This book is currently changing my life. My cooking skills have been notoriously bad up to this point in my life, and when I decided the change that, everyone told me Bittman was the way to go. This is the perfect cookbook for beginners, for those hopelessly overwhelmed on where to start. Bittman teaches you the basics - from stocks to soups to sauces - and gives you hundreds of delicious recipes to add to as you develop your skills. A must have!
Recommended by Lauren.
If Bourdain cooks half as good as he writes, Les Halles et al must be quite the treat. A great read for anyone who loves food, mischief, and an acid pen. He is a celeb chef now with his own cult following but Kitchen Confidential is the real deal: goods you want to devour in one sitting.
Recommended by April.
Does the economy have you skimping, scraping for change ... buying *alas* generic? Looking for advice in these hard times about cookin' off the cuff? Look no further!! MFK Fisher's How to Cook A Wolf is PERFECT for you! Written in the midst of WWII, it's filled with with practical tips & hilarious quips - & with chapter titles like "How to Boil Water" "How to Be Cheerful Though Starving" & "How to Make a Pigeon Cry" you're guaranteed a bellyache - from laughter.Recommended by Erin.
I have heard this book described as both fearless and visceral. I would add seductive and undeniable.
Gabrielle Hamilton's writing is controlled, creative and straightforward. Her storytelling is evocative and it is so easy to lose yourself in it that the moments of travel or reminiscence end with a physical jolt as her thoughts are jarred out of their flights into the world of face-melting heat and sharp, real odors.
The world and its roads and restaurant tables and hunger and trains and stubborn persistance have never felt quite so tangible from the pages of a book as they do when I sit down to dine with this one.
Recommended by Jonesey.
Christina Tosi is kind of the mad scientist of butter and sugar, but her recipes are technical without being fussy, whimsical without being cute, and sublimely sweet with the right balance of salt and crunch. And on the plus: this books contains plenty visual feasts to consume so that you don't (always) break your diet. Recommended by April.
This book has me cooking food that is so balanced and yummy that it has brought me to tears. Imaginative, flexible vegetarian recipes designed for daily enjoyment.
Recommended by Jonesey.