Guides

Shannon Bennett’s New York: A Personal Guide to the City’s Best

As New Yorkers, StarChefs.com rarely feels the need to thumb through a city guide—we’re pretty sure we’ve got it licked.

Front of the House: What Every Chef Must Know

Larry Knight has worked as a dishwasher, busboy, waiter, Maitre’D, and Senior Butler.

Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the Word Complete Wine Course: The 25th Anniversary Edition

Four decades in the business of wine—from tasting and pairing as a professional cellar master to educating the next generation—means Kevin Zraly isn’t just an authority on wine—he’s an eno-expert.

Contemporary Cuisine: The Essentials

Food photographer, journalist, and trained agricultural engineer Jean-Pierre Gabriel has written a culinary bible by way of science.

Vino Argentino: An Insider's Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina

What does an emergency room physician do in her spare time? Well, if she has spare time, she eats, sleeps, or divides twenty minutes between the two. Not Laura Catena.

No Reservations

With No Reservations, itinerant-foodie-extraordinaire and charmingly churlish cultural commentator Anthony Bourdain serves up a surprisingly intimate journal of his culinary travels around the world.

101 Optimal Life Foods

Registered dietician David Grotto finds more than satisfaction or flavor in food—he finds restorative properties and the key to better health.

Asian Dumplings: Mastering Gyōza, Spring Rolls, Samosas, and More

Food writer and teacher Andrea Nguyen has successfully translated many of the cooking styles and ingredients of Asian food for the West, and her latest book is no different.

A Taste of Elegance

Among his myriad other accomplishments, Master Chef Rudi Sodamin has helped define higher standards and expectations for cruise line cuisine.

Tips Cooks Love

The Sur La Table cooking series offers this neat little guide as a gift to its readers, and a handy gift it is, with over 500 tips touching on almost every topic in basic cuisine.

Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera

With more than thirty years of experience in the business, Delores Custer knows how to make food look good for the camera.

Fearless Critic: Washington DC Area Restaurant Guide

The Fearless Critic series is at it again, this time in Washington, DC, covering the best and worst culinary outposts in our nation’s capital.

Gourmet Getaways: 50 Top Spots to Cook and Learn

Joe David has done his fair share of traveling and eating, and this, his fifth book, is a testament to his skill and passion as a culinary traveler.

The New Taste of Chocolate: A Cultural and Natural History of Cacao with Recipes

With a background in cultural anthropology and a native familiarity with cacao production, Maricel Presilla brings both an expert’s authority and a life’s experience to this comprehensive guide to cho

Chocolate Bliss Sensuous Recipes, Spa Treatments, and Other Divine Indulgences

Pastry chef, instructor, TV producer, chocolatier, cookbook author and general guru of all things chocolate Susie Norris delivers a gem of a book dedicated to the culture and cuisine her favorite subj

So Easy Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week

Nutritionist and Food Network host Ellie Krieger views her work as not only changing the way people eat, but how they live.

Bread Matters: The State of Modern Bread and a Definitive Guide to Baking Your Own

Award winning baker and ardent “real bread” advocate Andrew Whitley reissues this revealing indictment of industrial bread production at a time when more and more chefs are returning to house-made, lo

American Cheeses: The Best Regional, Artisan, and Farmhouse Cheeses, Who Makes Them, and Where to Find Them

Nearly thirty years after he helped open the landmark Oakville Grocery in San Francisco, Clark Wolf brings us this guide to the ever-expanding roster of fine American cheeses.

Chef MD’s Big Book of Culinary Medicine: A Food Lover’s Road Map to Losing Weight, Preventing Disease, Getting Really Healthy

Approaching food as a medicinal rather than simply gustatory resource, John La Puma and Rebecca Powell Marx provide a compendium of ingredients and recipes for readers in search of a more health-consc

Gluten Free Every Day Cookbook

Robert Landolphi’s Gluten Free Every Day provides a thorough and sophisticated introduction to the world and preparation of gluten-free foods.

jam it, pickle it, cure it: And Other Cooking Projects

For the cook or chef not content to use store-bought, pre-made jams, butters, ricotta or mayonnaise comes this handy resource – a how-to on 75 culinary craft projects.

Bruce Aidells’ Complete Sausage Book: Recipes from America’s Premier Sausage Maker

Perhaps one of the best-known purveyors and practitioners of everything sausage, Bruce Aidells brings his intimate knowledge of the world of cased and seasoned meats to the home cook.

Wine Mondays: Simple Wine Pairings with Seasonal Menus

Frank McClelland and food writer Christie Matheson here pass on the “Wine Mondays” tradition of McClelland’s renowned Boston-based L’Espalier, where the philosophy of wine-pairing is to drink what you

The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market

In a culinary era that emphasizes sustainability and locally-sourced ingredients, no kitchen – professional or home – should be without a good pickling resource.

25 Essentials: Techniques for Grilling

Ardie A. Davis, the self-styled “doctor of barbecue philosophy” (or Ph.

An Edge in the Kitchen

An Edge in the Kitchen is the solution, an intelligent and delightful debunking of the mysteries of kitchen knives once and for all.

The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook

In Saltsman’s own words, this book is intended “to offer novice and market-savvy shoppers a seasonal guide to both familiar and exotic crops, with tips on how to select, store, and prepare these inter

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