numbers; you sometimes can't remember which book that recipe is when you need it; and you forget about perfectly wonderful cookbooks you bought but never really used.
On the other hand there are moments when it is absolutely delightful to have an embarrassingly large cookbook collection: when it is the world cup final game and you have decided two days before to make tapas and need to find some good recipes, now!; when you are looking up at your collection you notice a mediterranean cookbook you haven't touched since buying it (who knows why) that happens to provide almost all the recipes you need for your successful world cup lunch with friends.
Yes, even though I am embarrassed to admit it's been on my shelf for at least (at least!) a year and not one recipe tried, I am so happy that I've rediscovered Mediterranean Harvest by Martha Rose Shulman. In fact, there are so many things I'm in love with about this cookbook that I don't know where to begin, but here goes.
It is well-organized! It includes divisions by course (apertifs, breads, sauces, starters, etc.) and, in the index, by country (!!!). The country index was so helpful in finding a couple recipes for Spanish tapas that weren't listed in the starters section.
one of my favorite recipes from this cookbook is the eggplant parmesan from italy. it is light with no frying and no oozing dairy. in fact, all the cheese can be left out from the internal layers, and you could simply use 3/4 - 1 cup of parmesan cheese for the top. very flavorful!