Eric Ripert and Michael Ruhlman
A Return to Cooking
Nov 2002

"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

Molly Stevens
All About Roasting
Nov 2011
W. W. Norton & Sons

“There is no single path to perfect roasting.” So says Molly Stevens, classically trained chef and author of All About Roasting. And she’s not far off. Like baking, roasting is a technique embedded by time and tradition with just enough “je ne sais quoi” to elude exact quantification. So rather than trying to pin its many variables down to an exact science, Stevens treats roasting like “a process, a conversation between you the cook, the oven heat, and the food you’re roasting.” And All About Roasting, her compendium guide to all things roast-related, provides the tools, techniques, and traditions you’ll need to begin—or elevate—the roasting conversation. Before delving into specifics, Stevens provides some of the history and basic chemistry of roasting, culled from the likes of James Beard and Harold McGee. Dishes are qualified by method (e.g. “combination sear and moderate heat”), planning (“the apricots need to soak for 4 to 8 hours”), and wine pairings from M. S. Tim Gaiser (who recommends a “Nebbiolo-based red” for Stevens’ Oven-Roasted Porchetta). And recipes span the gamut, in skill and cuisine type, with several recipes per protein (or fruit or vegetable)—meaning an experienced chef can work on the nuance of his or her technique while newbies delve into the delicious basics.

Chris Schlesinger
Big Flavors of the Hot Sun; Hot Recipes and Cool Tips from the Spice Zone
Jan 1994
HarperCollins Publishers

More than 240 original and innovative recipes--simple to prepare, healthful, bursting with flavor--are derived from the cuisines of hot-weather places and range from unusual spice-and-seafood combinations to complexly flavored dishes.

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.

Frank Pabst
Blue Water Café Seafood
Jan 2010
Douglas & McIntyre

Blue Water Café + Raw Bar is a seafood hub nestled in Vancouver, a food-loving waterfront city with a wealth of fresh, local fish to supply the restaurant. By combining Western and Eastern seafood traditions between its restaurant and raw bar, Blue Water allows for the greatest variety of menu options to accommodate the day’s catch. And in their recently published cookbook, chefs Frank Pabst and Yoshihiro Tabo bring these menu options to the page, offering up recipes for over eighty of the restaurant’s dishes. Beyond the standard fish, shellfish, and raw bar sections, the book offers very timely chapter on the “Unsung Heroes” of seafood, those under-explored species of fish who could replace the overfished, underpopulated species on a sustainable restaurant menu. Gorgeous photographs, wine pairing suggestions, and a sophisticated, globe-trotting roster of recipes make this seafood cookbook a serious catch.

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

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.

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.

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.

Inga Saffron
Caviar : The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the World's Most Coveted Delicacy
Oct 2002
Broadway Books

In Caviar, Inga Saffron tells, for the first time, the story of how virgin eggs of the prehistoric-looking sturgeon were transformed from a humble peasant food into a czar's delicacy--and ultimately a coveted status symbol for a rising middle class. She explores how the glistening black eggs became a culinary extravagance, while taking readers on a revealing excursion into the murky world of caviar on the banks of the Volga River and Caspian Sea in Russia, the Elbe River in Europe, and the Hudson and Delaware Rivers in the United States. Saffron describes how the complex caviar industry has spawned, illustrating the unfortunate consequences of mass marketing such a rare commodity.

Richard Schweid
Consider the Eel
Mar 2002
University of North Carolina Press, The

Outside of sushi houses and the rare four-star restaurant, most Americans would never think to eat eel, but throughout Europe and Asia you can find it grilled, smoked, stewed, jellied, skewered, fried, baked, sauteed, and even cooked into an omelet. In Consider the Eel, acclaimed writer Richard Schweid takes the reader on a journey to show how this rich yet mild-tasting fish is a vibrant part of the world culture. Discover how eels, from their birth in the Sargasso Sea to their eventual end as a piece of kabayaki or as part of an Italian Christmas dinner, are one of our oldest and least understood gifts from the sea.

Fred Thompson
Crazy for Crab : Everything You Need to Know to Enjoy Fabulous Crab at Home
Apr 2004
The Harvard Common Press

Marylanders worship soft-shell, Mainers are loyal to peekytoe, Floridians devour stone crab, Alaskans revel in king crab, and Pacific Northwesterners swear by Dungeness. But the truth is, crab is no longer just a regional dish, or even a seasonal one. Today all of the varieties, and more, are shipped to markets all over the country. And because at least one type of crab is always in season and you can get picked fresh crabmeat, as well as frozen and canned, throughout the year, crab fans never have to go without. In Crazy for Crab Fred Thompson begins with a comprehensive chapter on the basics of crab varieties and how to cook them, then launches into chapters of delectable recipes.

Marion Trutter, Editor
Culinaria Spain
Sep 2008
H.F. Ullmann

Culinaria Spain bases itself on the premise that Spanish cuisine, though well loved and increasingly sought after, is misunderstood and at least until recently, recognized for only a few of its myriad dishes. While paella and sangria enjoy deserved popularity among conventional diners, they are barely the tip of the iceberg that Spanish cuisine has to offer. Editor Marion Trutter breaks up the recipes of Spain by regions, which is natural as they are topographically responsible for the drastic variations in Spanish cuisine. In Basque and Cantabrian cuisine, for example, fresh fish and shellfish feature heavily, while further south in La Rioja the major sources of protein are the sheep and game of the surrounding mountains. The book teems with hundreds of recipes, complete with history and photographs of Spain’s multitude of micro-cultures. It is the ideal resource for any cook eager to explore the culinary mosaic that is Spanish cuisine.

Bass, Jo Ann and Sax, Richard
Eat at Joe's: The Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant Cookbook
Jan 2009
Clarkson Potter

For 80 years, no visit to Miami Beach has been complete without a visit to Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant. First opened in 1913 as a small lunch counter in what was then just a quiet, backwater town, Joe's was the first to discover and serve up Miami's native delicacy, the stone crab. More than a cookbook, Eat at Joe's captures the love of food, family and friends that has kept the customers coming for all these years

Per-Anders Jörgensen
Eating with the Chefs: Family Meals from the World's Most Creative Restaurants
Nancy Harmon Jenkins
Essential Mediterranean : How Regional Cooks Transform Key Ingredients into the World's Favorite Cuisines
Mar 2003
HarperCollins Publishers

2004 James Beard Award Nominee for International; Nancy Harmon Jenkins writes about the 25 years she's spent living, cooking, marketing, gardening, and happily eating her way through the Mediterranean region. Chapters serve as extended introductions for 120 recipes that best make use of the staple ingredients of Mediterranean cuisine: salt, olives/olive oil, wine/vinegar, tomatoes/peppers, pork, seafood, and cheese/dairy products.

James Peterson
Fish & Shellfish
Apr 1996
HarperCollins Publishers

The seafood cookbook that's destined to become a classic, Fish & Shellfish offers a sprawling range of seafood recipes prepared every way: raw, marinated, cured, smoked, and cooked in every fashion under the sun. Readers also receive tips on buying and storing every type of fish, plus great advice on making sauces, pairing wines with dishes, and more. in color.

Mark Bittman
Fish:The Complete Guide To Buying And Cooking
Jan 1999
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Fish: The Complete Buying And Cooking is a book that simplifies, once and for all, the process of preparing fish.
Organized in an easy-reference, A-Z format, Fish gives you the culinary lowdown on seventy kinds of fish and shellfish commonly found in American supermarkets
and fish stores. Each entry describes how the fish is sold, other names it goes by, how the fish should look, and buying tips. ther are more than 500 recipes and
variations, all of which use low-fat, high-flavor ingredients to accent intrinsic natures of the fish rather than mask them.

Barton Seaver
For Cod and Country
May 2011
Sterling Publishing Co.
Sustainability Superhero and 2006 Washington DC Rising Star Chef Barton Seaver wants to change the way this country approaches fish. His cookbook, For Cod and Country, provides invaluable information about sustainable cooking to anyone who cares to learn and change the way the nation consumes. With an agile authority only a professional chef-turned-full-time-advocate could master, Seaver sheds light on every aspect of the still-evolving notion of “sustainability.” The introductory guide includes a breakdown of sustainable versus destructive fishing practices, tasting notes on sustainable species with preparation techniques, a handy substitution chart for sustainable fish, and recommendations on how and where to find them. The recipes that follow are organized by seasons, all of them fresh, playful, and sophisticatedly food forward.
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.

Douglas Rodriguez
Great Ceviche Book
Jan 2003
Ten Speed Press

Ever the innovator, Douglas Rodriguez was the first American chef to give ceviche the attention it deserves, creating such signature dishes as Spicy Shrimp Ceviche with Popcorn and the decadent Squid Ceviche in Black Ink Sauce. In The Great Ceviche Book, Rodriguez presents over 50 traditional and contemporary recipes, as well as extensive information on ingredient basics, food safety issues, and suggestions for pairing ceviche with other dishes.

Constance Snow
Gulf Coast Kitchens : Bright Flavors from Key West to the Yucatán
Apr 2003
Crown Publishing Group

2004 IACP Award Winner for American Category; A journey to the source of some of the most tantalizing and delicious foods in the world--the 3,00 mile coastline stretching from Florida to Louisiana and on to Texas and the Yucatan. A recipes-filled, anecdote-rich road map to good times and great food, this volume conveys all the flavors and hospitality of the region. The 200 recipes, whether for classic dishes or innovative variations, can all be prepared easily by the home cook.

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.

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.

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.

Baldwin, Carol and Mounts, Julie
One Fish, Two Fish, Crawfish, Bluefish : The Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood Cookbook
Sep 2003
HarperCollins Publishers

Overfishing has led to the depletion of once abundant fish and shellfish species. Yet seafood is a healthy and desirable choice in our diets. So what is an ecologically conscious, seafood-loving cook to do? Carole C. Baldwin and Julie H. Mounts have solved the dilemma. Rather than suggest avoiding consumption of seafood for conservation purposes, they present an array of U.S. seafood species to choose from that are fished or farmed in an ecologically sound manner. Furthermore, they have assembled delicious recipes from America's top chefs based on these species.

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.

Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison
Sublime Smoke : Bold New Flavors Inspired by the Old Art of Barbecue
Apr 2004
The Harvard Common Press

In their fifth cookbook, Cheryl and Bill Jamison feature more than 200 exciting recipes for backyard (or stovetop) smoking. Building on the basics laid out in their award-winning Smoke & Spice, which offers traditional barbecue, the Jamisons now delve into a more contemporary approach to smoking, with an emphasis on chicken, fish, and vegetables. Illustrations.

Casson Trenor
Sustainable Sushi: A Guide to Saving Oceans One Bite at a Time
Jan 2009
North Atlantic Books

In an age of increasingly eco-conscious dining, this pocket-size guide to sustainable sushi is the conscientious diner’s greatest asset. For while there is a renewed emphasis on local, sustainable and organic produce and meat, the issue of responsible fish consumption has yet to take hold in most sushi bars and restaurants. Fortunately for sushi lovers everywhere, Casson Trenor, sushi-fiend since nine years old, has taken it upon himself to research the forty most popular fish in sushi consumption with an eye to sustainability. Rather than rob his fellow sushi-eaters of their favorite hand rolls and nigiri, Trenor seeks to educate the fish-consuming public so that sushi can be responsibly, and perpetually, consumed without risk of environmental damage or extinction.

Chef Gui Alinat
The Chef’s Répertoire
Feb 2010
American Technical Publishers, Inc

In 1914 Auguste Escoffier’s protégé Louis Saulnier first published Répertoire de la Cuisine, helping professional chefs everywhere use intermediate to advanced-level French cuisine in their kitchens without wielding Escoffier’s massive creation into their batter-splattered kitchens. With no methods, it was more of an aide-mémoire than a cookbook; that’s the idea with Gui Alinat’s new nod to Saulnier’s creation. But where Saulnier’s focus was Escoffier classics, Alinat’s version sorts culinary terms of relevance in the States, such as shrimp Creole and country gravy, in alphabetical order for ease of reference.

Kit Wohl and the Sunseri Family
The P&J Oyster Cookbook
Dec 2009
Pelican Publishing

When the Sunseri family first moved from the coast of the Adriatic Sea to southeastern United States, they brought with them a deep love for oysters. They turned this passion into a business, the P&J Oyster Company, which has been harvesting and distributing top quality Crassostrea virginica along the Gulf Coast for over 130 years. Serving such famous New Orleans restaurants as Arnaud’s and The Commander’s Palace, P&J embedded itself in the very roots of American oyster consumption. And this recipe-packed cookbook, written with the help of New Orleans native and unofficial cultural ambassador Kit Wohl, showcases everything from the sublime simplicity of the raw oyster (an umami-rich protein) to its versatility as a dish component in both classic and modern New Orleans cooking.

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.