Favorite Cookbook?

  1. Hello.

    With Mother's day rapidly approaching - I need some advice. Are there any foodies or anyone else who likes to cook that could recommend a favorite cookbook or favorite chef to check out? I already own the two Sopranos Cookbooks, and Rachel Ray 365 meals, and love them both.

    It seems that when I get to a bookstore and start looking, then I want to get the whole shelf- everything looks wonderful! But I have to settle for one or two! I am a learning to be foodie- and so is mom.

  2. I looooooooooooove cooking. I have a nice shelf of cookbooks. Here are a few of my favorites for the beginning chef:

    Paula Deen & Friends-traditional Southern food. Great for entertaining.

    Alton Brown-I'm just here for the food (he's the God of all foodies). Lots of interesting food facts for cooking meat properly and learning from scratch.

    Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook (great for lots of dessert recipes, also the introduction really shows you the best supplies to have in the kitchen). Can be a little complex for a beginning chef, but lovely pictures and good if you're just setting up your kitchen to be foodie friendly.

    Ina Garten's Barefoot in Paris- really good simple French recipes. If you want to wow people with your cooking, she's definitely the one to follow.

    Giada de Laurentiis- Everyday Italian: 125 Simple Recipes. Good simple Italian recipes. I've had lots of luck with her stuff.

    Those are some of my favorite cookbooks to look through and to try new things. I feel these chefs in particular create their recipes so that anyone can follow them from newbies to experienced chefs.

    Good luck!
  3. Raychel Ray 365 meals cook book. It has a variety of different meals for everyday of the year.
  4. i used to work in a cookware store, so here are my rec's:

    "a new way to cook" by sally schneider and maria robeldo is great for low fat or healthy cooking. lots of flavour, but still good for you. and its huge, so it has recipes for practically everything.

    mark bitman's "how to cook eveything" is amazing, like an updated joy of cooking with recipes for everything you could think of making and everything i've tried has been amazing.

    for baking - "baking with julia" by julia child is like the baking bible. awesome recipes and great pictures.

    for hearty meals, i like anything by celeb chef's nigella lawson and jamie oliver. these are not low fat meals, but use good quality ingredients and have great pics.

    for vegetarians - delia's vegetarian cookbook is the best! again, not low fat, but delicous meals!
  5. This one is an oldie, but a goodie... "Cooking from Quilt Country: Hearty Recipes from Amish and Mennonite Kitchens" by Marcia Adams
  6. I use two books: the first is called 'Carnacina' (from the name of the chef who wrote it) and the second is 'Il Cucchiaio d'Argento' (that is 'the Silver Spoon'), they do not only deal with Italian recipes and they are really well organized.
  7. Oooh!!! Those are great books! Even my hubby can cook from those. Some of my other favorites are:

    Local Flavors - Deborah Madison - It has seasonal foods and recipes, based on getting fresh foods from your local farmers' markets. I loved this book so much I bought an extra one for my MIL.

    How to be a Domestic Goddess - Nigella Lawson - Never in a million years did I think that I would take up some simple tasty recipes from a Brit. She has a great attitude and the food is delicious and recipes easy to follow

    Anatomy of a Dish - Diane Forley - Again about fresh cooking and if she's a foodie, she would like this. It discusses how dishes come together and it's a beautiful cookbook.

    Good luck! The cookbook choices are there are fantastic. If you want more exotic fare, the sky's the limit!
  8. If you ever use a crockpot, Fix It and Forget It, is really helpful. I work all day, and use this book quite a bit! It is nice to have a meal ready when I get home at night! Saves energy in the summer time, too.
  9. New York Times Cookbook (1st ed., 1961) by Craig Claiborne. It's my bible. The newer versions are good too, but I love this edition best.

    The 60 Minute Gourmet (1982) by Pierre Franey. This is also an older cookbook, but the cuisine is as modern as today: delicious, fast and thrifty.

    On Food and Cooking (2nd ed., 2004) by Harold McGee. Absolutely the best, most interesting read for anyone who enjoys eating. Everything you want to know about where food comes from, how it ages, how to cook it, and the best ways to enjoy it. Brilliant.

    The French Laundry Cookbook by Thomas Keller. It's the Jocyean porn of the kitchen. Intricate recipes and gorgeous photos. For anyone but the most dedicated cook, it'll be a beautiful coffee table book. I also like his Bouchon which concentrates on bistro cooking and is a bit more accessible, and nearly as gorgeous.

    Anything by James Peterson, especially Sauces (2nd ed.) and Splendid Soups.
    And if you like food commentary, anything by Calvin Trillin. There are few recipes, but loads of gracious and wry entertainment.
  10. This is weird that you asked this because I was working on mylaptop and looking at cookbook to find a recipe for blueberry pie. It is the Typically Texas cookbook by the rural co-op agencies.

    My favorites are:
    Rachey Ray's 365 meals
    Martha Stewart cookbook "Collected recipes for every day"
    This is a regional cookbook but if you ever wanted to special order it, it is well worth the time to find it.

    Tom Perini's Texas Cowboy Cooking -- it has the best ways to grill steaks, etc. I also use a local girl scout cookbook a great deal that was printed in Texas and another cookbook from a Lubbock, Texas, author, Carol Curlee.
  11. Thank you all- you've given me some very very good ideas!! (not to mention I'm getting hungry).
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