What are the essentials of your life? In terms of things that is. Objects you absolutely need to have with you. Actually that's an exaggeration as I'm not planning some survival experience a la Bear Grylls in San Francisco. In fact in some ways life should be a little more civilized than here in rural Wales where manure, chicken poo and wellies feature regularly.
The thing is that we're not shipping anything. We're taking suitcases and arriving and making our new home from scratch or in fact Ikea which rather handily also exists on the other side of the Atlantic. But I can't bear not having any cookery books with me. Partly because they are my favourite books and partly because I know the American ones will be all cups and therefore a bugger to use.
Anyway I've managed to edit my collection - 70 books and rising - to three. It was ten but they were all huge and heavy. So now it's three and only one is huge and heavy. The winners in the competition for which cookery books get to cross the Atlantic are in no particular order:
Elizabeth David's French Provincial Cookery - because you have to have one David and this is the best and most used and wonderful to read. Oh and smallish in paperback.
Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cookery Course - not because it is my favourite. It is great but I use others more. But it's comprehensive and educational so should come up with something most days.
Edouard de Pomiane's Cooking in Ten Minutes - because it is new to me, tiny, funny and my uncle who is reigning champion cook in our family of cooks loves it.
Sorry to all the other entrants. I shall miss you and will no doubt buy lots of future companions.