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Fritz Gubler
Great, Grand & Famous Chefs and Their Signature Dishes
Jan 2010
Great, Grand, & Famous

Some cookbooks are incomplete without notes in the margins, creased pages, and the occasional grease stain. Others, such as Great, Grand, & Famous Chefs and Their Signature Dishes, don’t even belong in the kitchen. This elegant collection, presented by Australian hotelier Fritz Gubler, presents a survey of iconic chefs of modern haute cuisine. Each chef profile includes personal anecdotes and culinary philosophies, beautiful photographs, and the recipe for a chef’s signature dish. The recipes are more illustrative than specific, intended to provide the reader with a deeper understanding of the chef rather than a detailed method. But be forewarned: Great, Grand & Famous Chefs may inspire a bout of culinary exploration that could lead to bankruptcy and an overstocked fridge. But according to Fritz Gubler, and based on the profiles in the book, it will be money well spent.

Ardie A. Davis
25 Essentials: Techniques for Grilling
Mar 2009
The Harvard Common Press

Ardie A. Davis, the self-styled “doctor of barbecue philosophy” (or Ph. B.) offers up this valuable tool for any would-be griller intimidated by the variety of practices, equipment, and saucy accoutrements of grilling. Davis breaks down grilling techniques primarily according to the ingredients rather than the equipment, e.g. “Grilling Duck” (which requires indirect fire) versus “Herb Grilled Potatoes” (which require a grill basket). This makes the book easily navigable to the novice griller, though it is also an excellent resource for the seasoned griller, as it passes on a legacy of regional seasoning and preparations that have been culled over the lifetime of Dr. Davis.

Ferran Adriá, Albert Adriá, Juli Soler
A Day at el Bulli
Oct 2008
Phaidon

Some call el Bulli the most important restaurant of our time; it's certainly the most mysterious. The ratio of diners who want reservations to those who get reservations is around 400:1, and while many meals have been well-documented, the experience remains elusive and singular. The hefty A Day at el Bulli is a close look at a day in the life of the gastronomic monument, from the first rays of sun on the water to the locking of the door at 2am. But it's more than just a picture book. Inserts discuss the history of the restaurant, creative methodology, even a guest's path from front door to table. Beyond the sheer marvel of such a detailed pictorial documentary, the book's appeal and impact come from its humanity. It reminds pious followers that el Bulli is simply a restaurant; it’s human and alive, filled with people brought together by a common cause: devotion to food, wine, and the pursuit of high cuisine.

Jonathan Waxman with Tom Steele
A Great American Cook
Sep 2007
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Jonathan Waxman’s ‘less is more’ philosophy is evident everywhere in this cookbook, with recipes that focus on contrasting tastes and simple ingredients—the way he cooks at home. This book truly makes cooking an enjoyable experience.Widely recognized as one of the fathers of New American cuisine, Jonathan Waxman became a mentor to hundreds of chefs on both coasts. Here he shows you how to flex your culinary muscles while having fun in the kitchen.

A Great American Cook presents Waxman’s finest dishes the way he makes them at home. They include the Red Pepper Pancakes with Corn and Caviar that he created when he ran the kitchen of Alice Waters’s Chez Panisse, his famous Grilled Chicken with JW Fries, and a homey Pizza with Bacon, Scallions, Parmesan, and Tomato that’s a family weeknight favorite. His combinations are simple but unexpected, exuberant but down to earth. Many of the dishes juxtapose contrasting flavors and textures, pairing cool beef carpaccio with warm potato salad, soft crab cakes with crunchy slaw, or whole wheat pasta with spicy clams. Other recipes, such as Shrimp BLT, Crispy Chicken and Goat Cheese Burritos, and Gingerbread with Brandied Plums, are free-spirited plays on classics.

Waxman shows how to produce magnificent food from just a few ingredients, roasting eggplants and red peppers for a forcefully flavored soup or tossing asparagus with oranges and hazelnuts for a refreshing first course.

Eric Ripert and Michael Ruhlman
A Return to Cooking
Nov 2002
Artisan

"The more successful you become, the further you are taken from the work that made you a success in the first place, from what it was you most loved doing.” And so Eric Ripert, the chef of Le Bernadin, New York’s Mecca of seafood, takes a sabbatical from his kitchen and embarks on a journey to Puerto Rico, the Napa Valley, the Long Island shore, and the Vermont countryside, to become once more a “cook” for himself and his entourage of friends. The journey allows Ripert to celebrate local and seasonal produce and experiment with techniques, such as fireplace roasting, not available in a restaurant kitchen. Along the way Ripert combines 150 luscious recipes with mini-tutorials on technique. The book is accompanied by reproductions of exuberant paintings by Ripert’s friend, Columbian artist Valentino Cortazar

Thomas Keller
Ad Hoc at Home
Oct 2009
Artisan Books

For those used to Thomas Keller in the context of award-winning restaurants The French Laundry and Per Se comes the happy surprise of this beautiful guide to excellence in home cooking. The consummate professional Keller lets his hair down, so to speak, trading in high-tech equipment for wooden spoons and family-style serving platters. With the simple equation that “great product plus great recipes equals great cooking,” Keller exalts the seemingly humble forum of the home kitchen into a place where extraordinary food is possible. Keller begins with a brief primer on the tools and techniques essential to great home cooking, even delineating “the big four” countertop appliances on which any capable kitchen is built. At the end of the book is an index on indispensable culinary staples like clarified butter, mornay sauce, pork brine, and a basic herb sachet. And in between are the recipes that make up Keller’s home cooking repertoire, from classics to creative reinterpretations—dishes that bring the standard of home cooking that much closer to the professional kitchen.

Alfred Portale with Andrew Friedman
Alfred Portale's 12 Seasons Cookbook
Oct 2000
Broadway Books

"When it comes to cooking, there are twelve seasons," says world-class chef Alfred Portale, and at his Gotham Bar and Grill restaurant, the menu changes every four weeks. Using only the freshest ingredients as they come into their prime, his approach is finely attuned to the changing rhythms of our lives and the way our focus changes from month to month.

Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas
Alinea
Oct 2008
Ten Speed Press

The ingredients, preparations, and “how the hell did he do this?” elements of Achatz’s signature dishes at Alinea are finally assembled into a volume available to the mere mortal. If you’ve never experienced dining at Alinea, but wish you had, this will get you a step closer. The photography is up-close and stunning and the wealth of detailed information in each recipe is staggering. Each dish is broken down into its various components, which range from simple to highly complex, and is followed by meticulous instructions for plating and presentation. What’s more, no element is repeated from one dish to another—and with 100 recipes, that’s saying a lot. Alinea carries the requisite testimonials from food media heavyweights (e.g. Steingarten, Ruhlman), but the most interesting of the book’s six essays is Achatz’s piece on the thought process, choice of technique, and ingredient selection behind some of his most memorable dishes. The beauty and sophistication of the Alinea cookbook propels it into the very top percentile of this year cookbooks, and makes for the grandest of gifts.

Jeremiah Tower
America's Best Chefs Cook with Jeremiah Tower: Companion to the PBS Television Series
Sep 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

In the early 1970s, Chez Panisse chef Jeremiah Tower's revolutionary ethos of fresh ingredients, simply prepared and presented, shook up the national culinary scene and fueled the meteoric rise of American regional cuisine. The successes that followed are legendary, from his trailblazing Santa Fe Bar and Grill in Berkeley to the acclaimed Stars restaurant in San Francisco.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated
America's Test Kitchen
Nov 2001
America's Test Kitchen

More than just a collection of recipes, this beautifully photographed book take you inside the entire 2002 season of the America's Test Kitchen series. You will meet the cast–through photographs, bios, and quotes from each member–and will follow the America's Test kitchen process, as Christopher Kimball and the rest of the cast identify a common cooking problem and then test dozens of variations to come up with the best methods for preparing recipes.

Rick Tramonto and Mary Goodbody
Amuse-Bouche: Little Bites of Delight Before the Meal Begins
Oct 2002
Random House Inc.

Though diminutive, the amuse-bouche does many jobs: it opens up the palate, it showcases the level of culinary sophistication to come, and—most importantly—it welcomes the diner, introducing them to the chef, and opens them up to the more elaborate experience of the meal. From complex, avant garde small bites to classics, amuse bouche are a fixture of fine dining, and increasingly popular among upscale casual restaurants that emphasize hospitality. With this aptly named little savor of a cookbook, Rick Tramonto, celebrated executive chef/partner of Chicago's TRU, shares the secret of his delicate, delicious amuses with a mainstream audience.

Barbara Sibley and Margaritte Malfy with Mary Goodbody
Antojitos: Festive and Flavorful Mexican Small Plates
Oct 2009
Ten Speed Press

Chef/owners of New York City’s La Palapa restaurants, Barbara Sibley and Margaritte Malfy have put their shared expertise in Mexican cuisine into this recipe collection for antojitos. The small plates or appetizers of Mexican cuisine, antojitos span the gamut from fresh fish ceviches to meaty empanadas and spice-flecked elote, or grilled corn on the cob, but Sibley and Malfy also include supplementary recipes for various authentic salsas and La Palapa’s own guacamole. The book also features special occasion menus, such as a taquiza (or taco feast) for birthday celebrations and a New Year’s menu complete with “Hangover Specials.” A thorough basics section in the back of the book helps outfit any kitchen for Mexican cuisine, enabling the inspired reader to discover their favorite antojitos and get cooking!

Nigel Slater
Appetite
Sep 2002
Crown Publishing Group

Nigel Slater has won the admiration, hearts, and palates of the British cooking world. His irreverent and irresistible approach to preparing great meals with ease and imagination is sure to make a splash on this side of the Atlantic.

Marcus Samuelsson
Aquavit: And the New Scandinavian Cuisine
Jan 2009
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In what is certain to be one of the most head-turning, talked-about cookbooks of the year, Marcus Samuelsson presents the daring interpretations of Scandinavian food that have won him worldwide acclaim. Extensively tested for the home kitchen and lavishly illustrated with stunning photographs, Aquavit and the New Scandinavian Cuisine is a book that will inspire the serious cook while rewarding even beginners with exquisite results.

James Walt
Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
Nov 2009
Douglas & MacIntyre

From award-winning restaurant Araxi comes this beautifully-photographed compendium of recipes featuring the regional cuisine of the Pacific Northwest. Executive chef James Walt and pastry chef Aaron Heath display their ultra-seasonal, farm-to-table style with recipes for Golden Mussels with Pickled Salsify, Leeks and Apple Vinaigrette and Mascarpone Cheesecake with Honey-Caramel Apples and Almond Praline. Often cited as one of Canada’s best restaurants, Araxi is known foremost for its rigorous use of regional flavors and ingredients. The cookbook, which is divided by the seasons Summer, Harvest, and Winter, reads like a guide to the bounty of western Canada’s seafood, produce, and game, and brings Chef Walt’s tested talents to the forum of restaurant cookbooks.

Frank Fedele and Mario Batali
Artist's Palate
Aug 2003
DK Publishing, Inc.

A stunning cookbook, suitable for the coffee table as well as the kitchen counter,The Artist's Palate contains an unprecedented collection of favorite recipes from some of the most famous international artists throughout history -- from Michelangelo, Henri Matisse, and Mary Cassatt to Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons. Featuring over 125 recipes from 89 great artists, and accompanied by more than 150 photographs of the artists and their work, family snapshots, artworks, documents, and memorabilia, this book offers a unique look at the private lives and appetites of some of the world's most creative personalities.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges
Oct 2007
Bantam Books

Jean-Georges Vongerichten, chef and owner of 18 restaurants around the world, pioneered Asian-fusion cuisine. In Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges, he presents dozens of recipes for reproducing the dishes that have made his restaurants—Vong, Spice Market, and 66—some of the hottest dining destinations in the country. The recipes reflect Jean-Georges’s extraordinary talent for creating intensely flavorful dishes inspired by simple home cooking and street food. The secret is in his subtle and surprising combinations, which introduce Asian flavors to traditional Western-style dishes and cooking techniques. Each recipe is laid out in a clear, easy-to-follow style, and throughout the book invaluable tips are offered for streamlining preparation and cooking. From taste-tempting appetizers, soups, and salads, to irresistible fish, meat, poultry, and vegetable dishes, to special sauces and one-of-a-kind sweets, the recipes in Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges promise to make an Asian-fusion expert of even the most spice-timid cooks.

Ava Astaire McKenzie
At Home In Ireland
Apr 1998
Rinehart P

After a privileged upbringing in Beverly Hills Fred Astaire's daughter Ava and her family moved to a 200-year-old farmhouse on the Irish coast. Here she discovered the joys of cooking as well as the countless pleasures of growing flowers and vegetables in her seaside garden. Ava's wide-ranging recipes and inventive decorating ideas have been shaped by this bountiful produce, and by the wild foods she gathers from the surrounding countryside and nearby ocean. Memorable parties and holiday celebrations-with Hollywood stars and local friends alike-are recorded alongside the easy-to-follow recipes.

Rick Bayless
Authentic Mexican Cookbook: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico
Apr 1987
HarperCollins Publishers

Americans have at last discovered Mexico's pasion for exciting food. We've fallen in love with the great Mexican combination of rich, earthy flavors and casual, festive dining. But we don't begin to imagine how sumptous and varied the cooking of Mexico really is.
After ten years of loving exploration, Rick Bayless together with his wife Deann, gives us Authentic Mexican,the only complete and easy-to-use compendium of our southern neighbor's cooking.

Eric Ripert
Avec Eric: A Culinary Journey with Eric Ripert
Oct 2010
John Wiley & Sons

On learning to make pasta from Italian chef Giovana Carcasci, Ripert writes, “even though I’m a trained chef and know many different culinary techniques, there is nothing like learning a technique from an artist.” The same thought might occur to the reader of Avec Eric: A Culinary Journey with Eric Ripert. From Sonoma to the Cayman Islands to Chianti, the book follows Ripert, the nationally celebrated chef of Le Bernadin and numerous restaurants with The Ritz Carlton Hotels, on a culinary journey complete with elegant recipes and artistic photographs. Ripert adapts classic French technique to the various regional cuisines covered in Avec Eric with resulting recipes that are simple and decadent, beautiful and tempting. Since half the joy of Ripert’s cuisine is the influence of location, Angie Mosier’s scenic shots of coastlines and mountainsides whet the appetite as effectively as the aroma of Ripert’s Cacciucco Alla Livornese

Mario Batali
Babbo Cookbook
Apr 2002
Random House Inc.

In the growing Mario Batali restaurant empire, Babbo remains the jewel in the crown and one of the hottest reservations in town. Here, the Babbo experience is re-created. In addition to the abundant recipes, there are seasonal menus and sidebars that illuminate the small details setting Babbo apart, from the way they prime the wine glasses to the fresh, local ingredients that are the basis of the restaurant's unforgettable dishes.

Keith McNally; Riad Nasr; Lee Hanson
Balthazar Cookbook
Jan 2009
Crown Publishing Group

Magnificent classic French brasserie recipes from one of the most celebrated restaurants in the country. The Balthazar Cookbook is already creating a buzz among food lovers and critics as the first major French cookbook since Patricia Wells's Paris Cookbook. Started by Keith McNally in 1997, Balthazar quickly became a New York hot spot, famed for its star-studded clientele, its lively, friendly atmosphere, and its superbly prepared versions of the "comfort" foods served up in Parisian brasseries. Beautifully designed and enhanced with glorious full-color and black-and-white photographs, The Balthazar Cookbook captures the restaurant's incomparable style and offers more than 100 recipes from its signature dishes.

Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa Family Style : Easy Recipes That Make Everyone Feel Like Family
Oct 2002
Crown Publishing Group

Ina Garten knows that the best meals are those where friends are so comfortable they feel like family--and family members feel so much more special. With that in mind, she has assembled yet another outstanding collection of beloved recipes that are easy to make and will delight everyone. With wonderful photos of Ina cooking in her home, as well as helpful menu suggestions and practical shopping tips, the volume is today's must-have guide to making everyday meals elegantly simple, and entertaining as warm and inviting as a family meal.

Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa Parties! Ideas and Recipes for Easy Parties that are Really Fun
Mar 2001
Random House Inc.

In this stunning book, Ina celebrates a relaxed and innovative style of entertaining that is as much of a joy for the host and hostess as it is for the guests. Arranged by season, Ina's 16 parties are more about assembling food than about cooking for hours.

James Beard Introductory Note by Child, Julia
Beard on Birds
Dec 2001
Perseus Publishing

America's most esteemed culinary instructor, James Beard, shares his winning ways with chicken, turkey, goose, duck and wild game. An essential for home cooks of all levels, this classic guide, part of the James Beard Library of Great American Cooking, contains tips, preparation and cooking techniques for a delicious variety of poultry and game birds, from basic roasts to unique and challenging dishes for those with more experience in the kitchen. James Beard's recipes are elegant, simple and timeless; sure to resonate with a whole new generation of cooks.

Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
Becoming a Chef, Revised Edition
Oct 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

With more and more chefs achieving celebrity status, interest in the exciting world of today’s leading chefs is higher than ever. Essential reading for anyone who loves food, Becoming a Chef gives an entertaining and informative insider’s look at this dynamic profession, going behind the scenes to look into some of the most celebrated restaurant kitchens across the nation. More than 60 leading chefs--including some of the newest up-and-coming--discuss the inspiration, effort, and quirks of fate that turned would-be painters, anthropologists, and football players into culinary artists.

Hamersley, Gordon
Bistro Cooking at Home : More Than 150 Classic and Contemporary Dishes
Oct 2003
Broadway Books

2004 IACP Award Winner for Chefs and Restaurants Category; Bistro cooking--bold and full-flavored--is more like the best home cooking than restaurant fare, featuring slow-cooked stews, exquisitely roasted chickens, perfectly seared steaks, vibrant salads, fresh fruit tarts, and comforting custards. Now Gordon Hamersley of acclaimed Hamersley’s Bistro in Boston helps home cooks bring these classic dishes into their own kitchens.

Laurent Tourondel
Bistro Laurent Tourondel: New American Bistro Cooking
Oct 2007
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

With seven outposts and counting in his BLT line, it was only a matter of time before Tourondel (Go Fish: Fresh Ideas for American Seafood) wrote a cookbook to codify his credo of American-style French bistro cooking. Many of the dishes come from Tourondel's restaurant menus, but he makes them accessible to the home cook with unintimidating preparations that showcase the quality and flavors of choice ingredients. The opening chapter discusses choosing and preparing different fish and cuts of meat, while brief introductions to each recipe contribute to the pleasantly informal feeling. The cuisine is well-traveled, including Asian salads, a quintessentially American creamy corn soup, Roman-style gnocchi and a hearty, spicy Chicken-Chorizo Basquaise. BLT patrons will be eager to try menu favorites like Giant Cheese Popovers, Marinated Kobe Skirt Steak and Peanut Butter-Chocolate Parfait. Tourondel includes comments on easily substituted ingredients and wine or beer pairings. Both novices and experienced cooks will welcome this comprehensive education in Tourondel's signature style.

François Payard
Bite Size: Elegant Recipes for Entertaining
Oct 2006
HarperCollins Publishers

With Bite Size, legendary Pastry Chef François Payard shows home cooks how to prepare simple, sensational appetizers that will leave guests impressed and hosts with energy to spare. It’s no surprise—Payard knows how to throw a good party. In addition to his late, but renowned, New York restaurant Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro (still very much alive in Vegas) Payard ran upscale catering company, Tastings. And now Payard presents a collection of his favorite recipes made easy for everyday cooks. Along with chapters on meat, fish, vegetable, and cheese hors d'oeuvres, Payard includes a wealth of helpful hosting tips, hints, and serving suggestions—try serving soup in shot glasses, for example. The innovative recipes use simple, easy-to-find ingredients for spectacular results such as Prosciutto-Wrapped Gnocchi, Sweet Corn Madeleines with Caviar and Crème Fraîche, and Crab and Mango Salad in Apple Cups. Each recipe is accompanied by a lush, full-color photograph to whet the appetite.

Gabrielle Hamilton
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a (Reluctant) Chef
Mar 2011
Random House Inc.

Reviews of Gabrielle Hamilton’s bare-bones memoir are splayed across newspapers and magazines, much the way the (reluctant) chef splays her checkered—read: relatable, human—past across the book’s 291 pages. “Triple B”’s best-seller status is no surprise. Not only is the public perpetually hungry for a gritty memoir, but chefs seem to agree that Hamilton hit the tone and spirit of behind-the-burner struggle right on its gnarled head. Emotionally naked, tattooed with kitchen burns and knife scars, Hamilton leaves no stone or past indiscretion unturned on her journey to chefdom. She follows the meandering and unlikely course from a bucolic and bizarre childhood in Eastern Pennsylvania to her first haphazard and short-lived stint in the front of house, and soon after to the kitchen. “And that, just like that, is how a whole life can start,” the Prune chef recalls of her first foray into the back of house. As much storyteller as chef—her other vocational track was writing—Hamilton shares herself with an almost startling openness. What results is not culinary, per se, but a cook’s book and a very human story in the end. Whether or not the public continues to immerse itself in the chef subculture of cuisine, Hamilton succeeds here in proving that a chef isn’t superhuman, subhuman, or even a rock star—even if she can party like one. She’s just a girl who got a job, and kept it.

Bobby Flay
Bobby Flay's Bold American Food : More Than 200 Revolutionary Recipes
May 1994
Grand Central Publishing

A respected New York chef, noted for his new American cuisine blending spicy seasonings, grilled foods, and unique combinations, offers more than two hundred inventive and easy-to-follow recipes, accompanied by colorful photographs.

Bobby Flay
Bobby Flay's Boy Meets Grill : Get Busy in the Backyard With More Than 125 Bold New Recipes
May 1997
Hyperion

The star of two cooking shows on the Television Food Network presents more than 125 recipes for mouthwatering meat, poultry, and fish dishes, as well as soups and salads that can be prepared partially or completely on the grill.

Bobby Flay
Bobby Flay's from My Kitchen to Your Table : 126 Bold Recipes
Mar 1998
Random House Inc.

A star chef turns his formidable culinary talents to a new collection of dishes that are all family-sized, use easy-to-find ingredients, feature easy-to-follow directions, and provide information on cooking in advance. 45 color illustrations. 30 photos.

Paul Bocuse
Bocuse in Your Kitchen: Simple French Recipes for the Home Chef
Apr 2007
Random House Inc.

Author and world-renowned chef Paul Bocuse has chosen only simple, classic French recipes that are easy to follow and prepare. According to the chef, "Simple fare is, in my opinion, the best-the kind that I love to prepare at home for my family and my friends," and Bocuse in Your Kitchen teaches even the most inexperienced of cooks how to share his flair for good food. The book is divided into 15 chapters by type of dish; from soups to meats, vegetables, and desserts, each of the 220 recipes is explained step-by-step. Bocuse's carefully chosen dishes-from beef bourguignon, blanquette de veau, and potato-leek soup; olive tapenade and old-style mustard sauce; to rhubarb jam, pears in wine sauce, and tarte Tatin-highlight the flavor of each ingredient, resulting in food that maintains its freshness and integrity. Bocuse in Your Kitchen includes 60 illustrative photos that serve to inspire, as well as a glossary of culinary terms and techniques.

Daniel Boulud and Melissa Clark
Braise: A Journey Through International Cuisine
Oct 2006
HarperCollins Publishers

Daniel Boulud's BRAISE is the superstar chef's guide to braising. Featuring braising recipes from around the world, this book will become an instant classic and the definitive cookbook on the technique, bringing one pot meals to a whole new level. BRAISE is Daniel Boulud's definitive cookbook on the time–honored cooking technique of braising. Braising is "moist heat" cooking, where a small amount of liquid is cooked along with the food in a closed container over long periods of time. Featuring dishes from Thailand, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, Lebanon, France, Russia, China and many other places, BRAISE is a comprehensive guide to braising. With simple recipes for all kinds of braises –– from meat to fish to vegetables –– the book is sure to please cooks of every skill level. Whether you're interested in the ordinary (Pot Roast) or the exotic (Quiabebe from Brazil), Boulud's expert guidance and easy to follow recipes bring the world of braise to your fingertips with welcome simplicity and intense flavour.

Nancy Silverton
Breads From The La Brea Bakery
Oct 2000
Random House Inc.

This beautifully illustrated, ultrasophisticated cookbook is also accessible and user-friendly. Before the baking even begins, Silverton carefully and lovingly explains the wonder of bread alchemy: how to grow a yeasted starter (the secret of truly great bread), and how that starter interacts with a bread's other elements to bring about a firm yet light inside and a crispy, crusty outside. Then come the recipes which range from the whimsical (Raisin Brioche, Red Pepper Scallion Bread, and Fig-Anise Bread) to the practical (Baguettes, Bagles and Hamburger Buns) to the sublime (Pumpkin Bread, Mushroom Bread, and, perhaps best of all, Chocolate-Sour Cherry Bread.

Bradley Ogden
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
Jun 1991
Random House Publishing Group

His first cookbook, Bradley Ogden's Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, published by Random House in 1991 won the prestigious International Association of Culinary Professionals Award.
Here is the best of contemporary American cooking, from the best of contemporary American cooks, in an original, inviting collection that's become a culinary classic.

Robert Clark and Harry Kambolis
C Food
Oct 2009
Whitecap Books

With C Food, Executive Chef Robert Clark and owner Harry Kambolis have taken the usually content-heavy cookbook format and turned it on its head. In conjunction with Vancouver photographer Hammid Attie, Clark and Kambolis have assembled a book that showcases exquisitely detailed culinary photography on an equal footing with recipes. C Food untraditionally rests its laurels on the time-tested formula that a picture is indeed worth a thousand words (in this case, at least a thousand), with close up shots of curlicue grilled squid and bright, textured portraits of salmon sashimi set against a clean black backround—the visual silence against which Attie’s conceptual minimalism sings out. From the seat of their award-winning sustainable seafood outpost C, Clark and Kambolis have proven that eco-friendly and fine dining don’t have to be mutually exclusive concepts. No down-market, folksy aesthetic appears on account of the team’s conscious concessions to mother earth, and the cookbook is no exception, with recipes that convey the restaurant’s inspired, influential, and unswervingly respectful approach to seafood.

Charlie Trotter
Charlie Trotter's Meat and Game
Mar 2004
Ten Speed Press

After nearly two decades of practicing his art, Charlie Trotter has established himself as one of the true visionaries of modern American cuisine. Charlie Trotter's Meat and Game finds the chef in top form and, like the wines from his restaurant's renowned cellar, perfectly paired with the feast at hand. Exotic meats like pheasant, duck, wild boar, and venison take their place alongside ever-versatile lamb, pork, and chicken; and such robust fare proves to be the ultimate platform for Trotter's synthesis of French technique, Asian minimalism, and improvisational verve.

Alice Waters
Chez Panisse Cooking
Nov 1994
Random House Publishing Group

For the first time in five years, Chez Panisse presents an entirely new collection of recipes reflecting the whole range of innovations emanating from the great kitchen of the most influential restaurant in the United States. 16 photos.

Alice Waters
Chez Panisse Fruit
May 2002
HarperCollins Publishers

Alice Waters and her legendary Chez Panisse restaurant have inspired a remarkable series of cookbooks, including the bestselling Chez Panisse Vegetables, winner of a James Beard Cookbook Award. In the same tradition, Chez Panisse Fruit is organized alphabetically, from apples to raspberries to strawberries, and includes helpful information on selecting, storing, and preparing each luscious ingredient. Imaginative yet simple, the recipes reflect the bold, natural spirit of Chez Panisse.

Alice Waters
Chez Panisse Pasta Pizza & Calzone
Apr 1995
Random House Publishing Group

This classic cookbook brings together 87 recipes for pasta sauces and 36 pizza and calzone recipes, as well as tasty pasta doughs, such as buckwheat, red pepper and saffron. Featuring beautiful line drawings throughout, the book is a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.

Alice Waters
Chez Panisse Vegetables
May 1996
HarperCollins Publishers

This book, with 200+ recipes created by Alice Waters and the cooks at Chez Panisse, presents the inevitable roll call of vegetables, A to Z. In this case, the alphabetical harvest encompasses choices like amaranth, cardoons and parsnips along with the usual artichokes, carrots and potatoes. Some dishes have sophisticated allure, while many sing with simplicity, including Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Salad and Eggplant Cooked in the Coals. Waters includes both precise recipes and less specific descriptions of dishes. Linoleum block illustrations of vegetables created by Patricia Curtan are sown throughout this handsome book.

Editors of Phaidon Press
CoCo: 10 World Leading Masters Choose 100 Contemporary Chefs
Dec 2009
Phaidon Press

In Coco, ten of the world’s legendary chefs define the select population—a mere hundred worldwide—of the most talented young chefs on earth. The result is an undeniably authoritative guide to the most exciting kitchens in the world today, from Arles, France to Queens, NY, complete with restaurant photographs, sample menus, recipes, and a brief biography for each of the 100 chosen chefs. The book encapsulates the vital physics of the culinary world, the forces of inspiration and competition that catalyze and invigorate the professional kitchen. With contributions from the likes of Ferran Adrià, Fergus Henderson, Mario Batali and Yoshihiro Murata, including personal reminiscences of dishes that have impacted the great chefs lives and careers, Coco acts like a beacon of culinary excellence to inspire and guide the next generation of professional chefs.

James Peterson
Cooking
Nov 2007
Ten Speed Press

If the uninitiated cook were to approach the kitchen in search of good, home cooked food, he or she would have no better, more complete resource than Cooking. It is a book designed for those struggling with the basics, intimidated by the classics, or otherwise estranged from the extraordinary pleasures of a home-cooked, restaurant quality meal. James Beard Awarding winning chef James Peterson taught himself to cook the hard way, poring over his many cookbooks and throwing himself into the heat and pressure of busy restaurant kitchens. Here he diffuses that knowledge into one well-written, comprehensively illustrated guidebook that takes the reader from the start to finish of food fundamentals. As a follow-up to Peterson’s much-lauded Sauces, Cooking proves that anyone willing can take the journey over the threshold of a kitchen door and return with something extraordinary.

Diane Imrie and Richard Jarmusz
Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes
Jan 2011
Chelsea Green Publishing Company

Nutritionist Diane Imrie and Chef Richard Jarmusz join forces for this book of healthful and seasonal recipes. Centered on the produce and seasons of the author’s home state, Vermont, this cookbook best serves as a touchstone to Northeastern cooks looking to improve their seasonal (and health-forward) habits. The book is divided by recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts, further arranged by seasonality from spring through winter. Imrie and Jarmusz include useful “Harvest Hints,” which include tips on unusual ingredients, where to purchase them, what to look for at the market, and how best to store and preserve. If the book has one flaw, it is that the photography is sparse, and the dishes themselves seldom photographed. Which is a shame, since simple dishes like Spring Asparagus with Garden Peas and Wheat Berries or Simmered Harvest Fruit with Minted Ricotta sound as picturesque as they do tempting.

Ian Kelly
Cooking for Kings : The Life of Antonin Carême, the First Celebrity Chef
May 2004
Walker & Company

A unique feast of biography and Regency cookbook, Cooking for Kings takes readers on a chef's tour of the pleasure-palaces of Britain and Europe in the ultimate age of culinary indulgence. Drawing on the patissier royal's rich memoirs, Ian Kelly traces Antonin Carême's meteoric rise from Paris orphan to international celebrity, and provides a dramatic below-stairs perspective on one of the most momentous, and sensuous, periods in European history - First Empire Paris, Georgian England, and the Russia of War and Peace.

Daniel Boulud
Cooking With Daniel Boulud
Nov 1993
Random House Publishing Group

Daniel Boulud, chef/owner of the wildly successful Restaurant Daniel on Manhattan's Upper East Side, has assembled a volume of spectacular recipes for which the gastronomic community has been enthusiastically clamoring. This collection of over 200 recipes includes everything from hors d'oeuvres to desserts that are lavishly illustrated and adapted for the home cook.

David Burke
Cooking with David Burke
Jan 1995
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Cooking with David Burke is a book full of energy, enthusiasm, and true culinary invention, a stunning debut for a fresh and welcome new voice in American cooking...The Burke style blends the principals of haute cuisine with French country cooking, American regional specialties, and ethnic touches. He takes to new heights the European technique of building a dish, rather than displaying food flat upon a plate...

Charlie Trotter
Cooking With Patrick Clark
Mar 2004
Ten Speed Press

In this beautifully designed book, over 50 of America's most notable chefs--including Charlie Trotter, Emeril Lagasse, Jacques Pepin, and Alice Waters--have collaborated to memorialize their fellow chef, Patrick Clark, the best way they know how . . . with good food.

Tom Colicchio
Craft of Cooking : Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen
Oct 2003
Crown Publishing Group

Tom Colicchio's New York restaurant Craft is all about the food. Not food as a medium for feats of culinary sleight of hand, but foods that taste unmistakably like themselves-- only more so. This is simple food that is not simplistic, dishes whose purpose is to celebrate fresh, seasonal, usually local ingredients. Rarely do the 125 recipes in Craft require the skills of a professional chef, but they always call for the insight of someone who knows how to bring out the essential flavor and texture of top-quality ingredients.

Dale DeGroff
Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes
Oct 2002
Random House Inc

Dale DeGroff, a superstar among bartenders, offers the most upscale, informative entertaining cocktail book yet, with 500 recipes, tempting color photos, and the wit and wisdom born of years behind the world's most inviting bars.

Fabio Trabocchi, with Peter Kaminsky
Cucina of Le Marche: A Chef's Treasury of Recipes from Italy's Last Culinary Frontier
Oct 2006
HarperCollins Publishers

Named a Best New Chef in America by Food & Wine and Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard Foundation, rising star Fabio Trabocchi offers a unique take on his native cuisine, that of the until-now-overlooked Le Marche region of Italy. Fabio Trabocchi's soul is in the Italian province of Le Marche. Equidistant from Rome and Florence, Le Marche is on the Adriatic coast, bordered to the north by Emilia-Romagna, to the west by Tuscany and Umbria, and to the south by Lazio and Abruzzo. This geography accounts for the rich variety of Le Marche's food traditions. The first chefs of Le Marche assimilated recipes, ingredients, and techniques from visiting mariners from Greece and North Africa. In his debut cookbook, Trabocchi showcases his signature style of cooking—called "soulful and passionate—not pretentious" by Food & Wine—combining traditional elements of Italian cuisine with a contemporary European sensibility that draws on the many flavors he's experienced throughout his extensive travels and techniques honed at restaurants around the world.

David Burke
David Burke’s New American Classics
Jun 2008
Knopf

In David Burke's New American Classics, Chef Burke presents a simple step by step process that takes the reader from a basic classical rendition of a dish through the process of innovation to the eponymous phase two of his culinary adventure, “New American Classics.” The final step of the three-pronged process provides options for leftovers, or “Second Day Meals,” as they are called here, which make use of any remaining ingredients or finished product in a decidedly playful and practical way. With Burke’s confident maneuvering, chicken goes from a classic “Farmhouse Style” roast presentation to the contemporary “Seawater-Soaked Chicken with Thyme and Poppy Seed Gnocchi,” while leftover chicken ends up in potato pancakes with apple-sour cream sauce. Burke’s recipes, from French Toast to Pot Roast, all follow this format, providing a convenient procedural guideline for anyone looking to translate the grocery list of one meal into the practice of innovative, resourceful cooking.

David Burke and Judith Choate
David Burke’s New American Classics
Jun 2008
Knopf

In David Burke’s New American Classics, Chef David Burke presents a simple step by step process that takes the reader from a basic classical rendition of a dish through the process of innovation to the eponymous phase two of his culinary adventure, “New American Classics.” The final step of the three-pronged process provides options for leftovers, or “Second Day Meals,” as they are called here, which make use of any remaining ingredients or finished product in a decidedly playful and practical way. With Burke’s confident maneuvering, chicken goes from a classic “Farmhouse Style” roast presentation to the contemporary “Seawater-Soaked Chicken with Thyme and Poppy Seed Gnocchi,” while leftover chicken ends up in potato pancakes with apple-sour cream sauce. Burke’s recipes, from French Toast to Pot Roast, all follow this format, providing a convenient procedural guideline for anyone looking to translate the grocery list of one meal into the practice of innovative, resourceful cooking.

Elizabeth Falkner
Demolition Desserts
Sep 2007
Ten Speed Press

San Francisco has proved itself a hotbed of interesting pastry, the path to which was laid in part by Elizabeth Falkner, a spiky haired rebel of a pastry chef with a reputation for spiking her sweet with savory, and vice versa, and for cheeky dish titles (like “Waking Up in a City that Never Sleeps,” and “Battleship Potemkin,” named for the Sergei Eisenstein film, which certainly made more of an impression on Falkner than on the thousands of Film Before WWII students that sit through it each year). Her desserts at Citizen Cake are famous in San Francisco and beyond, and Demolition Desserts stays true to her character and style, with illustrations, gothic lettering, and occasionally playful layouts. The prose is written for home cooks, and there are plenty of baking basics, but the stars of the book are Falkner’s cleverly composed desserts, like “Tiramisushi” and “Lovelova,” with beautiful full-page photographs of each dish.

Jacques Torres
Dessert Circus:Extraordinary Desserts You Can Make at Home
Jan 1998
HarperCollins Publishers

Jacques Torres explains it all in clear, plain language, like a teacher at your side. Revel in Homemade Peanut Butterc Cups. How about Decorative Shortbread Cookies or Old-fashioned Macaroons? But that's not all. Jacques has included recipes for all his signature desserts. Every recipe is accompanied by a color photograph of the finished dessert and step-by-step photographs where appropriate.

Johnny Iuzzini and Roy Finamore
Dessert Fourplay: Sweet Quartets from a Four-Star Pastry Chef
Dec 2008
Clarkson Potter

Few people could have predicted that a teenage dishwasher in the Catskills would end up executive pastry chef of Daniel by the age of 26. But that’s exactly what Johnny Iuzzini, erstwhile club kid turned four-star pastry chef, did. After a flirtation with the savory side of cooking, Iuzzini realized his true passion for dessert, dedicating the next years of his life to intensive study, travel, tasting—and some serious time in the kitchen. From this aggressive campaign of self-education came expanded culinary horizons, exposure to ingredients and methods that Iuzzini was eager to bring to his work. From Daniel, Iuzzini moved on to Jean Georges, where he added another element to the restaurant’s classic Tastings to create the book’s title presentations: four-part dessert platings that showcase an ingredient, season, or pastry concept, often playfully inverted or turned on its head. The spirit and technical excellence of the “fourplays” showcase Iuzzini’s dedication to the conceptual depth of his desserts, and to their value not as an addendum to the meal but as an experience in and of themselves.

Gray Kunz and Peter Kaminsky
Elements of Taste
Oct 2001
Little, Brown & Company

Four-star chef Gray Kunz and food writer Peter Kaminsky have teamed up to create a different kind of cookbook–showing how anyone can think like a chef and create four-star meals at home.

Emeril Lagasse
Emeril's Creole Christmas
Oct 1997
HarperCollins Publishers

It's time to celebrate Christmas the Creole way: Corn Cakes with Caviar, Sugarcane Baked Ham with Spiced Apples and Pears, Jiffy Pop Firecracker Shrimp --these are the dishes guaranteed to make your holiday season festive. In addition to great appetizers, entrees, and desserts, Emeril includes some terrific stocking stuffer ideas--everything from his Homemade Worcestershire Sauce to a delectable recipe for Orange Pralines that are so good you might just decide to keep them for yourself.

Emeril Lagasse
Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking
Apr 1993
HarperCollins Publishers

In Emeril's New New Orleans Cooking, Emeril Lagasse shares the recipes that have made his restaurant "Emeril's" both a local favorite and a number one destination for visitors to New Orleans. He fuses the rich traditions of Creole cookery with the best of America's regional cuisines and adds a vibrant new palette of tastes, ingredients and styles.

Emeril Lagasse
Emeril's TV Dinners
Sep 1998
HarperCollins Publishers

Emeril's TV Dinners is another stellar cookbook from master chef and television star Emeril Lagasse.Included are 150 of Emeril's favorite recipes from his award-winning shows. But this cookbook isn't simply a revisit to some old television shows; this is vintage Emeril--great recipes from one of America's best chefs.

Auguste Escoffier, translated by H.L. Cracknell and R.J. Kaufmann J. W. Wiley & Sons
Escoffier: Le Guide Culinaire: The Original, Unabridged Translation Into English
Jun 2011
J. Wiley & Sons

When Auguste Escoffier first thought of this definitive guide to the cannon of French cuisine in 1882, he intended it “for the younger generation … for those who, starting work today, will in twenty years’ time be at the top of their profession.” With the publication of this newest English translation, almost 130 years since the first spark of inspiration, Escoffier gets his wish. (Again.) Because it’s the next generation of culinary talents that will now dive into the master’s carefully catalogued guide to classic French cuisine, confident in its authenticity. Amateurs beware: Escoffier’s famous narrative recipes assume a level of culinary mastery (Oeufs Mignon assumes knowledge of Sauce Périgueux which assumes knowledge of a “well-flavored Demi-glace,” etc.), putting the book squarely in the realm of students and professionals. And especially for those students of the culinary arts not (yet) versed in its rich past, introductions by Heston Blumenthal (who delves into the past at Dinner) and CIA President Dr. Tim Ryan put Escoffier’s genius in historic perspective. “The man casts a long shadow,” says Blumenthal. “We eat the way we eat because of Auguste.”

Ethan Stowell and Leslie Mille
Ethan Stowell’s New Italian Kitchen
Sep 2010
Ten Speed Press

2009 Seattle Rising Star Ethan Stowell masterfully adapts the Italian culinary philosophy in creative recipes that spotlight the local Northwestern ingredients for which the chef-owner of Seattle’s , How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, and Staple & Fancy Mercantile are renowned. Stowell breaks it down simply: “it’s got to be good, but it’s also got to fun.” Along this vein are recipes that a host could make with a glass of wine in hand, gently sautéing, and possibly telling a joke. The recipes cover the breadth of Italian cuisines, but if there is a region he focuses on for sourcing his ingredients, it’s the northwest—of the US that is. Like most Italian chefs, Stowell likes his food to come from the neighborhood. It is this focus on ingredients that elevates New Italian Kitchen above the rank and file of Italian cookbooks.

Norman Van Aken
Exotic Fruit Postcards
Jun 1995
Ten Speed Press

Fruit - natural, no additives , lowfat , heart-smart, good for you. With every day that passes exotic fruits - like their great counterpart, chiles - are increasingly working their way into our lives. Just as North Americans have found a friend in the fire of chiles due to their embrace of Mexican, South American, Caribbean, Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines ( among others), so tropical and subtropical fruits are another indispensible and common ingredients that figures dramatically in the cooking of these regions. Experience some of Chef Van Aken's tropical recipes for drinks and desserts!

Alice Waters
Fanny at Chez Panisse
Oct 1997
HarperCollins Publishers

A renowned cook and the owner of Chez Panisse, Alice Waters introduces the joys and pleasures of food and cooking to her daughter, Fanny. Alice's new book includes 46 recipes for easy-to-make and delicious foods that will become kids' instant favorites--from banana milkshakes and green apple sherbert to spaghetti and meatballs, french fries, and pizza. Watercolor illustrations.

Rick Tramonto with Mary Goodbody
Fantastico! Little Italian Plates and Antipasti from Rick Tramonto’s Kitchen
Nov 2007
Broadway Books

Rick Tramonto, one of America’s most renowned and award-winning chefs has written a cookbook showcasing the best of Italian cuisine, the food he grew up eating and has explored in depth on his extensive travels throughout the country. Fantastico! is the ideal source for a stunning array of antipasti, assaggios, salumis, and cheeses, the perfect accompaniments to a variety of wines and surprising additions to everyday and formal meals. Tramonto’s terrific recipes, accompanied by wine recommendations and his tips on buying the best ingredients, provide readers with the inspiration and the know-how they need to make a big impression by thinking small. The selection includes such festive recipes as Tramonto’s Razor Clams Casino and Roasted Medjool Dates with Gorgonzola, Bacon, and Toasted Walnuts; innovative ideas for grilled breads with robust toppings (bruschetta) and little toasts with refined toppings (crostini); an extraordinary variety of panini, along with wonderful Venetian-style,open-faced mini-sandwiches (cicchetti); With more than 100 simple recipes and beautiful full-color photographs, Fantastico! will inspire anyone who loves the casual charm of Italian cooking.

Colman Andrews
Ferran: The Inside Story of El Bulli and the Man Who Reinvented Food
Oct 2010
Gotham Books

In the great and diverse catalogue of literature devoted to the chef, his cuisine, and the El Bulli legacy, Colman Andrews’ coverage stands out as something slightly more personal—as intimate a glimpse into the man behind the curtain as we’re likely to get. The book, purportedly the last biography to which Adrià will contribute, isn’t actually a biography, at least not in the traditional sense. It’s a life story, certainly, a kind of dual biography told in parallel. On one side is the story of Adrià as chef, covering his meandering path from hapless partier, to semi-serious cook, to the driving force behind the next great evolution in cuisine. On the other side is the life of El Bulli the institution, from its inauspicious beginnings as a would-be tourist trap through its various culinary incarnations, to its rebirth as the stucco-ed, breezy, unlikely hub of modern gastronomy. Whether Andrews intended it or not, the parallel is effective, not simply in narrative terms; it emphasizes how the evolutions Adrià and El Bulli are inextricably interlinked, and with them, the future of the culinary experience as we know it.

Rocco DiSpirito
Flavor
Nov 2003
Hyperion

In Flavor, DiSpirito shows readers how to create bold, intriguingly delicious food through combinations of ingredients both mundane and exotic. The cuisine is sophisticated but surprisingly easy for home chefs to replicate. Using the four flavors (sour, sweet, bitter, and salty) as basic building blocks, Rocco demonstrates how to combine and commingle flavors to create one-of-a-kind dishes.
2004 James Beard Award Winner for Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Vikas Khanna
Flavors First: An Indian Chef's Culinary Journey
Jan 2011
Lake Isle Press

Chef Vikas Khanna tread a course from a childhood in Amritsar, India to adulthood as a successful New York chef, part of the vanguard of Indian cuisine in this country. The common link, the tie that binds the cosmopolitan chef to his traditional Indian upbringing, is flavor. And Flavors First is Chef Khanna’s tribute to that—a personal culinary memoir, a guide to the pantry and practices of the regional Indian cuisine that he knew in his youth and brings to his sophisticated cuisine at Junoon. Khanna knows better than most that to master the flavors of Indian cuisine, you have to develop a working familiarity with its vast, colorful array of ingredients, especially the spices. So before he delves into the book's many recipes, Khanna unpacks the Indian spice cabinet, and from there, goes on to elaborate on the many facets of an Indian meal, from chutneys and parathas to Home-Style Lamb Curry (Khanna’s all-time favorite). Woven throughout the book are Khanna’s reflections and recollections—more than worth investigating from a man who literally knit his way into his first catering business (check out page 139). Khanna's input is both practical and emotional, a reflection of the chef and the man—wisdom earned and cherished in a life spent exploring a grand culinary heritage.

Joanne Chang
Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston's Flour Bakery + Cafe
Oct 2010
Chronicle Books

2009 Boston Rising Star Chef Joanne Chang originally came to Cambridge with business mathematics in mind. Fortunately for sweet-toothed Bostonians she quickly traded in her graphing calculator for a baker’s scale. Flour is the compilation of dessert and bread recipes she’s been honing at her homey bakery Flour. Chang’s precise verging-on-obsessive instructions set Flour apart: her attention to ingredient temperature and preparation teach the reader to think like a baker. While Chang gleaned much of her technical skill from mastering French technique at Payard with Chef François himself, she gravitates towards the American style desserts denied her as a child. Staple American pastries like Oreos and Pop Tarts are redefined as homey treats that achieve a surprising elegance. Also worth a look is the “Other Sweets” chapter where Chang showcases her creativity, catering towards the adult palate with desserts such as Lemon Sherbert and Prosecco Sorbet and Ginger Tuile Cups with Champagne Sabayon and Fresh Berries.

Nigella Lawson
Forever Summer
Apr 2003
Hyperion

Nigella Lawson is one of Britain's most influential food writers, and a brilliant home cook. How to Be a Domestic Goddess, her award-winning cookbook, sold more than 100,000 copies. Nigella Bites, another great success, featured enticing recipes made with minimum effort. In Forever Summer, Nigella Lawson shares her favorite warm-weather recipes that will give readers that "lazy summer feeling" all year long.

Michael S. Sanders
Fresh From Maine: Recipes and Stories from the State’s Best Chefs
Sep 2010
Table Arts Media

The editor of Fresh From Maine: Recipes and Stories from the State’s Best Chefs wants you to come to visit Maine. What’s his pitch? The culinary scene is thriving. Young chefs can easily make their living with a low cost, high quality lifestyle that is available, in abundance, in Maine. Provide these chefs with the local seafood and organic farming that have always been Maine traditions and you’ve got all the ingredients for great restaurants. The book is divided by region: Sanders takes the reader up the coast restaurant by restaurant, chef by chef, and recipe by recipe. Some of the recipes look good, others look fantastic. The Hand-made gnocchi from Town Hill Bistro look delicious—and the Bang Island Mussels with Great Hill Blue Cheese at Anneke Jans look out of this world. But that’s the point the book wants to make: the dish isn’t out of this world—it’s from Maine. Sure, you can try and reproduce the experience at home. But better to let Maine make it for you!

Laurent Tourondel and Charlotte March
Fresh from the Market: Seasonal Cooking with Laurent Tourondel and Charlotte March
Sep 2010
John Wiley & Sons

Fresh from the Market might be an elegant cookbook geared towards the home chef, but it contains valuable insights for professionals looking to marry a farm-fresh perspective with refined cuisine. Because it’s from master chef Laurent Tourondel, progenitor of the BLT restaurant empire, the recipes combine the lush product of local country farms with a cosmopolitan culinary finesse. And because it’s Tourondel, the dishes balance decadence with subtlety, refinement with rusticity. Photographs from Quentin Bacon complement Tourdondel’s culinary narrative; Bacon’s evocative pictures beautifully tell every dish’s story from farm to table. The book is portioned into chapters by season, with a comprehensive list of seasonal ingredients and recipes progressing from the cocktail and amuse bouche all the way to entrees and desserts. Touchingly familiar and yet sophisticated menus for the season’s holidays round out the generous offerings. Pigs in a Blanket “Ritz Carlton” opens a Thanksgiving Menu complete with duck confit and Turkey with chestnut-sausage stuffing. With juxtapositions like this Tourendel succeeds in making gourmet cuisine seem as comfortably familiar as it is in his many restaurants.

Lisa Dupar
Fried Chicken and Champagne: a Romp Through the Kitchen at Pomegranate Bistro
Aug 2010
Southern Accents, Inc.

Fried chicken and a glass of Champagne? Yes, please. Chef Lisa Dupar’s IACP award-winning cookbook explores both the hometown and haute elements of the cuisines Dupar holds most dear. A Georgia girl, who cooked across Europe and landed in the Pacific Northwest, Dupar grew up eating Southern Fried Chicken but quickly developed a taste for life’s more refined and worldly flavors. And she combines high- and low-brow foods with gusto in Fried Chicken and Champagne. Her recipe for “Frogmore Stew: Shrimp, Crab, Andouille Sausage, Sweet Corn in Shellfish Broth” combines elegant ingredients with a touch of rustic sloppiness. And Ginger Molasses Cookies have all the homey simplicity you could want from a cookie—but Dupar isn’t afraid to add black pepper for kick. If by some stretch of the imagination, you can’t find something you’re dying to try from Fried Chicken and Champagne, it’s quite possible you simply don’t like food.

Rachael Ray
Get Togethers : Rachael Ray 30 Minute Meals
Dec 2003
Lake Isle Press

Rachael Ray, the popular host of "30-Minute Meals" and "$40 a Day" seen daily on the TV Food Network, puts the fun back into entertaining with this exciting collection of recipes, all designed to feed a crowd or smaller gathering in 30 minutes or less. Using her trademark free-hand style of cooking and readily available ingredients, Rachael makes "having people over" seem effortless. She offers helpful cooking and organizing tips throughout. When it comes to entertaining, Rachael believes that less is more. Keep it simple, and you will enjoy your own party more. Her recipes will make you look "way cool."

Freddy Girardet
Girardet : Recipes from a Master of French Cuisine
Aug 2002
Ten Speed Press

During the heady glory days of haute cuisine in the 1970s, gourmands from around the world dined at fine restaurants in Paris, Lyons, Roanne, and other parts of France. Yet another illustrious culinary destination was located in a renovated town hall in a village outside of Lausanne, Switzerland, where Frédy Girardet was creating sublime French cuisine to international acclaim, earning three Michelin stars. Chef Girardet entered semiretirement in 1996, and now, 20 years after the publication of his landmark first cookbook, the eagerly anticipated second book has arrived. Over 100 classic recipes are presented, including signature dishes with such classic Girardet ingredients as foie gras, truffles, and citrus.

Al Brown
Go Fish: Recipes and Stories from the New Zealand Coast
Jan 2010
Random House

For Al Brown, chef by trade and lifelong fisherman by avocation, "to catch a fish and then cook it, as simple as it may sound, brings me more gratification than almost anything else." In Go Fish, Brown collects his passion for the treasures of the briny deep into a colorful, heartfelt compendium of recipes, practical tips, and personal stories that span decades of fishing, cooking, and eating. Brown generously shares his idiosyncratic and highly personal relationship with fishing, giving readers a sense of ownership and responsibility similar to what he himself learned as a young boy. After an introduction recounting his first formative muddy days of creek-side eel fishing to his first experience of fishing in the sea, Brown delves into dishes that feature New Zealand's best and lesser-known species. And the chef's philosophy of cooking as simply as possible, which he practices daily at Wellington's Logan Brown, allows the unadulterated purity of the fish to shine through in every dish, making this cookbook as much a regional representation of New Zealand seafood as cooking guide. With sophisticated recipes that encourage experimentation and flexibility, as well as tips that distill not only practical but cultural savvy, Go Fish acts like a literary initiation into the rich tradition and culinary culture of New Zealand fishing.

Bernard, Francoise; Ducasse, Alain
Good Cuisine
Jun 1902
Ici La Press

Francoise Bernard and Alain Ducasse make for an unusual, yet highly complimentary culinary pairing. Francoise Bernard is the author of one of the touchstones of French cooking, Les Recettes Faciles, which has inspired generations of cooks. She continues to reach millions of her countrywomen with her message of economical, simple cooking via her television appearances. Alain Ducasse is a master chef and restauranteur know the world over for his three star Michelin restaurants in Paris and Monaco, and for the extraordinary experience he offers those who dine at Ducasse in Manhattan. They move in different spheres, yet are heirs to a common culinary tradition.

Kim Boyce with Amy Scattergood
Good to the Grain: Baking with Whole-Grain Flours
Mar 2010
Stewart, Tabori, & Chang

Kim Boyce’s revelatory cookbook on whole grains pairs a wide range of whole grain flours by flavor profiles and textures to appropriate (and tempting) recipes. Amaranth, for example, “pairs very well with strong-flavored sweeteners like honey … as they temper the boldness of the flour without masking its flavor.” The recipes that follow meld the sophisticated palates of seasoned professionals (Boyce counts Nancy Silverton and Sherri Yard among her mentors) with a maternal hominess. She elevates simple dishes like muffins, pancakes, and cookies with unusual flavor profiles—waffles are spiced with ginger, carrot, orange, and corn-flour; bran muffins enlivened by amaranth, molasses, and dried fruit. Whether your goal is to broaden the flavor range of your pastry program or lure a more health-minded customer base, Boyce’s insights on whole-grain pastry will be a great asset.

Gordon Ramsay with Roz Denny
Gordon Ramsay: A Chef for All Seasons
Aug 2005
Ten Speed Press

Gordon Ramsay has become the celebrity chef of the moment with his imaginative interpretations of classic British food at his eponymous London restaurant. His new cookbook showcases his signature dishes, and as the title suggests, highlights his infatuation with the seasonal produce of the English countryside. While some of the recipes seem repetitive his unpretentious cooking looks earthy and flavorful, and unlike the overly complex recipes in many celebrity-chef tomes many of Ramsay dishes can be replicated in the home kitchen.

Jason Atherton
Gordon Ramsay’s Maze
Oct 2009
Key Porter Books

Ferran Adria introduces Chef Jason Atherton, “a magnificent cook,” in a brief but warm forward to this cookbook distillation of Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin-starred London outpost Maze. Working under the likes of Adria and UK culinary powerhouse Ramsay, Atherton developed his own imaginative approach to cuisine that is both ambitious and firmly rooted in fundamentals. In Maze, Atherton showcases the restaurant’s award-winning menu that combines Eastern and Western elements (e.g. Wagyu beef, ras el hanout, Scottish salmon, preserved lemons) for a modern upscale take on tapas. The cookbook is built as a sort of inverse pyramid, with recipes (in categories “Savory” and “Sweet”) straight from the restaurant menu at the top, followed by two recipes that use the same central protein or flavor profile in more casual preparations. With only this brief foray into the back kitchen of Maze, the success of the restaurant, and Chef Atherton’s proven potential, become immediately and stunningly apparent.

Jamie Oliver
Happy Days with the Naked Chef
Oct 2002
Hyperion

Jamie Oliver believes in finding the best ingredients and making tasty, easy, social meals. Like his first two bestselling cookbooks, Happy Days is filled with fantastic salads, pastas, meat, fish, breads, and desserts for all occasions.

Heston Blumenthal
Heston's Fantastical Feasts
Sep 2010
Bloomsbury USA

If you’re the chef who was drawn to the kitchen because of a strange obsession with reading (not watching!) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then rejoice, because your adulthood sequel has been released. Heston’s Fantastical Feasts gives both Roald Dahl and Ferran Adria a run for their money when it comes to edible fancy. This whimsical book flees from grownup preoccupations with practicality and convenience. It’s a collection of six feasts inspired by mythology, fantasy, fairy tails, and the bizarre. Nothing is off limits for Blumenthal, whose telling response to the sous chef who offers him a pair of boar’s eyeballs is “I’ll try them if you will.” Whether molding a more digestible version of the fatal iceberg in “Titanic Feasts” or giving a shout out to his mentor with his “BFG and the Golden Ticket”, Blumenthal’s fertile imagination and perfected craftsmanship keep you guessing, laughing, and absolutely boggled.

Steven Raichlen
High Flavor, Low-Fat Chicken
Jan 1996
Viking Adult

Raichlen has taught millions of Americans how to transform low-fat cooking into culinary triumph by using intense flavors and savvy cooking techniques. Here he provides over 40 recipes for tantalizing variations of favorite chicken dishes, from Smoked Chicken Gumbo to Chicken Salad Nicoise to Chicken Noodle Soup

Waldy Malouf
High Heat
May 2003
Broadway Books

The maximum flavor and minimum fuss of high-heat cooking can now be yours year-round, whether outdoors on the grill or indoors in your oven.
Powerhouse chef Waldy Malouf of Beacon Restaurant in New York City and Stamford, Connecticut, likes to play with fire. Roasting and grilling have become his signature, and High Heat heralds the arrival of this brilliant approach for home cooks. Featuring 125 savory recipes adaptable for both open-flame grilling and hot-oven cooking, High Heat is the first cookbook to offer home cooks this kind of flexibility. In fact, most of the recipes, which are fast and easy to follow, include simple variations for both kinds of cooking so that you can enjoy your favorite flavors whatever the weather or time of year. Both oven roasting and open-flame grilling rely on high heat to bring out the most delicious and fundamental flavors of any food—caramelizing the natural sugars and turning the foods golden brown.
The recipes in High Heat are designed for the home cook—no long ingredient lists or all-day preparations required.
A father himself, Malouf has chosen recipes that will appeal to the whole family. The use of just a few ingredients and basic cooking techniques make these dishes easy to prepare for weeknights as well as special occasions. High-heat cooking is both quick and healthy, intensifying flavors without requiring additional fat or calories. So turn up the heat and prepare a knockout meal in your oven or on your grill.

Gillian Duffy
Hors d'Oeuvres
Nov 1998
HarperCollins Publishers

Gillian Duffy, culinary editor for New York magazine, presents an array of hors d'oeuvres, as delicious as they are attractive, to take us through the year. With expertise and enthusiasm, Gillian offers her own creations as well as recipes from top New York City chefs and caterers. Beautiful full-color photographs throughout the book whet the appetite and make this a splendid gift. Best of all, the recipes are easy enough to be prepared in anyone's home kitchen.

Hors d'Oeuvres moves from winter bites such as Raclette Crisps with Pecans and Basil to summer refreshers like Shrimp with Green-Chile Pesto. Classic cocktails such as the Cosmopolitan Martini are invented by master mixologists like Dale DeGroff of the Rainbow Room. Whether the event is flamboyant or low key, classic or cutting edge, Hors d'Oeuvres offers just what's needed to kick off a party or start a meal with style.

Mark Bittman
How to Cook Everything:Simple Recipes for Great Food
Oct 2008
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Here's the breakthrough one-stop cooking reference for today's generation of cooks!
Nationally Known cooking authority Mark Bittman has written a comprehensive book for every cook-aspiring and experienced-who longs for simple recipes that yield delicious food. It is for first-time cooks who want to learn the basics of good cooking from a reliable, contemporary source. It is for cook who are time-pressed and need to get healthful meals on the table with a minimum of fuss. It is for old pros who yearn to brighten their repertoires with innovative recipes and tempting flavors. How to Cook Everything contains over 1500 recipes and variations for all occasions that reflect the way we cook today.

David Rosengarten
It's All American Food : The Best Recipes for More Than 400 New American Classics
May 2005
Little, Brown & Company

David Rosengarten has created a definitive cookbook of truly American favorites, ranging from coast to coast, back into the past, and into the cuisines that have merged with the American mainstream in recent decades.

Jacques Pépin
Jacques Pepin Celebrates : The Companion Book to His New PBS Series
Sep 2001
Random House Inc

The companion book to a new 26-part public television series debuting in the fall of 2001. A fabulous book for people who love to cook! To Jacques Pepin, every meal is a celebration. And his delight in creating delicious offerings for family and friends is contagious as he shares the secrets of meals he has prepared over the years for holidays, special occasions, and family gatherings.

Jacques Pépin
Jacques Pépin's Complete Techniques: More Than 1,000 Basic Preparations and Recipes, All Demonstrated in Step-by-Step Photographs
May 2001
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.

"This is a seminal work, and like no other. Jacques Pépin is not only a renowned chef, a foremost authority on French cuisine, and a great teacher; also, as all of us know who have seen him in action, he is truly a master technician. For us to have all this information in our hands, fully illustrated and explained, is indeed a treasure." -Julia Child

Jamie Oliver
Jamie's Kitchen : A Complete Cooking Course
Oct 2003
Hyperion

Jamie's Kitchen -- the book -- is laid out as a cooking course and will inspire readers of all levels. Some of the cooking techniques included are making salads, cooking without heat, poaching and boiling, steaming, stewing and braising, roasting, grilling, and baking. In the process, Jamie shares one-of-a-kind, delicious recipes, such as prosciutto and pecorino, citrus-seared tuna with crispy noodles, herbs, and chili; smoked haddock risotto; and baked chocolate pudding.

Jamie Oliver
Jamie’s Italy
Nov 2006
Hyperion

Both the recipes and the photographs in this book make you feel as if you’re traveling through Italy. The recipes are the result of Jamie Oliver’s journey all over Italy, and they are by Italian home cooks, for home cooks. Traditional and authentic, the food in this book will make you want to cook, and then take a trip to Italy to thank the contributors for their Sicilian Lobster Broth and Pear Sorbet.

Tadashi Ono and Harris Salat
Japanese Hot Pots: Comforting One-Pot Meals
Jan 2010
Ten Speed Press

The hot pot is a Japanese culinary tradition: fresh ingredients poached in their own flavorful liquid in one simmering, delicious pot. Perfect for comforting weeknight meals to stave off the cold, hot pots can accommodate a variety of ingredients, although they are most gratifying when prepared with the flavorful stocks of Japanese cuisine. Chef Ono and food journalist Salat offer a primer on the building blocks of hot pots, from umami-rich stocks to hot-pot specific cooking tips. Recipes include extra information on lesser known Japanese ingredients and techniques, ensuring that even the unacquainted cook will produce a hot pot worthy of the tradition.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Jean-Georges : Cooking at Home With a Four-Star Chef
Sep 1998
Broadway Books

Interested in terrific food? Good. The first thing to do is buy this book. Then clear your calendar for the next 150 days. At a recipe a day, that's how long it will take to go from cover to cover. Your old life? Buy this book and kiss your old life goodbye. You won't regret it.

Jonathan Lundy
Jonathan’s Bluegrass Table: Redefining Kentucky Cuisine
Jan 2010
Butler Books

A taste of Kentucky isn’t just a taste of the South. Kentucky is a region unto itself, with culinary traditions and local ingredients that give its food distinctive character. Chef Jonathan Lundy has been preparing the region’s distinctive cuisine for years at Jonathan at Gratz Park in Lexington. He shares the secrets of his culinary success in this tell-all recipe guide to Kentucky cuisine. With recipes that feature the region’s fresh local produce, artisan cheeses, and wildflower honeys, as well as the long-held traditions and techniques, Jonathan’s Blue Grass Table presents a rich and inviting culinary tapestry, a testament to the flavors and textures of real Kentucky cuisine.

Gary Regan
Joy of Mixology : The Consummate Guide to the Bartender's Craft
Oct 2003
Random House Inc

The Joy of Mixology brings a new understanding to the world of cocktails and how to make them. Expert author Gary Regan's unprecedented innovation is the fresh look he takes at various "families" of drinks.

Anthony Bourdain
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
Jan 2007
HarperCollins Publishers

CIA-trained Bourdain, currently the executive chef of the celebrated Les Halles, wrote two culinary mysteries before his first (and infamous) New Yorker essay launched this frank confessional about the lusty and larcenous real lives of cooks and restaurateurs. He is obscenely eloquent, unapologetically opinionated, and a damn fine storyteller--a Jack Kerouac of the kitchen.

Jose Garces with April White
Latin Evolution
Sep 2008
Lake Isle Press

Latin Evolution by Jose Garces, often called “the godfather of Nuevo Latino cuisine,” is a sophisticated, much needed cookbook in the culinary publishing world. As Garces simply states, “This recipe collection is a highly personal mix of my family history, culinary training and personal creativity.” It focuses on modern Spanish and Latin American cuisines with inventive recipes presented in a clear format, each with its own short historical introduction. The “Basics” chapter includes recipes for flavored oils, various confits and authentic sauces, among other things, called for in the preceding recipes. He also includes a glossary of regional ingredients with substitutions for the international audience. We’re glad to see our 2004 Philadelphia Rising Star is keeping up the good work, and spreading the gospel of modern Latin cuisine.

Maguy Le Coze, and Eric Ripert
Le Bernardin Cookbook
Sep 1998
Broadway Books

Beautifully rejacketed. Understated elegance for home cooks in 100 plus impeccable recipes from New York's only four-star seafood restaurant. Thirty of the famous desserts are here, too. Adapted for home kitchens, all of the selections in the Le Bernardin Cookbook can be prepared with a minimum of fuss, and many of them feature Gilbert Le Coze's simple, delicate herb-infused vinaigrettes and nages.

Edmund Lawler
Lessons in Service from Charlie Trotter
Mar 2004
Ten Speed Press

As winner of the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurant Award, Charlie Trotter and his service staff run what many consider to be America's finest restaurant. But it's not just about food in this renowned Chicago hot spot. It's about a subtle relationship between food, wine, ambiance, and service--a relationship Trotter has perfected by hiring passionate staff with the ability to surpass his incredibly high standards. In Lessons in Service, journalist Edmund Lawler reveals the secrets behind Trotter's unequaled success and shows other businesses how to improve their levels of service.

Daniel Boulud
Letters to a Young Chef
Jan 2003
Basic Books

From the reinvention of French food through the fine dining revolution in America, Daniel Boulud has been a witness to and a creator of today's food culture. In Letters to a Young Chef, Boulud speaks not only of how to make a career as a chef in today's world, but also of why one should want to do so in the first place. As he himself puts it, it is "a tasty life." The love of food and the obsession with flavors, ingredients, and techniques are the chef's source of strength, helping the young chef to survive and flourish during the long years of apprenticeship and their necessary sacrifices. Part memoir, part advice book, part cookbook, part reverie, this delicious new book will delight and enlighten chefs of all kinds, from passionate amateurs to serious professionals.

Wolfgang Puck
Live, Love, Eat! The Best of Wolfgang Puck
Sep 2006
Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated

Live, Love, Eat! takes its title from Puck's signature catch-phrase and one that sums up his exuberant approach to cooking and entertaining. This new offering from Puck's kitchen is composed of 150 favorite recipes featured on his Food Network show.

Emeril Lagasse
Louisiana Real & Rustic
Sep 1996
HarperCollins Publishers

This is a roots cookbook through and through, and the first lesson to learn is that in Louisiana, the roots run deep. Acadian, Creole, north Louisiana, south Louisiana, Bayou, country, city--each figures into the mix, and Emeril explores them all. He shows you gumbos that can be made with a French roux, African okra, or a file from the indigenous Indians. There are famous Meat Pies from Natchitoches, Louisiana; Creole dishes like Catfish Pecan Meuniere; and classic etouffees, jambalayas, and fricassees--the one-pot meals that are the heart of Acadian (a.k.a. Cajun) cooking.

Auguste Escoffier
Ma Cuisine
Apr 2001
Octopus Publishing Group

New paperback edition of the classic. Auguste Escoffier was the "King of Chefs and Chef of Kings," a founder of London's famed Savoy Hotel, and probably the greatest cook of all time. Among the sublime tastes elegantly presented here: Hot Lobster Mousse; Chestnut Croquettes; and Meringue with Custard Cream. A complete cooking course in one volume!

Jose Andres
Made in Spain: Spanish Dishes for the American Kitchen
Nov 2008
Clarkson Potter

From renowned Spanish-born Chef and Restaurateur Jose Andrés comes his second cookbook, a companion book to his PBS television series Made in Spain. In Made in Spain: Dishes for the American Kitchen Andrés focuses on regional Spanish cuisine (from Madrid to Andalucia and beyond) and articulates how American chefs can adapt these simple recipes for their kitchens. Each section (the book is divided by geography and ingredients) begins with an informative segment on the region’s political and culinary history. The recipes start with a brief story about the inspiration or background behind it. The book provides a chef’s tour of Spain without having to leave the table and is infused with Andrés’ characteristic wit and charm.

Mario Batali
Mario Batali's Simple Italian Food : Rustic Cooking from Two Villages
Sep 1998
Crown Publishing Group

Perfectly pristine ingredients, combined sensibly and cooked properly, are the unmistakable hallmarks of the best Italian food. Chef Mario Batali, known to fans far and wide as "Molto Mario" from his appearances on television's Food Network and as chef of New York's much-loved Pó restaurant, has elevated these simple principles to fine art, creating innovative new fare that pays tribute to traditional Italian home cooking in a distinctly modern way. Now, for the first time, more than 200 of his irresistible recipes for fresh pastas, sprightly salads, grilled dishes, savory ragus, and many others are gathered in Simple Italian Food, a celebration of the flavors and spirit of Italy.

Martin Bosley
Martin Bosley Cooks
Jan 2010
Random House

“My year rolls across ingredients,” says Martin Bosley in the introduction to his new book, “each season bringing something new to look forward to.” Chef-proprietor of the beloved Martin Bosley’s in Wellington—the 2007 recipient of Cuisine magazine’s Restaurant of the Year Award—Bosley might easily rest on his laurels and let the legacy of his restaurant speak for itself. But Bosley is a cook at heart, a cook in the kitchen and a cook at home. And what’s more, he’s a cook who shares, whether in his weekly recipe columns for the Listener or here, in a book that collects years’ worth of recipes, with sourcing and cooking tips, and, of course, the stories behind them. And while Bosley makes his recipes accessible to most home kitchens, his fellow chefs will no doubt be interested to know just why Bosley’s Perfect Steak Sandwich is the thing to eat after a long night’s service.

Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck
Mastering the Art of French Cooking : Volume One
Oct 2001
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Forty years ago Mastering the Art of French Cooking ignited America's passion for good food, and brought that food into our homes. It remains as essential today as it was then--a great teaching cookbook and the preeminent French cookbook for the American kitchen.

Joan Schwartz
Meat and Potatoes : 52 Recipes, from Simple to Sublime
Nov 2003
Random House Publishing Group

From well-known cookbook author Joan Schwartz, creator of the delectable Macaroni and Cheese, comes Meat and Potatoes/ a new collection of outstanding recipes from celebrated chefs across the country. Here are the special recipes of celebrated chefs like Anita Lo, Bobby Flay, Mitchel London, and Patricia Yeo. These chefs work their magic with beef, lamb, veal, and pork in combination of a variety of both white and sweet potatoes. Roasted, braised, or grilled, turned into soups, salads, croquettes or stews, these ingredients are the stuff of endless possibilities.

Rick Bayless
Mexican Kitchen: Capturing the Flavors of a World-Class Cuisine
Oct 1996
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

Until now, American home cooks have had few authorities to translate the heart of this world-class cuisine to everyday cooking. With more than 150 recipes, chef, author and teacher Rick Bayless provides the inspirations and guidance that home cooks have needed. Fascinating cultural background and practical cooking tips help readers to understand these preparations and make them their own. Familiar recipes with innovative Mexican accents, such as Baked Ham with Yucatecan Flavors, Spicy Chicken Salad, Ancho-Broiled Salmon and Very, Very Good Chili. Throughout, the intrepid Bayless brings chiles into focus, revealing that Mexican cooks use these pods for flavor, richness, color and, yes, sometimes for heat. He details the simple techniques for getting the best out of every chile-from the rich, smoky chipotle to the incendiary but fruity habanero. It's all here: starters like Classic Seviche Tostadas or Chorizo-Stuffed Anch Chiles; tortilla based preparations like Achiote-Roasted Pork Tacos or Street-Style Red Chile Enchiladas; even a whole chapter on fiesta foods; and ending with a selection of luscious desserts like Chocolate Flan with Kahlua.

Victor Gielisse, CMC and Ron DeSantis, CMS of The Culinary Institute of America
Modern Batch Cookery
Feb 2011
John C. Wiley and Sons
A comprehensive guide to volume cooking from The Culinary Institute of America, Modern Batch Cookery offers the culinary professional a complete look at the brass-tacks of large quantity cooking. After an introductory glimpse of proper menu planning, budget balancing, and recipe building, the book provides chapters on stocks, soups, and sauces, breakfast and brunch, salad dressings, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, entrées, side dishes, reception foods, baked goods, and desserts. With serving yields for Hollandaise Sauce measured in gallons, and enough Gnocchi Piedmontese to feed 50, these recipes are clearly geared towards the professional kitchen with a serious output. Since Modern Batch Cookery is mainly comprised of staple dishes, this book is best used as a skeleton onto which a chef or kitchen can graft its own style. Be forewarned, when the book promises healthful recipes, they’re talking about sanitation—Buttermilk Fried Chicken by the gallon isn’t a calorie burner.
Dr. Nathan Myhrvold with Chris Young and Maxime Bilet, Photographs by Ryan Matthew Smith and Nathan Myhrvold
Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking
Mar 2011
The Cooking Lab

In purely technical terms, Modernist Cuisine is a comprehensive codification of culinary techniques. In cultural terms, the fact that it spans five volumes, covers topics in meticulous scientific depth, and essentially transforms the fundamental approach to modern cooking, makes it a culinary revolution, printed and bound. Not that Nathan Myrvhold, Chris Young, and Maxime Bilet are looking to challenge the basics of cuisine; quite the opposite, they’re looking to explore them more deeply, as deeply as they’ve been explored. And with volumes including History and Fundamentals, Techniques and Equipment, Animals and Plants, Ingredients and Preparations, and Plated Dish Recipes—with a Kitchen Manual, because let's face it, you're out of you're league—they're exploring (and explaining) everything from the hows and whys of traditional methods to the science behind the vanguard techniques of the last 30 years. And all this from a project that began as an exposition of sous vide and food safety (which Myhrvold covers in unprecedented depth in Volume One). Bisected photographs give immediate visual logic to explanations of technique and product, making this an indispensable reference guide for any cook, chef, or visionary looking to keep pace with—or even dream beyond—the technical, conceptual, poetic precision of modern cuisine.

Masaharu Morimoto
Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking
Aug 2007
DK Publishing, Inc.

Surprisingly accessible, this inspiring cookbook from one of the world’s great chefs takes the reader through 125 recipes that will redefine your understanding of Japanese cuisine. With beautiful photography, Morimoto’s book gives instructions on things like how to make and properly eat sushi and sashimi, background on ingredients like tofu and soy sauce, and explanations of his own philosophies about cooking.

Mourad Lahlou
Mourad New Moroccan
Oct 2011
Artisan Publishing

Mourad New Moroccan is like an invitation to encounter cuisine the way its author did: by memory. An economics PhD candidate with no professional culinary ambitions, Mourad Lahlou came to cooking by accident—or, more accurately, by tradition, nostalgically reviving and building upon the foodways of his Moroccan homeland. And with Mourad New Moroccan, Lahlou shares how he bridged the gap between the okra and lamb stews of his bustling family home in Casablanca and the refined contours of his award-winning cuisine at Aziza. The book begins with an introduction to seven indispensable factors of Moroccan (and specifically Mourad-Moroccan) cooking, with “master classes” that have approachable titles like “Dude. Preserved Lemons.” And “The Charmoula Effect.” From the image of women rolling couscous to the incredible versatility of aforementioned charmoula, it’s like an insider’s guide to the human traditions behind flavor. And the recipes that follow like “Figs, Crème Fraîche, Arugula, Mint” and “Dungeness Crab, Meyer Lemon, Harissa Butter” join the stories and savor—a warm, inviting, second-generation homage to first generation flavors.

Skye Gyngell
My Favorite Ingredients
Feb 2010
Ten Speed Press

A chef would be hard pressed to winnow down a precious few favorite ingredients from among the plenty, but Skye Gygnell of Petersham Nurseries Café has done just that. With My Favorite Ingredients, Gygnell shares her sixteen most beloved ingredients, all seasonal and sustainable, from Asparagus to Vinegar to Honey and, of course, Chocolate. Chef and recipe columnist for the Independent on Sunday, Gygnell takes a few justifiable liberties under certain broader ingredients categories like Leaves, for instance, where she expounds upon the virtues of purslane, escarole, and watercress, among others. But as a w hole the book is a dedication by Gygnell to the roster of products that keep her mouth happy and her kitchen running. Recipes and personal recollections accompany each ingredient, and one feels that Gygnell is not simply making a persuasive point—that these ingredients are deservedly her favorites—but that she is writing a professional’s devotional to the foodstuffs that keep her everyday inspired.

John Besh
My New Orleans: The Cookbook
Oct 2009
Andrews McMeel Publishing

Prolific Chef and Louisiana champion John Besh presents this ode to his hometown in a format that straddles memoir and cookbook. Especially in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the environs seem like a precious but essential element of Americana, with its regional specialty cuisine providing the equivalent of a spice-and-sugar-rim on the national cocktail. With this beautifully illustrated book, Besh aims to preserve the mosaic of regional flavors of Louisiana. With an emphasis on the distinctive ingredients that make up Louisiana cooking, Besh breaks down the book by ingredients, region, and events. Chapters like “Strawberries and Citrus,” “Shrimp Season” and “Creole Tomatoes” appear alongside occasion-oriented chapters like “Feast Days” and “Thanksgiving.” Besh begins each chapter with a personal account, either of his encounters with an ingredient (e.g.“Creole tomatoes should be eaten warm, right off the plant, a thing I still look forward to like a child.”) or his experience of a particular feast or occasion, like his in-laws’ famously elaborate Thanksgivings. Chefs unfamiliar with Louisiana can use this native-made resource to incorporate the exotic flavors and textures of New Orleans into their cooking.

Kurt Gutenbrunner
Neue Cuisine: The Elegant Taste of Vienna
Oct 2011
Rizzoli

“What I wanted was my own interpretation of the cooking I had grown up with—a neue cuisine that was half Mozart, half Lou Reed.” How apt that Kurt Gutenbrunner introduces his inspiration this way, a Viennese-American combination of Mozart’s sublimely perfected genius and musician Lou Reed’s free-form inspiration. Not only does it reflect the chef’s cuisine, it sets up the mood and tone of the cookbook. From the artistic freedoms of the Vienna Secession to the nightlife culture of cabaret, Austria is a land of artistic and cultural interdependencies. And every page of Gutenbrunner’s cookbook is a reflection, a culinary manifestation of classically Viennese cosmopolitanism. An introduction on turn-of-the-century Vienna, “the City of Dreams,” covers everything from art and architecture to the culture of coffee houses and the birth of psychoanalysis. And the cultural inclusions don’t end there. Recipes for the chef’s elegant updates on traditional Austrian cuisine (“Fresh Morels with Sherry and Semolina Dumplings” and “Pheasant Roasted in Salt Dough a la Heinz Winkler”) are interspersed with paintings by Gustav Klimt, photos of the chef in boyhood, and meditations on classic Austrian ingredients.

Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page
New American Chef : Bringing Home the Best of Food and Flavor from Around the World
Oct 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

2004 IACP Award Nominee for Chefs and Restaurants Category; Today’s professional chefs have the world to use as their pantry and draw freely on a global palette of flavors. Now Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page bring together some of the foremost culinary authorities to reveal how to use different flavors and techniques to create a new level of culinary artistry. Mario Batali, Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse, Paula Wolfert, and many others share the foundations of ten influential cuisines:

Gillian Duffy
New York Cooks : The 100 Best Recipes from New York Magazine
Oct 2003
Abrams,Harry N Inc

2004 IACP Award Nominee for Compilations Category; Every year, New York magazine publishes two definitive guides to entertaining-one for summer, one for the holidays. New York Cooks collects the best recipes from these issues, showcasing the creations of the city's greatest chefs. Their mouth-watering dishes can be easily made at home-they've all been tested-without spending the whole day in the kitchen.

Nobuyuki Matsuhisa
Nobu : The Cookbook
Sep 2001
Kodansha Amer Inc

Nobu Matsuhisa needs little introduction. With his multinational and ever expanding empire of 13 restaurants in the United States, Italy, France and Japan he has become the most talked-about restaurateur of recent years and arguably the world's greatest sushi chef. In Nobu: The Cookbook–his first cookbook in any language–Nobu reveals the secrets to his food and indeed the essence of all Japanese cuisine: the art of using very simple techniques to bring out the latent flavors in the very best ingredients that the world's seas have to offer.

René Redzepi
Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine
Oct 2010
Phaidon Press

Some restaurants trade on more than providing food—they provide an experience. When a cookbook bears the name of such a restaurant that cookbook has a lot to live up to. Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine does not miss the mark. Head Chef René Redzepi has created new flavor profiles within locavore cuisine by focusing in on solely Nordic ingredients. The beauty of his cookbook is that the same attention paid to the process of creating this cuisine is paid to the dishes themselves. Redzepi's journal published alongside the recipes give meaning to the gorgeous plating techniques of culinary feats. You come to understand that for Redzepi, it’s not just technique, it’s an act of love. As is the book; with its bold style, evocative photography, and awe-inspiring recipes, the second Noma Cookbook begs for a place on your bookshelf.

Norman Van Aken
Norman Van Aken's Feast of Sunlight :200 Inspired Recipes from the Master of New World Cuisine
Apr 1997
Harvard Common Press

Florida chef Norman Van Aken is famous for the way he weds the Florida style with other "sun-drenched" cuisines, especially light and healthy Mediterranean and vibrant Southwestern/Latin American dishes. Here he provides 200 recipes which will help home cooks master this glorious cooking style with ease. of color photos.

Norman Van Aken
Norman's New World Cuisine
Oct 1997
Random House Publishing Group

There are over 160 recipes in this book--for everything from cocktails and sunset snacks (Machete Colada, Calypso Calamari) to soups (White Bean, Chorizo, and Collard Greens Caldo; Cracked-Hacked Conch Chowder with Saffron, Coconut, and Oranges) and seviches, salads, and paellas. Norman's fish fare is unforgettable--Rhum and Pepper-Painted Grouper, Grilled Florida Spiny Lobster with a Spicy Cumin Seed Drizzle, Yuca-Crusted Florida Striped Bass--and his recipes for birds, such as Roasted Stuffed Game Hen with Pearl Onions and Sherry, are breathtaking. And then there are Our Just Desserts: A Cubano Bread Pudding Brûlée, Havana Bananas with Barbados Rhum, a Stirfry of Exotic Tropical Fruits in Aromatic Spiced Crêpes.

Eric Ripert and Christine Muhlke
On the Line
Nov 2008
Artisan

On the Line is a colorful and entertaining in-depth look at almost everything about New York institution Le Bernardin. Chef Eric Ripert reveals details of all aspects of the restaurant: history, back-of-the-house operations, and A to Z planning of the dining experience. You’ll find a list of the 129 cardinal sins that waiters need to memorize and avoid, a daily time-line of Michael Laiskonis’s pastry department, and a play-by play of what goes on in the fish station during service. On the Line is a fun and out-of-the box look at the inner workings of one America’s most highly regarded restaurants, and is perfect for recent culinary grads or those in the industry curious about Ripert’s methods.

Floyd Cardoz, with Jane Daniels Lear
One Spice, Two Spice
Oct 2006
HarperCollins Publishers

This cookbook, by the chef and co-owner of Tabla in New York, demystifies the flavors of Indian cooking and shows you how to use them in dishes that range from simple soups to flavorful chutneys. Cardoz truly illustrates the meaning of “fusion” by bringing Indian spices and American dishes together in delicious recipes like Sautéed Black Sea Bass with Mustard Curry.

Patricia Yeo
Patricia Yeo : Cooking from A to Z
Nov 2002
St. Martin's Press

The food world's brightest new star delivers a stunning cookbook debut that present her flavor-packed "fusion home cooking." With this debut, Yeo joins her fellow top chefs on the highest tier of the cookbook shelf. Filled with more than 130 recipes, culinary information, seasonal notes, and beautiful color photographs, this is sure to be one of the most celebrated cookbooks of the year.

Alain Ducasse
Provence of Alain Ducasse
Mar 2001
Assouline

The world-renowned chef shares his secrets of Provence with recipes, addresses and places. Alain Ducasse has a grounded obsession, a secret garden, a protected territory–namely, Provence. Ducasse is, of course, familiar with all the well-known locations, but in this book he chooses to highlight places off the beaten track: the best markets, wineries, villages, the best terraces to have your aperitif. In each chapter, you will find those addresses and phone numbers for guidance. He even includes many recipes to inspire you in the kitchen.

Paul Prudhomme
Pure Magic:Great Recipes Featuring Magic Seasoning Blends
Jun 1995
HarperCollins Publishers

Over 100 recipes show you how to bring a symphony of flavors to everyday meals. If you're cooking for satisfying deep-down tastes, look no further. Here you'll find: Sticky Chicken, Lotsa Crab Cakes, Southern Smothered Spuds,Sweet Potato Omelet, Corn Chowder, and Really Rich Beef and Mushrooms and more! Also included are Louisiana favorites,such as gumbos, jambalayas, and etouffees.

Peter Gilmore
Quay: Food Inspired by Nature
Nov 2010
Murdoch

Chef Peter Gilmore of Quay cares primarily about the diversity of food. On the menu or on the plate, he wants variety as well as vibrancy. His artistic cookbook celebrates his open culinary philosophy with recipes and photographs from his iconic restaurant. Thomas Keller penned the introduction, where he claims “[Gilmore] has great command of the fundamentals and is also able to successful blend the diverse cultures that have influenced the region with integrity and understanding.” Keller’s favorite, “Mud Crab Congee” reflects Gilmore’s philosophy as much as Keller’s, featuring diverse textures and local ingredients, but with the depth of knowledge that makes Gilmore stand out among Australian chefs. His book, like his restaurant, is a piece of art.

Ralph Brennan, with Gene Bourg
Ralph Brennan’s New Orleans Seafood Cookbook
Apr 2008
Vissi d'Arte Books

Much more than just seafood recipes, this book is a complete guide to preparing seafood, accessible to a beginner as well as suitable for an expert. There are detailed instructions on how to select, handle, and properly cook virtually every kind of seafood—down to directions on how to determine your fillet’s level of “doneness”—and a helpful appendix of ingredient sources in Louisiana and elsewhere. Full of excellent photographs, this book has everything you need to know, from appetizers to the wine that will perfectly complement your Fried Soft-Shell Crabs.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten
Simple Cuisine : Easy Recipes for Four Star Food
Oct 1998
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Simple Cuisine presents the pioneering cooking of Jean-Georges Vongerichten. A new and versatile cooking style that maximizes flavor and simplicity while minimizing preparation time and effort. He replaced the heavy, tediously prepared essentials of classic French cooking with basic building blocks- vinaigrettes , flavored oils, extracted vegetable juices and simmered vegetable broths- to create a lighter cuisine.

More than 200 simple, original and delicious dishes including Sea Scallops with Garlic and Saffron Oil, Honey-Ginger Glazed Shallots, Lobster Poached in Lemon Grass Broth, Bouillon with Basil Dumplings, all of which are prepared using healthful cooking techniques like steaming and stir-frying. These extraordinary recipes will help you to cook like a four star chef in your home.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten with Mark Bittman
Simple to Spectacular: How to Take One Basic Recipe to Four Levels of Sophistication
Oct 2000
Broadway Books

What happens when a four-star chef and a renowned culinary minimalist cook together? They invent a delicious style that adapts to every occasion and every level of expertise. This book introduces a simply spectacular concept created by New York's hottest chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Mark Bittman, author of The New York Times's hugely popular column "The Minimalist".

Ming Tsai and Arthur Boehm
Simply Ming : Easy Techniques for East-Meets-West Meals
Jan 2003
Crown Publishing Group

With more than 100.000 copies sold, Ming Tsai's Blue Ginger showed how ready American cooks are to try their hands at creating the East-West fare Ming prepares on his popular Food Network shows and at his acclaimed restaurant. Now, Simply Ming is here to make East-west easier than ever, without losing any of its savory appeal.

Rainer Zinngrebe with Rodrigo Torres Contreas
Small Bites, Big Taste: Innovative Recipes for Entertaining
Apr 2009
Marshall Cavendish Cuisine
The strongest influence on Chefs Rainer Zinngrebe and Rodrigo Torres Contreas’ cookbook seems to be the equator. In the proper sun-induced spirit, the chefs suggest you relax, and “drink some wine while you are cooking.” Then, with an artistic eye and masterful hand, they meld the cuisines of Latin America, India, and Asia in the recipes that follow. The focus of the book is carnivorous and savory; it covers fish, meat, and poultry. The dishes vary in difficulty, from a one-step Asian-style guacamole with Blue Corn Totopos to a more professional level, as with the “Jamaican Jerk Marinated Pork Spring Rolls with Roasted Tomato Habanero Sauce.” Zinngrebe and Contreas’ intend their book to inspire epic dinner parties, bathed in sunlight and surrounded by friends. To what latitude you bring the party is your choice.
Rick Tramonto with Mary Goodbody
Steak with Friends At Home, with Rick Tramonto
Apr 2010
Andrews McMeel

More than a simple cookbook, Steak with Friends is an invitation into Chef Tramonto’s home, an invitation to enjoy steak the way he and his family do, with good friends, sophisticated sides, and high quality meats. Prolific chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author, Tramonto knows a thing or two about how to cook a good steak, and this cookbook is tantamount to an insider’s look at his more than thirty years’ experience. But Steak with Friends isn’t just about meat. It’s about celebrating good food with good people, and Tramonto is careful to emphasize the process, the joy in the cooking, as well as the feast itself. Recipes for side dishes - steak’s own “friends,” as Chef Tramonto says – accompany the main entrees, with dedicated chapters on anything from soup and sandwiches to fish and poultry rounding out the culinary options. The recipes are many, and the tips are culled from a life’s experience, adding to the overall sense of warmth and generosity that makes Steak with Friends more than your average steak a cookbook.

Susanna Foo
Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine : The Fabulous Flavors and Innovative Recipes of North America's Finest Chinese Cook
Sep 2002
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A James Beard Award-winning cookbook--available again in paperback. Susanna Foo has been consistently acclaimed for her stunning interpretations of Chinese food and hailed as one of America's best chefs by publications as diverse as Esquire, Food & Wine, and USA Today. In this book, she shares the revolutionary recipes that established her reputation, from Crab Sui Mei with Red Bell Pepper Sauce to Soy-Braised Cornish Hens. Each recipe relies on straightforward preparation and easily available ingredients, illustrating Foo's beliefs that good Chinese food is every bit as easy to prepare as Italian food and relies on the same principles of simplicity and freshness.

Michel Richard
Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts
Nov 2010
Harper Collins Publishers

Although his latest cookbook may advertise itself as a housewife’s companion, Michael Richard pays homage to precision and technique with every recipe. To say the recipes are easy is not to say that they are simple: crème brulée and Galette des Rois appear in all their glory. The recipes are “easy” because of the assertive and clear directions provided by Richard, who also updates classics—like the “Chocolate Saint-Honore Lulu,” which adds a chocolate glaze to the Parisian favorite—and introduces bold flavor profiles found in the dishes like “Corn Cookies with a Smidgen of Curry.” Coupled with simple line drawings of the dishes that evoke Saint Exupery’s Le Petit Prince, Sweet Magic: Easy Recipes for Delectable Desserts is an asset to the kitchen professional and amateur baker of lazy Sundays, thumbing through her favorite recipes.

Takashi Yagihashi with Harris Salat
Takashi’s Noodles
Apr 2009
Ten Speed Press

The translation of Japanese noodle traditions to American tables reaches an apex with the arrival of this invaluable resource from James Beard Award winning (and ICC presenter) Takashi Yagihashi. Combining his Japanese heritage with over twenty years of professional experience in restaurants in the Midwest, Yagihashi shares a wealth of noodle varieties and preparations, both traditional and innovative, spanning his culinary career. Home cooks and professionals alike will find inspiration in the book’s elegant visuals and recipes, which are grouped by noodle category and preceded by a brief explanation of the noodle, its traditional uses, and any purchasing guidelines. Before each recipe, Yagihashi shares either the dish’s cultural significance or his own experiences of it, if not both, reiterating that precious balance of food with experience that informs culinary traditions worldwide.

Mark Miller, Stephan Pyles, and John Sedlar
Tamales
Mar 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

The original “wraps”, tamales are a popular feature of Southwestern and Mexican cooking. Famed chefs Mark Miller (of Coyote Café), Stephan Pyles and John Sedlar offer classic and modern takes on the tamale, including countless variations of flavors. A delight for the eye and the palate, Tamales is the perfect book for Mexican food fanatics.

Padma Lakshmi
Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day
Oct 2007
Weinstein Books

Inspired by her travels to some of the most secluded corners of the planet, Padma shares with cooks the origins of her latest exotic recipes. But you'll never have to feel as though you've just traveled the world in order to prepare them. Padma makes it simple to impress your guests with more than two hundred elegant and savory dishes such as Hot and Sour Fruit Chaat, Tangy Jicama Salad, Pur�e of Roasted Aubergine, Couscous with Merguez Sausage, South Indian Spinach and Lentil Soup, Red Snapper with Green Apple and Mint Chutney, Roasted Citrus Chicken, Barbecue Korean Short Ribs, and Honeycomb Ice Cream. From appetizers to entr�es, soups to desserts—Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet is the perfect book for anyone who wants cooking to be easy, elegant, and unforgettable.

Chad Robertson
Tartine Bread
Sep 2010
Chronicle Books

Welcome to bread, not as a food, but as a way of life. Chad Robertson’s devotion to the history and process of bread baking is unsurpassed. It’s what earns the chef and owner of Tartine Bakery industry admiration and his recipes Biblical status among bakers and carbohydrate aficionados. Tartine Bread scales back Robertson’s bakery recipes for the home cook and includes chapters on basic country bread, semolina and whole-wheat flours, baguettes, and enriched breads. And with more than 30 recipes that use days-old bread, cooks can replicate the hearty, healthy, and bread-laden fare that cements Tartine Bakery’s unrivalled reputation for crafted café cuisine. Sous chef Eric Wolfinger’s photographs set a luxurious tone to the cookbook, and along with colloquial prose, take readers as close as they can get to looking over Robertson’s shoulder.

David Thompson
Thai Street Food
Oct 2010
Ten Speed Press

When Chef David Thompson opened his second outpost of Nahm in Bangkok with the intention of preserving the “decaying” culinary tradition of Thai food in Bangkok, local foodies were outraged. Can anyone say cojones in Thai? Yet readers of Thai Street Food will find it difficult to reproach Thompson when he makes it so clear how much he loves Thai cuisine. The book, dedicated solely to the street food cuisine of city markets and vendors, is an education unto itself. Following meals from morning, noon, and night, this culinary day-in-the-life is packed to the brim with urban deep-fried delicacies, exotic curries, and even a mandatory pad thai. Thompson’s restaurants may have caused its initial stir in Bangkok for all the wrong reasons, but this book is going to cause a stir for the right ones.

Jacques Pépin
The Apprentice : My Life in the Kitchen
Apr 2003
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2004 James Beard Award Nominee for Writing & Reference; 2004 IACP Award Nominee for Literary/Food Writing Category; In this frank and witty memoir, world-renowned chef Jacques Pépin tells how he rose from a frightened thirteen-year-old apprentice in an Old World kitchen to an Emmy Award-winning TV superstar who continues to teach millions of Americans how to cook.

Ina Garten
The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook
Apr 1999
Random House Inc

For more than twenty years, Barefoot Contessa, the acclaimed specialty food store, has been cooking and baking extraordinary dishes for enthusiastic customers in the Hamptons. For many of those years, people have tried to get the exuberant owner, Ina Garten, to share the secrets of her store. Finally, the energy and style that make Barefoot Contessa such a special place are shown here, with dozens of recipes and more than 160 breathtaking photographs, in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.

Steven Raichlen
The Caribbean Pantry Cookbook: Condiments and Seasonings From the Land of Spice and Sun
Sep 1995
Artisan

With the Caribbean Pantry Cookbook, you can bring the joyous flavors of the Caribbean to your table all year long. The Pantry cookbook includes 70 recipes some for Jerk Seasoning, Mojito, Banana Chutney, Jamaican Gingerbread, Passion Fruit Rum, and other island favorites.

Alice Waters
The Chez Panisse Menu Cookbook
Apr 1995
Random House Publishing Group

This timeless addition to the Chez Panisse paperback cookbook library assembles 120 of the restaurant's best menus, including galas, festivals, and special occasion meals that have become such gustatory celebrations. A full range of menus is featured, from picnics to informal suppers. Line drawings.

Joel Robuchon
The Complete Robuchon
Nov 2008
Knopf Publishing Group

This is the essence of Robuchon, distilled into one thick tome. From the sheer size, we’d guess that The Complete Robuchon is a compilation of nearly every recipe the great chef made in his career in French post-nouvelle cuisine. You won’t find color photographs or glossy paper in this book, just straight-up recipes for the classics and his own signature dishes, from Vichyssoise and pommes puree to sea bass tartare. Robuchon includes his thoughts on cooking methods, use of wine in food, and structures the rest like a classic French cookbook. It begins with stocks and sauces and progresses through salads, eggs, regional dishes, meat and seafood (a whole chapter dedicated to offal!), and ends with dessert. Eight hundred-plus recipes might sound like a lot, but its user-friendly layout and familiar writing style are enough to excite you about this wealth of knowledge; to his devout fans, it will read like a romantic novel. The simplicity of this book makes Robuchon’s tried and tested cooking within anyone’s reach, and is definitely a must-have for anyone interested in French cooking.

Hubert Keller
The Cusine of Hubert Keller
Sep 1996
Ten Speed Press

Fleur De Lys is the preeminent French restaurant in San Francisco and one of the finest restaurants in the country. The dining beneath it's colorful, billowing canopy of handpainted fabric is a dramatic and romantic experience, heightened by Keller's dazzling food and genuine charm.

Dale DeGroff
The Essential Cocktail
Oct 2008
Clarkson Potter

In The Essential Cocktail, patron saint of mixology Dale DeGroff provides the definitive handbook for any amateur or professional bartender. DeGroff has drawn from his decades of experience behind the bar and compiled simplified – but by no means dumbed-down – recipes for every fundamental classic and modern cocktail that should be in any serious mixologist’s repertoire. DeGroff provides comprehensive recipes based on his years of experience, as well as situational advice, like how to scale up a margarita in party situations or where it is appropriate to make your own drink variations on the classics. What’s more, DeGroff includes the history and lore of each drink, along with personal anecdotes, favorite riffs and advice to make the reader a better bartender. DeGroff is one of today’s foremost authorities on cocktails, and his latest book is a great gift to inspire and educate both professionals and non-professionals alike.

Ferran Adrià
The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria
Oct 2011
Phaidon

“It is a book about simple cooking.” Words not typically expected at the beginning of anything culinary, published, and even indirectly attributable to Ferran Adrià. But with The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adrià, the hallowed godfather of avant-garde cuisine introduces us to the other kind of cuisine coming out of elBulli: family meal. Born out of an inspiration to redefine the quality of this workhorse industry pre-service meal (and fueled by Adrià’s own deep-seated love of simple, pure cuisine), The Family Meal collects 31 meals—as in appetizers, mains, and desserts, for two, six, 20, or 75 people—created and consumed by the staff of elBulli. Before getting into the recipes themselves, which are all accompanied by step-by-step photographs, Adrià shares the process behind their creation (from production sheets to tips that link the restaurant’s menu and its family meal, as in “after making cheese water, especially with Parmesan, the leftover fat an be used in a risotto”). And while Adrià and Eugini de Diego (a head chef also responsible for family meal) certainly intend the book to be an inspiration within the industry, the simple nature of the cuisine (“Catalan-style Turkey,” “Coconut Flan,” “Potato Chip Omelet”) and commonplace equipment (the most “complicated” tool being a soda siphon) means home cooks can eat like elBulli’s professional elite, who create carrot clouds and caipirinha cubes on a diet of house-made pasta and—a house favorite—hamburgers.

Mark Peel
The Food of Campanile
Sep 1997
Random House Publishing Group

"The purpose of this book is not to document the latest fashion in food, or to dazzle people with food based on a school of archictecture, but to illustrate that everyone, with a little concentration and passion, can prepare flavorful and deeply satisfying food." Recipes include Roasted Chanterelle Salad, Duck Confit and Cannellini Bean Ravioli with Port Wine Sauce; Chess Pie to Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Thomas Keller
The French Laundry Cookbook
Oct 1999
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

This cookbook, Keller's first, is as satisfying as a French Laundry meal, a series of small, highly refined, intensely focused courses. 150 recipes an more than 200 photographs Keller's wit and whimsy find expression in unique recipes (and titles) such as lobster-filled crepes with a carrot emulsion sauce, topped with a pea shoot salad dressed lightly with lemon-infused oil ("Peas and Carrots"), or sauteed monkfish tail with braised ox tails, salsify, and crepes ("Surf and Turf").

Waldy Malouf
The Hudson River Valley Cookbook : A Leading American Chef Savors the Region's Bounty
Nov 1998
The Harvard Common Press

Long celebrated for its beauty and rich cultural history, the Hudson River Valley, with its magnificent waterways and mountains, once inspired the early Indian and American settlers as well as the Roosevelts and Vanderbilts. In his stunning culinary debut, Chef Waldy Malouf provides more than 200 recipes that embrace the region's extraordinary variety of produce, game, fish, and dairy products.

Culinary Institute of America
The Professional Chef: The Culinary Institute of America
Sep 2011
J. Wiley & Sons

“There is always another level of perfection to achieve and another skill to master.” So begins the latest compendium of culinary instruction from the Culinary Institute of America. It’s no Modernist Cuisine (though it does offer a digital iPad app at $49.99), but weighing in at just over 1000 pages, the behemoth book is as comprehensive as it is efficient (just what a working chef needs). And the book doesn’t just elaborate upon the basic instruction of the CIA curriculum, it explores all facets of the culinary profession, from its cultural roots to the fine art of bookkeeping, from the increasingly important vocabulary of nutrition to the ever-relevant strictures of food safety. Explanations of equipment, product, sourcing, and, of course, technique, assume both the skill set and the ambitions of the professional (not to mention the kitchen space). So whether you’re a pastry chef looking for alternative sweeteners (check out piloncillo, page 229) or a chef looking to expand your vegetarian options (check out the “Method in Detail” section on grains and legumes, page 755), The Professional Chef will help you live up to its name.

Jacques Pépin
The Short-Cut Cook : Make Simple Meals With Surprisingly Little Effort
Jan 2001
HarperCollins Publishers

Jacques Pépin, America's favorite French chef, makes your cooking easier with 150 timesaving recipes.

Danny Meyer and Michael Romano
The Union Square Cafe Cookbook
Oct 1994
HarperCollins Publishers

The Union Square Cookbook by Danny Meyer and Michael Romano offers 160 of the Cafe's classic dishes, from appetizers, soups, and sandwiches to main courses, vegetables, and desserts. Hot Garlic Potato Chips, Porcini Gnocchi with Prosciutto and Parmigiano Cream, Grilled Marinated Fillet Mignon of Tuna, Herb-Roasted Chicken, Eggplant Mashed Potatoes, and Baked Banana Tart with Caramel and Macadamia Nuts are some of the all-time favorites included in this long-awaited collection. Amateurs and pros alike will find the dishes here as accessible as they are irresistible...

Julia Child
The Way to Cook
Jan 1989
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Julia Child's The Way to Cook is her Magnum Opus, which distills a lifetime of cooking. It is her most creative and instructive cookbook, blending classic techniques with free-style American cooking and with added emphasis on lightness, freshness, and simpler preparations. Over 800 recipes, including variations--from a treasure trivia of poultry and fish recipes and a vast array of fresh vegetables prepared in new ways to bread doughs and delicious indulgences, such as Caramel Apple Mountain or a Queen of Sheba Chocolate Almond Cake with Chocolate Leaves.

Fergus Henderson with an Introduction by Anthony Bourdain
The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating
Sep 2004
Harper Collins
Chef Fergus Henderson’s meaty masterpiece has been the well-guarded treasure of chefs for generations and is now available to the American public. With careful instruction, and mouth-watering recipes, Henderson encourages and instructs the home cook to take the next big step toward sustainable eating. Henderson’s The Whole Beast reaches a level of instruction not often found in cookbooks. As with Julia Child or James Beard, Henderson taught before he reached fame; and like Child and Bear it keeps his work relevant. No matter what the current trend may be, from books like theirs there is always something to learn.
Tom Aikens
Tom Aikens Cooking
Oct 2006
Ebury Press

From the day Tom Aikens burst on to the restaurant scene, he has barely been out of the limelight. Awarded two Michelin stars by the age of 26, he has consistently been tipped as one of the hottest and most talented chefs cooking today. For Tom Aikens, cooking and eating well “are a way of life.” This book features recipes from his restaurant and recipes that he cooks at home. Using fresh ingredients is crucial to Aikens, and he offers advice on how to approach shopping and cooking with these in mind. Every recipe is rated either “easy” or “medium” and the appealing photographs further encourage you to try your hand at Seabass with Lime and Lemongrass, or Cinnamon Truffles.

Tom Valenti and Andrew Friedman
Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews, & One-Pot Meals : 125 Home Recipes from the Chef-Owner of New York City's Ouest
Jan 2003
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group

In Tom Valenti's Soups, Stews, & One-Pot Meals, Valenti and coauthor Andrew Friedman dish up the flavor that we've come to expect from a celebrated New York chef, without any of the fuss. Here are realistic recipes for the home cook--most made in a single vessel--all based on the fact that the right ingredients, left alone cooking in one pot with virtually no intervention from the cook, will steadily build glorious flavor. This is make-ahead food that gets better a day or two later, this is dinner party food, holiday food, food that's made on the weekend and savored throughout a busy week.

Tyler Florence
Tyler Florence's Real Kitchen : An Indispensable Guide for Anybody Who Likes to Cook
Mar 2003
Crown Publishing Group

2004 IACP Award Nominee for American Category; Marrying down-home practicality and urban flair, Tyler Florence--the charismatic host of Food Network's Food 911 and former chef at some of New York's trendiest restaurants--presents a hearty helping of his favorite recipes and shows how easy it is to create full-flavored, simple, yet elegant meals at home. The recipes here are organized by occasion, from intimate meals for two to casual dinners for friends, to brunches and outdoor bashes for a crowd.

Tyson Cole and Jessica Dupuy
Uchi: The Cookbook
Feb 2011
Umaso Publishing
What’s really important for Chef Tyson Cole and Jessica Dupuy is that Americans stop eating sushi like “assholes.” That means enough with the Spicy Tuna Rolls, enough with drowning the rice in soy sauce, and enough with putting up with the pre-sliced, day-old stuff that wouldn't pass in Japan. Uchi prepares chefs for a more sophisticated generation of sushi makers and sushi eaters. Cole first comprehensively demystifies the components—from kimchi to lily water—that serve as building blocks of recipes to follow. Cole’s recipes are drawn from his experience at Bond St. in New York and Uchi in Austin, his creations are understated and adult. And for the insistent "ahems," there’s even a conciliatory crunchy tuna roll. Pastry Chef Philip Speer's desserts end the book on a sweet note, tinged with the aroma of smoke.
Thomas Keller
Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide
Nov 2008
Artisan

One small step for Thomas Keller…one great leap for sous vide. With Under Pressure, Keller has made a compelling—and very pretty!—case for the technique which continues to be misunderstood by chefs and diners across the country. A joint effort by Keller and acclaimed chefs Jonathan Benno, Corey Lee, and Sebastien Rouxel, Under Pressure details the whys and hows of sous vide (one of the preferred cooking methods at The French Laundry, Bouchon and Per Se) and charts a detailed list of foods that will and will not benefit from the technique. Not to mention Deborah Jones’ lush, high-contrast photographs of vacuum-packed foods, raw ingredient shots, and exquisitely plated dishes are high-art visions that stand alone. Keller’s thorough examination of sous vide cooking coupled with his status as an icon of American cuisine legitimizes this modern technique and makes this the definitive treatise on the subject.

Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch
Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy
Aug 2005
Crown Publishing Group

A much-needed guide to the pleasures and particulars of Italian wine, with original recipes by bestselling chefs and authors Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianch, here is the only comprehensive and authoritative American guide to the wines of Italy. It surveys the country's wine-producing regions; identifies key wine styles, producers, and vintages; and offers delicious regional recipes.

Bryan Voltaggio and Michael Voltaggio
VOLT Ink.: Bryan Voltaggio & Michael Voltaggio. Recipes. Stories. Brothers.
Oct 2011
Olive Press

It’s the right time for a Voltaggio brothers cookbook. Immediately post-“Top Chef” would have been too soon. Wait any longer, and the fraternal drama wanes. But open up VOLT Ink., a masculine cookbook with the refined edge of its authors, and you know it’s a cookbook for the times. Savvy to its locavore, greenmarket audience, the book’s chapters are divided by ingredient families, so readers can jump from “Goosefoot” and “Mammal” to “Nightshade” and back. Recipes from each brother—like “Asparagus, Spring Garlic, Sorrel Leaves and Blooms, Prosciutto” (Bryan) and “Green Garlic Milk Soup, Almonds, Green Financier, Fried Milk, Frog Leg Confit, and Almond Praline” (Michael)—illustrate the versatility of their ingredients and the essential influence of personality. Craft, of course, is never overlooked, with the Voltaggios variously sharing hard-earned wisdom, from artichoke cleaning to the char-able virtues of the Laurel family. Dual forwards from mentors José Andrés and Charlie Palmer and exquisite photographs of dishes and ingredients answer the book’s humble intensity with a note of clear, distinguished accomplishment.

Tom Valenti and Andrew Friedman
Welcome to My Kitchen : A New York Chef Shares His Robust Recipes and Secret Techniques
Jan 2009
HarperCollins Publishers

For more than 15 years, Tom Valenti has been creating innovative and critically acclaimed menus for some of New York's most popular restaurants. Here, for the first time, Valenti shares his creative kitchen secrets and recipes, helping every cook to master his bold, deep flavors.

Welcome to My Kitchen is both a teaching book and a recipe book. It focuses not only on good food that is easily made, but on simple, accessible techniques for creating flavor-intense dishes in home kitchens. Valenti reveals an array of culinary "tricks," from how to regulate heat for the best flavor and texture, to how to use sugar to flavor savory dishes. Both beginning and experienced home cooks are sure to learn new techniques, giving them the confidence needed to build their own culinary repertoires. Best of all, Welcome to My Kitchen offers 150 recipes, all of which illustrate the stunning success of Valenti's cooking style.

Elin Jeffords
Winning Styles Cookbook : Recipes from the James Beard Award-Winning Chefs
Oct 2003
Feeding Frenzy, Inc.

American cooking icon James Beard was passionate about life, and he shared his zeal with others through his cooking. The James Beard Foundation has been dedicated to continuing his legacy by recognizing those aspiring cooks who have preserved and perpetuate Beard’s commitment and devotion. The year 2003 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of James Beard, and in an unprecedented culinary event, 21 master chefs, who have all garnered prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards, share their passion in Winning Styles Cookbook: Recipes from the James Beard Foundation Award Winning Chefs.