Peter P. Greweling
Chocolates and Confections
Jan 2010
John Wiley & Sons

The splendor of a candy store window comes home in this approachable guide to the techniques and tools of the confectionary. Master Baker Peter Greweling applies his years of experience in and out of the kitchen (as a professor of Pastry Arts at the C.I.A.) to this comprehensive, but still user-friendly resource. With an introduction on the equipment and ingredients of the confectioner’s kitchen and chapters on everything from the “Master Techniques” to “Brittles, Toffees, and Taffies” to “Fudge, Fondant, and Pralines,” Chocolates and Confections could easily outfit any kitchen for the serious—and seriously sweet—business of candy production.

David Tanis
A Platter of Figs and Other Recipes
Sep 2008

The title of A Platter of Figs alludes to Tanis’s metaphor for the ideal food: fresh and fleeting. His love of seasonal ingredients is no surprise. Tanis lives two lives, spending half the year as head chef at Chez Panisse and the other half hosting a supper club at his home in Paris. Those who love the Chez Panisse books will appreciate this as a continuation in the series. It’s different, to be sure, but touched with the same seasonal mentality and small techniques that make ingredients shine. The book flows like the seasons it’s created for and includes 24 menus, each recipe serving eight to 10 people. The result is a presentation of straightforward, sophisticated food that is meant to be shared with others. Photographer Christopher Hirscheimer’s pictures present Tanis’ vision of beautiful food—uncontrived and voluptuous. A Platter of Figs seems to be targeting a foodie audience, but Tanis’ message about real-life cooking and back-to-basics approach will serve as a refreshing reminder and inspiration for restaurant chefs.

Bo Friberg
Advanced Professional Pastry Chef
Feb 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

2004 IACP Award Winner for Food Reference/Technical Category; Up-to-date, advanced techniques for the professional pastry chef and serious home baker The Advanced Professional Pastry Chef brings up-to-date coverage of the latest baking and pastry techniques to a new generation of pastry chefs and serious home bakers.

Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas
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.

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.

Chad Ward
An Edge in the Kitchen
Jun 2008
HarperCollins Publishers

An Edge in the Kitchen is the solution, an intelligent and delightful debunking of the mysteries of kitchen knives once and for all. If you can stack blocks, you can cut restaurant-quality diced vegetables.The knife is the most indispensable kitchen tool, and this book is the essential guide to everything you need to know about it. From choosing the right knife, to storing and sharpening it, to using it and even history on how kitchen knives have been shaped by culture—this useful volume is bound to turn any home cook into a pro.

Diane Forley and Catherine Young
Anatomy of a Dish
Oct 2002

2003 James Beard Award Winner - Photography Category; Diane Forley shows how to build a dish--and a menu--from the vegetable on up in this innovative cookbook that looks at flavors through a botanical prism.

Lesley Downer
At the Japanese Table : New and Traditional Recipes
Jun 1993
Chronicle Books LLC

The acclaimed book that demystified Japanese cuisine for home cooks returns. Over 90 exquisite recipes cover every aspect of modern Japanese meals from elaborate kaiseki dinners–the haute cuisine of Japan–to simply prepared noodle bowls for a casual family supper. The dozens of step-by-step techniques illustrations make preparing even the most complicated dishes as easy as ichi, ni, san. Vibrant color photographs take fans of Japanese cookery on a culinary tour of the country, exploring the feasts and festivals, restaurants, sushi bars, street stalls, and even the temples for a taste of this intriguing land.

Adam Perry Lang
BBQ 25
Jan 2010
Harper Collins

Adam Perry Lang is a man of passion and detail in all things barbecue. His audience bridges the gap between meat-happy grilling devotees and self-professed foodies looking to grill their latest esoteric protein find. That’s because Lang knows it all—where to get it, how to prep it, and, most importantly, what kind of heat to singe it on. In Serious Barbecue, Lang dealt with more specialized, elaborate barbecue recipes, but BBQ 25 is exactly what the name suggests – the 25 barbecue recipes that are most common to the griller’s repertoire. What Lang does for these tried and true barbecue favorites is infuse them with the kind of “3D flavor” he’s known for. Lang is unapologetically straightforward with his recipes, emphasizing the quality of the product over everything else. (A simple mantra repeated throughout the book: “Butcher over supermarket, local over outsourced, organic over other.”) Useful techniques, rustic, satisfying recipes, and an ultra-straightforward set-up—the book is divided between proteins—not to mention sturdy, sauce and spice-friendly pages, make this the barbecue guide to beat.

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.

Brooks Headley with Chris Cechin-De La Rosa
Brooks Headley's Fancy Desserts
W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Bruce Aidells and Dennis Kelly
Bruce Aidells’ Complete Sausage Book: Recipes from America’s Premier Sausage Maker
Sep 2000
Ten Speed Press

Perhaps one of the best-known purveyors and practitioners of everything sausage, Bruce Aidells brings his intimate knowledge of the world of cased and seasoned meats to the home cook. From the introduction on, Aidell’s sausage-philosophy bases itself in the myriad ethnic cuisines transplanted to modern America. With the historic influx of cultures and culinary traditions, the variety and availability of quality sausage has only expanded. Aidell provides the finishing touch, bringing sausage-making techniques, with casing, grinding, and seasoning options, to the home kitchen. The second half of the book is entirely devoted to recipes with sausage, where homemade sausage can go on a test run in any number of well-crafted, regional recipes.

Hubert Keller with Penelope Wisner
Burger Bar: Build Your Own Ultimate Burger
Apr 2009
Wiley, John & Sons

With three Burger Bar restaurants nationwide, James Beard Award winner Hubert Keller presents some of his best kept secrets on how to transform the humble burger into truly extraordinary cuisine. Tapping into America’s recent obsession with high quality renditions of its favorite carnivore comfort food, Keller arrives on the scene with this gorgeously illustrated cookbook, complete with burger fundamentals (selecting and, where applicable, grinding your own meat) as well as more innovative, sophisticated burger options. With basic tips (e.g. “Never press down the patties.”) and careful leaps from tradition (e.g. “Roasted Squash Quinoa Burger”), Chef Keller provides burger options for a wide audience, sure to satisfy all palates and reincarnate the American burger as a finer, juicier, more succulent version of its current commercialized incarnation.

Editors of Reader's Digest
Cakes : 1001 Classic Recipes from Around the World
Jan 2009
Penguin Group

2004 IACP Award Nominee for Compilations Category; The largest recipe collection in one volume--from a simple butter cake to an indulgent double dark chocolate cake with white chocolate sauce, this handsome cookbook contains over 1,000 cake recipes--some are family favorites, while others are exotic recipes from around the world. Step-by-step instructions make baking perfect cakes foolproof, and helpful hints and tips guide the baker to the best--and most delicious--results.

Fritz Sonnenschmidt
Charcuterie: Sausage/Pates/Accompaniments
Jan 2009
Cengage Learning

Certified Master Chef Fritz Sonnenschmidt taps into the demand for hand-crafted, artisan food with his newly released Charcuterie, a user-friendly guide to the history and creation of sausage and patés. With a full equipment breakdown, animal diagrams, a seasonings chapter and a practical analysis of sausage casing options, Sonnenschmidt presents himself as a kind of liaison between the seemingly rustic tradition of charcuterie and the modern kitchen. In fact, an era of offal-friendly dining and ever-increasing farmyard familiarity (both in and outside the industry), in-house sausage-making may be the missing link between culinary history and its eco-conscious future. With recipes for cooked and poached sausages, spreadable sausages or patés, and more complex raw sausages, Sonnenschmidt speaks at once to the professional and home cook, allowing for varying levels of ability without sacrificing an ounce of technique.

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.

Cheryl and Bill Jamison
Chicken on the Grill : 100 Surefire Ways to Grill Perfect Chicken Every Time
May 2004
HarperCollins Publishers

Chicken on the Grill offers a gotta-have collection of grilled chicken recipes--from skewers and kebabs to rotisserie chickens, sandwiches, pastas, salads, along with 50 nifty ideas for boneless skinless chicken breasts. The Jamisons provide all the tips, tools, and techniques needed to make the most succulent, flavorful, grilled-to-perfection chicken you've ever tasted.

Jean-Pierre Gabriel
Contemporary Cuisine: The Essentials
Jan 2011
Unilever Foodsolutions and Jean-Pierre Gabriel

Food photographer, journalist, and trained agricultural engineer Jean-Pierre Gabriel has written a culinary bible by way of science. At once catalogue and celebration of its subject, the encyclopedic book covers the tools, techniques, and overarching philosophy that inform modern gastronomy. “More than ever,” Gabriel says in his introduction, “today’s cuisine is all about the meeting of flavor and science.” If this is indeed the case, Gabriel’s book is its literary compliment. Gabriel approaches the “raw materials” (e.g. eggs, meat, fish) by way of technical insight into their perceived culinary properties (the white blotches on cooked fish are actually “coagulated albumin,” the result of the flesh’s enzymatic reaction to ageing). Gabriel goes on to cover the techniques, tools, contemporary ingredients, and themes of modern gastronomy, from rotary evaporators to transglutaminase to umami, fermentation, and low-temp cooking. Recipes from chefs like Sang-Hoon Degeimbre and Bart de Pooter are splayed out like the structure of a chemical compound, a further demonstration of a raw material, tool, or technique—and the perfect visual metaphor for Gabriel’s central thesis, that science and cuisine have been, and will continue to be, fundamentally interconnected.

Culinary Institute of America
Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America
Sep 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

2004 IACP Award Winner for Compilations Category; Now everyone can learn from the best, with Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America. This complete–and completely approachable–illustrated guide gives home cooks an outstanding course in the essentials of cooking along with a wealth of irresistible recipes. Drawing on the CIA’s extensive expertise, it shares all the basic information on equipment, ingredients, and techniques needed to become a great cook, from proper knife skills to cooking methods such as braising, grilling, sautéing, and stewing. Readers learn the techniques step by step, with detailed instructions and extensive color photographs that clearly explain both what to do and how to do it.

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...

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.

Peter Reinhart
Crust and Crumb: Master Formulas for Serious Bread Bakers
Oct 2006
Ten Speed Press

Despite the title, Crust and Crumb is a book for all comers, experts and amateurs alike. Master baker Reinhart brings decades of bread baking experience to this step-by-step, illustrated guide to the fundamentals of extraordinary bread. Rather than merely supply recipes, Reinhart explains the chemistry and craft behind them, giving his readers a feel for the intuitive expertise of a lifelong baker. By providing master formulas for classic breads, from rustic ciabatta to yeasted bagels to basic French bread, Reinhart gives his readers the freedom and confidence to produce variations of their own without sacrificing fundamentals. For purists and innovators alike, Crust and Crumb will establish itself as a definitive resource in the library of serious bakers.

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.

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.”

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.

Delores Custer
Food Styling: The Art of Preparing Food for the Camera
Jan 2010
John Wiley & Sons

With more than thirty years of experience in the business, Delores Custer knows how to make food look good for the camera. And in an industry that relies so heavily on print and online-visuals, the art of the food stylist is in high demand. Would-be food stylists, whether total amateurs or active professionals, couldn’t ask for a better guide than Custer, whose extensive career included heavy-hitters like General Mills, Bacardi, and Cuisinart, and who has previously taught her craft at NYU, the CIA, and ICE. The book is entirely, and exhaustively practical, covering everything from the history of the craft to getting your first job to organizing storyboards, exaggerating appetizing visuals, and building a kit of various, and surprising, food-styling tools. Whether she’s giving advice on how to get the best “cheese pull” for a pizza commercial (pre-slice the dough), suggesting hair grooming lotion as a perfect visual substitute for milk (it’s highly toxic), or troubleshooting styling issues for everything from pasta to meat to pastry, Custer’s advice is detailed, thorough, and generous—proof of a long, successful career in the industry making food look as good as, and often better than, it tastes.

Diana Kennedy
From My Mexican Kitchen : Techniques and Ingredients
Sep 2003
Crown Publishing Group

2004 IACP Award Nominee for International Category; The world-renowned authority on Mexican cooking returns with an encyclopedic exploration of the foods and cooking traditions she introduced to mainstream American cooks with The Essential Cuisines of Mexico. This comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to authentic techniques, equipment, and ingredients is the essential book for Diana Kennedy's millions of fans, as well as newcomers to Mexican cooking.

Carole Walter
Great Cookies : Secrets to Sensational Sweets
Nov 2003
Crown Publishing Group

2004 IACP Award Winner for Bread, Other Baking and Sweets Category; Carole Walter, the author of the award-winning Great Cakes and Great Pies and Tarts, now draws on her skills as a master baker and the knowledge she's gained through years of teaching to help novices and old-hands alike bake the perfect cookie every time. Great Cookies is the ultimate compendium of everyone's favorite treat, packed with 200 incomparable recipes, 150 tantalizing full-color photographs, and expert tips and techniques.

Kenneth Davids
Home Coffee Roasting : Romance and Revival, Revised Updated Edition
Oct 2003
St. Martin's Press

Long considered the bible of the home-roasting movement, Home Coffee Roasting has been completely revised throughout with new, up-to-date sections on the latest developments in home-roasting equipment and provides step-by-step guidelines to the coffee-roasting process.

Paula Figoni
How Baking Works, Third Edition
Dec 2010
J. Wiley & Sons

Most professional pastry chefs and bakers are well aware of the idiosyncrasies and necessary exactitude of their chosen craft. The same ingredients, the same measurements, and the same methods might yield different results in different kitchens, with different equipment, at different altitudes, or on different days. But Paula Figoni is here to help. She’s been here, in fact, a food scientists and associate professor at the International Baking and Pastry Institute at the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University, for years. And this is her third edition of How Baking Works which, despite its title, is far from a beginner’s primer on the basics of the bakeshop. Figoni delves into the technical aspects of baking, from the logic behind the various applications and kinds of baking powder to more esoteric food science like Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (basically a measurement of a food’s antioxidant activity). Whether she’s delving into the chemical structure of a starch molecule or offering techniques to guarantee the highest quality low-fat product for your customer, Figoni is full of practical, professional advice for the contemporary, chemistry-savvy kitchen.

Mark Bittman
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian
Oct 2007
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

With more than 2,000 recipes, this collection runs the gamut from soups, to sauces, to desserts, and anything you could imagine in between. Even non-vegetarians will want to try the simple yet creative dishes. Many of the recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less and all are accessible even to a novice. The book includes guidelines to make cooking vegetarian as intuitive as cooking with meat. Like his now classic How to Cook Everything, this book opens with terrifically useful, straightforward discussions of essential ingredients, appliances and techniques, which Bittman builds on throughout in to-the-point sidebars and illustrated boxes.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated
How to Make Muffins, Biscuits and Scones
Aug 2005
America's Test Kitchen

One of a unique collection of seventeen beautifully hardbound, single-topic cookbooks from the publisher of Cook's Illustrated, the magazine with a reputation for fanatical kitchen testing of recipes, ingredients, equipment and culinary techniques. In each slim volume, months of testing are pared down into simple advice on which methods work best to cook the foods everyone loves most.

Aki Kamozawa and H Alexander Talbot
Ideas in Food: Great Recipes and Why They Work
Dec 2010
Clarkson Potter Publishers

Ideas in Food is a portable book jam packed with information for professional chefs and advanced home cooks. Husband and wife team Alexander Talbot and Aki Kamozawa of work with chefs through their consulting company and blog to make food science understandable and accessible. The book is divided into one section for home cooks and another for professionals. The former section covers topics that one would mostly likely pick up in culinary school; topics like brining and dehydrating are deconstructed, explained, and utilized in tempting recipes. But it’s in the professional chapters where Talbot and Kamozawa get really interesting. They decipher hydrocolloids from xanthan gum and locust bean gum, expound on transglutaminase, and clarify the use of liquid nitrogen. Most chefs know that these chemical catalysts can transform mere ingredients into conceptual and elegant dishes, but readers of Ideas in Food will understand how.

Regan Daley
In the Sweet Kitchen : The Definitive Guide to the Baker's Pantry & Craft
Sep 2001
Artisan Publishers

2001 IACP Cookbook of the Year; This professional-quality, 704-page reference was singled out by the International Association of Culinary Professionals as the best cookbook of the year, in addition to being chosen as the best book of its category (Bread, Other Baking and Sweets).

Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Italian Classics
Apr 2007
America's Test Kitchen

2003 IACP Award Winner! Single Subject Category; This cookbook provides 337 recipes covering the wide range of Italian cooking. All of the recipes have been tested again and again to ensure that they are foolproof. In addition to recipes, this in-depth volume also provides answers to the questions that home cooks face every day. Italian Classics also contains more than 200 illustrations that show you how to shape pizza, roast peppers, hack up chicken for chicken stock, prepare artichokes, and assemble tiramisu. No-nonsense equipment ratings are also included--find out which cheese graters work best and what to look for when shopping for a chef's knife.

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

Karen Solomon
jam it, pickle it, cure it: And Other Cooking Projects
Apr 2009
Ten Speed Press

For the cook or chef not content to use store-bought, pre-made jams, butters, ricotta or mayonnaise comes this handy resource – a how-to on 75 culinary craft projects. Self-appointed “food tinkerer” Karen Solomon here shares her hard-won knowledge on the best recipes for all manner of kitchen comestibles, from gravlax to peanut butter cups to good old-fashioned mayonnaise. With a firm belief in the superior value of homemade, Solomon provides alternatives for most of America’s condiment and staple favorites, along with serving and packaging recommendations, should you intend to use your lemon curd or kimchee as a gift. Not only is the result a fun and useful book, but it infects the reader with serious culinary curiosity.

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

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.

Corby Kummer
Joy of Coffee, Revised and Updated: The Essential Guide to Buying, Brewing, and Enjoying
Aug 2003
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In this eminently readable book, Corby Kummer travels the country and the world to give readers all the latest information they need to make a great cup of coffee at home. The Joy of Coffee sorts through the confusing array of beans on the market and identifies the best. It gives clear, practical information on which coffee grinders to buy and how to choose a coffee brewer or espresso machine.

Peter Hertzmann
Knife Skills Illustrated
Aug 2007
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Knives are the most common pieces of equipment in the kitchen, yet few cooks know the basic techniques that can allow them to carve, chop, slice, and mince effectively. Peter Hertzmann teaches you skills that encompass everything you need to do with a knife in the kitchen, whether you're a four-star chef or an at-home beginner. Divided into three chapters—the Basics; Vegetables and Fruits; and Meat, Fish, and Poultry—this book has everything you could need to know about preparing food at home. There are illustrations from the cook’s perspective, and instructions for both right-and left-handed people.

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.

Paula Wolfert
Mediterranean Clay Pot Cooking: Traditional and Modern Recipes to Savor and Share
Oct 2009
Wiley Publishing

Critically acclaimed food writer and expert of Mediterranean cuisine Paula Wolfert translates her extensive collection of clay pots into this rich array of earthenware-friendly recipes. Beginning with the simple assertion that “most food – and Mediterranean food in particular – tastes better cooked in clay,” Wolfert explains how in her travels throughout the region, cooks and chefs continually touted the supreme results of cooking in a clay vessel. In order to translate these culturally specific methods of cooking to American kitchens, which despite their diversity tend to neglect the uses of clay cookery, Wolfert provides ten basic chapters full of traditional and contemporary recipes for meats, vegetables, grains, fish, dairy, and so on. She also provides a “primer” on clay pots and alternative vessels for each recipe (substituting a Spanish cazuela for a Moroccan tagine, e.g.) allowing for the probability that most readers won’t have her extensive collection of earthenware. However a chef chooses to incorporate it (and Wolfert provides a variety of approaches), clay pot cooking may be the ideal addition for the chef looking to impart an elusive, seductive element of terroir to their dishes.

Michel Roux
Michel Roux: Sauces, Revised & Updated Edition
Mar 2010
Rizzoli, New York

Many chefs have experienced the deep-bellied frustration when top-quality protein or tender young produce is ruined by mediocre sauce. But most chefs also know that a well-made sauce can exalt otherwise modest product to new heights of culinary glory. Executive Chef of The Waterside Inn at Bray—currently celebrating its 25th year with three Michelin stars—Michel Roux knows the value of a good sauce. “I first discovered the magic of sauces as a fourteen year-old apprentice to a professional chef,” says Roux, at which point he fell entirely in love with this time-honored component of traditional French cuisine. In this updated and revised version of his classic sauce compendium, Roux shares the techniques and tips he’s accrued since that first encounter over the course of his brilliant career. He shares decades’ worth of soup-sagesse, wisdom will surely turn your sense of sauce from a mere foundational component of a dish to the liquid sine qua non of great cuisine. Over 200 recipes—and the kind of tips that only come with Chef Roux’s seasoned experience—make this an invaluable resource to chefs in French cuisine and beyond—anywhere, in fact, that perfected, exquisitely prepared sauce has a place on the table.

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.

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:

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.

Jennifer McLagan
Odd Bits: How to Cook the Rest of the Animal
Sep 2011
Ten Speed Press

Most chefs are no stranger to the titular “odd bits” in Bones and Fat author Jennifer McLagan’s latest book. Between Fergus Henderson’s definitive Whole Beast meat manifesto, an increasingly pervasive culture of sustainability, and Anthony Bourdain’s Travel Channel offal-worship, the “chefs and off-cuts” love story is well told. But McLagan isn’t looking to introduce odd bits, she’s looking to reintroduce them, to point not only chefs but also their dining public to the rich, lengthy history of discarded meat products in our global culinary heritage. Given the potentially horrifying subject matter at hand (“I’m not trying to shock, although I am sure I will.”) McLagan begins with a primer on “odd bits,” which she has wisely swapped in for terms like “off cuts” and “offal,” both for technical accuracy—she’s dealing with everything from lamb’s neck and testicles to the sexier sweetbreads and their ilk—and to capture a sense of their culinary taboo. The rest of the book is divided as an animal would be, “the head, the front, the middle, and the back end.” Amusing history lessons and dedicated primers on some of the more challenging odd bits accompany recipes of varying exoticism like “Headcheese for the Unconvinced,” “Minted Tripe and Pea Salad,” and “Chocolate Blood Ice Cream.”

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.

Stuart Chang Berman
Potsticker Chronicles : America's Favorite Chinese Recipes: A Family Memoir
Jan 2004
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Chinese cooking and culture come together in this beautifully written and illustrated cookbook. Sharing more than 160 recipes, Stuart Chang Berman makes favorite Chinese restaurant dishes accessible by clearly explaining both techniques and ingredients. He also includes heirloom family recipes that give home cooks exciting new possibilities to explore.

Wayne Gisslen, Mary Ellen Griffin, Le Cordon Bleu
Professional Baking , 4th Edition
Mar 2004
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

The classic professional baking reference—now completely revised and updated This Fourth Edition of the 2002 IACP Cookbook Award Winner for Best Technical/Reference gives professional and home bakers peerless up-to-date coverage of the theory and practice of baking. Keeping pace with current trends in the field, the new edition includes new chapters on artisan breads and baking and pastry equipment, plus 125 new color photographs and 50 extra illustrations showcasing more procedures and finished dishes. Complete with more than 750 classic and creative recipes to explore—including 150 from Le Cordon Bleu—Professional Baking offers an excellent foundation for mastering the art and craft of baking.

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.

Charlie Trotter and Roxanne Klein
Feb 2007
Ten Speed Press

Prepared with basic techniques such as juicing, dehydrating, and slicing, raw food has all of its nutritional value intact since it isn't subjected to the enzyme-rupturing process that intense heat induces. In Raw, six-time James Beard Award-winner Trotter collaborates with Klein to produce a landmark collection of 100 recipes--the ultimate tribute to the culinary height that this dynamic cuisine can reach.

Rozanne Gold
Recipes 1-2-3: Fabulous Food Using Only Three Ingredients
Jul 1999
Penguin Group (USA)

Award-winning author and chef Rozanne Gold has brought together a unique collection of recipes that maximize flavor by eliminating extraneous ingredients...Every recipe distilled to save time, intensify flavor, and enhance the beauty of food...

Christian F. Puglisi
Ten Speed Press
Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson
Rustic Fruit Desserts: Crumbles, Buckles, Cobblers, Pandowdies, and More
Jan 2010
Ten Speed Press

Whether it’s the bushels of summer peaches and strawberries filling farmers market stalls, Autumn’s bountiful apples and pears, or winter’s preserved berries and citrus, there’s never a shortage of sweet, sumptuous fruit deserving of the right crumbly, buttery crust. And with Rustic Fruit Desserts, chefs Cory Schreiber and Julie Richardson provide a wealth of traditional options, from the Brown Betty to the lesser-known—awkwardly named—Grunts and Buckles of yesteryear. But Schreiber and Richardson aren’t writing a historical cookbook. Rustic Fruit Desserts defines and showcases the potential of these “old timey” preparations with serious emphasis on quality and modern baking practices. Recipes are divided seasonally, with recommendations and descriptions for the best seasonal produce. And helpful Kitchen Hints, versatile recipes, and creative ingredient combinations make this a valuable resource for the committed baker, especially one who hasn’t yet tested their skills on a classic pandowdy.

Rocky Aoki
Sake : Water from Heaven
Mar 2003
Universe Publishing(NY)

Rocky Aoki, the founder of the famous Benihana and Haru restaurants examines how the rice is grown and brewed, supplies fascinating background and history of saké in Japanese culture, describes the different varieties of saké, discusses which sakés should accompany different types of foods, and where one can purchase saké.

James Peterson
Sauces : Classical and Contemporary Sauce Making
Sep 2008
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

Sauces, winner of the1991 James Beard Cookbook-of-the-Year award and the ultimate reference for sauce making, is now available in a new, update and expanded edition. With more than 325 recipes in all, this book includes all-new chapters on Asian sauces and pasta sauces, plus new recipes that cater to lighter, contemporary tastes.

Ryan Farr with Jessica Battilana
Sausage Making: The Definitive Guide with Recipes
Chronicle Books
Sherry Yard
Secrets of Baking : Simple Techniques for Sophisticated Desserts
Nov 2003
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

2004 James Beard Award Winner for Baking; 2004 IACP Award Nominee for First Book: Julia Child Award; Secrets of Baking is a comprehensive primer that guides the cook through the world of baked goods and other desserts, from time-honored classics of the French patisserie to the inspired and fanciful creations that made Spago the famous restaurant it is today. At the same time, it advances a radically new understanding of these recipes, one that will give the baker greater flexibility and confidence in the kitchen.

Francis Mallmann and Peter Kaminsky
Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way
Jun 2009

Renowned South American chef Francis Mallmann makes a declaration of his true passion and culinary heritage in this impressive and instructive cookbook. With Seven Fires, Mallmann brings the seemingly marginalized or seasonal practice of grilling to the fore of cooking, elaborating on his eponymous Seven Fires technique as he instructs his reader in the tradition and rich simplicity of fire-roasted, grilled, and coal-kissed food. With succulent visuals of offerings like “7 ½ Hour Lamb Malbec,” “Peached Pork” and “Braided Beef with Anchovies and Olives,” Mallmann entices readers to seek beyond the comfort of the stovetop for their culinary reward. Judging from Mallmann’s international acclaim, every ounce effort is sure to pay off.

Ellen Greaves
Simple Menus for the Bento Box
Aug 1998
HarperCollins Publishers

Japanese food is traditionally served in a simple, sleek, and dramatic style unmatched by any other cuisine. How can you re-create the visual drama of the Japanese presentation? Simple Menus for the Bento Box has the answers with recipes and designs for meals served in a shokado bento box.
The black lacquered shokado bento box, covered with a lid and separated into four square compartments, a common sight in Japan, is appearing with increasing frequency in America as an artful way to present food. Acclaimed New York City chefs Ellen Greaves and Wayne Nish have created twelve seasonal menus especially for the shokado bento box. Each menu has four contrasting but harmonious recipes, one for each of the four shokado compartments.

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.

Paula Wolfert
Slow Mediterranean Kitchen : Recipes for the Passionate Cook
Oct 2003
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated

2004 James Beard Award Nominee for International; 2004 IACP Award Winner for International Category; Slow cooking is the hottest new trend in food, and no one better captures the art of sumptuous, unhurried cooking than renowned food writer Paula Wolfert. In The Slow Mediterranean Kitchen, she returns to her favorite culinary regions and shares an enticing treasure trove of more than 150 authentic recipes that wend their way from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean to Italy, Spain, and the South of France.

Aliza Green
Starting With Ingredients: Quintessential Recipes for the Way We Really Cook
Oct 2006
Perseus Publishing

The magic of Aliza Green’s tome-like Staring With Ingredients is that it gives the home cook a feeling of a chef’s intuition for food – and it gives the chef a renewed, revamped appreciation for any overlooked or overused ingredient. With 100 chapters in alphabetical order, Green takes her reader on a fundamentals-oriented culinary journey, all the way from Almonds to Zucchini. After a brief history, nomenclature and purchasing instructions for the ingredient in question, each chapter features recipes for both basic and more sophisticated preparations. By the end of every chapter, cooks of every stripe will emerge with a deeper and more intuitive sense of an ingredient’s potential.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Steaks, Chops, Roasts and Ribs : All You Really Need to Know About Meat
May 2004
America's Test Kitchen

If you have ever wondered about the way to cook a particular cut of meat, then you will find Steak, Chops, Roasts, and Ribs indispensable. Packed with more than 300 recipes, this book represents the cumulative experience and knowledge of the test cooks and editors at America's Test Kitchen. They've tested (and retested) just about every technique, ingredient, and piece of equipment imaginable to produce reliable recipes that should work the first time--and every time.

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.

Johnny Iuzzini with Wes Martin
Sugar Rush: Master Tips, Techniques, and Recipes for Sweet Baking
Clarkson Potter
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.

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.

Edward Notter, Photographs by Joe Brooks and Lucy Schaeffer
The Art of the Chocolatier: From Classic Confections to Sensational Showpieces
Jan 2011
John Wiley & Sons

Master chocolatier Edward Notter’s got an embarrassment of pastry competition gold medals and a pastry school to his name (literally—it’s the Notter School of Pastry Arts). Add to that his 35 years in the business, the admiration of his peers, and his latest effort, the seminal The Art of the Chocolatier, and you’ve got a standard-bearer in the pastry and confectionary arts. A proven pastry maven, as comfortable with a classic dessert as a sugar showpiece, he’s known industry-wide for his mastery of chocolate, and here he shares his extensive knowledge with passion and precision. Notter’s got everything you want to know about all level of techniques, from enrobing and tempering methods to creating transfer sheets and texturing molded shapes; his expertise ranges from “ganache troubleshooting” to creating chocolate tubes by hand. And that’s the beauty of the book—made manifest in the luscious photography of Joe Brooks and Lucy Schaeffer—it’s chocolate from A to Z, clean, precise, impeccably organized. So whether you want to craft the perfect truffle, get comfortable with gelatin molds, or need some aesthetic or structural pointers for a chocolate showpiece, Notter’s got you covered. Or, should we say, enrobed.

Peter Reinhart
The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
Jan 2002
Ten Speed Press

Master baker Peter Reinhart brings his role as instructor at Johnson & Wales to the greater bread-baking audience with this seminal work on the art and science of great bread. Since his last breakthrough bread book, Crust&Crumb, Reinhart has revisited the basic practices of bread baking, finding inspiration for this current work in the oldest bakeries of France and the ovens of his own instructional kitchens. Besides a thorough introduction to the world of bread, including a discussion of techniques and best practices, Reinhart precedes the recipes with his twelve-step bread baking process, or “twelve stages of bread,” wherein the reader learns both the technique and rationale for bread’s elaborated production. Trying to convey as much the intuitive “feel” for bread baking as a respect for the science, Reinhart engages the reader’s curiosity with as many explanations as recipes. The result is an ode to and explication of the culinary miracle that is bread.

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.

Robert Wemischner
The Dessert Architect
Jan 2010
Delmar, Cengage Learning

Self described “peripatetic pastry chef” Robert Wemischner has worn many hats in his career: itinerant food writer, gourmet retailer, and instructor in baking and pastry at LA Trade Tech for over 18 years. And with regular contributions to Food Arts and Pastry Art and Design, Wemischner rounds out his profile as one of the more prolific and generous pastry experts in the country. For those who can’t reach his classrooms in Los Angeles comes The Dessert Architect, the crystallization of Wemischner’s extensive knowledge and deeply held respect for the ingredients, techniques, and compositional beauty of the pastry arts. The pastry chef, says Wemischner, “is a composer and conductor, creator and presenter,” who must have both knowledge of and control over the elements of his craft. In his new book, Wemischner breaks down those elements with meticulous care, from the basic components of flavor and palate development to elaborate plating guidelines. Thoughtful questions, instructive recipe guidelines, and comments from chefs around the country make the book an invaluable resource to the cook or pastry chef looking to strengthen his or her ownership of the craft.

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.

Linda Ziedrich
The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market
May 2009
The Harvard Common Press

In a culinary era that emphasizes sustainability and locally-sourced ingredients, no kitchen – professional or home – should be without a good pickling resource. Not only does pickled produce provide an alternative for the abundance of a season’s harvest, but the pickle itself acts as a sharp, sweet, and variously tangy gustatory flourish on plates worldwide. Luckily for both the eco- and palette-conscious cook, Linda Ziedrich’s revised The Joy of Pickling provides a treasure of pickling recipes accessible to even a modestly equipped kitchen. As much a pickling world tour as a recipe book, The Joy of Pickling provides a complete breakdown of pickling ingredients, methods and varieties that will enable any cook to transform a favorite fruit or vegetable into a delectably seasoned pickle.

Linda Ziedrich
The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for Vegetables and More from Garden or Market
May 2009
The Harvard Common Press

The revised edition of this be all end all guide to making pickles, is loaded with new recipes, tips, and techniques accumulated by Ziedrich over the past decade. A meticulously detailed introductory chapter highlights the various methods of pickling (including Japanese miso and rice bean pickling), and gives a rundown of the different salts, vinegars, aromatics, and firming agents to choose from. Eschewing the cucumber pickle rut, The Joy of Pickling, also includes recipes for baby corn to eggplant, to lemon, and has an entire chapter dedicated to Cabbage pickles, like Kimchi and sauerkraut. It also includes a section on hot and sweet chutneys, and salsas, and a final chapter focused on pickled meats, fish, and eggs.

A. Cort Sinnes
The New Gas Grill Gourmet : Great Grilled Food for Everyday Meals & Fantastic Feasts
May 2005
The Harvard Common Press

Most grilling cookbooks have cooking times and techniques geared to charcoal, not gas. In his third cookbook, Cort Sinnes offers gas grillers a wealth of recipes, tips for enhancing flavor, and a surprising variety of grilling techniques, These 225 recipes show has gas grilling can be an exciting way to serve great food to family and friends any day of the week. Illustrations.

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.

Michelle Ann Anderson
The Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook: Homemade Meals with Store-Bought Convenience
Jan 2009
Cumberland House

Each of the more than two hundred recipes in Michelle Ann Anderson’s new book begins with one time-saving staple: the rotisserie chicken. After a brief introduction on chicken carving and chicken stock, Anderson delves immediately into the many recipes to which white and dark meat chicken readily lend themselves. Alongside traditional offerings like “Creamy Chicken and Pea Salad,” Anderson includes recipes like “Chicken Samosas” and “Pollo Posole,” allowing the time-starved cook a decent variety of options for what would otherwise be a basic chicken dinner. From its humble spot in the local grocery, the rotisserie chicken is transformed into what Anderson and many a rushed home cook would consider a sophisticated culinary experience.

Dominique Ansel
The Secret Recipes
Simon & Schuster
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.
Karen MacNeil
The Wine Bible
Feb 2000
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.

This books is a lively course from an expert teacher, grounded deeply in the fundamentals and enriched with passionate opinions, asides, tips, anecdotes, definitions, glossaries, illustrations, maps, charts and wine labels—everything, in fact but the actual bottle of wine itself. Beginning with the basics of mastering wine—how to taste with focus and build a wine-tasting memory, understanding the subtle interplay of variety, vineyard and vintner and demystifying the issue of vintages—it covers the essentials.

Adam Ried
Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes
Jun 2009

As much a trip down milkshake memory lane as a foray into the modern world of blended beverages, Boston Globe columnist Adam Ried’s new how-to for everything “milkshake” is sure to please all comers. With such classics as a “Caramel Malted Milkshake” to a crème anglaise-infused “Duckfat Vanilla Milkshake” (named for the restaurant Duckfat), the book proffers potables of a decidedly indulgent variety. With equipment breakdowns and ingredients explanations, Ried takes his readers on a comfortable tour of milkshake history, all the while projecting some of the glint of milkshake future with his own innovative and decadent concoctions.

Editors of Sur La Table with Rick Rodgers
Tips Cooks Love
Oct 2009
Andrews McMeel

The Sur La Table cooking series offers this neat little guide as a gift to its readers, and a handy gift it is, with over 500 tips touching on almost every topic in basic cuisine. The fundamentals of cooking could reasonably fill several tomes and then some, but the editors at Sur La Table have gathered the essential cooking tips for their readers in this accessible and useful guide. Every major cooking technique, from roasting to braising to grilling and beyond, is discussed here, as are the fundamentals of temperature control, substitutions, and equipment. Because its written up in alphabetical order, with entries for “cheesecake” followed by “cheesecloth,” “chef’s torch,” and “chemical leaveners,” the reader—or cook in need of immediate guidance—can skip around the book as they like, jumping from topic to topic as they hone their cooking skills with each new entry.

Thomas Keller
Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide
Nov 2008

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.

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.