I will fully disclose my obsession with cooking gadgets and certain foods (umm…cheese), but I’m not really a cookbook collector. Until very recently, I only had one cookbook, and I still don’t have many, all things considered. Below are a few books that I’d recommend.
I actually don’t only read about food (shocking, I know) so feel free to check out my Goodreads profile for other favorites.
The Kitchen Diaries: A Year in the Kitchen with Nigel Slater This is really a mixture of food writing and a cookbook. It’s just as pleasing to read the book as it is to search for recipes within it. I did a year of making a recipe each month from the same month in the book (see?).
Mexican Everyday by Rick Bayless This is, hands down, my most utilized cookbook, and I haven’t been disappointed yet.
Fiesta at Rick’s by Rick Bayless
How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman The title says it all!
Joy of Cooking: 75th Anniversary Edition – 2006 As classic as it gets!
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan Required reading for anyone who….well, eats. Not preachy and not textbooky. Just a good, interesting read about what you’re eating.
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise by Ruth Reichl About her time spent as the New York Times food critic
My Life in France by Julia Child Julia Child wasn’t born making oeufs en gelee. This is about her move to France with her husband, and how she learned to cook first and foremost by learning to appreciate food.
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously by Julie Powell A sarcastic, bitter (former) secretary goes on a mission to cook each and every one of Julia Childs recipes from Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain He’s just as talented a writer as he is a chef.